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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "money gram" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Satisfaction Services, Inc" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 04:06:51 +0100
Subject: Mystery Shopping Evaluation Job Good Pay Rate + Commission!
Satisfaction Services, Inc
Houston, Texas 77007
Satisfaction Services, Inc is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It's fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you will have access to training materials via e-mail, fax or postal mail.
Satisfaction Services, Inc is the premier mystery shopping company, serving clients across America and Canada with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help businesses better serve their customers. Secret shopping as seen on ABC NEWS, NBC NEWS, L.A. TIMES.
Stores and organizations such as The Gap, Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, Money Gram and Bank. One amongst many others pay for Secret Shoppers to shop in their establishments and report their experiences. We are never going to charge fees to be a shopper. Training, tips for improvement, and shopping opportunities are provided free to registered shoppers.
Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of both. Satisfaction Services, Inc has immediate assignment and inspection of the customer service of any of above listed organizations in your area. You are to shop secretly with the fund that we provide. During this shop you will visit the location and make several observations as regards the customer service. We are paying $400.00/ Assignment
Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment:
Mailing Address incl Zip Code ( no PO Box pls )
Cell No ( if available ):
We look forward to your email response, Thanks for your interest with Satisfaction Services, Inc
Satisfaction Services, Inc
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