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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:

Fraud email example:

From: "Anthony Dale" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 12:33:04 -0800
Subject: Job Vacancy


Here's your chance to be a mystery shopper & get paid for shopping and dinning out.

Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide Variety of shops,Stores, in your area.

Weekly Salary: 200$ Weekly

If satisfied you are advice to send your details to the email below :

The following information below will be needed to get started

Full Name:
Address (no Po Box):
City: State: Zip code:
Home & Cell No.:

We look forward to working with you

Anthony Dale

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