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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: "Jessica Marriott" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:00:02 -0600
Subject: Test Subject [Scanned]

Hello Sir/Madam, My name is Jessica Marriott. A representative of VISION.This is an awareness to let the public know that we have a vacancy position of a mystery shopper in our company and we would like to know your interest in working for Beyond marketing Group as a mystery shopper you work and shop together for pleasure and the pay is $200 weekly on Part time basis, you only work 2-3hours twice in a week. Kindly provide the below information for assessment and registration of the company. Kindly get back to me on with information below: Full Legal Name: Address: Country: City: State: Zip code: Home and Cell Number: Jessica Marriott.

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