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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: "Mike Walker" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 13:49:49 +0100
Subject: Hello


I am Mike Walker, CEO of Revolution Marketing Inc, We render business solution services to firms around the world.

If you are interested, we have a vacancy for part time opportunity which will only take an hour of your time

everyday and it allows you to make the minimum of $700.00 weekly depending on how many assignments you handle.


We have a customer service survey/evaluation assignment in your area and we would like you to participate, we will

conduct surveys and evaluate the way staff accord services to clients/customers.

A break down of what we do is that we get hired by companies to act like customers in order to know how their staff

are handling services in relation to their customers.

Once we have a contract to do, you would be directed to the company or outlet and you would be given the funds

(money) you need to do the job (either purchase things or require services) after which you will write a comment on

the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience.

Examples of Reports you will forward to us are:

1) How long it took you to get services.
2) Smartness of the attendant
3) Customer service professionalism
4) Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant to see how they react to clients when they get tensed

under pressure.

We turn the information (you give us) over to the company executives and they would carry out their own duties in

improving their services.

Most companies employ our assistance when people give complaints about their services or when they feel there is a

need for them to improve their customer service.

Your Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret surveillance).

You'll be paid $200 for every survey you carry out bonus on your transportation allowance and funds would be given

to you if you have to dine as part of the duty.

Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and

services in your area both live and online. No commitment is made on this job and you would have flexible hours as

it suits you but only for 20yrs and above.

If you are interested do send in your Your Information:

Street Address-
City, State, ZIP Code-
Home and Cell Phone Number-
Email Address-

As soon as we get the requested information we can look at your distance from the locations your services is needed

and also mail you commecncement details.

Best Regards
Mike Walker.
Revolution Marketing

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