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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: MYSTERY SHOPPER INC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 03:35:32 -0800
Subject: Mystery Shoppers Needed In Your Area
About Us .
We are a company that conducts surveys and evaluate other companies. We get
hired to go to other people's companies and act like customers in order to
know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their
Once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or
outlet and you would be given the funds you need to do the job (either
purchase products or required services), after which you would write a
comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your
Examples of details you would forward to us are:
1. How long it took you to get the services requested.
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 why they get tensed .
We turn these information 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 complains about their
services or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their
customer service. your Identity would be kept confidential as the job
states (secret/mystery shopper) you would be paid $200 for every duty you
carry out, and 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.
No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it
Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you
shortly with the assignment:
First Name _________________
Middle Name _________________
Last Name _________________
Street Address (not P.O BOX)_________________
City ________State __________Zip Code _____________
Cell Phone Number _________________
Home Phone Number _________________
Current Occupation _________________
IM /Email Address : _________________
As soon as you respond, we can look at your distance from the locations
which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be
need for your
Thanks For Your Total Understanding and Moral Cooperation and we hope to
read from you soon .
MYSTERY SHOPPER INC