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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: "GNLD WORLDWIDE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 15:05:44 -0600
Subject: Benefit from the Survey.


There is a Mystery Shopping survey in your area that we will like you to
enroll in. Please let us know if you are interested.You can make a minimum
of $200 in a day or more no application fee is required.

If you are interested please send reply, and more information about this great
survey will be relayed to you.

Mark Bale
Human Resource Manager.

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