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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: "®Monster Energy Drink Advertisement™" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:54:28 +0100

We got your email address through a local Business directory on the web. We must apologise for taking some of your valuable time to explain a proposal that will imagine will be of utmost benefit.

We are currently seeking individuals Strictly in the United State who would like to make money by simply driving their vehicle advertising for Monster Energy Drink. This is in our view to create more awareness and attract more customers to be willing to patronize us for local and international Enery Drink.

This is a basic strategy of the "pay me to drive" concept: Monster Energy Drink seeks people, regular citizens, professional drivers and more to go about their normal routine, only with a small 5x12 size advert for "Monster Energy" plastered on their vehicle. The advert are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps" that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any and little portion of the vehicle's exterior surface.

This strategy gives Monster Energy Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wrap tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of advertising with a captive audience eye catching, people who are stuck in traffic can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for as long as you want it and the minimum you can participate is 2 months and you get paid weekly, also individual with two or more vehicle can only participate once and with one vehicle at a time.

You will be compensated with $400 per week which is essentially a rental payment for letting Monster Energy use the space on your vehicle, no fee is required from you. We have experts that would handle the advert placement on your vehicle which will not resort to any damage. You will receive an upfront payment inform of Check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your vehicle.

You will also be eligible to participate in our monthly draw for various prizes and also get some percentage discount on the Monster Energy Drink can that is purchase in our various store.

It is very easy and no application fee is require, contact us through email ( along with the following information if you are interested in these offer.

Full Name:
Physical Address:
Zip code:
Make of vehicle and year:
Exterior Color of vehicle:
Telephone numbers:

We will contact you immediately we receive this information.

Warm Regards!
®Monster Energy Drink Advertisement™. All rights reserved™.
Power Brands Consulting
16501 Sherman Way Ste. 200
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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