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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: "John Paul Jr" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 07:44:07 +0600
We have customer service survey assignments in your location, This is mystery shopping company that looks into the performance of the different store and your task will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of stores such as Wal-Mart/K-Mart, Etc.
This is a part-time position and you will earn $300 per location.
-Must be at least 19 years of age
-Good communication skills, both written and oral
-be able to multi-task
-Skills or experience with personal computers, including E-mail ;
Send information if you are still interested :
Phone Number home/mobile:
As soon as we receive your information we will add you to our database and we will check our system for locations in your area that needs to be evaluated so you can start your trial-run which consists in three surveys that are to be made over a period of time of one week and for which You will also Get Paid $300 commission per location.
John Paul Jr.
The Ms. Applications Team
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