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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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Fraud email example:

From: LifePoints Research Inc <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2021 23:45:14 GMT
Subject: [Alert]: ASSIGNMENT ($500.00)

You have been selected as a quality service evaluator to participate in our short 5-10 minutes exclusive paid research survey on Walgreens/CVS stores in your area.

COMPENSATION: You will get paid $500.00 for every completed survey.

You will visit the nearest Walgreens/CVS store to conduct your evaluation survey by utilizing their store transfer services for customer satisfaction standards, associate skills and facility management.

As a survey panelist, you will act as a potential customer at the assigned Walgreens/CVS store and complete your survey ratings on the quality of efficiency and customer service of the store in order to submit a fair and unbiased rating in your report.
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*Complete Mailing Address:
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Best Regards,

LifePoints Research Inc.®
15821 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91436
Attn: Dr. Scott Smalls (V.P. of Operations)
[Call/Text: 650-337-7331]

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