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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: mrs vivian douglas <>
Reply-To: mrs vivian douglas <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:08:41 +0000 (UTC)

 After today's Federal Executive Council Meeting, The ministry of Finance and The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) has approved that your fund worth’s of $7.5million which was initial approved that money gram will be paying to you $6000 us dollars on daily basis until your ($7.5million) is completed ,It has come to the notice of the newly appointed Minister that money gram department wanted to rip you off as a result of so much fund they are demanding from you and some of their staff were into fraudulent act

note that we have decided to pay you your money through money gram urgent remitting office  Since you was unable to receive your money through western union, courier company’s  and bank due to their management but now we have sent your full compensation payment of $7.5million usd to you through money gram.

you will be receiving $6,000.00usd per day, but i want you to contact the management in money gram right now and ask him for your first payment. his name is (Dr.slyevester okey) and ask him to give you the money gram payment information so that you can be able to pick up your funds through money gram without any problem. ok

note this is the information so contact immediately

management Dr slyevester okey
office email address is (
phone number +229-6801 7715

and contact him with your full information ok.

(1)your full name=============
(2)mobile phone number========
(3)current home address=======
(4)fax number=================
(7)passport/drivers license ==
(8)your occupation============

call or email him now so that he can provide the money gram information to you as urgent as you can.

also do let me know immediately they have started sending your transfer, but try to comply with them to enable him serve you better.

mrs vivian douglas
thanks and god bless

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