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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 Maryann Nguyen <>
Reply-To: Mrs Maryann Nguyen <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:45:08 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Calvary Greetings

 Calvary Greetings,

Sorry if this message come to you as a surprise,My name is Mrs. Maryann Nguyen ,born in Perth Western Australia,Married to late Dr.Garry Nguyen. Im sendindg you this message from my sick bed I got your email through my late husband internet datas.Nurse help me to write you this mail. Im currently addmited to the hospital  suffering from kidney cancer & Parkinson disease which denied me making babies,According to my Doctor I will not last more than two Month.

My late husband  Dr.Garry Nguyen  deposited (€ 2.500,000.00 )Two million five hundred thousand euros in bank. I wish to know if I can trust you to use this fund for charity project like Orphanages and churches remember in (Proverb 19:17 )"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again". I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are Unbelivers.

Take %15 percent of the total fund € 2.500,000.00 as a compensation use %85 for Charity as I mentioned.Immidiately I hear from you I will give details to achieve it, Please always be prayerful all through, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another man/woman of good faith for this same purpose.

God Bless You,
Mrs. Maryann Nguyen.

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