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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. Maureen Greaves" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 16:37:12 +0100
Subject: Beloved in Christ,

Beloved in Christ,

Permit me to share with you, my desire to go into Godly business
partnership with you. I got your profound contact email from a
computerized data, following my fasting & praying effort searching for
a reliable and trustworthy person to assist me in this venture.

I am Mrs. Maureen Greaves married to Late Alan Greaves (PhD} who
worked with ( Total S.A.) the French Multinational Integrated Oil and
Gas Company and one of the five "Super major" oil companies in the
world as their Africa drilling rig supplier for 17 years before his
death On Christmas Eve 2013. Before his death we were both devout
born-again Christian; lay-preacher and former social worker and my
late husband Alan Greaves; was an organist at the church for 40 years,
before his was attacked and beaten with a pickaxe on his way to pray
at Midnight Mass at St Saviour's Church in Sheffield and he died in
hospital three days later as you can confirm this link as stated
A year after his murder, organist Alan Graves' widow .<>The widow of a church
organist fatally injured on Christmas Eve last year played a leading
role in an emotional candlelit service at the spot where he was
attacked .. england-south-yorkshire-

When my late husband was alive, he deposited the sum of ($15.5M) with
a bank in Cotonou Benin where he worked for 17 years last as the
(Total S.A.) Africa drilling rig supplier. I am contacting you because
of the recent report from my Doctor told me that I have some weeks to
live due to cardiac and kidney failure problem, having known my
condition, I seek your concept and permission to present you to the
bank as my late husband foreign investors to retrieve the fund and
utilize for establishing an orphanages home for the poor and needy,
and also propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house
of God is maintained.

I shall give you the full detailed documents of the fund as soon as I
hear from you. Contact me immediately on my private email:
( Any delay in your reply will give me room in
sourcing another good person for this same purpose.

Hoping to receive your response immediately.
Thanks, and Remain blessed in the Lord.
l remains your sister in Christ.
Mrs. Maureen A. (GreavesChurch Army evangelist)

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