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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: Sun, 8 May 2022 12:47:49 +0100
Subject: My Beloved in Christ,

My Beloved in Christ,

Good partnership with you. I got your profound contact email from a
computerized data, following my fasting and praying effort searching
for a reliable and trustworthy person to assist me in this venture, I
am Mrs. Maureen Greaves, married to the late Alan Greaves (Ph.D.), who
worked with (Total SA) the French integrated oil and gas multinational
and one of the five"super major" oil companies in the world as their
oil rig supplier to Africa 17 years before his death on Christmas Eve
2013. We are both born again Christians, lay ministers, and former
social workers, my late husband Alan Greaves was a church organist for
40 years before he was attacked and picked up with pickaxes on his way
to midnight mass at St. Savior's Church in Sheffield he died in
hospital three days later,as this link as noted below can confirm

A year after his murder, the widow of organist Alan Graves... The widow of a mortally wounded church organist
on Christmas Eve last year he starred in an emotional
candlelight service at the place where he was attacked...

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 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 orphanages home for the poor and needy, and also
propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is

I will give you the complete and detailed documents of the fund as soon as i
hear from you. Any delay in your response will give me room to search
another good person for this same purpose.

Waiting to receive your reply

Thank you and be blessed in the Lord.

I remain your sister in Christ.
Mrs. Maureen A. Greaves
(Evangelist of the Army of the Church).

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