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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 10:29:27 -0700
Subject: Dearest Beloved One in The Lord

Dear Beloved One

I am Mrs. Maureen Greaves, married to Late Alan Greaves (PhD} who
worked with (Oil Reserves) in the United Kingdom 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 pickaxes 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

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Fifteen million
Eight hundred thousand British Pounds Sterling (15,800,000,00 GBP) with a
bank in UK where he worked for 17 years last as the (United Kingdom
Oil Reserves) London 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
utilise for establishing an orphanages home for the poor and needy,
and also propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house
of God is maintained.

Contact me immediately on my private email:
Hoping to receive your response immediately.

Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.
l remain yours sister in Christ.
Mrs. Maureen Greaves Church Army evangelist

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