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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 G." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2022 04:48:51 -0800
Subject: RE: Do get back to me

My Beloved,
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 pickaxes on his way to play at Midnight Mass at St Savior's Church in Sheffield and he died in hospital three days later as you can confirm this link as stated below:
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 ...
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($20.5M) with a bank in Cotonou Benin where he worked for 17 years last as the (Total S.A.) Africa drilling rig supplier.
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 persons to assist me in this venture cause the world isn't fair.
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 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 endeavor 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.
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.
I Remain your sister.
Mrs. Maureen A. Greaves

The owner of this email is a trusted friend and a brother who my husband had helped home ND his family over the years.
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