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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: "Annable Katherine Grosvenor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:54:39 -0800
Subject: Urgent Response

Good day

How are you doing today my friend, hope fine? My name is Mrs Annabel K. Grosvenor, I'm 57yrs old, a widow, from the United Kingdom , I have no kids, I'm contacting you from my sick bed with the help of my personal nurse, I want you to help me handle a charity project that will be of great benefit to you financially.

Please contact me on my private email address for more details about this project,

thank you very much
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Annabel Katherine Grosvenor

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