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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: barrjames brown <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 18:15:48 +0000

My Dear Friend, How Are You Today?

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds

transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from paraguay.

Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of

the total sum. meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts

to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary in benin Republic, his name is William Steven

E-mail ( ask him to send you the total Sum

Of $850.000.00 which I kept for your compensation for all the past

efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your

collective efforts at that time so feel free and get in touch with my

secretary Mr William Steven and instruct him where to send the amount

to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share

the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, I am very

busy here in Paraguay because of the investment projects which myself

and the new partner are having at hand without confrontations,

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on

your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with

William Steven my secretary he will send the amount to you without any


With best regards,
Barr, James Brown.

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