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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: "Mr.Raymond Bialowas" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 07:08:25 -0700

Dear Friend ,

Since i waited so long without hearing from you regarding your confirm
able draft worth of ($5,800,000.00 USD).I went ahead and cashed the money and
registered it with Trans world courier service as box of African clothes
with instruction to deliver it to you upon your contact to their office,

I am leaving today to another country for three months course.You can
contact them now to avoid them delaying with the box.

Bear in mind that i have paid all the charges they requested,Both mailing
charges and insurance.All you need to do is to pay their security keeping
fee of $195USD,I would have paid it before leaving but they insisted that it
will be paid by you since they don't know when you will be contacting
them.Below is their contact details remember that I registered it as
African clothes do not allow them know that it content its money if not
they may delay you more and charge you more know that the only money you
are supposed to pay them is the keeping fee of $195USD:

Contact Person : Mr.Marco Paul
Email Address : (

Remember to reconfirm your postal address and phone number to them and
you can update me as
soon as you receive the draft via email.

Mr.Raymond Bialowas


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