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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: "BMW DEPARTMENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:42:36 +0100
Subject: 2019 BMW Automobile Annual Lottery Draw Winning Ref Number BMW:2541776044/15

Dear BMW Winner ,

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a 2018 BMW 7 Series car, a Check of $1,500,000.00 USD and an Apple MacBook laptop from the BMW AUTOMOBILE international computer balloting programs held on the 1st section of the 2019 award promo in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.

Please Contact the claim department by providing them with your secret pin code Number BMW:2541776044/15 and the under listed below information as soon as possible for immediate process on the claim of your prizes.:

Name: Mr.James Bailey

1. Name In Full :
2. Residential Address :
3. Telephone:
4. pin code Number BMW:2541776044/15

Best Regard.
Mr. John Greston

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