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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: "DR. MIKE DANNY." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 23:33:15 +0530
Subject: Reference NUMBER BMW: 2541236004/25.

You’re Reference NUMBER BMW: 2541236004/25. And draw to the lucky number: 29. Congratulations, you have just won a brand new BMW 5 Series, M Sport Saloon car and cash

prize of ?500,000.00 in the satellite software email lottery, held on 28th of August 2010. Conducted by BMW LOTTERY CENTRAL ENGLAND BOARD in which your e-mail address

was picking randomly by software powered by the Internet.

TEL: +44-7017039223

Forward the following details: -
1. Full Names:
2. Address:
3. Age:
4. Sex:
5. Occupation:
6. Phone numbers:
7.Fax number:
8. Country:
9. ID Proof:

Note: This is an automatic message do not click on your reply button send all details to the below Email:

Yours Sincerely,
(Web-Email Information Manager)

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