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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 Automobile Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:28:51 -0700
Subject: BMW 5 Series car

The BMW Automobile Company, congratulate you as one of our Ten (10) Star Prize Winner, in our 2010 International Awareness Promotion (IAP) held in Madrid. This makes you an owner of a brand new BMW 5 Series car.
To begin processing of your prize contact:
MR. Alfonso. M. Alejandro
Phone: +34-698-376-982
Fax: +3491-769-3011
                 Contact him, with your,
Serial No BMWP/556543450906 and Ref No: BMW: 2551256003/23.
Also provide listed information below:
Names / Address / Age / Sex / Occupation / Phone no / Country .
Have You Won Before?
Best regards,
Dr. Maria Jose Mayors
Note: This email is confidential and is intended solely for the person or entity that 'If you are not the own this email address, and has received this message in error, we inform you that it is the content of reserved Unauthorized use is prohibited by law and, Therefore, please notify us by e - mail

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