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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: B.M.W<>
Date: 01 May 2016 12:53:25 -0400
Subject: BMW Automobile Company Promotion Department

Hi dear Winner

We happily announce to you the draw of Americas International
lottery program held in United States/Canada 2015. Your e-mail
address attached to Online Draw Number (ODN): 19 879 87 09 00 23,
with Serial number: 111 098 45556 drew the winning number: 051-
506-175-520-238-42 (Bonus67), which subsequently won you the
lottery award in the 2nd category. Your email address has
therefore been approved to claim a Car prize of BMW 7 Series and
a total sum of $1,200,000.00 (One Million Two Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) credited to file KPC/9030108308/03. This
is from a total cash prize of $6,000,000.00 (Six Million United
States Dollars) shared among the first 5 lucky winners in this
category worldwide. All participants were selected randomly from
Worldwide Web site through computer draw system and extracted
from over 100,000,00 companies and individual email addresses. Be
fully informed that your e-mail emerged as one of the winner of
$1,200,000.00 (One Million Two Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) on our online draws which

We are proud to inform you about the final draw from Americas
Lottery that was conducted from an exclusive list of 7,000,000 E-
mails Address of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an
advanced automated random computer selector from the web. Your E-
mail Address was selected among the 12 Lucky winners to benefits
from this E-mail promo. Each and every E-mail owner is to benefit
the Sum of $1,200,000.00 (One Million Two Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) This program is been sponsored by BMW Group to
alleviate poverty, create hope and self-believe to people around
the world through this online world E-mail award promotion.
Please note that your e-mail address was randomly selected for
the online version from worldwide web sites through a computer
drawn system extracted from over 100,000 companies globally and
exclusive list of 7,000,000 E-mails Address of individuals.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our
booklet representative office in United States as indicated

The BMW automobiles promotion board is a member-based
organization to advance the interests of Email/Internet Users and
to increase the social economic standards of the society. Our
vision is for the BMW Group to uphold the highest ethical
principles, and to support our lucky winners in achieving their
vision for their own communities.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your winning is processed and your
money remitted to you in whichever way you deem fit to claim your
prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double
claiming and abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.

The following lottery organizations have been granted
accreditation by the World Lottery Association for the WLA
Responsible Gaming Framework. Each organization has received
certification for the framework level as per the recommendation
of the Responsible Gaming Independent Assessment Panel, or as in
the case of some European lotteries certified to the WLA RGF
Level 4, has been granted accreditation by the World Lottery
Association in accordance with its agreement with the European
State Lottery and Toto Association.

E-mail Users Remember to quote your reference information in all
correspondence. You are to keep all lotto information away from
the public especially your Online Draw Generated Number. This is
important as a case of double claims will not be entertained.
Members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed
to participate in this program.

You are hereby advised to reply with the following information

1: Full names (Surname First):
2: Residential address:
Postal code:
House Number:
3: Mobile number:
4: Fax number:
5: Occupation:
6: Gender:
7: Age/Date of birth (DD.MM.YYYY):
8: Nationality:
9: Lucky Email Address:
10: Online Draw Number (ODN): 19 879 87 09 00 23
11: Winning number: 051-506-175-520-238-42
12: Serial number: 111 098 45556

IDENTIFICATION : Send a Scan copy of any of the following
International Passport, Country ID or Drivers License.

BMW AG ensures that all personal data will be dealt with in
accordance with privacy protection regulations. With your
permission, the data you supply in the verification form will be
stored, processed and your personal data will be safeguard from
the public

Upon your reply with the requested details and verification
process completed we shall send you the contact information of
our affiliated Funds Transfer Agency so that you can contact them

Thanks & Regards

BMW Claims Manager
Customer Relations:
Mr. Walter Zeichner

Year 2016 BMW Lottery of North America

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