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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 Robert Lee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 22:39:27 +0800

The Promotion Department
BMW Automobiles
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash Price of
450,000.00 (Four hundred and fifty thousand Great British Pounds) and
a brand new BMW 7 Series Car from International programs held on the
November 8th, 2013 in the United Kingdom.

Contact the verification department in United State of America by
providing your secret pin code x7pwyz2011 and
your Reference Number BMW: 2551256003/23 to them.You are also advised
to provide them with the under listed can contact the
online Co-coordinator or the agent at

Contact Person:Mr Joseph Lambert
Email: (
Tel: (443) 228-8125

1.Name in full.
2.Address in full.
3.Nationality & Present Country.
5.Phone /Fax /Sex.
6.Email address.

Mr Robert Lee
Once again congratulations.
Online Co-coordinator

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