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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: "Mrs. Maria Chang" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:07:18 -0800
Subject: Good Morining How Was Your Night....

BMW Headquarters/BMW Lottery Dept
Petuelring 124,80809 M?nchen,
Germany Canada AND United States


We happily announce to you the draw of Americas International lottery
program held in Germany Canada AND United States 2016. 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
$2,500,000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) credited to file KPC/9030108308/03. This is from a total cash
prize of $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) shared
among the first 4 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 $2,500, 000.00 (Two Millio

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
$2,500,000.00 (Two Million Five 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 representat ive off ice in United Stat

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.

Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of $2,500,000.00USD
is now with the payee center. Contact our agent and give them your
full names so that they will re-insure your winning fund under your
full names. Together with the port where your winning car should be
shiped to. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claim is processed and your prize
is handover to you in your country. This is part of our precautionary
measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program

To begin your claim Check and car prize, please call our claim agent
or send email immediately to:

Certificate Agent, BMW

Name: Barrister Smith Leo


NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please
Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number
BMW:2551256003/88. You are also advised to provide him with the under
listed information as soon as possible

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: BMW:2551256003/88.

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

Thanks & Regards
Mrs. Maria Chang.

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