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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: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:21:31 -0600
Subject: Pin code Number BMW:2551256003/23, Your INSURANCE Number: BMW / S733/ 458K

BMW of North America, LLC
300 Chestnut Ridge Road
Woodcliff Lake, NJ
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the BMW Lottery Promotions Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 71-26-13-19-34, with serial number 902-66KK drew the your secret pin code Number BMW:2551256003/23, Your INSURANCE Number: BMW / S733/ 458K /USA and consequently you won in the First Category of the BMW FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.
You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of $3,000,000.00USD (Three Million United States Dollars) in cash, including a 2017 BMW 760Li Sedan Series Car which is the winning present /amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.
Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of $3,000,000.00USD 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 directly. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program
To begin your claim, please email our claim agent immediately to:-.
Certificate Agent, BMW Email Lotto.
Mr. Lurrence Badmus
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number BMW:2551256003/23. You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:
1. Name in full.
2. Address.
3. Nationality.
4. Age.
5. Occupation.
6. Direct Phone
7. Present Country.
8. Email address.
9. pin code Number BMW:2551256003/23.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Maria Chang.
300 Chestnut Ridge Road
Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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