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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Brian Kelly" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:13:29 -0800
Subject: BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
5070 WILSHIRE BLVD
LOS ANGELES. CA 90036
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
HELPLINE: (929) 336-5172
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your
Internet Service Provider, we (BMW) urge you to treat it genuinely.
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a brand new 2016/2017 Model BMW X5 SUV and a Check
of $3,500,000.00 USD from the international balloting programs held on the 2nd section in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.
Description of prize vehicle;
The X5 has enough luxurious space for everybody. Rear Comfort seats with enhanced foam padding offer 3â of forward/backward
movement, putting passengers in the perfect position to utilize a DVD drive and two optional 10.2â LCD screens. An optional
third row seat offers extended capacity, and includes its own climate control.
Options: With one of BMWâs largest cargo spaces, youâll find it hard to run out of anything. The X5âs rear seats split 40/20/40,
folding away to convert 35.8 cubic feet of trunk space in to a full 76.7 cubic feet. Details like two cargo rails, four fastening
points, a tensioning strap, and a rear cargo net add enough function to store it all.
The optional Wi-Fi Hotspot keeps you connected to everything you love whether you're on-the-go or far off the beaten path. Included
with the Wi-Fi Hotspot, a Wireless Charging Pocket will keep you fully charged anywhere the road may lead.
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system (ESS) from a
database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world which you were selected.
The BMW Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming
Regulators (IAGR). To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduciary claims department for more
information as regards procedures to the claim of your prize.
Name: Brian Kelly
Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:
1. Name In Full :
2. Residential Address :
3. Nationality :
4. Age :
6. Occupation :
7. Direct Phone :
8. Present Country :
9. Email address :
10. BMW Winning Code:BMWLOTTERY577648/001
Please you are to provide him with the above listed details as soon as possible so he can begin with the processing of your
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Mr Brian Kelly
THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA