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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: "BMW AUTOMOBILE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2018 01:56:46 +0800
Subject: Re: BMW 2018 Prestigious Award..

Dear BMW Enthusiast,
This is to inform you, that you have been selected for selected for a prize of a brand new 2018 BMW 7 Series Sedan 760Li xDrive and a BMW Gold Card of $800,000.00US Dollars from our international balloting programs held on this day May 25, 2018.
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 with the claim processing of your prize, you are to contact our fiduciary claims agent for more information as regards, with procedures to claim your prize.
Fiduciary Agent: Mr. Scott Daniel Jr.
Contact Email:
Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number BMW:2551256003/760Li. As the subject of your email for swift response. You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:
1. Name In Full :
2. Residential Address :
3. Age :
4. Occupation :
5. Direct Phone :
6. Provisional Email address:
Best Regards

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