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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. Rebecca Cole. <>
Date: 01 Jun 2019 15:50:34 -0700
Subject: Congratulations,


This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of
a brand new 2019 Model BMW 7 Series Car and a Check of
$500,000.00usd from the international programs held on the 2nd
section 2019 in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
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 American 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 claim your prize.

Contact Name : Christopher ParryEmail:

Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number
BMW:4661256703/07/13. You are also advised to provide him with
the undelisted information as soon as possible:

1. Name in full.
2. Address.
3. Nationality.
4. Age.
5. Occupation.
6. Phone/Fax.
7. Present Country.
8. Email address.
9. pin code Number

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this
information confidential from the public until your claim is
processed and your prize money remitted/released to you.

Note that,all winnings MUST be claimed by a STIPULATED TIME(ON OR
BEFORE 06 JUNE 2019) otherwise all funds will be returned as
Unclaimed and eventually be reabsorbed into our next lucky dip

Note that you have to call or send sms to Mr. Christopher Parry
(347 382 6705) before sending your listed information to him.

Mrs.Rebecca Cole.

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