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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. Abby Robert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:25:47 +0100


This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of £1,000,000.00
[One Million Great British pounds Sterling] from the international balloting
programs held on the 2nd section in the UNITED KINGDOM.

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 your email address was selected. However, no tickets were sold
but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for
representation and privacy.

The BMW Lottery is approved by the United Kingdom Gaming Board and also
Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).
To begin the processing of your prize you are to provide me with the
under listed information as soon as possible:

1. Name In Full :
2. Residential Address :
3. Nationality :
4. Age :
5. Sex
6. Occupation :
7. Direct Phone :
8. Present Country :
9. Email address : code Number BMW:201987HGDD0326

Name: Mr. Ausbert Williams

Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number BMW:
201987HGDD0326. You are also advised to provide him with the under
listed information as soon as possible.

Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotional program.

Mrs. Abby Robert.

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