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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: "Mr Gary Robinson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:45:33 +0200
Subject: Bmw Lottery Commission Notification


Thanks for your Email, my name is Calvin Patrick , the fiduciary agent assigned to assist you in the claims process of your winnings, I am in receipt of your completed verification form which I also have your full delivery information stated below for your confirmation.

Having done all the proper verification exercise I hereby confirm that your winning details sent to this office corresponds with the record on my file. I therefore wish to congratulate you on behalf of the BMW Lottery Inc. and to state that you are a lucky person to have emerged a winner in the on going 2019 BMW Lottery Promotions.

Your email address with ticket Number BMW-2551256003/23 was randomly selected along with 10 others from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn across the continent, each email address was attached to a ticket number and yours emerged as the number 7th winner of the prize of a Brand New BMW 7 series Car and a Check of $1,500,000.00.

Finally kindly re-confirm the following information

1) Your Full Name:
2) Your Full Address:
3) Your Contact Telephone and Fax No:
3) Your Profession, Age and Marital Status:
4) Any Valid Form of Your Identification/Driven License:

As soon as we receive the above mentioned information, your payment will be processed and released to you without any delay. This notification email should be your confidential property to avoid impersonators claiming your fund. You are required to provide the above information for your Claim to take place.
We Look Forward To Serving You Better.

Dr. Hamid Haqparwar,
Director Sales and Marketing
BMW Auto Mobile Company

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