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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: "Bernard Kuhnt" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <bmwinfoonline@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2020 23:01:56 -0800
Subject: Re: BMW WORLD PROGRAMME BENEFIT

BMW of North America, LLC
300 Chestnut Ridge Road.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677-7731
United States of America
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.
Dear Winner,
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a brand new Model BMW 7 Series Car and a Check of $1,500,000.00 USD from the international balloting programs held on the 2nd section in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Description of prize vehicle;
Model: 750li
Body Style: Sedan
Color (exterior): Metallic Silver
Mileage: 5
Transmission: 8-Speed A/T
Options: Back Up Camera, Parking Distance Sensors, Heated Rear Seats w/ski bag, Bluetooth Connect MP3 player.
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, of which you were selected.
The BMW Lottery is approved and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). To begin the processing of your prize claims process, you are to contact our fiduciary claims department for more information as regards procedures to the claim of your prize.
Name: John Eric
Email:bmwinfoonline@gmail.com
Contact him by providing him with your Reg. pin code Number: 0011185003/25
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 :
5. Sex :
6. Occupation :
7. Direct Phone :
8. Present Country :
9. Email address :
10. Reg pin code Number: 0011185003/25
Please, you are to provide him with the above listed details as soon as possible so he can begin with the processing of your prize winnings.
Congratulations from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Regards,
Bernhard Kuhnt
CEO and President
BMW of North America
BMW GROUP
United States of America
2020

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