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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 PROMO <>
Reply-To: BMW PROMO <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 22:53:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Welcom To BMW head office.

Reference Number BMW:2551256003/23.
BMW Automobile Company
Official Email: (
Hours Of Services: Mondays - Friday hours 8:00 am–5:00 pm

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 BMW Enthusiast,

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a brand new 2018 Model BMW 5 Series Car and a Check of $500,000.00usd from international programs held

on this second section of 2018 in the
Summit ONE, Summit Ave, Farnborough GU14 0FB, UK BMW head office.

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 the processing of your prize you are to contact our BMW fiduciary claims department for more information as regards procedures to

claim your prize.

Delivery Officer: Agent James Morgan
Contact E-mail:

Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number BMW:2551256003/23. You are also advised to provide to her with the under listed information as soon as


1. Name in full.
2. Address.
3. Nationality.
4. Age.
5. Phone/Fax.
6. Present Country.
7. Email address.
8. pin code Number BMW:2551256003/23.

Note: Do disregard any email as this is a PROMO BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT held this month in the year of 2018.

BMW CEO Mr Harald Kruger
Text Me On (+1)781-951-2796 Text Only
Email (

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