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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. Andreas Manfred" <>
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2019 05:18:31 -0700


Petuelring 124-130, 80809

München, Germany

Dear Winner,

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a Brand New 2017/2018 BMW X5 SUV and a Cheque of $3,500,000.00USD from the international balloting programs held on the 2nd section in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.

Description of prize vehicle; Functions such as BMW Gesture Control, BMW Laserlight or Remote Control Parking again set benchmarks as pioneering innovations in the BMW X5 SUV. In addition,Superb comfort and support from the seats, which are well-suited to long-distance driving. The X5's suspension is tuned on the firm side, yet it's still capable of absorbing most road imperfections. From time to time, the ride gets choppy on rough pavement, but this is the exception and not the rule.The diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d model delivers the best combination of performance and efficiency.

The BMW X5 also extends the sheer driving pleasure typical of BMW to include the enjoyment of being driven. Passengers who occupy the luxurious seats in the rear enjoy a generous amount of space. While the active chassis technology of the Executive Drive Pro option offers a driving experience of unrestricted comfort and dynamism in every situation, the features of the ambient light design and innovative comfort and entertainment functions ensure a supreme level of relaxed travelling pleasure.

Each of the BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines of the BMW X5 is an expression of the dedicated development work of the BMW EfficientDynamics engineers. For overwhelming performance and ground-breaking efficiency. As a plug-in hybrid vehicle, the BMW X5 iPerformance with the BMW EfficientDynamics technology eDrive (BMW 740e/Le iPerformance) brings together the best of two worlds. The result is substantially lower fuel consumption with similarly reduced emissions.

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 fiduciary claims department in the United States for more information as regards procedures to claim your prize.

Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number BMW:255175HGDY03/23.As the subject of your email for swift response

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. pin code Number BMW:255175HGDY03/23

11. Passport photograph:

Do contact

Name: Mr Andreas Manfred


NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we (BMW) urge you to treat it genuinely.

Bar. Steve more.





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