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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:30:17 -0700
Subject: Read Carefully

BMW of North America, LLC
300 Chestnut Ridge Road.
Woodcliff Lake
NJ 07677-7731, USA.
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because there are restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we urge that you treat it genuinely.
Dear Beneficiary
This is to inform you that you have been automatically selected by our random Computerized Email Selection System as a beneficiary of our ongoing promotional program winning you the prize of a brand new BMW 7 Series Car and a Check of $1.5 million.
Description of prize vehicle;
Model: BMW X7 xDrive40i All Wheel Drive SUV
Body: SUV
City: 19 MPG
Exterior: Mineral White Metallic
Interior: Cognac
Engine: 3.0L Straight 6-Cyl Engine
Trans: Automatic.
The selection process, carried out by our Computerized Email Selection System for verifiably random results to follow through with the Promotional Marketing code which ensures that prizes are awarded following the laws of chance. The raffle draw random email selection process was initiated with a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from the internet, with your email selected as the number 7th winner.
The BMW Promotional Marketing Lottery Program is authorized and supported by the International Chamber of Commerce(ICC), also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).
Winners case file reference registration number is assigned to a specific fiduciary claims officer. For more information as regards certifying the claims process of your prize, kindly be advised to contact your assigned fiduciary officer with details seen below.
Name: Stefan Richmann
Contact your assigned fiduciary officer by providing him with your Reg. pin code Number: 0011185003/25
To certify your claims, fill out the requested identifiable information:
Address :
Nationality :
Phone :
Drivers license number:
Reg pin code Number: 0011185003/25
Initiation of case file authorization process for clearance would only commence upon confirmation of the above requested identifiable information.
Congratulations! To You, from all our staffs.
Bernhard Kuhnt
CEO and President
BMW of North America
United States of America

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