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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. Michael Thompson" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 03:16:51 -0700

300 Chestnut Ridge Road
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a
brand new 2021 BMW X6 and a Check of Three Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars ($3,500,000.00) from the international
balloting programs held on the 2nd section in the UNITED STATE OF
Description of prize vehicle;

The X6 comes with BMW's Drive infotainment system, satellite radio,
Bluetooth, a USB port and a 10-year subscription to BMW Assist eCall,
which can automatically notify first responders after a collision. For
2021, the X6 comes standard with enhanced USB and Bluetooth features,
including an additional microphone, Bluetooth sync for a second phone,
library browsing via Bluetooth, voice control for contacts and music
and a Mobile Office system. Available features include leather seats,
a surround-view camera system, navigation, a Harman Kardon
surround-sound audio system, a head-up display, a panoramic moonroof,
front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, active park
assist and lane departure warning. The Drive infotainment system takes
a bit of getting used to, but is fairly straightforward and works
well, reviewers agree. The audio and climate controls are also clearly
labeled and easy to reach.

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 in
which you were selected. However, no tickets were sold but all email
addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation
and privacy. The BMW Lottery is approved by the United States 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 for more information as
regards procedures to the claim of your prize.

Mr. Michael Thompson
Phone:: 5129571742

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