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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 Anthony White <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 06:29:27 -0700
Subject: Dear BMW Enthusiast,

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 2022 Model BMW A 9 Series Car and a consignment box of worth 3.5
million usd from
international programs held on this second section of 2021 in the
Address. BMW of North America, LLC. 300 Chestnut Ridge Road. Woodcliff
Lake, NJ ·

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our
computerized email selection system (ESS) from a database of over 150,000
email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world which you were

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.

Fiduciary CEO Sebastian Mackensen
Contact Email:(

Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number
BMW:2551256003/23. You are also advised to provide to him with the under
listed information as soon as possible:
CALL +1 (2028522434
1. Name in full.
2. Address.
3. Nationality.
4. Age.
5. Phone No.
6. Present Country.

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