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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. William Roger" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 00:35:08 -0800
Subject: Hello Email Owner ... Your 2 BMW X6 CARS/CHECK

I am Mr.William Roger The BMW Delivery Agent and I am written to inform you
about your BMW winning fund that brought by the United Embassy from the
government of USA in the white house Washington DC The 2 BMW X6 CARS and a
CHECK of $1.5 Million US Dollars Have Been Mandated to be deliver to your
address as soon as you get back to me with your current home address and
your mobile phone number for fast/easy communication.

I am waiting for your immediate response.

Thank you.

Mr.William Roger
BMW Agent

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