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419 Scam Example: "BMW LAND Cars Promotional Lottery"

"BMW LAND Cars Promotional Lottery" is a fake lottery scam run by Nigerian gang abusing the name of the car company. BMW has no connection to these criminals. This follows a similar pattern as the "Honda Car Lottery" and the "Microsoft lottery" scams, which have been going on for many months.

Please forward us copies of any replies or money demands by the ""claims agents" (Yahoo Mail: Forward / as Attachment, Outlook Express: Message / Forward as attachment, see "How to report 419 spam to us"). We will publish such replies here.

Please forward copies of fraud emails to the abuse department of the webmail address listed as the contact email for the "claims agent". Ask for the addresses to be suspended because they are used in a 419 fraud (see 419 FAQ).

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Example of initial "winning notification":

BMW LAND Automobiles
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom


This is to inform you that have been selected for a cash prize of £2 ,600,000.00 ( Two Million Six Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) International programs held on the 29th of September 2005 in the London Uk.

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.

The BMW LAND Cars Promotional Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.

To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims officer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:
Mr. John Wood,
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom
Phone Number:+447031946398
Time to call(10am to 5pm london time)
contact him, please provide him with your secret pin code x7pwyz2005 and your reference number BMW:2551256003/23.You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:

Claims Requirements:
1.Name in full--------------------------------------------------------------
7.Present Country-----------------------------------------------------------

If you do not contact your claims agent within 7 working days of this notification,your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT)pending the transfer/claim by Winner.

*Winner under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified.
*Staff of the BMW GROUP are not to partake in this Car Promotional Lottery.

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!


Mrs Susan Hart
Lottery Manager

Message headers:

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 Fri, 07 Oct 2005 13:06:24 +0000
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From: "The BMW LAND Cars  Automobiles Lottery Department" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 06:06:09 -0700

WHOIS details for domain "":

   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: PDOMNS1.MSN.COM
   Name Server: PDOMNS2.MSN.COM
   Status: ACTIVE
   Updated Date: 03-sep-2005
   Creation Date: 03-sep-2005
   Expiration Date: 03-sep-2006

Domain Name..........
  Creation Date........ 2005-09-04
  Registration Date.... 2005-09-04
  Expiry Date.......... 2006-09-04
  Organisation Name.... James Burroughs
  Organisation Address. Beverly Hills
  Organisation Address. 
  Organisation Address. 70 Beverly Park
  Organisation Address. 90210
  Organisation Address. CA
  Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Admin Name........... James Burroughs
  Admin Address........ Beverly Hills
  Admin Address........ 
  Admin Address........ 70 Beverly Park
  Admin Address........ 90210
  Admin Address........ CA
  Admin Address........ UNITED STATES
  Admin Email..........
  Admin Phone.......... +1.3102474804
  Admin Fax............ 

Tech Name............ MSN NOC
  Tech Address......... One Microsoft Way
  Tech Address......... 
  Tech Address......... Redmond
  Tech Address......... 98052
  Tech Address......... WA
  Tech Address......... UNITED STATES
  Tech Email...........
  Tech Phone........... +1.4258828080
  Tech Fax............. 
  Name Server..........
  Name Server..........

WHOIS details for sending network (IP

inetnum: -
netname:      GILAT-SATCOM-BLOCK-47-48-49-50-51
descr:        Gilat-Satcom
remarks:      For abuse issues related to Gilat, email
country:      GB
admin-c:      GS3350-RIPE
tech-c:       GS3350-RIPE
status:       ASSIGNED PA
mnt-by:       AS9116-MNT
mnt-lower:    AS9116-MNT
source:       RIPE # Filtered

role:           Gilat Support
address:        Gilat Satcom
address:        21D Yagia Kapaim st. Petach-Tikva, Israel
phone:          +972 3 9255000
fax-no:         +972 3 9217938
admin-c:        DR5299-RIPE
admin-c:        GE2074-RIPE
tech-c:         DR5299-RIPE
tech-c:         GE2074-RIPE
remarks:        trouble:
nic-hdl:        GS3350-RIPE
mnt-by:         AS9116-MNT
source:         RIPE # Filtered

% Information related to ''

descr:        Goldenlines
remarks:      For addressing issues, email
remarks:      For abuse issues, email
origin:       AS9116
mnt-by:       AS9116-MNT
source:       RIPE # Filtered

Email history for IP address
2005-09-16 08:07:54
2005-09-16 08:09:55
2005-09-16 09:03:42
2005-09-16 15:01:13
2005-09-20 15:50:36
2005-09-21 17:59:19
2005-10-03 07:20:56
2005-10-03 07:38:22

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