419 Scam Example: "LOTTO T-ONLINE / DEVCON SECURITY AND FINANCE BV / CURTIS LUCAS
/ Alex Cooke"
"LOTTO T-ONLINE / DEVCON SECURITY AND FINANCE BV / CURTIS LUCAS / Alex Cooke" are labels used by a gang of fake lottery scammers in the Netherlands for an Advance Fee Fraud (419 scam).
The following spam email tries to appear legitimate by claiming a fake lotto.nl sender address, by warning about online scams and making a reference to the lotto.nl website. Nevertheless, the claims agent uses a Dutch cellphone number (+31 6 ...) and a free webmail account (excite.com).
This is Alex Cooke the Director of LOTTO T-ONLINE in the NETHERLANDS. LOTTO T-ONLINE is an independent lotto organization in the netherlands that is conduting several online lotto programs. We hereby announce the result of our online UNIVERSAL MILLIONAIRE LOTTERY PROGRAMS held on 28th February,2005,in which your email address attached to ticket number LNT456780909890 and drew the lucky numbers 4-10-12-55-25-67,batch number 4578/NL and consequently won the lottery in the 1st category. However,in accordance to the policy of our organization,I write to congratulate you that you have won the sum EURO 400,000 from our online lotto program and your winning prize has been credited into your security file LOTTERY REF NUMBER Dev/nt/423275/01. This amount is from the total prize money of EURO 5,700,000 shared among the seventeen international winners in categories C with serial number: IL/PLW/18-C0547671254.
It is imperative that I inform you that your winning with us is legitimate and this winning notification you receive from us today is not one of those numerous lotto email scams you might have received in the past which some unscrupulous people are using to perpetrate their illicit lotto scams,therefore to assist us curb the menace of these lotto scams in the world at large,below are the tips to assist you:
- First of all do not sign any blank cheque in favour of any organization.
- Do not participate in any lotto program that is not legitimate.
- Do not participate in any lotto program from netherlands that does not require you to first naturalize your winning claim by the dutch government if you are declared to be a lotto winner.
Furthermore, lotto T-online is the only independent lotto organization in the Netherlands that is conducting several online lotto programs,therefore in case you receive a similar information or message from any group or association in the netherlands,you are advised not to reckon with them.
However,to confirm the legitimacy of our lotto program, the below website is one of the websites we are running over the internet concerning our lottery programs in Netherlands.
To start with,all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 50,000 company email addresses and 500,000 individual email addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America,Africa and Asia as part of our International Promotions Program, which is usually conducted semi-annually in the Netherlands.
However,you qualified for the draw as a result of your visiting some of the various websites we are running over the internet. Therefore,your winning funds is now in custody of Devcon Security company insured in your FILE REFERENCE NO Dev/nt/423275/01 and secured with a security code as issued by our company so as to avoid illegal access into your winning funds until your claim is fully naturalized by the dutch government as stated in our company's claim procedure. Note that your winning information such as your email address,your winning Prize (EURO 400,000),your lottery file reference number and the security code securing your funds has been forwarded to Dutch ministry of Justice here in netherlands. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This part of our security protocol is to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. This lottery p
rogram was promoted by some group of millionaire philanthropist in Netherlands and headed by the Netherlands Government. We do hope that you will participate in our end of year high stakes EURO 20,000,000 million International Lottery.
However,to begin your claim,being non-netherlands resident or citizen,you are required by the dutch lottery laws to travel down to the Netherlands within two days to officially naturalize your winning claim by the dutch justice department so as to procure all the necessary authorization documents that will back up the claim of your winning funds from the paying security company and this protocol is put in place to avoid any double claiming of your winning funds by any unknown third party.
However,if you cannot travel down to the Netherlands within the stipulated two days,you are advised to inform your claim officer at the paying Devcon security company so that he can naturalize the claim on your behalf. Please for more information concerning the claim of your winning funds,you are advised to forward a confirmation email to your claim officer at the paying Devcon security and finance company together with your telephone number. Below is the contact details of your claim officer:
(FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER)
DEVCON SECURITY AND FINANCE BV
Conclusively,lotto T-ONLINE is not a scam organization therefore this mail should not be treated as a scam scheme or be taken for granted,we are backed up by the appropriate lottery law in the Netherlands and only the successful winners in this our online lotto program receive this congratulation mail and because you won that is why this mail is being directed to you. Remember that all prize money must be claimed not later than 6 working days. After the last day, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your file reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. You are also expected to send your full name and contact address for proper verification and assessment of your winnings. Should there be any change of your address, do inform your claim agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once again from our team of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
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From: "Director Cooke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Congratulations you are online lotto winner !!!
inetnum: 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206
descr: Routit BV
descr: Provider Local Registry
status: ALLOCATED PA
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changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20040804
org-name: Routit BV
address: Routit BV
3044 CK Rotterdam
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changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20041214
person: Leon Boshuizen
address: Routit BV
address: Vlaardingweg 62
address: 3044 CK Rotterdam
address: The Netherlands
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