419 Scam – "Linux International Lottery"
"Linux International Lottery" is a fake lottery scam run by a gang in Nigeria.
Please send us replies by "claims agents", especially money demands and payment instructions, we will publish them here. You can also submit such fraud emails to the Scam-O-Matic.
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 domains / addresses to be suspended because they are used in a 419 fraud (see 419 FAQ).
Sample initial spam:
Linux Head London United Kingdon.
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BD, UK
Affiliate of U.K National Lottery.
Tel: +44 704 570 4365
Fax:+44 870 479 1525
CONGRATULATIONS: YOU HAVE WON $200,000.00 !!!
We are pleased to inform you of the result of Linux International Lottery which was held on the 28Th, February 2007. Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number: 834509819, with Prize
Number: 237359446 drew a prize of $200,000.00 (Two hundred thousand Dollars).
This lucky draw came first in the 2ND Category of the Sweepstakes. You will
receive the sum of $200,000.00 (Three hundred thousand Dollars) from our
lottery department.Because of some mix-up with sweepstakes prizes, including the time limit placed on the payment of your prize: $200,000.00
(Two hundred thousand Dollars), we advice that you keep all information
about this prize confidential until your funds:$200,000.00 have been received by
You must adhere to this instruction, strictly, to avoid any delay with
the release of your funds to your person. This program has been abused
severally in past, so we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of
false claims. This sweepstakes was conducted under the watchful eyes of 8,000 spectators. Your e-mail address was selected and came out third by an
e-ballot draw from over 250,000 e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail
This program is sponsored by Linus Torvalds and CFI Networks to compensate faithful Internet users around the globe. Congratulations for becoming
one of the few lucky winners.
With your permission, your e-mail will also be included in the next sweepstake of 2Million USD. In order to avoid unnecessary delays with your claim. please contact immediately, and quote your winning information in all your
correspondence to your claims agent.
Here is the contact information:
Name : Mr Lewis Anderson
Phone: +44 704 570 4365
You are to furnish them with the following informations:
(ii) Telephone and fax numbers
(iv) Winning information.
Mrs. Patricia Mcmeans
Coordinator, Linux International Lottery