419 Scam Example: "NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES / ROYAL FINANCIAL & SECURITIES SERVICES (MR.Trevor Baker, ROSEMARY WOODBRIDGE)"
"NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES / ROYAL FINANCIAL & SECURITIES SERVICES (MR.Trevor Baker, ROSEMARY WOODBRIDGE)" are labels used in a fake lottery scam run by a gang in the UK and probably West Africa. This is a "419" fraud. The gang demands a fee of £3,950 for processing a claim for the non-existent lottery prize.
Send us any replies by "claims agents", especially money demands and payment instructions, we will publish them here.
Please forward copies of fraud emails to the abuse department of the webmail address listed as the contact email for the "claims agent" and ask for the address to be suspended because it is used in a 419 fraud (see 419 FAQ).
Example of initial "winning notification":
From: "THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER" <nationalsweepstakes@National-Champs.com> To: <nationalsweepstakes@National-Champs.com> Sent: Sunday, 13 March, 2005 10:40 Subject: SWEEPSTAKES PROMOTIONS LUCKY WINNER!!! NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES PO BOX 3627 LIVERPOOL L70 1NL FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, REF NO:YP/365147007GT AND BATCH NO: 2567FT DEAR WINNER, RE/AWARD NOTIFICATION We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of winners of NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES LOTTO PROGRAMS held on the 28TH FEBRUARY,2005 as part of our yearly bonanza. You have been attached to ticket number 34671, with serial number 938 drew the lucky numbers 22 27 33 37 38 40 24, and consequently won the lottery in category B.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of #1,000,000(One Million Pounds) in cash credited to file REF NO:YP/365147007GT.This is from total prize money of #6,500,000.00 shared among 5 winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from 96,000 names from Middle East, Asia,Africa,South America, Europe ,North America and Oceania as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually. CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now deposited with ROYAL FINANCIAL & SECURITIES SERVICES,due to the 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 is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent; MR.Trevor Baker Royal Financial & Securities Services,Uk Tel/Fax:+447092024411. email:TBaker_rfss@National-Champs.com for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember,you must contact ROYAL FINANCIAL & SECURITIES SERVICES not later than 14(FOURTEEN)banking days upon receipt of this notification. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with ROYAL FINANCIAL & SECURITIES SERVICES. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Sincerely, ROSEMARY WOODBRIDGE. THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, ___________________________________________________________________________ Mail sent from WebMail service at KW Services - http://KwServices.com/webportal/
The winning numbers quoted are the actual winning numbers of the UK National Lottery on October 23, 2004 (not February 28, 2005).
Here is a reply from "Mr. Trevor Baker" which includes a money demand:
Attention;Firstname Lastname, This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users.We hereby confirm the acknowledgement of claims file with Ref No:YP/365147007GT AND Batch No: 2567FT sent by your awarding Claims awarding Firm for due processing and payment.We have instructions from your Claims awarding firm to administer on their behalf payment proceedings to the amount of £1,000,000,00((One Million British Pounds Sterlings) in your favour for onward transfer to your designated and Nominated means. Under the enabling payment Act,we provide you with requirements which are to be submitted by you towards the final payment of your claims.It is adviced that these requirements are to be provided before claims payment is carried.Conditions of payment are non-negotiable and are not set by Royal Financial & Securities Services. Claims Payment requirements are: 1.Submission of a valid identification.This identification could either be in the form of a photocopied valid drivers license or passport page of a valid national passport. 2.Duly filled Claims Form M17X.(A copy of this Form is attached as a downloadable file.) 3.Evidence of payment of the Processing/Administrative Fees of £3,950. We advice that the above requirements are compulsory and non-negotiable. Sincerely, Trevor Baker Royal Financial & Securities Services
Here are wire transfer instructions:
Be informed that the required documents should be faxed to +442070600832.The processing administrative charges must be paid and evidence of payment of this payment forwarded along the faxed documents.Once we have all these documents have been received by our office,we shall then contact the Gaming Board with your file for final authorisation for payment to be issued.It is with this authorisation that your claims with be paid.We are not in any position to have access to your funds for any form of deduction as suggested in your email.We thus advice that immediate arrangement for the documents to our office be made possible. Payment of the processing fees should be made payable through to our duty accounts officer by MoneyGram International Transfer Service.Details of our duty officer is provided below as : Philip Edward. 4 Kneehill,Abbeywood SE2 8DL Yours faithfully, Trevor Baker