419 Scam Example: "CITY-LINK EXPRESS"
"CITY-LINK EXPRESS" is a label used by a gang in Nigeria for a fake lottery fraud (advance fee fraud, "419"). The UK National Lottery does not award prizes by email address to people who never bought a ticket. Winners do not have to wire cash to a courier service to receive their prize. The objective of the scam is to get victims to wire money to the criminals, hoping to receive the promised but non-existent lottery prize at the end.
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Sample money demand from the criminals:
Mr. P.B Kings,
Director of Operations and Logistics
City-Link Express (Thailand) Co. Ltd
We can express it better for you.
Attention Firstname Lastname
We write to acknowledge the receipt of yours winning check of GBP£2,367,834 (Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Four Great British Pounds) in your favor through our affiliate agency (Uk Lotto Organization) with Ref#CLE/BT/REG/23/34/1. In CITY-LINK EXPRESS, our integrated courier and delivery services are second to none and our team of indefatigable experts renders our creative and innovative services, which have kept us afloat over the years. We are among the best courier organizations in the world today. Over the years we have created links for corporate, government, public and personal delivery.
We are grateful to the Uk Lotto Organization the depositors of all winners check for believing in us, as our prime objectives is to satisfy our numerous customers worldwide and also to maintain our International reputation within the various courier industries. However, our services are qualitative and professionally oriented. Lets carry you along, and manage your delivery matters. The CITY-LINK EXPRESS does not only stand for our team of indefatigable experts , well-managed resources but also for fast delivery and consistency.
I do hereby let you know that your winnings particulars has been duelly verified and cross-checked with the one sent to us from the Uk Lotto Organization in their online draws and Sweepstake programs held here in Bangkok-Thailand and i have ascertain you as the bonafide beneficiary and legitimate receiver of the winnings check of GBP£2,367,834
I must say that you need not be puzzled about your winning. The Uk Lotto Organization was established about 20 years ago in Britain and the organization makes a yearly draw of 25,000 names through the computer ballot system drawing names only from the participating continents of America, Asia, Europe Australia, New Zealand and Africa. The Uk Lotto Organization has received numerous awards of excellent performance for Economic and Public affairs since its establishment.
Haven now approved you as the rightful receiver of the winnings check of GBP£2,367,834, to have the check sent to you, all you now have to do is to pay the international courier delivery fee of your winnings check to your address. I believe Mr Garry Desmond of the Uk Lotto Organization must have made you to understand that no cent or penny is deductable from your winnings check of GBP£2,367,834 as all winners checks has been processed in such manner so as to avoid misappropriation of winners funds.
Be informed that due to the proven integrity and reputations of the CITY-LINK EXPRESS, this Company cannot be indulged in any transaction that is capable of destroying our reputations and image which took us years to build.Note all winners checks are in USA Dollars and your check of GBP£2,367,834 is equivalent to an approximated sum of us$4.2m
WINNINGS CHECK INTERNATIONAL COURIER DELIVERY FEE ..US$115
DELIVERY DURATION: 3(THREE) DAYS UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.
You are to make this payment by Western Union Money Transfer to the name of our Account Officer.
Name: Mr Princewill Ezekiel.
Address: 25 Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110.
After making the payment, you are to send the complete payment information, which should include the sender's name as exactly used at the western union office in making the payment, country where money is sent from and money transfer control number(MTCN).
Note: Incase of any change of address, you are advised to kindly inform this office with immediate effect.
On behalf of the management of this organization, we wish to thank you for this opportunity given us to be of service to you as we look forward to taking further care of your delivering matters.
This office once again CONGRATULATES you.
Mr. P.B Kings.
Received: from [220.127.116.11] by web26508.mail.ukl.yahoo.com
via HTTP; Wed, 12 Oct 2005 10:03:19 CEST
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 10:03:19 +0200 (CEST)
From: "City-Link Express Thai Co. Ltd" <email@example.com>
Subject: This office congratulates you
WHOIS details for sending network (IP 18.104.22.168):
Address: No 8 Pieter Street Highveld Technopark
NetRange: 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199
TechName: Botha, Willem
TechPhone: 234 8033027260
OrgTechName: Brits, Stadler
OrgTechPhone: 234 8033027260
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Email history for IP address 188.8.131.52:
|2005-03-08 13:34:20 UTCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2005-03-08 14:05:29 UTCemail@example.com|
|2005-08-04 19:53:49 UTCfirstname.lastname@example.org|