419 Scam Example: "GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY" (South Africa)
"GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY" is a label used by a gang in South Africa for a ficticious lottery. This is a 419 scam. The phone numbers are mobile phones (examples), the email addresses are free webmail accounts (how to report). All names and postal addresses are fake. The object of the scam is to get the victim to wire money to the criminals in South Africa. The money is only demanded after several emails have been exchanged, when the criminals think they have gained the trust of the victim.
This scam is related to "OMEGA CROSSING SA" and "FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY / SOLID ROCK FINANCE & SECURITY LTD", two other South African fake lottery scams. Most such scams in South Africa are run by Nigerians.
Fraud email example:
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD
OCTOBER 24th 2005
YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE
COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW
THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
NOGXINA GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY S.A
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT,
THE SUM OF US$1,950,000.00
(MR. RICHARD BALOYI)
YOUR CLAIM AGENT
ON + 27 83 561 9859
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
(GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY)
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made on 24-10-2005, of winners of the GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, as part of our promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 2, 9, 22, 23, 24, 30 and Bonus number 5 and consequently you have won in the Second Category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among the Seven international winners in the Second category.
Your fund is now deposited with the Global Mega Finance and Security Company insured in your name.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.We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year (2005) high stakes US$1.3billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, urgently contact your claim agent through the below information:
MR. RICHARD BALOYI.
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
Park Hurst,Balfour-Unit 1440
TEL: +27-83 561 9859
FAX: +27-11 484 7297
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4
BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO PROGRAM IS A BONUS TO THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE 2010 SOCCER WORLD
Congratulations'' once again from all our staffs and thank you for being part of our promotions progrgram.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA.
PARK HURST,BALFOUR-UNIT 1440
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY. AND SUPPORTED BY: (Fé¤©ration Internationale de Football Association) FIFA SUPPORT
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Mon, 24 Oct 2005 14:55:59 GMT
From: "international lotto" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 07:55:59 -0700