419 Scam – "Instant Promo Sweepstakes (Mr Jonathan Ideh)"
"Instant Promo Sweepstakes (Mr Jonathan Ideh, Suzanne Bergen)" are labels used by a fake lottery and fake "claims agent" operating in the UK and probably in Nigeria. The UK phone numbers used in the scam are Special Service numbers (+44 70xxx) which can forward the call to any phone worldwide. In fake lottery scams the presence of a +44 70xxx number sually indicates that the crimianls are based in West Africa, though the payment is made to a gang member based in the UK.
The name "Suzanne Bergen" was also used in the "Heritage Classic Foundation" fake lottery scam which is probably run by the same gang.
Send us replies by "claims agents", especially money demands and payment instructions, we will publish them here.
INSTANT PROMOTION SWEEPSTAKES. Hoover Building Western Avenue Perivale London NW1 4SA UK. PROMOTIONS MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, REF NUMBER: IML/57721/XVA AND BATCH NO: 581-FC7-17-DA ATTENTION: INSTANT WINNER, It is our honour to inform you of the announcement today the 14th of March, 2005 that you have been selected as one of the 3 winners of INSTANT PROMOTION SWEEPSTAKES held on the 6th of March, 2005 as our first quarter of the year bonanza. Your email,attached to ticket number 2004-76445-78, with serial number 64745-899 drew the lucky numbers 33-89-75-54-80-2,and consequently won the lottery in B category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of EURO3,000,000 in cash credited to file REF:IML/57721/XVA. Your email was selected through a means of computer ballot system drawing from 285,000 companies and individuals from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Europe, North America,South America and Asia as part our International Promotions Program, which is for the year 2005. CONGRATULATIONS!!! To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent for due processing and remittance of your prize money to you accordingly with your Full Names,Telephone and Email. CLAIMS AGENT Mr Jonathan Ideh Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44-7040117073 NOTE: In order to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to you. Please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of Your correspondences with your claims agent. Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Sincerely, Mrs.Suzanne Bergen The Promotions Manager, INSTANT PROMOTION SWEEPSTAKES N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail Contact your claims agent.
Reply from the "claims agent":
Attn: Instant Winner, We acknowledge the receipts of your mail. This program is sponsored by eminent personalities as a way to encourage the usage of internet worldwide and it has also benefited most of out clients both in the past and in the present. Emails were picked at ramdom which were later subjected to computer balloting and yours was eventually selected as one of the three lucky winners. Please be informed that your application for claim of prize winnings will be duly processed and settlements be made upon certification and verifications of your details. To qualify for your prize money,you are expected to fill the attached TRANSFER CLAIM FORM LLB-24 and send it back to the verification department through the Below details:- Email: email@example.com OR Fax Number: +44-7005806448 On confirmation that the form has been sent, you are advised to give me a call on +44.7040117073 to alert me immediately so that I can go ahead with the verification exercise as quick as possible if not, processing of your winnings might be delayed. THIS FORM SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE WINNER OF THIS LOTTERY DRAW AWARD FOR VERIFICATION BEFORE TRANSFER.(download attached files; print out and fill,then send as attachment by email or fax to +44-7005806448 preferably) Accept our congratulations. Sincerely Yours, Mr Jonathan Ideh (Claims Agent)