419 Scam – "ROYAL-BAY SECURITY / MR.LARRY FOSTER"
"ROYAL-BAY SECURITY / MR.LARRY FOSTER" is the fake identity used by a gang of advance fee fraud ("419") scammers operating in Nigeria, the UK and Spain. It's a fraud. (see one example scam email here).
The money demand email of this scam bears similarities to the "UK NATIONAL LOTTERY / HOWARD COLLINS" scam involving fake a bank (Newcastle Trust Private Bank, www.newcastletrust.com).
The scammers have registered a domain for the fake claims agent:
The postal address is lacking a street number and can be assumed to be bogus, the phone number is probably just a voicemailbox.From: larry foster [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Sunday, 12 December 2004 11:38 To: ###################### Subject: ref:002c ATTENTION: 3RD CATEGORY WINNER TICKET NUMBER: 026-12541842-487 SERIAL NUMBER: 4352-16 LUCKY NUMBER: 04-07-09-10-43-46-11 Dear firstname lastname, We hereby inform you that we have processed your payment and your check is ready for disbursement. In this regard you are to choose from the options below that best suite you on how you wish to receive your funds. Also, your funds deposited with us is not in liquid form but in cashiers Check, this advice complies with the Anti-Fraud section 2, sub section (IV) of the procedural manual of the funds disbursement agreement existing between security firms and the British Government. The options to receive your winnings are: 1. You can come down in person to collect your funds at our payment center in either London or Madrid pending on where there is availability of funds. You will be required to present a Valid International Passport as proof of Identification amongst other documentation which will be required if you choose this option. 2. Have it courier to you, this is the consonance with our policy in this regard, be advised that if you choose the option for the check to be couriered, we however will not be liable for the courier service. The cost of this service would be paid by you; this is a prerequisite for this option. The reason for the personal appearance option is for the fact of double taxation, that is if you are to come over to sign for the release of your winnings personally, you would have to pay taxes on the winnings in UK and then go and pay taxes on the same winnings in your country once the funds get there. In the light of the above you are advised to choose from the options given to you. You are to make prompt reply pending on the option you choose to enable us process and complete your file. Sincerely, MR.LARRY FOSTER ROYAL-BAY SECURITY Malet Street, Bloomsbury London WC1E EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TEL/FAX: +44-870-134-2729
The domain of this "security company" was only registered a few days before the above email, on 2004-12-08, using a bogus postal address in the USA:
Request: royal-baysecurity.net Registration Service Provided By: Microsoft Contact: email@example.com Visit: http://support.msn.com/contactus.aspx?pk=PersonalAddress Domain name: royal-baysecurity.net Registrant Contact: frank weber frank weber (firstname.lastname@example.org) +1.7173324455 Fax: none 12 west dr. york, PA 17404 US Administrative Contact: frank weber frank weber (email@example.com) +1.7173324455 Fax: none 12 west dr. york, PA 17404 US Technical Contact: NOC MSN NOC MSN (MSN-PA-TECH@msn.com) +1.4258828080 Fax: none One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052 US Billing Contact: NOC MSN NOC MSN (MSN-PA-BILL@MSN.COM) +1.4258828080 Fax: none One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052 US Status: Locked Name Servers: pdomns1.msn.com pdomns2.msn.com Creation date: 08 Dec 2004 06:25:51 Expiration date: 08 Dec 2005 06:25:51