419 Scam Example: "GREAT FOUNTAIN LOTTO WWW-NET / Mrs. ARITA WRIGHT"
"GREAT FOUNTAIN LOTTO WWW-NET / Mrs. ARITA WRIGHT" is a fake lottery scam run by a gang in Nigeria.
Example of initial "winning notification":
PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, GREAT FOUNTAIN LOTTO WWW-NET INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS Ref. Number: 22/756/4007 Batch Number: 497001527-AB66 Email: email@example.com Sir/Madam We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Great Fountain International programs held on the 18th of Feb, 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 9570015948-6410 with serial number 3648042-510 drew lucky numbers 4-14-66-71-07-36 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$19.000.000.00 (Nineteen Million United States Dollars) to be shared among the 10 of you in this category. This automatically qualifies you to personally receive the sum of US$1.900.000.00) One million, Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars only. CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 68,000 companies and 80,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place twice in every six years. This lottery is partly promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates, President of the World Largest software, we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year (USD$65M) Sixty-five million Dollars international mega lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our assigned official agent/claims and duty officer: Mrs. ARITA WRIGHT GREAT FOUNTAIN LOTTO firstname.lastname@example.org Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than20th of March 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, do remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being successful in our lottery promotional program. Note: please only contact Mrs. Arita Wright on email email@example.com and anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified. Sincerely yours, Mrs. ARITA WRIGHT Lottery Coordinator N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain Information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempted from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.
Message from the "claims agent":
Dear Winner, Further to commencing the processes involved in releasing and transferring of your won entitlement to you, I have attached here with an Official Payment Processing Form in jpg format for you to download and print. You are required to fill the form completely, signed and return to us at the earliest. Please return by email attachment or send to our electronic fax number UNITED KINGDOM + 44-870-135-4708 Receipt of the completed form marks the commencement of processing of claims and entitlement. It is envisaged that the whole processes will take a maximum duration of 2-3 working days to conclude. Thereafter you would be contacted by our sponsor's Finance Trust house for remittance of payment at your directive on your preferred mode of payment. Expecting to receive from you at the earliest. Yours sincerely, ARITA WRIGHT
Received: from [18.104.22.168] by web42201.mail.yahoo.com via HTTP; Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:47:55 PST Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:47:55 -0800 (PST) From: greatfountain lotto <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: LOTTERY PROCESSING FORM To: email@example.com
inetnum: 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 netname: INET-MLTL descr: Multi-Links Telecommunications Limited country: NG admin-c: DG26 tech-c: RIA27 status: ASSIGNED PA notify: firstname.lastname@example.org mnt-by: MLTL-INT-MNT changed: email@example.com 20040416 source: RIPE person: Dwaipayan Ghosh address: 231, Adeola Odeku Street Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria phone: +23417751039 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org nic-hdl: DG26 notify: email@example.com changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20030507 source: RIPE person: IP Admin-RIPE address: Multilinks Telecommunications Limited address: 231 Adeola Odeku Str. address: Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria e-mail: email@example.com remarks: complaints/spam report : firstname.lastname@example.org phone: +2341774000 nic-hdl: RIA27 changed: email@example.com 20040331 source: RIPE mnt-by: NEO83-MNT