419 Scam – "UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE / STANDARD CHARTERED CASH CENTRE / sccc-online.com Richard Palkowski" (Fake Bank)
"STANDARD CHARTERED CASH CENTRE / sccc-online.com Richard Palkowski" is the fake bank website used by one (probably Nigerian) gang of advance fee fraud ("419") scammers operating in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. It's a fraud and so is the "lottery" that sends victims to open accounts at the "bank", "UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE".
Nigerian fake lottery scams usually involve a pair consisting of a fake lottery and a fake bank / attorney / securities company / courier service. With fake banks, victims are notified of a lottery win and are told the prize will be paid into a bank account at a private bank in London. Opening an account at the bank involves a minimum deposit, usually around $5000. The victim is told he/she will be able to access his/her account with the winnings and the deposit in it within 24h of sending funds. That is never the case. The criminals simply pick up any cash wired to the UK as a deposit at a Western Union agent (such as a major post office) and move on to the next victim. There really is no no bank account, bank, just as there was no lottery prize to start with. It's all a fraud. Except for the person picking up the cash in London, Birmingham or any other city most members of the gang are based in Nigeria.
The scammers have registered a domain and create a website of a fake private bank:
The postal address given by "Dr.Paul Guyer" for "UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE PROMOTION" is fake, as the UK code for "34 Shelton Street" is "WC2H 9HP" and not "WC4H 7UB". There is only one business at that address, "Sunglass Hut International", a fashion accessory store. The above email was sent from IP 188.8.131.52 which (surprise, surprise) is not oned by a UK provider at all:From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: YOUR CERTIFICATE AND YOUR CLEARANCE SLIP FOR YOUR CLAIM. UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE PROMOTION. 34 Shelton Street London WC4H 7UB United Kingdom. Dear firstname lastname, Finnaly your certificate is out , Please be rest assured that it will be kept very confidential.Attached below is a copy of your certificate and your clearance slip to collect your money from the banking firm where are winnings is deposited for safe keeping beofre claim. The certificate is like a confirmation that you have been cleared by us and that you have met the necessary requirements. The certificate is like a cheque which is exchanged for your claims equivalent.Your name is not on the certificate because it was your ticket number that was used to select your email address in the lottery.Because of the limited time on our hands to pay all the lottery winnings within two weeks of this notice,i have forwarded your details and your original certificate to our affiliate bank and they will contact you soonest. In the constitution of our Company, you are not allowed to deduct or remove any amount of money from the prizes won by our clients-either for charges, taxes/ other expenses which are needed for the processing and transfer of our clients' funds into their nominated bank accounts. This is because of the hard cover insurance policy that came with it and also for the safety of our client's funds. So endeavour to get back to me as soon as you have been contacted by the Bank, so that i can give you further advice as your advocate. Have a nice day and congratulations once again. Regards, Dr.Paul Guyer Tel:+44-7040113854 Fax:+44-8716617621 Universal Trust Inc, Claim/Fiducial Agent. 34 Shelton Street London WC4H 7UB United Kingdom
OrgName: Qkon OrgID: QKON Address: No 8 Pieter Street Highveld Technopark City: Pretoria StateProv: PostalCode: Country: ZA NetRange: 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 CIDR: 18.104.22.168/29 NetName: QKON35 NetHandle: NET-216-139-164-24-1 Parent: NET-216-139-160-0-1 NetType: Reassigned Comment: RegDate: 2003-08-01 Updated: 2003-08-01 TechHandle: WBO2-ARIN TechName: Botha, Willem TechPhone: 234 8033027260 TechEmail: email@example.com OrgTechHandle: SBR7-ARIN OrgTechName: Brits, Stadler OrgTechPhone: 234 8033027260 OrgTechEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgAccording to the address the company is in South Africa, but the international phone number is a mobile phone in Nigeria (234 803 is the network prefix of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited).
Here's an email from sccc-online, the fake "bank" used in this scam:
From: "account" <email@example.com> Reply-To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <emailaddress> Subject: Opening of Online Account. Hello firstname lastname, How are you doing today?We have recieved your details from your fudiary agent that you have been cleared for payment of your lottery claims to you. Please endeavour to fill the accounts details below and get back to us soonest so that we can open an account for you.Have a nice day and we await your urgent response. Full Name: Address: Nationality: Occupation: Age: Phone Number: Mobile Number: Fax Number: Email: Type Of Account: Note: Please you are adviced to activate your account with a minimum opening deposit which will be credited to your account after activation. You have also been adviced to fill online transit account under the section of type of Account. Thanks for your co-operation. Regards, Richard Palkowski Accounts Director. +44 2070600487
The domain for this supposedly UK bank was registered using a (probably fake) US postal address:
Domain name: sccc-online.com Registrant: Frankin Peters (N62PL) email@example.com 812 hallock avenue port jefferson station New York, New York 11776 United States Phone: (718)5473410 x 122 Administrative Contact: Frankin Peters (EXJZK) firstname.lastname@example.org 812 hallock avenue port jefferson station New York, New York 11776 United States Phone: (718)5473410 x 122 Technical Contact: Frankin Peters (N62PL) email@example.com 812 hallock avenue port jefferson station New York, New York 11776 United States Phone: (718)5473410 x 122 Billing Contact: Frankin Peters (B8JYL) firstname.lastname@example.org 812 hallock avenue port jefferson station New York, New York 11776 United States Phone: (718)5473410 x 122 Record last updated on 2004-11-20 00:00:00 Record created on 2004-11-20 00:00:00 Record expires on 2005-11-20 00:00:00 Domain servers in listed order: dns5.stargateinc.net dns6.stargateinc.net Registration Service Provider: AplusNet(APRO) email@example.com http://www.aplus.net Registrar: NAMES4EVER, http://www.names4ever.com
UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE LOTTERY: Customer Service 28 TANFIELD ROAD, CROYDON.LONDON Ref: EAASL/941OYI/02 Batch: 12/25/0034 WINNING NOTIFICATION: We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro - Afro Asian Sweepstake International programs held on the 1st of January 2005 in London. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred Thousand,United States Dollars) in cash credited to file PC/9080118308/02. This is from a total cash prize of US $ 25 Million dollars, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred thousand,United States Dollars) would be released to you by our security firm in Europe. Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent: Mr Mark Dorfman Email:firstname.lastname@example.org To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent. Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program. Sincerely, LADY HJ PONFA