419 Scam Example: "TINAPA LOTTO INTERNATIONAL"
"TINAPA LOTTO INTERNATIONAL" is a fake lottery scam run by Nigerian gang. No such lottery actually exists. The whole purpose of the "winning notification" is to trick "winners" (anyone who received this spam) into sending money to the criminals for processing fees, bank fees, courier charges, taxes and other made up excuses. No legitimate lottery will charge a winner any kind of fee. No legitimate lottery selects winners by randomly selecting email addresses.
Please forward us copies of any replies or money demands by the ""claims agents" (Yahoo Mail: Forward / as Attachment, Outlook Express: Message / Forward as attachment, see "How to report 419 spam to us"). We will publish such replies here.
Please forward copies of fraud emails to the abuse department of the webmail address listed as the contact email for the "claims agent". Ask for the addresses to be suspended because they are used in a 419 fraud (see 419 FAQ).
Example of initial "winning notification":
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 9:50 AM
Subject: STUDENTS AWARD NOTIFICATION (5TH CATEGORY WINNER)
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
MR.PAUL MARK.(TINAPA LOTTO INTERNATIONAL)
PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF NO: 12/0078/IPG
BATCH NO: EGS/ 20054117/08
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION, FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you, that the result of our RECENT LOTTERY DRAWS
HELD ON THE 22ND JUNE 2006 has been released. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:021-7276083-04 with serial number:31270-0 drew lucky numbers:05-06-12-14-38 which consequently won in the 5th category.you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) in cash credited to file with REF: º.EGS/3662367114/13
Note that all participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 Officials and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web sites,from Asia, Australia, NewZealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program.
This promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei and other corporate organizations.
This is to IMPROVE THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION WORLDWIDE and to ENCOURAGE THE USE OF INTERNET AND COMPUTERS WORLDWIDE.
Your fund is now deposited with Union Bank and insured in your name For security purpose and clarity,we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
We look forward to your active participation in our next 4 million dollars slot.
To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims agent through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:
Name..Rev (Dr) Martin Johnson
CALL HIM IMMEDIATELY WITH HIS ABOVE DIRECT PHONE NUMBER. IF YOU ARE CALLING FROM (USA) THIS IS HOW YOU DIAL 011-234-803-372-5740 BUT IF YOU ARE CALLING FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY,THIS IS HOW TO DIAL +234-803-372-5740
You are also advised to provide your claim agent with the under listed information as soon as possible send it to any of his email addresses below,
E MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
E MAIL: email@example.com
1. Name in full
7. Batch Number
8. Serial Number
All winnings must be claimed not later than one month After the date of this
notice.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your Batch number and Serial numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations!!! once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Bear in mind that 10% of your fund will be going to the lottery organization that played the lottery with peoples name and email addresses that should be after you must have received the fund in your account,the 10% would have been given to them, but the fund has been insured and will not be removed till you receive it in your account.
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