Current Status

This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Advance Fee Fraud: Mega City Lottery

This particular instance of El Fraudo Lottery was "promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like Mr.Bill Gate and sultan of Brunei". Bill Gate? Well, what does a minor typo matter when contained in such a big lie? So the 419ers are still using "you won a major prize in a lottery without buying a ticket" as bait on their hooks. Let's do the forensics and see where they're coming from. This one was sent directly to this blog's contact address, by the way -- most convenient. It was received from ( -- in the Netherlands, which is not uncommon for 419ers, although less common recently -- on Wed, 18 May 2005 12:56:11 -0000. It's not entirely obvious whether this 419er is purchasing connectivity directly from Tiscali in the Netherlands, or using a compromised host. The former approach, using hit-and-run Internet access, is the more common modus operandi among 419ers.

REF NUMBER: 039/054/336
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the lottery winners international programs held on 15th of may, 2005. your e-mail address attached to ticket number 27522465896-6543 with serial number 3772-554 drew lucky number 7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved to pay the lump sum of €500,000.00 (five hundred thousand euros).
For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claim have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual e-mail adresses and names from all over the world.
This program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like Mr.Bill Gate and sultan of Brunei, we look forward to your active participation in our next year USD 8million slot.
You are requested to file in your winning, however if you are unable to make it to the netherlands, please contact our clearance office to assist you with the claim and send your cashier's check to your home adress.
Note that, all winnings must be claim not later than 2nd june,2005. After this date, all unclaimed funds will be null and void.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondences, you can contact us at the following e-mail address:
Furthermore, should there be any change of adress, do inform our agent as quickly as possible. congratulations once more and thank you for been part of this program.
Note: Any person under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Yours sincerely,
Mr.Barry Juhnson

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