419 Scam – "FIRST ALLIED INTERNATIONAL CO. (Mr. Frank Edward)
FIRST ALLIED INTERNATIONAL CO. (Mr. Frank Edward)" is a fake lottery and "claims agent" based probably in Canada and Nigeria.
The criminals send fake cashier's checks to the victims, supposedly as a loan to pay taxes on the lottery prize. If the victims cash them and forward the money, they will in effect wire their own funds abroad, as the checks will bounce and the full amount becomes due for repayment to the bank. This is a similar scam to "SWISS PROMO LOTTERY (Dr. Henry Lewis, overseasassetmanagement.com)".
Please send us copies of such spam and any replies by "claims agents" you have have received. If you receive a check, do not touch it and do not deposit it. Instead contact the RCMP in Toronto so they can run forensic tests (fingerprints!).
FROM: FIRST ALLIED INTERNATIONAL CO. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT REFERENCE NUMBER: EU/2203505 BATCH NUMBER: 68/4207/EU email@example.com Click here to see more lotto scams. ATTENTION: Sir/Madam, We are pleased to inform you of the result of the winners of THE INTERNATIONAL LOTTO PROGRAMS concluded last week in our office as a part of our end of the year bonanza. Your e-mail address attached to ticket numbers 66010-94 with serial numbers 46-64- 20-02-09B drew lucky numbers 6-14-19-22-27- 47 Bonus 34, which consequently won in the category D. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of EUR 362,500 (Three Hundred and Sixty-Two thousand Five Hundred Euro) in cash credited to file REFERENCE: EU/2203505. This is from total prize money of EUR 1,450.000.00 shared among 4 winners in this category. Due to mix up of some numbers and names we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has 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 balloting system drawn from over 320,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world as part of our end of year International Program. On behalf of the management I say congratulation! To file for your claim please contact our office in North America and quote your Reference and Batch number, TOLL FREE: 1-866 205 6718 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mr. Frank Edward - Regional Supervisor) Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than Feb 30, 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please 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 part of our promotional program. Sincerely, Rick Tomas Co-ordinator N.B: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified and breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
Reply from the "claims agent":
From: First Allied Fin [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 12:34 PM To: emailaddress Subject: RE: Ref: #EU/225203505 Dear Firstname Lastname, This is to inform you that there is delay in sending your winning prize, there is a tax fee of EUR25,375.00 equivalent US$33,756.00 Please note that because your prize payment is coming from Europe, the European lottery regulation require's all non-resident winners to pay the imposed tax before they can receive their funds. But to avoid any inconveniences on your part, we have arranged with one of our financial associate in Canada to provide you with the money to enable you pay off this tax. Note: This tax fee of US$33,756.00 will be paid back with interest of 15% as soon you receive your money. A certified bank draft will be mail to you to enable you payoff the tax fee. Please contact this office to obtain payment instructions if you can afford to pay the tax to avoid further delay. We need your urgent acknowledgement. For further information do not hesitate to contact me at 1-866-205-6718 ext 2 Yours truly, Frank Edward ______________________________________________________ Get Paid... With Your Free Email at http://www.zwallet.com/index.html?user=fedward_firstallied