419 Scam Example: "GROUPLOTTO INTERNATIONAL / EMAIL LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES"
"GROUPLOTTO INTERNATIONAL" and other variations thereof are labels used by a gang in the Netherlands for a fake lottery fraud (advance fee fraud, "419").
If you are receiving a winning notification for a lottery that tells you to contact a netscape.net oder other free webmail addresses or to a Dutch cellphone number (0031-6xx-yyy-yyy or +31 6xx-yyy-yyy), it most likely is a variation of the scam mail below. You will find many more examples of such scam mails via a Google search.
Example of "GROUPLOTTO INTERNATIONAL" scam email:
EMAIL LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES
Message from the "claims agent":
Attn: We got your Email and to enable us to successfully process your claim you are to fill in the needed infomations in the (Attached)CLAIM AWARD FORM and send back via Email or fax to us.These infos will be directed to the verification centre for verification purpose in other to be able to endorse you as a bonifide winner before asigning your won money to you in any speculated account you will provide. Congratulations, Douglas Kert.
From: email@example.com To: emailaddress (Firstname Lastname) Subject: CLAIM FORM ATTACHED MIME-Version: 1.0 X-Mailer: Atlas Mailer 2.0 X-AOL-IP: 184.108.40.206
inetnum: 220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168 netname: VERSATEL-NL-DSL-NAT descr: Versatel Nederland DSL-NAT Customers country: NL admin-c: VT1029-RIPE tech-c: VT1029-RIPE status: ASSIGNED PA notify: firstname.lastname@example.org mnt-by: AS13127-MNT changed: email@example.com 20020107 source: RIPE route: 22.214.171.124/16 descr: Versatel customers origin: AS13127 mnt-by: AS13127-MNT changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20010104 changed: Hostmaster@versatel.net 20020205 changed: email@example.com 20041215 source: RIPE role: VT HOSTMASTER address: Hullenbergweg 101 address: 1101 CL Amsterdam ZuidOost address: The Netherlands e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org trouble: For ZON related abuse issues please contact email@example.com trouble: For all abuse issues please contact firstname.lastname@example.org admin-c: RVDK1-RIPE tech-c: RVDK1-RIPE tech-c: ROBH1-RIPE tech-c: RW487-RIPE nic-hdl: VT1029-RIPE remarks: This is the Versatel hostmaster role remarks: Please direct all queries to this role and *not* to person objects notify: email@example.com mnt-by: AS13127-MNT changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20001127 changed: email@example.com 20010302 changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20010823 changed: email@example.com 20011204 changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20020228 changed: email@example.com 20020517 changed: firstname.lastname@example.org 20020523 source: RIPE
Mrs. Holly Smith (grouplott2@ZIPMAIL.COM.BR)
Here a version of the initial spam using different aliases. This spam reached a huge number of people, as one of the target addresses was a mailing list feed of MSNBC.com that anybody post to and reach thousands of people.
From: grouplott2@ZIPMAIL.COM.BR [mailto:grouplott2@ZIPMAIL.COM.BR] Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 6:01 AM To: emailaddress Subject: WINNING INFORMATION!!! WINNING INFORMATION!!! GROUPLOTTO INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY Ref. Number: 515/212/6798 Batch Number: 33456733-BB67 Sir/Madam We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 18th of Feb of Jan 2005. Your E-mail address attached to ticket number 27511465566666 with serial number 7665544drew lucky numbers 7--654-87-876which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$ 1,000,000.00(ONE MILLION DOLLARS) CONGRATULATIONS!!! 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 ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual Email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Presidents of the World Largest softwares, we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year USD50 million international lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our FIDUCIAL Agent MR. VAN SIMON of the GROUPLOTTO INTERNATIONAL AGENCY TEL: 0031-619-134-498 FAX: 0031-847-300-479 EMAIL: email@example.com Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 15th 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. 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. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified. Sincerely yours, Mrs. Holly Smith Lottery Coordinator. ------------------------------------------ Use o melhor sistema de busca da Internet Radar UOL - http://www.radaruol.com.br