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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.

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The scammers have registered a domain and create a website of a fake private bank:

Email from the fake lottery:

From: paulguyer1@nyc.com
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
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 216.139.164.27 which (surprise, surprise) is not oned by a UK provider at all:

     OrgName:    Qkon 
     OrgID:      QKON
     Address:    No 8 Pieter Street Highveld Technopark
     City:       Pretoria
     StateProv:  
     PostalCode: 
     Country:    ZA
     
     NetRange:   216.139.164.24 - 216.139.164.31 
     CIDR:       216.139.164.24/29 
     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:  wbotha@qkon.com 
     
     OrgTechHandle: SBR7-ARIN
     OrgTechName:   Brits, Stadler 
     OrgTechPhone:  234 8033027260
     OrgTechEmail:  stadlerbrits@hotmail.com
According 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" <account@sccc-online.com>
Reply-To: <account@sccc-online.com>
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) franklin_peters2000@yahoo.com
        812 hallock avenue port jefferson station
        New York,    New York    11776
        United States
        Phone: (718)5473410 x 122
     
     Administrative Contact:
        Frankin Peters (EXJZK) franklin_peters2000@yahoo.com
        812 hallock avenue port jefferson station
        New York,    New York    11776
        United States
        Phone: (718)5473410 x 122
     
     Technical Contact:
        Frankin Peters (N62PL) franklin_peters2000@yahoo.com
        812 hallock avenue port jefferson station
        New York,    New York    11776
        United States
        Phone: (718)5473410 x 122
     
     Billing Contact:
        Frankin Peters (B8JYL) franklin_peters2000@yahoo.com
        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)
        apro-n4e-racc@abac.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:mail_markdorfman@yahoo.com

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