419 Scam Example: "SWISS LOTTO / GESELLSCHAFT SCHWEIZER ZAHLENLOTTO / MRS.RUTH MEYER"
Emails sent by "SWISS LOTTO / GESELLSCHAFT SCHWEIZER ZAHLENLOTTO / MRS.RUTH MEYER" are part of a scam (fake lottery) run by criminals. While there is a real Swiss lottery, it does not notify winners by email or tell them to contact claims agents who use an email address using a free webmail account. The purpose of the scam is to trick victims into making advance payments to the criminals.
Example of initial "winning notification":
SWISS LOTTO GESELLSCHAFT SCHWEIZER ZAHLENLOTTO POSTFACH 4002 BASEL REF NUMBER: CSL/74/368/05 BATCH NUMBER: GSZ-583-ST-11-12-05 email@example.com DEAR SIR/MADAM, We are pleased to inform you, THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT Lottery DRAWS HELD on the 17th Feb. 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 63538953216-435 with serial number 427-136 drew lucky numbers 1 2 3 28 29 35 +36 which consequently won in the 2nd category. you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 4,000,000 (EUROS) (four MILLION EUROS) note that All participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 25,000 companies and 40,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web sites. This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gate of Microsoft, Michael Dell of Dell Computers and other corporate organizations. this is to encourage the use of the Internet and computers worldwide. 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 you. 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 draw 7 million euro slot. You are requested to contact our clearance officer below to assist you with your winnings and subsequent payments. 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 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 and thank you for being part of our promotional program. NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE. Sincerely yours, MRS.RUTH MEYER (LOTTERY COORDINATOR)
The "ReplyTo" address in this email was "firstname.lastname@example.org". Caramail.com is a free webmail provider. Anybody can create an email account there in a matter of minutes.
The real Swiss lottery "Gesellschaft Schweizer Zahlenlotto" uses the domain "swisslotto.ch".