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419 Scam – "WILLIAM HILL LOTTO / MRS SILVIA DUKE"

"WILLIAM HILL LOTTO" is the fake identity asssumed by one gang of 419 scammers operating in the United Kingdom. They are abusing the name of a legitimate sports betting company (founded in 1934) which owns the following legitimate domains:

The real William Hill sports betting agency has no connection to these scammers!

Spams sent from these fraudsters use the following fake and non-existent sender addresses:

  • dpatrick@willhill.com
  • prizes@willhill.co.uk
  • awardnotifiy@williamhilllotto.com
If you get an email claiming to be from any of these addresses, it's a fraud: Any email sent to the above addresses is rejected because no mailboxes of that name exist.

If you receive an email that looks a lot like the following one, contact the abuse department of the webmailer used for the contact address of the "claims agent" listed around the middle of the body of the "winnning notification".

The abuse address for netscape.net addresses is abuse@aol.com. For most other webmailers, it's something like abuse@webmailername (for example abuse@yahoo.com for euromillions2004lotteryaward@yahoo.com).

Please also read:

Example of "William Hill Lotto" scam email:

WILLIAM HILL LOTTO, No. 1 Station Avenue, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
REF NO: WHC/2666801029/03
BATCH NO: 16/0017/PAD
ATTN: STICK WINNER.

RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION, FINAL NOTICE.


We are pleased to inform you of the release today of the results of the WILLIAM HILL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/END OF YEAR HIGHSTAKE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on 13th of November 2004.
Your name attached to the ticket number 5 - 12 - 26 - 29 - 36 - 49 - 56 - 89 with serial number 2115 - 05 drew the lucky numbers 7 - 9 - 14 - 16 - 29 - 33 which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 666,810.00 in cash credited to file REF.NO: WHC/2666801029/03. This is from a total cash prize of 11,335,770.00 POUNDS shared among the 17 international winners in this category.
CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated account, as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from USA, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, Pacific and Asia as part of our end of year international program, which we conduct once every year. We hope with a part of your prize money, you will take part in our mid year (summer) high stake £ 1.6 billion pounds international lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent, MR. FOREST ANDERSON, Foreign Operations Manager, PIONEER SECURITY AND DEPOSIT COMPANY, UK ON Fax No: +44 709 2840872 or E-mail: pioneercoy@netscape.net by providing your winning details, contact information including your phone and fax numbers for processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than December 4th 2004. After this date all funds will be returned to the WILLIAM HILL ECONOMICAL RESERVES as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every of your correspondence with us or your agent Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our promotion program.
Sincerely,

MRS SILVIA DUKE.
VICE PRESIDENT.
WILLIAM HILL LOTTO.

The following email from "Forrest Anderson" contains a money demand:

Return-Path: <pionersecurities@netscape.net>
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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 03:45:10 -0500
From: pionersecurities@netscape.net
To: ###################
Subject: RE: Winning Lottery Claim
MIME-Version: 1.0
Message-ID: <1402C61D.39AFD243.4B4157A9@netscape.net>
X-Mailer: Atlas Mailer 2.0
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Dear Sir/Madam,

As per your email, you can call me on +44-704 0116756 for 
explicit info.
On behalf of the entire William Hill Lotto, I say 
congratulations to you for been a Winner in this 3rd 
Category. I have received your email with utmost
delight 
in the WILLIAM HILL LOTTO draw that was 
conducted and the few eligible winners contacted 
personally.

Do understand that, all participants were selected 
through a Computer Ballot system drawn from 25,000
Names 
and E-mail addresses from Asia, Australia, New
Zealand, 
Europe and North America as part of our international 
promotions program which we conduct twice yearly and 
your E-mail addresses and Names were selected as one
of 
the lucky winner in this first category. You have 
therefore been approved to a lump sum payout of 
666,810.00 in cash credited to the REF N:
WHC/2666801029/03
BATCH N: 16/0017/PAD. The remarkable feature of this
series of our 
Lottery Program is that Lottery tickets were not sold;
the entire process
was routed via an Online Random selection system.

However, be informed that, We have been assigned as
the 
Claims agents who would assist you in the processing 
procedures and ultimately to the payment of your Sweep

Stake Lotto 666,810.00 to the nominated Bank account
you may 
provide to our Paying Bank credited to the REF N: 
WHC/2666801029/03 BATCH N:16/0017/PAD after your
claims 
Documents has been successfully processed and
legalized

In line with the governing rules of claim, you are 
requested to furnish us with a scanned copy of the
front 
page of your International Passport or Driver's
Licence or Work ID 
via Fax: +44 709-2840872 or e-mail attachment, for 
identification and reference. Note that, this is
done,to 
ensure that, we are dealing with the rightful Winner
in 
this 3rd Category.


We hereby inform you that we have processed your
payment and your cheque is ready for disbursement,
along with your winnings certificate. In this regard
you are to choose from the options below the one that
best suites you on how you wish to receive your funds,
also your funds deposited with us is not in liquid
(Cash) form but in Bank Cheques, this advice complies
with the Anti-Fraud section 2, sub section (iv) of the
procedural manual of the funds disbursement agreement
existing between courier companies and the British
Government.

1. Have our affiliate courier company send the cheques
to you. In consonance with our policy in this regard,
be advised that if you opt for the cheques to be
despatched, William Hill Lotto however exempts itself
from all liability related to this service. The cost
of this service would be entirely borne by you; this
is a prerequisite for this option. You will be
referred to our affiliate courier company so 
that you can make enquires concerning modalities,and
charges. The reason for the courier option is based on
the existing concept of double taxation; this implies
that if you are to come over to sign for the release
of your winnings personally, you would have to pay
taxes on the winnings in Britain after picking the
funds and then you will most likely pay taxes on the
same winnings in your country once the funds
are deposited into any Banking institution in your
Country. 
The winning cheque has been made out in ten
installments of 66,681 British pound sterlings each to
enable you lodge it with your bank without complaints.

2. Have your winning transferred through an online
banking system to your account from our corresponding
bank, but this will attract an initial online opening
balance of a minimum US$2,000.00. This way you shall
open an account with the bank and have the funds
liquefied first before the onward transfer to another
account that you may require.
This is the main reason why we would advise that you
take the courier option,you have not collected the
winnings until you sign for it and the only way you
can sign for it via courier is when you have taken
delivery of the parcel containing the winning cheques
and Certificates of Winning. This would be in your
country, the options are open to you and 
we are there to serve you, no matter the option taken.

We expect that you will notify us of your choice upon
receipt of this message so that appropriate
arrangement can be put in place.

Furthermore, do understand that, all processing of
claims should be completed not latter than 15th
January, 2005. After this date, all funds will be
returned to the WILLIAM HILL LOTTO as Unclaimed for 
the next sweepstake.

This promo is governed and monitored by the Europe 
Lottery Commission of 2004 and censored.

We will anticipate your prompt response so that the
entire Payment process can be concluded in a timely
fashion.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Forest Anderson.
Claims Processing Agent.
Pioneer Security & Deposit Company.
United Kingdom.



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From: "britishnationallottery" <clydedavis@london.com>
To: <clydedavis@london.com>
Sent: Monday, 28 February, 2005 7:09
Subject: Get In Touch

WILLIAM HILL LOTTO, No. 1 Station Avenue, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. 
Westmeath, Ireland 
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
REF NO: WHC/2666801029/03
BATCH NO: 16/0017/PAD
ATTN: .
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION, FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the release today of the results of the 
WILLIAM HILL CHRISTMAS SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/END OF YEAR HIGHSTAKE 
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on 10th of December 2004. 
Your name attached to the ticket number 5 - 12 - 26 - 29 - 36 - 49 - 56 
- 89 with serial number 2115 - 05 drew the lucky numbers 7 - 9 - 14 - 
16 - 29 - 33 which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. 
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 666,810.00 in 
cash credited to file REF.NO: WHC/2666801029/03. This is from a total 
cash prize of 11,335,770.00 POUNDS shared among the 17 international 
winners in this category.
CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured in your 
name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep 
this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and 
your money remitted to your nominated account, as this is a part of our 
security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking 
advantage of this program by participants. All participants were 
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from 
USA, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, Pacific and Asia as part of our end 
of year international program, which we conduct once every year. We 
hope with a part of your prize money, you will take part in our mid 
year (summer) high stake 1.6 billion pounds international lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent, MR. FOREST 
ANDERSON, Foreign Operations Manager, PIONEER SECURITY AND DEPOSIT 
COMPANY, UK  
fanderson@deliveryman.com by providing your winning details, contact 
information including your phone and fax numbers for processing and 
remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. 
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please 
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every of your 
correspondence with us or your agent Furthermore, should there be any 
change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as 
possible. Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank 
you for being a part of our promotion program.
Sincerely, 

MRS SILVIA DUKE.                        
VICE PRESIDENT.
WILLIAM HILL LOTTO.


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Who is "OBE AND NKEM"?

In a recent copy of a fake lottery scam email involving "WILLIAM HILL" (fake sender address: dpatrick@willhill.com) we found the following interesting text strings:

<title>WILLIAM HILL LOTTO, No</title>
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A Google search for "obe and nkem" found numerous other advance fee fraud messages as well as the following address, the website of one "OJIERENEM WORLDWIDE GROUP OF COMPANIES" (OWG):

There were no other matches on the entire web known to Google.

The contact address listed on that website was as follows:

COMPANY CONTACT ADDRESS: 
BLOCK E, SUITE 1,
ATINUKE SHOPPING COMPLEX,
129,OKOTA ROAD,OKOTA,LAGOS,NIGERIA
TEL:23418043993;2348023519494;2348042116061;2348023338535
FAX:144370523338
EMAILS:info_owg@yahoo.com

This proves something we've known for a long time, that the relatively recent fake lotteries and the original Nigerian scam are just two sides of the same coin.

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