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12th November 2004

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Report Summary
Date Reported
12th November
Apparent Sender
Eric Jones
Return Address
Eric Jones <>

A another lottery variant of the 419 style of scam - uses the fake promise of a lottery win to eventually lure victim and trick them into giving away their bank details, or by requesting payments for 'administration costs'.

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1. What you see here is an example of the 'next stage' in the scam/phishing process. The email below was sent out to a victim who had fallen for the other 'Eric Jones' scam we reported today. As we regularly warn here at millersmiles, despite providing his details, the victim has now been hit with a reuqest to open an account for his 'winnings', which of course requires an 'administration charge' of US$1,200.00. This is how the scammers profit from these email frauds.

2. A lottery variant of the 419 style of scam. Correspondance will simply result in requests for 'administration fees' to cover various costs, but you'll never actually get any money back!

3. Notice that the sender uses a free, web based email address. A real company would almost certainly use their own.

4. See the other Eric Jones report today for an example of the 'first' email in the chain.


" Dear xxx, Congratulations! I have almost completed the processing and release of your prize winnings. "...

If you have received this email, please remember that it is very common for these email scams to be redistributed at a later date with only slightly different content or the same but with the fake page(s) hosted by a different provider. Also, once you have received one of these hoaxes, it is also common place to receive at least another one and usually a day or two after the first, although not necessarily from the same apparent sender.


The Spoof Email ...

Dear xxx,
Congratulations! I have almost completed the
processing and release of your prize winnings.
You winnings can be collected either through the bank,
or  we can send you a check for your winnings.
If you decide to collect your wnnings through the
bank,, you will be required to contact Prime Bank
through which all winners of the New Hope Lotto will
receive their winnings. You will be required to open
an online account with them so that your prize money
can be paid into that account via check.  They are the
corresponding bank to:
You will however be required to defray the cost of
verification and processing. The total cost of which
is US$1,200.00
Opening of account                      US$500.00    

Processing Fee                            US$700.00
If however you wish us to send your winnings to you by
check, we will have to insure the check and the
acknowledgement documents. This will cost you
US$400.00 payable before the check is sent to you.
Note that any claim not made within the next ten days
will be forfeited.
Please confirm your acceptance / willingness to defray
the above fees to enable me furnish you with the
necessary banking details to claim your winnings or
make arrangements to have your check sent to you.
I await your prompt confirmation to enable me complete
and conclude payment of your winnings.


Eric Jones.
(Claims Agent)

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