Sunday, August 19, 2012

Nokia Lotto Scam

People have been receiving spam texts on their cellphones with a message similar to this one:
"Your mobile# has won $330000 in Nikia freelotto.Ref No:NFL982.to claim send your name, email, and mobile to nokiaconnect1@56788.com"
Email addresses associated with texts similar to this include:
  • nokiaconnect2@56788.com
  • nokiaconnect1@56788.com
  • nokia@365trade.net
  • nokiaconnect@56788.com
  • nokiaconnected1@56788.com
  • nokiaconnected2@56788.com
  • nkconnect@56788.com
  • freelotto1@nokiaconnect.org
  • freelotto1@nokiaconnection.org
  • nokiaconnected@56788.com
  • dispatch@chronoexpress.co.uk
  • dispatch1@chronoexpress.co.uk
  • dispatching@chronoexpress.co.uk
  • enquiry@chronoexpress.co.uk
  • info@chronoexpress.co.uk
  • office@chronoexpress.co.uk
  • ukprize4@live.com
  • ukprize1@live.com
  • freeservice12@tncr.com
  • ukprize2@live.com
  • ukprize3@live.com
I'm certain that more will surface as time goes on. Interestingly, both 56788.com and 365trade.net domains are registered in China and Nokia has nothing to do with sending these texts out.

Sending a reply to the @56788.com addresses resulted in this:
Mountain Complex
Duke Street
Liverpool, L3 6AP
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 770 000 7771
Fax: +44 871 504 1504".

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"Package Verification Number: VPK89002/GB/564
Reference Number : NFL982GB"
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"Dear (My Name),"

"Good to hear from you regarding the Nokia FreeLotto® UK Promo. My names are Mr. Ruben Peter's. I am the Nokia FreeLotto® UK claims officer assigned to winners on the Mobile sweepstakes.In line with the commemorating event marking our annual promotions, we rolled out this mobile promo for our 46th Anniversary Draws. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 company mobile numbers, and 30,000,000 individual mobile numbers from mobile networks from Australia, Middle East, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually in Britain, London".

"We officially congratulate you as the beneficiary of the cash prize of $330,000 AUD (Three Hundred & Thirty Thousand Australian Dollar)".

"We have received your claims email for your Nokia FreeLotto® UK winnings, based on this, your prize money shall be remitted to you accordingly. Various Mobile Numbers where been selected from around Asia, Such as Batelco, Mobicom of Mongolia, Fiji Vodafone ,MTC - Voda`fone of Bahrain, Etisalat and Du of UAE, Qatar Telecom of Qatar, GTO of Oman and Mobilink, Paktel, Telenor, Ufone and Warid all of Pakistan,Vodafone and Optus (Singtel) of Australia,Eronet and PTT BiH (BH Telekom) of Bosnia and Herzegovina".

"This promotion is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This promo is the 1st of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public about Nokia FreeLotto® UK".

"I must say that you should count yourself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of our (15) lucky winners and we do sincerely hope you will put part of your winnings into good use for community, educational and business development and also to render selfless services to the less privileged in your community".

"The process for claiming your winnings has been made very simple so that within 4-7 business days, you are assured of having received your cash prize of $330,000 AUD and all the legal documents backing your winnings. In the light of the above mentioned, you are to Contact our Affiliate Delivery department with the contact information below for further instructions on how to send your winning cheque of $330,000 AUD to your location. The documents to be sent to you by the courier, which we have already sign and sealed are; WINNING CHEQUE,WINNING CERTIFICATE AND CLEAR SOURCE OF FUNDS CERTIFICATES (C.S.F.C.)".

"You should contact the Office of the Courier Email that will handle the delivery of your winning check to you with the contact information below".

"CONTACT THE CHRONOEXPRES COURIER SERVICE TO DELIVER YOUR PARCEL TO YOU".

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"ChronoExpres Courier Service
Handling Agent: Mr. Freize Jefferson
Direct Dial: +44 703 198 3729
Email : office@chronoexpress.co.uk".
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"VERY COMPULSORY NOTE: FILL THE BELOW DETAILS AND SEND TO THE CHRONOEXPRES COURIER BY EMAIL office@chronoexpress.co.uk".

"1, WINNER FULL NAME:
2, WINNER PRESENT ADDRESS:
3, WINNING MOBILE NUMBER:
4, HOME & OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:
5, WINNER REFERENCE NUMBER: NFL982
6, PACKAGE VERIFICATION CODE: VPK89002/GB/564
7, WINNER PRIMARY AND ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS:".

"We want you to know that they are exist of a periodic condition on all claims process; therefore you have limited time to claim your winnings. Failure to claim your winnings within the stipulated time frame will lead to the forfeiture of your winnings after which your winnings remitted back to the Nokia FreeLotto® UK OFFICE and will then be added to next winning draws. Also kindly be aware that the Nokia FreeLotto® UK winning prizes are regulated by the Financial Services Authority and as a result, you are advice to follow the Claims Terms and Conditions of the CHRONOEXPRES COURIER to ensure the dispatching of your Cheque to you within the stipulated time".

"Further to this, due to some recent miss-up of some winning numbers, as a Prize winner and according to the Nokia FreeLotto® UK Terms and Conditions, you are only privy to your winnings information and your winnings transfer information in order to avoid any form of double claiming and misappropriation of your winnings, hence the release of your winning information to a third party (friends and family members inclusive) is absolutely not advisable as this will give room to double claiming by a third party which is against the Nokia FreeLotto® UK Terms and Conditions. You are therefore advised to keep your winning information personal from any third parties (friends and family members inclusive) until your winnings have been sent to you".

"Please note that your REFERENCE NUMBER is (NFL982) and PACKAGE VERIFICATION CODE is (VPK89002/GB/564) as you were the 4th beneficiary selected by the Computerized Programmed Ballot System. As soon as we receive the information required above, you will be informed as soon as your Winning Bank Draft and all other accompanying legal winning documents is issued in your name and released for disbursement. Kindly get back to me with the information requested above soonest so that your funds can be officially processed and released to you as explained above".

"Lastly, I will require a concise update on your proceedings with the Courier Agency that will be handling the dispatching of your winnings. If you need any assistance whatsoever from this office, please do not hesitate to inform us".

"Sincerely,
Fiduciary Agent,
Mr. Ruben Peter's Copyright ©2012 Nokia FreeLotto® UK . All rights reserved".
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"This email and its attachments are confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). This email and its attachments may also be privileged or protected by legal rules. If you have received this by mistake please let us know by reply immediately and destroy the email and its attachments without reading, copying or forwarding the contents".



Duane Browning




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