419 Scam – "Camelot Financial Reconciliation Inc"
"Camelot Financial Reconciliation Inc" is a scam. Camelot UK runs the UK National Lottery. The UK National Lottery does not award prizes to people who did not purchase tickets. Furthermore, it does not notify lottery winners by email. If you haven't bought a ticket but received an email that claimed you've won, it's a scam. If you contact the "claims agent" you will be asked for private information which can be abused by these criminals and later you will be asked to send them hundreds or thousands of dollars in charges. The UK National Lottery does not charge winners to collect prizes.
Example of spam email:
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Message from the "claims agent":
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 15:13:24 +0000 From: Camelot Financial Reconciliation Inc. <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: emailaddress Subject: CONTACT SPI Dear Winner, Furtherance to the email copy of the Legal Authority/Application for the claim of your lottery prize awards winning, be further advised that your application has been approved and your payment file will be forwarded to the paying bank- INTERBANK PAYMENT SERVICE (SPI). Normally, it takes 48 banking hours to process your application and funds remitted to you after all modalities have been completed satisfactorily. Note that you are requested to forward to us a fax copy of your valid means of personal identification for our record purpose.You are hereby advised therefore to contact the corresponding paying bank immediately with the following contact information as provided below for the swift release of your winning sum. INTERBANK PAYMENT SERVICE (SPI) Lewisham High Street,SE13 6LQ London, United Kingdom. CONTACT PERSON: MR.JOHN CARLTON (Director of Foreign Transfer Dept.) TEL: +44-704-011-2876 FAX: +44-870-130-3659 In conclusion therefore you are advised to keep us duly informed as soon as you have received and confirmed your payment satisfactorily in your bank account. This would enable us post the original copy of your Certificate of prize awards along with your Payment Voucher to your mailing address. The Payment Voucher requires your signature when transaction is complete indicating that you have truly received and confirmed your prize awards winnings in good faith. This is for our record purposes as proof of the reality of this promotional programme. Once again, we extend a very warm congratulation to you for your lucky prize award winning. Early action is imperative, congratulations!!! Best Wishes, Mr. Alex Maxwell Director, Camelot Financial Reconciliation Inc., London, United Kingdom.