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FedEx Package UK Lottery Advance Fee Scam

Outline
Message claiming to be from delivery company FedEx informs the recipient that a package containing a UK lottery bank cashier cheque worth over $1500000 has been waiting to be delivered for some time. The recipient is instructed to pay a 'security fee' and supply personal details so that the cheque can be delivered.

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Brief Analysis
The message is an advance fee scam presented with a twist. The email is not from FedEx and no cheque is waiting. The scammers use the fictional cheque as bait to entice recipients into sending their money and personal information.

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Example

Subject: Delivery In Progress

Open Attached File For More Detail

(Contents of attached pdf)
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Dear Customer,
We have been waiting for you to contact us for your long existing Package that was registered with us for shipping to your residential location. We had thought that the UK National lottery promotion gave you our contact details to contact us, it may interest you to note that a letter was also added to your
FedEx package, however we cannot read the full content to you via email for privacy reasons we understand that the package itself is a winning bank Cashier cheque which worth over $1,500.000.00 USD {ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLAR} As you know FedEx do not ship money in CASH but
Bank Drafts/winning cheques are shippable. The package is registered with us for mailing by the UK lottery promotion, We are sending you this email because your package is been registered on a Special delivery Order What you have to do now, is to contact our Delivery Department for immediate dispatch of your package to your residential address.

Note that as soon as our Delivery Team confirm your information's it will only take two working days (48hours) for your package to arrive your designated address. For your information, the VAT & Shipping charges as well as Insurance fees have been paid by the UK lottery promotion before your package was registered. Note that the payment that is made on the Insurance, Premium & Clearance Certificates, is to certify that the winning cheque is not for Drug Affiliated Fund (DAF) neither is it a fund to sponsor Terrorism in your country. This will help you avoid any form of query from the Monetary Authority of your country. Note, you will have to pay a total Security sum of $221 USD to the FedEx Security Company India being full payment for the Security Keeping Fee of your package as stated in our privacy terms & condition page. Also be informed that the UK National lottery promotion Company wishes you to pay for the Security Keeping charges, but we do not accept such payment just like that considering the fact that all items & packages that is registered with us have a time limitation and we cannot accept payment that is not known to us, so you are to send us your full detail so we can furnish you with our own payment procedures for the security keeping fee of your parcel containing $1,500,000.00 USD. Kindly note that the lottery promotion did not leave us with any further information we hope that you respond to us as soon as possible because if you fail to respond until the expiry date of this package, we may refer the package to the British Commission for Welfare as the package do not have a return address.
Kindly contact the delivery department (FedEx Delivery Post) with the details given below:
FedEx Delivery Post Contact Person: Mr. Bright Collins
Tel: [removed]
Email: delivery@manager.in.th
Kindly complete the below form and send it to the email address given above. This is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone numbers.
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FULL NAMES:
CONTACT ADDRESS:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
CITY:
STATE:
COUNTRY:
OCCUPATION:
SEX (M/F):
AGE:
STATE OF ORIGIN:
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Kindly complete the above form and submit it to the delivery manager on: delivery@manager.in.th
As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the necessary payment procedure so that you can remit the payment for the Security Keeping Fees. As soon as they confirm your payment of $221 USD, they will not hesitate to dispatch your package as well as the attached letter to your residential address. It usually takes 48 hours being an over nights delivery service. Get back immediately with your information's so we can proceed with this mission.
Regards
Mr. George Adamson

FedEx Online Team Management


Detailed Analysis


According to this document, which purports to be from US delivery giant FedEx and arrives as an attached .pdf, the recipient has a cashier cheque for more than 1.5 million dollars waiting to be delivered.

Supposedly, the recipient won the money some time previously via the UK Lottery. But, due to a communication breakdown, the recipient was never properly informed of the win or told how to arrange delivery of the package. All the recipient need do to collect the unexpected windfall is pay a 'Security Keeping Fee' of $221 and supply some personal details.

Or so the rather convoluted message would have the recipient believe.

However, the message is just another advance fee scam albeit one with a somewhat different backstory than the norm. Most such scam messages masquerade as notifications from the 'lottery agency' itself. This version takes a different tack by claiming to be from the delivery company holding the 'winning' cheque. There is - of course - no package waiting for the recipient. Nor is the email from FedEx as claimed.

While the majority of recipients will likely recognize the message as a rather lame scam attempt, at least a few naive and inexperienced users may fall for the trick and reply as instructed. The scammers spam out identical emails to vast numbers of recipients, but even if only a handful of people get taken in, the campaign will prove profitable for its operators.
 
Those who provide the personal information as requested will then be asked to send the 'Security Keeping Fee' as cash via a wire transfer service. After they have sent the first fee, they may then be asked to send even more money, ostensibly to cover 'unexpected' costs associated with the delivery. Requests for fees may continue until victims finally realize that they have been scammed or simply run out of available funds. It is not uncommon for victims to become increasingly desperate and irrational in such situations. Even after being told that they are involved in a scam, some victims may continue sending money in the forlorn hope that the supposed lottery is real after all and that they will eventually get the money they have been promised.

As the scam unfolds, victims may also be tricked into divulging significant amounts of their personal information and may later have their identities stolen.

Advance fee lottery scams are very common. Regardless of the cover story used, people need to be wary of any message that claims that they have won a large sum of money in a lottery or promotion that they have never even entered.

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Last updated: February 27, 2014
First published: February 27, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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References
UK National Lottery Scams
Advance Fee Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information





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