Many thanks to Rashad Zeed Alali Aldaher who submitted this mail about the ”Nordic SMS Lottery” allegedly sent by the Nordic Lottery payment Office, as a comment to the running thread about the very similar, and probably related Gotenborg SMS Lottery scam.
A few points worth mentioning:
- There is no such organisation as the Nordic Lottery payment Office.
- The phone number stated, +46- 704051742 is an unlisted prepaid mobile phone. the only reference that I can find to it is in the reports on similar lottery scams, reported on this site.
- The only legal lotteries of this scale conducted in Sweden are indeed run by the government gambling monopolies, but the tax is always deducted from any winnings in advance.
At least, it is very clear what the scammers are after in this case. However, it is not at all certain that they are really based in Sweden. The number could very well be forward connected to any number throughouth the world.
Name: Interbank payment service
Foreign Remittance Department:
Dear Rashad Zeed Alali Aldaher
You are welcome to the Nordic Lottery Payment Office an affiliate of
the Nordic SMS Lottery. I am pleased to be at your service and you
have been officially cleared for payment by the Verifications Department
at the headquarters of the Nordic SMS Lottery.
The original copy of your winning certificate, together with a covering
document (Money Laundering protection and Letter of Affidavit for
Claims) stating that the money was obtained
legally through the Nordic SMS Lottery is ready and has been sent
to the tax agency for processing
With regards to you collecting your money, it would be required for you
to either come over to Sweden to collect your money in person, office hours is
between 10 am and 4 pm monday to friday and on saturday 10 am to 2 pm,
you are also advised that you should notify us of your arrival, so we
will send our staff to come pick you at the airport, secondly on
arrival, you are required to pay a tax fee to the Tax Agency that would issue a tax clearance to
us and also issue an approval for the money to be given
to you, the tax fee is 13,775 Swedish Krona, you are advised to come with that
amount so you will pay to the Tax agency.
But if you are not able to come over to Sweden, then I would advise that
you contact the Tax Agency and find a way of send the money to
the them for the approval to be issued and we will collect the
tax clearance, then we will either make a bank transfer
of the money to you or we will send a bank cheque to you through a
courier company ( DHL or UPS ), but you will notify us of the best way
you would prefer the money been sent to you.
I know you would have prefer that the tax fee be deducted from the
amount you won, but your prize is protected by a hardcover insurance
policy, which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money
before it has been remitted to you. This means that no charges can be
deducted from the prize and hence must be provided by you before your
prize is transferred to you, and secondly you are the only person that
is liable to receive the money and not until the approval is received
from the tax office, the money cannot be transferred or deducted.
This is in accordance with section 13(1) (n) of the national gambling
act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3rd July 1996 by the
constitutional assembly. This is to protect winners and to avoid
misappropriation of funds
Also be reminded that the deadline for the claiming of winnings is
exactly two weeks after the receipt of this email. After this period,
your cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be
reused in the drawings of the next edition of the lottery.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Good luck and Congratulations once again.
Mr. John Palsson
Head of Payment Office
Many thanks to Rashad Zeed Alali Aldaher who submitted this new lottery scam as a warning to others.