I woke this morning to find an email from BMW Lottery notifying me that I have won a brand new BMW X6 Series car and 250,000 Great British Pounds! I’m so excited, what a way to start the weekend!
Here is a copy of the email I received from someone at firstname.lastname@example.org. They didn’t use an email from BMW or provide a name but instead, attached a document to the BMW 2009 Promo email. That right there (bypassing spam filters) is a clear sign of a scam!
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds) and a brand new BMW X6 Series Car from International programs held Friday 18th September, 2009. in London UK.
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system(ess) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.
The BMW Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This promotional lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.
To begin the processing of your BMW Lottery prize you are to contact our fiduciary claims department for more information as regards procedures to claim your prize.
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT UK
7 DOCK WAY, SEFTON BUSINESS PARK
LONDON, T40 4RT
BAR. ALAN ROBERT
BY EMAIL: email@example.com
DIRECT NUMBER: +44 70457 11331
Contact him by please providing him with your Reference Number BMW Lottery :2551256003/23.You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:
1.Name in full.
7.Present Country (SSN if in U.S.).
We ask that you keep this award personal, till your claims have been processed and your funds remitted to you. This is a part of our BMW Lottery security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted participants or impostors, taking advantage of the situation
Failure to claim your prizes (CASH) would result to forfeiting and will be used for next 10,000,000 pounds sterling international lottery program.
Furthermore, should there be any change in your contact address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.
Mr. Paul Davids
Remember, the contents of the BMW 2009 Promo is not from BMW and in fact a scam designed to obtain your personal information. Do not respond to it!