Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
The Promotion Department BMW Automobiles
This is to inform you that you have been selected
for a cash Price of £250,000.00 (two hundred and fifty thousand Great British
Pounds) and a brand new BMW 120i Series Car
"MRS CLAIRE WESTWOOD, DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS of BMW PUBLICITY
DEPARTMENT" ought to be sacked. Apparently, she is running a promotion, in
which a new BMW is given away to someone, from a "random selection in our
computerised email selection system from a database of over 250,000 email
addresses drawn from all the continents of the world"... and you, we and
no one we know has ever heard of this promotion. You'd think that if a
luxury car manufacturer started a promotion give away cars, we'd
hear of it? After all, isn't that the point of a promotion, publicity.
Well, it is a moot point, as there is no Mrs. Claire Westwood,
and it is obvious that it is a scam, and truly one that will only trap total
This is a very simple scam. They claim you won a
promotion, which is giving away millions of dollars based on a randomly selected
email address. The scam is obvious: it's simply preposterous to think that
any company would randomly give away money to encourage you to buy lottery
tickets. That would be self-defeating.
Although the most important clue is that no legitimate lottery,
and almost no legitimate sweepstakes or promotions will email a winner, there are many other signs that this is a fraud.
highlighted some of these in the email below, not the least
of which are:
Email address ballot: There is no such thing as a
"computerised email selection system". No one, not even
Microsoft has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they
Terrible spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar - Scammers
apparently don't know how to use spell checkers. We assume they
dropped out of school before that class. They use almost excessive and random CapItaLiZAtion.
They often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to
be "22nd". These scammers usually write at the 3rd grade level.
Being non-native English speakers, they also often get first names and
surnames (last names reversed), so you will frequently see names like "Mr.
SMITH JAMES.", instead of "Mr. James Smith", along with the peculiar usage
of periods (full stops) and spaces or the lack thereof.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to
you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.). Don't you think
that BMW has its own website and domain for email (example
would use its own email, its own domain and website? Wouldn't they want to
What are they promoting? Pause fopr just a
moment to consider, how would randomly giving away a new BMW to someone,
simply because they have an email address, help to sell BMW's or create
publicity? It wouldn't. In fact, it might be one of the dumbest ideas
going, since to be eligible you don't even have to have a driver's license
or even visit a BMW showroom!
Pay a fee to collect the prize: Nope, it is illegal
for free sweepstakes and promotions to charge you ANYTHING! Of course, in a
scam, that is the whole point: to get you to send money to the scammer.
Did you notice that "LINCS" (Lincolnshire) is now a
borough of London? That might be of interest to more than a few people in
the East Midlands...
It is a typical scam sweepstakes winning notification. Also
see these pages:
Sample scam email
The Promotion Department BMW Automobiles
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP,
Dear Selected winner,
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash Price of
£250,000.00 (two hundred and fifty thousand Great British Pounds) and a
brand new BMW 120i Series Car from International programs held on the 16Th
Of March 2007 in the United Kindom.
Description of Price vehicle;
Colour (exterior/interior): Black Sapphire Metallic/Black Leather
Transmission: Automatic 6 Speed
Options: Cold weather package, premium package, fold down rear seats w/ski
bag, an FM stereo with single in dash compact disc player.
The selection process was carried out through
random selection in our computerised
email selection system from a database of over 250,000 email
addresses drawn from all the continents of the world which your email
was among the first ten (10) lucky winners.
To begin the processing of your Price (winnings) you are to contact our
claims/Verification department for more information as regards procedures to
claim your Price. Contact the verification department by providing your
secret pin code x7pwyz2007 and your Reference Number BMW:2551256003/23.You
are also advised to provide him with the under listed
1.Name in full.
2.Address in full.
3.Nationality & Present Country.
5.Phone /Fax /Sex.
CONTACT PERSON: Engineer Roonyn
James (Claims diretor)
all members and staff of the 2007 BMW PROMOTION.
MRS CLAIRE WESTWOOD
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS
BMW PUBLICITY DEPARTMENT.
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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