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Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
MERCEDES-BENZ Promotions
You won a car AND £100,000 - Mr. Henry Hills

Wow!  Now, Mercedes is giving away their cars along with £100,000 and ANYONE who has an email address could win.  If that sounds likely to you, you must get scammed every day.  It's just a scam.

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.

There are many signs that this is a fraud, not the least of which are:

  • Email address ballot: There is no such thing as a "computer ballot system" or "computer email draw". No one, not even Microsoft has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they suggest.

  • Terrible spelling, punctuation 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 random CapItaLiZAtion and can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to be "22nd".

  • Using free email account: The scammer is writing to you from a FREE email account.  Don't you think a real organization would use its own email, its own domain and website?

  • What are they promoting?  No one promotes "world peace" or "use of the internet" by handing out millions to random strangers.  That's just stupid to believe. And if they are promoting a product, then this must be the world's worst promotion, because no one has heard of it, outside of the email you just received.  

And a legitimate lottery certainly would not use free hotmail, yahoo, elitist, or aim email accounts.

Notice the gibberish writing, excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation and other clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free email accounts rather than a domain and website that matches the lottery name, etc.

It is a typical scam sweepstakes winning notification. Also see these pages:


Sample scam email

THE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
MERCEDES-BENZ
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom.

REF No:VM12052006/21.
SECRET PIN CODE:X7PWZ2006.

Dear John Smith

Congratulation once again from the MERCEDES-BENZ Company, this is to formerly notify you that after the verification process was conducted, I wish to inform you that the Administrative department and promotions department has just approved your payment of the tune of £100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) a cheque of the said sum has been written in your name, Your certificate of winnings and your form b1 (otherwise known as the clearance certificate) and along side the keys and the documents of shipment of your brand new MERCEDES-BENZ car has been compiled in a package and sent to our official security courier services in your favour.

Further more be informed that you will have to contact the security courier company whom are to deliver the entire necessary document that is of high importance to you including your winning cheque so I expect you to show great appreciation to MERCEDES-BENZ who have single handedly made this event possible in other to promote the use of MERCEDES-BENZ cars in every corner of the world and incase you still have doubts arising from the issue of how you got selected note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email ballot system our aim was to select winners through the internet which will be a much more easier way due to the fact that only you alone have access to your email so have no fear , for you have emerged a winner as far as you are the original proprietor to the email address which you have received the notification letter which was distributed by Mr. Henry Hills the lottery manger of this great promotion event .

However to begin the with the claiming process I strongly advise you contact the security courier company who will be responsible in the shipment of your package you will be expected to bear the cost of delivery because you are a non-national which I don't think is a problem to you and be also aware that your winnings came with a hard cover insurance policy protecting it so no harm or deduction can be done to your winnings and once you get your winning cheque you are expected to deposit it in your personal bank account and I can assure you the entire one hundred thousand pounds sterling’s you have won will be remitted into your account in not more three to four banking days and your car has being shipped with the help of mercedes-Benz and once your car get to your destination their agent will invite you to claim the car with the shipment paper and car document that is presently inside the package you have with the courier company and as soon as you present the documents on getting there the car will be given to you so please make sure you contact the courier company and provide them with their request and they will ship you the package and I as your claims agent will also be of great assistance to you so incase of any question feel free to contact me .

So in the light of the above explanation, I wish to inform you that you are to immediately, You are advice to provide to him the following details.

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CROWN COURIER PLC. Unit 11, Ashford

Industrial Estate, Shield Road, Ashford,

Middlesex, TW15 1AU, London .

United Kingdom .

Enquiries: +44 70111 53189, +44 70111 53186

Email: crowncourier_deliveryservice@yahoo.co.uk

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YOU CAN SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE ONLINE DESK CUSTOMER ATTENDANT: DEAN CHRISTOPHER (Mr )

Once again, keep us posted on any development with the courier Company, in relation to your lottery winnings.

Congratulations once again.

Best Regards,
Mr. Henry Hills,
Contact Processing Officer,
Tell:+447045708312

 

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