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BMW Lottery Board/Department Scam

PLEASE NOTE: The persons, companies or organisations mentioned in the example(s) below are not responsible for these e-mail scams. Organisations and individuals, pretending to act on behalf of these institutions/persons, initiate these scams and abuse the reputable names of these well-known institutions/persons, to add a false sense of security to these fraudulent e-mails. Also note that some scammers act on behalf of certain organisations that do not even exist.

Date: 4 November 2006
From: "B.M.W LOTTERY BOARD" <infonotice@charter.net>
To: <undisclosed recipients>
Subject: THE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT BMW

THE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT BMW

22 Garden Close,PE9 2YP, London

Dear Winner

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of 450,000.00 (British Pounds) and a brand new BMW 5 Series Car from International programs held on the 30Th of OCTOBER 2006 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 which you were selected. The BMW Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board.

To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduaciary claims department for more infomation as regards procedures to claim your prize.

Mr [DELETED]
Email: [DELETED]@yahoo.co.uk
Contact him by please him with the under listed informations:
1.Name in full.
2.Address.
3.Nationality.
4.Age.
5.Occupation.
6.Phone/Fax.

Mr. [DELETED]
THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS.

You really can't help laughing at e-mails like this one. Only they will know what a computerized email selection system(ess) is. Since when does BMW have a lottery department? Why on earth would BMW use a free Yahoo! e-mail address, why don't they use their corporate e-mail address? This e-mail was sent out to undisclosed recipients, why would they need to hide your e-mail address from yourself, are they afraid you would spam yourself? The only reason they used the BCC field is because they sent out this e-mail in bulk to several recipients, we have never heard of a lottery where there can be more than one winner. When you start to ask questions like these, there should be no doubt in your mind that this is indeed a fraudulent e-mail

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