I found this gem in my junk folder the other day. Apparently they’re trying to come up with something other than the usual Microsoft Lottery business, but all this amounts to is a different paint job on an old scam. I guess we’re supposed to think, “Well, that thing about the Microsoft Lottery may have been a scam…but this is totally different! They’re giving me a car, too!”
From: Mr Brian Kelly <email@example.com>
Subject: BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
5070 WILSHIRE BLVD
LOS ANGELES. CA 90036
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we (BMW) urge you to treat it genuinely.
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a brand new 2016/2017 Model BMW X5 SUV and a Check of $3,500,000.00 USD from the international balloting programs held on the 2nd section in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.
Description of prize vehicle;
The X5 has enough luxurious space for everybody. Rear Comfort seats with enhanced foam padding offer 3” of forward/backward movement, putting passengers in the perfect position to utilize a DVD drive and two optional 10.2” LCD screens. An optional third row seat offers extended capacity, and includes its own
Options: With one of BMW’s largest cargo spaces, you’ll find it hard to run out of anything. The X5’s rear seats split 40/20/40, folding away to convert 35.8 cubic feet of trunk space in to a full 76.7 cubic feet. Details like two cargo rails, four fastening points, a tensioning strap, and a rear cargo net add enough function to store it all.
The optional Wi-Fi Hotspot keeps you connected to everything you love whether you’re on-the-go or far off the beaten path. Included with the Wi-Fi Hotspot, a Wireless Charging Pocket will keep you
fully charged anywhere the road may lead.
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 and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduciary claims department for more information as regards procedures to the claim of your prize.
Name: Mr.Glenn Bell
Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:
1. Name In Full :
2. Residential Address :
3. Nationality :
4. Age :
6. Occupation :
7. Direct Phone :
8. Present Country :
9. Email address :
10. BMW Winning Code:BMWLOTTERY577648/001
Please you are to provide him with the above listed details as soon as possible so he can begin with the processing of your prize winnings.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Mrs. Rachael Adams.
THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Interestingly, the physical address listed is for an actual BMW dealership in Beverly Hills. I wonder how many weird letters they’ve received from people who opted to print out the requested information and mail it, instead of using email as instructed.
I think my favorite detail is the “NOTE” right at the beginning; “If this was in your junk email folder, it’s YOUR fault. Not the fact that this is the very definition of junk.”
As always, there is only one correct response, which is to ignore and delete.