I got the following email at work today. I already have a car; so if you are gullible enough to believe that I've actually won a BMW, please feel free to respond to the email and claim the car for yourself.
On Dec 20, 2006, at 1:59 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE A WINNER OF(BMW CHRISTMAS BONANZA)
THE INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS
PROMOTION DEPARTMENT OF
22 Isabella RichardStraat,
3271, PE , Den Haag
Reference Number: BMW:2551256003/23
!!!CONGRATULATION YOU ARE A WINNER!!!.
The Board of Directors, members of staff and the International Awareness Promotion Department of the BMW Automobile Company, wishes to congratulate you on your success as the STAR PRIZE WINNER in this years' BMW Automobile International Awareness Promotion (IAP) held in November, 2006, in London, England.
This makes you the proud owner of a brand new BMW 5 Series, M Sport Saloon car and a cash prize of £150,000.00 GBP (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British pounds). The car comes with a special BMW Insurance Cover for one whole year, that is, till the next promotion in 2007. It also comes with a one year warranty and FREE repairs at any BMW AUTOMOBILE depot or service station worldwide.. As a winner you are responsible for the legal charges for the notarization.
DESCRIPTION OF PRIZE VEHICLE.
YEAR: 2006, MODEL: 550i M Sport Saloon
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our Computerized Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.) from a database of over a million email addresses from the world wide web. Each email address was attached to a ticket number and your email address with ticket number: 5647600545188 and serial number: BMWP/556543450906 was randomly selected as the star prize winner amongst other consolation prize winners.
For you to collect your prizes, kindly fill the verification form below and send it to the Claims Manager, Mr. Ian Hilton of our claims department through email, stating your receipt of this notification. He has been mandated to offer you assistance and facilitate the urgent delivery of your prizes.
Mr. Cash Morgan.
BMW Claims Department
PHONE NUMBER: +31 616 148 079
FAX NUMBER: +31 847 180 870
1.) FULL NAME:
5.) ZIP/POSTAL CODE:
11.) EMAIL ADDRESS:
12.) TICKET NUMBER:
13.) SERIAL NUMBER:
Congratulations once more, and keep trusting BMW Automobile for top quality automobiles.
Engr. Richard K Llyod
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS PROMOTIONS,
DEN HAAG, THE NETHERLANDS .
THE BMW INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS PROMOTION
COPYRIGHT ©2006. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Mr. Llyod is fetching, don't you think? But, what's the deal with his name? Is that pronounced, LEE-ODD, as in the syllables of "oddly" being swapped??
I feel oddly knowing that I have been selected from a C.E.S.S. pool ("The selection process was carried out through random selection in our Computerized Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.) from a database of over a million email addresses from the world wide web.").
And, is it right that a Claims Manager is named Cash Morgan? If said with enough twang it could sound like 'Cash More Gain.'
I'm sure there are many other oddities in this email. Can you spot any?