BMW Lottery Winning Scam: How It Works
Thousands of people around the world have been receiving these days an email apparently coming from the BMW headquarters. It informs the potential victims about a BMW lottery winning and congratulates the recipients about the award: a brand new car and cash on the side. The sender uses the name Marta Wegrzynek, but don’t get fooled – it could be any, so beware.
Watch the video below to see how the Lottery Car Winning scam works:
In order to receive the BMW money, the ‘winners’ have to pay a state or provincial tax, which typically is 5% of the winnings. Excited to get half-million dollars, victims send the 5% fee to a PO Box. They are also asked to send the money via reloadable cards such as Green Dot, Vanilla Reload, Ukash, or MoneyPak. Why? These payment methods are requested because they are both entirely legitimate and completely untraceable.
The fact that transfers can be completed without the recipient having to provide any identifying information is ideal for fraudsters. Once the criminals gain your trust, they can then accept the payment in such a way that it is all but impossible for law enforcement to trace the fraud back to them.
How The Fake BMW Email Looks Like
You can report the scammers below in this article, but before you get there here is a how a bogus message from the BMW headquarters looks like (grammar mistakes included):
“Dear BMW Enthusiast,
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a brand new 2021 Model BMW and a Check of $500,000.00 from international programs was held Jan 2nd of this first section of 2021 in the New Iberia Louisiana, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Model: BMW 2021
Transmission: Automatic 8 Speed
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The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection ballot system from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world which yours and nine others were selected as the winners. The BMW Lottery is approved & 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 claim your prize.
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT USA
Verification Agent:Thomas Grey
Contact To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact him by please providing him with your secret pin code X7PWYZ2005 and your Reference Number BMW: 2551256003/23. You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible: 1.Name in full. 2.Address. 3.Nationality. 4.Nearest Airport. 5 Phone/Fax 6.Present Country. 7.Email.
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. Note: Do not disregard any email as this is a PROMO BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT that was held Jan 2nd 2021. Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Marta Wegrzynek, The Director Promotions BMW Lottery Department”
BMW Lottery Email Scam: How To Avoid
There are few red flags that require common sense. You can’t win if you didn’t play, so just hang up the phone if you don’t remember entering. When it comes to emails, check the content for grammar mistakes. If you take a good look at the text above, you’ll see many.
BMW Lottery Email Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the BMW Lottery Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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