This standard example of a lottery scam email co-opts the name of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of camera parts to make it look as though it’s legitimate. The real Nidec Copal company has nothing to do with this message of course. The scammer is just trying to trick you into responding, whereupon you’ll be asked to pay “fees” or “taxes” before your supposed winnings can be released. Once the scammer has your money in his hands he’ll vanish into the ether, never to be heard from again.
From: “NIDEC COPAL CORPORATION” (email@example.com)
Subject: Alert: You Have Won!!!
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2009 22:13:19
NIDEC COPAL EMAIL PRIZE AWARDS
We at NIDEC COPAL global office likes to officially congratulate you for the draw that was just held by our company which featured you as the second place winner. Our company holds promotions each year just to promote our global publicity and reputations as we plan to exploit more corners of the world with our highly valued products line.This promotion is just one of various ways we are presently using to achieve this global vision of ours.
Your email address with MICROS ID ( PLD-29103-LF ) was luckily drawn to be this year’s winner of a cash prize of $950,000.00 United States Dollars with a Brand New BMW X6.This money and gift we believe will enable you make some impact in the society and possibly invest in our company in the near future.
You are hereby requested to contact our agent for more details on our promotion in particular before taking further actions to claim your prize.Ensure you contact Dr. Wood George who is our claims official in Europe (United Kingdom) See details of him below.
Name : Dr. Wood George
When contacting the claims agent you should include the following if you must get a response from him.
***Your Full Names
***Direct Phone Number
We know you must be excited and very happy about this news you have just received from us and the truth is that we are doing this to put smiles into homes and hearts of people worldwide.
Special greetings from the entire family of NIDEC COPAL Worldwide.
Mrs. Becky Jones.