Is this a scam or do I own a BMW?

@jillbeth (2711)
United States
February 27, 2007 7:08am CST
I received an email, apparently from BMW, telling me that my email address was selected from a database of millions of addresses and that I have won a car in their BMW Automobile International Awareness Program. They ask me to email information like my name, address, occupation, but no secure info such as a social security number or bank account information. Anybody know anything about this? Sound legit or not? Should I go for it?
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@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
27 Feb 07
My motto has always been, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. If you did not enter a contest, I would think it is not legitamate. Even with your name, address and occupation I would fear they would obtain knowledge about you and or your family anyway. Besides, if it was legit, wouldn't they already have your name and address? I would be leary of it. You may can call the Better Business Bureau or a local BMW dealership and ask for assistance.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Yes, I have the same motto. I just wondered if anybody had heard of this one yet! I checked my junk mail folder later and found out I had won a sweepstakes (I wish!)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I ahve gotten these many times before, I have won a hummer h2, abmw, a mini cooper, a pt cruiser. Nope I never got one of them, there is always somethign you have to buy or something you have to do that is not reasonable. I ahve also gotten them for gaming systems and gift certificate. They are always a scam.
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@em12ma (396)
• United States
27 Feb 07
If you don't remember entering into this contest/sweeptakes, then it is most definitely a scam. Legit contests, don't just send an email to inform you of your winnings, they will send you a formal notice in the mail. And of course, if you did not enter amy contest, how could you win? This is how scammers operate, they will initiate contact informing you that you won, etc. etc., then after you give them your info: even with your just name & address, they now have a powerful weapon that they use to get more in-depth info from you. I also receive a lot of spams like these and I just ignore all of them. One time I even received a notice in the mail apparently I won $250,000, with a REAL check of $2,500, saying that I should deposit the check so that I could send them a processing fee. I was careful since I did not enter any contest so I did a research. I found out that these scammers will send a REAL check for you to deposit(but eventually will bounce)to cover the processing fee. Then they'll ask you to send them cash through western union for a certain amount which is usually a little lower that the amount written in the check, then they'll promise you that they will send the 'cash prize' after you send them the money. But of course, they won't send you any prize since it is a scam. They will disappear as soon as you send them money through western union and the check they originally sent will bounce. You loose your money, usually around $2,000.
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@Michele21 (3097)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Sorry but it is a scam!! There is no way the BMW company would give away a car by picking someone's e-mail adress. That is just silly, I get e-mails like that all the time saying I won the lottery and crazy stuff like that. Don't waste your time.
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@dellion (6706)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 07
Please don't fall into the trap.That not going to be true. There's lots of scams out there who will tell you all the nice and seem to be legit stories. Please do not enclose any of your personal details such as those request by the mail. For any true winning on something like BMW do you think it there's possibilities only an email will be served as winning notifications? I am sure a official letter and phone call will be the must for thing like this.Be careful!!
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@CRiley27 (984)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I am sorry, but you can't possibly think you really won a car. It's a total scam to get your information.
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@hestee (250)
• Nigeria
27 Feb 07
Sorry my dear it's a SCAM. To prove it if you have a BMW dealership in your area you can call them to confirm if such a promo was on at anytime.If you continue they will be back with a request for more info and a processing fee and by then you may have given them sensitive info about yourself.
@flowerchilde (12525)
• United States
27 Feb 07
...it's a new form of telemarketing?