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Sunday, 27 October 2013

"You are a Mercedes-Benz winner !!!" spam

This is a slightly novel twist on an advanced fee fraud scam:

From:     Mercedes-Benz [desk_notification@yahoo.com]
Reply-To:     bmlot20137@live.com
Date:     27 October 2013 13:44
Subject:     You are a Mercedes-Benz winner !!!

Dear Recipient,

You have received a loyalty reward from Mercedes-Benz, Answer the Below question correctly and stand a chance of winning our Promotional Award Grand prize of $4,000,000USD and a Brand New 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic SUV Car. If you have never had a Mercedes-Benz Product, this is your chance to benefit from our company while if you have any of our products this is your opportunity of enjoying some of our benefits apart from the comfortability and efficiency of our products. Just answer the questions asked below and you could be a winner:


(1). What year was Mercedes-Benz found?
(a). 1946
(b). 1926
(c). 1936

(2). Who was the founder of Benz?
(a). Terry Benz
(b). Tom Benz
(c). Karl Benz

(3). In which country is the Benz Headquarter Located?
(a). Germany
(b). United Kingdom
(c). United State of America

Note that you are to send your answers along with your Full Name, Sex, Age, Phone Number, Country and Occupation.to our Fiduciary agent:

Mr.Richard Ashton
Email: bmlot20137@live.com
TEL: +44 703 590 2283
Fax: +44 871-247-6031

Our aims to support the abilities of the neediest groups to fulfill human dignity and social justice in cooperation with development partners in the world.

Kind Regards,
Mrs.Katherine Dooley
Mercedes-Benz,Online coordinator
The email was sent to a spamtrap address from which is in Lagos, Nigeria via a mail server in the US at (Embarq).

You might wonder what the scam is because it looks like a competition.. once you have answered the three trivially easy questions (we all know that Mercedes Benz was founded by Terry Benz in 1946 and is headquartered in the UK, after all) then you will find that you'll need to pay a stiff fee to get your prize.. which will never materialise.

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