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Our very own John Lettice was very pleased with himself earlier this afternoon since he'd just been handed a shiny new Beemer 5 series and a whopping $850k. Yes, we know what you're thinking - "That's completely ridiculous, why on earth would BMW give away a car and a big, big suitcase full of cash?"

Well, it must be true, because here's the confirmation email:

From: "The BMW Group UK."
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 12:30:22 PM (GMT) Europe/London
Subject: The BMW Group UK.

The BMW Group UK.
International Awareness Promotion Department.
22 Garden Close, Stamford Lincs, PE9 2YP
London, United Kingdom.

Ref: BMW/2551256003/23
Dear Lucky Email Owner,

We are happy to announce that you are a lucky winner of the BMW International Awareness Promotion. This makes you a proud owner of a brand new BMW 5 Series, M Sport Saloon car and a cash of $850,000.00. The car comes with a special BMW Insurance Cover for one year and a one year warranty and FREE repairs at any BMW Automobile depot or service station worldwide.

For you to collect your prize, kindly contact our Prize Remittance Unit through email stating your receipt of this notification. When sending an email to the office, you are to send the following information which would enable him process your prize.

1. FULL NAME:
2. SEX:
3. AGE:
4. NATIONALITY:
5. FULL RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:
6. CITY:
7. STATE:
8. ZIP CODE:
9. OCCUPATION:
10. PHONE NUMBER:
11. FAX:
12. ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS:

*****************************************************************************

BMW Prize Remittance Unit (Spain)
Mr. Alex Hooper
E-mail: XXXXX
Tel: +34-63- XXXXX
********************************************************************

Congratulations once more, and keep trusting BMW Automobile for top quality automobiles.

Best Regards,
Graddon Danny Ray II (Engr.)
Online Promotion Manager.
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This email was sent from an email account of BMW (UK) Limited which is a company registered in England and Wales with Registration Number 1378137 and has its offices at Ellesfield Avenue, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8TA.

Hmmm. Sadly for John, we've just had to tell him that variants of this email have been doing the rounds for a while, and the "BMW" Prize Remittance Unit in question is likely to be a Lagos net cafe. He hasn't taken the news at all well, and is currently sitting in the Vulture Central darkened room sipping the traditional cuppa with seven sugars. ®

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