Message being distributed via email and SMS claims that your email address has been selected as the winner of a Chevrolet Cruze in the 2016 GM South Africa Motor Award.
The message is not from General Motors South Africa and the claim that you have won a Chevrolet Cruze is a lie. In fact, you have won nothing at all. The message is a scam designed to trick you into sending money and personal information to criminals.
Subject: GM SA MOTORS WISH TO CONGRATULATE YOU!!!
We are pleased to inform you that your E-mail address is one of the lucky beneficiaries selected for the ongoing 2016 GM Motors award. Your E-mail address is one of the 50 email addresses randomly selected through a computer ballot system. You are therefore been awarded with a Chevrolet Cruze 2015 model .The online draw was conducted from an exclusive list of over 25,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from South Africa and the African Continent. No tickets were sold. After the automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of 2016 GM SA MOTOR DRAW WINNER :
BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-GMSA
SERIAL NUMBER: SA/Z-00168
REFERENCE NUMBER: GMS-ZA39-825P-4
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FILL THE FORM BELOW AND SEND IT TO US BY MAIL’s OR VIA FAX AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR THE IMMEDIATE CLAIM OF YOUR CHEVROLET CRUZE CAR.
1. Full Name:
4. Mobile Number:
5. Marital Status:
Ensure that you send all your information to([Removed]) to enable us responds back immediately, Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this winning strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your Car remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims or unscrupulous acts by some Unparticipant of this program. Please do not reply if you are not the owner of this email address.
According to a message that is currently being distributed via SMS and email, you have won a Chevrolet Cruze courtesy of General Motors South Africa. Supposedly, you are one of the “lucky beneficiaries selected for the ongoing 2016 GM Motors award”. The message claims your email address was randomly selected as the winner via a computer ballot system.
The message instructs you to contact GM SA via email or fax with your personal details to claim your prize. It asks that you keep the supposed win “strictly from public notice” until after your claim has been processed and you have taken delivery of your new car.
However, the message is fraudulent. It is not from General Motors and you have not won a Chevrolet Cruze or any other prize. The message is an advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to cybercriminals.
A message on the genuine GM South Africa website notes:
Please be aware that the current sms notification of a Chevrolet Cruze being awarded to Vodacom or MTN cellular phone numbers is a scam.
Kindly refrain from responding to the notification and do not divulge personal information or banking details or pay money to the fraudulent operators.
If you fall for the ruse and contact the scammers in the hope of claiming your prize, you will be told that you must send money to cover certain obligatory fees before your claim can be processed. The scammers will falsely claim the money is required to cover insurance, delivery fees, and other associated expenses. They will warn that, if these fees are not payed in advance, you will forfeit your claim to the prize. If you do send money, further requests for money will likely continue until you run out of available funds or belatedly realise that you are being conned. All of the money you send will be pocketed by the scammers and you will never get it back. Nor, of course, will you ever take delivery of the promised car prize, which never existed to begin with.
As the scam unfolds, you may be asked to provide a large amount of your personal and financial information, ostensibly to allow your prize claim to be processed. The criminals may later use this information to steal your identity. Or they may onsell your information to other criminals.
By advising you to keep the supposed win private, the criminals lessen the likelihood that a more savvy friend will warn you that the message is a scam.
Advance fee scams like this one continue to be very common and still gain new victims every day. Be wary of any message that claims that you have been randomly selected as the winner of a substantial prize in a promotion or lottery that you have never entered. Genuine organisations are very unlikely to conduct prize draws in such a way.
Last updated: October 12, 2016
First published: October 12, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen