MY DESK: MADISON -

Regular readers of The Spam Report will often note how the more implausible a premise, the unlikelier it is to be true. That's got to be provable somehow in the scientific world, but that would have required me to pay more attention to those classes in high school. I'm more of a social science guy than a physical science guy.

Anyhow, today's viewer submission, from Dale Zuhse, proves this point once again. So Dale got an email claiming he'd come in second place in a contest he'd never entered. His winnings were $1.5 million and a new BMW. His only cost... he would have to drive around his new wheels with a company logo on the door for a minimum of six months.

Oh, he'd have to give his personal information to whoever is emailing him as well. 

Here's where this gets even more implausible. The email ostensibly comes from a manufacturing company, "Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Company," in Japan. Set aside for a moment the concept of a steel company offering random people millions of dollars (by the way, if 2nd place gets you $1.5 million, I wonder what the first prize would have been) and focus on the second part of the giveaway: the BMW.

Is it just me or is it odd that a "Japanese" company would give away a German-manufactured car?

"I have received several "money is waiting" letters and emails over the years, usually from Nigeria," wrote Dale in a note to me. "This is the first from Japan. If it turns out to be legitimate, I'll take the money and you can have the BMW."

Sorry Dale, I think we're both hosed on this one. Thanks for sending it in.

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please share it with us by forwarding it to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com and then, just hit delete.

Have a great day.

Adam

From: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal company <info@nssmc.com>
Date: March 17, 2014 at 6:22:06 AM CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject::::EMAIL PRIZE AWARD:::
Reply-To:nssmdept1@yahoo.com.tw



Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal company
Headquarters Address:Marunouchi Park Bldg.,
2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku.
Tokyo 100-8071, Japan.
Telephone: (81 10) 68160290 or 68160296
Fax: (81 10) 84775187
http://www.nssmc.com

Dear Email-User,

                    :::EMAIL PRIZE AWARD:::

We at Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Company, we likes to officially congratulate
you for the draw that was just held by our company which featured you as
the second place winner. This promotion is just one of various ways we are
presently using to achieve this global vision of ours.

It is important that i inform you that there were no sales of tickets as
the lottery was conducted electronically,emails were automatically assigned
to different Ticket No. for representation,your e-mail Address attached to
MICRO ID: NSSM-0711-CCT-NSSM612-CC31, with serial No:7263-267, has won you
$1.5 Million United State Dollars. with a Brand New Gallery 2014 BMW x6
Series model: which is worth $56,505 USD. 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 inform, Mr. Satoru Alex who is our fiduciary claims official in
Europe (United Kingdom) and can understand English and some other European
Languages. See details of him below;Please copy and reply with this email address of the company claims officer if you must get a reply.

Name: Mr. Satoru Alex
E-mail: nssmdept1@yahoo.com.tw
Address: 1 Sheldon Square, London, W2 6TT, United Kingdom
Phone: Tel: +44701-292-5633
Fax: 44-20-7266-7491

When contacting the claims agent you should include the following if you
must get a response from him;
     *** Your Full Name:
     *** Address:
     *** Phone number:
     *** Age:
     *** Gender:
     *** Occupation:
     *** Micro ID:
     *** serial No:

We know you must be excited and very happy about this news you have just
received from us
the truth is that we are doing this to put smiles into homes and hearts of
people worldwide. The only thing you will need to pay to this company is to
kindly place our company logo on the car (BMW)
that you have just won for a minimum of six (6) months.

On behalf of the entire management and staffs of ?Nippon Steel & Sumitomo
Metal company, I say Congratulations to you and your family.

Signed,
Akio Mimura
Director & President
________________________________________________________
*NOTE** you must be 15years or older to claim. Late response is not
accepted, misconduct and non adherence to instructions leads to prize
termination. Do not fail to keep your winning information personal for
security reasons because the Company will not be responsible for lost of
funds.