Here is an email that got past my Spam filter.
This is to inform you that your e-mail has won you a total sum of £950,000.00 GBP (NINE HUNDRED & FIFTY THOUSAND POUNDS) in the Pepsi lottery of 2010. To claim your prize Contact Shaw Hendrick at: email@example.com
NOTE: ALL REPLIES MUST BE ADDRESSED TO Shaw Hendrick: firstname.lastname@example.org
First, you have to enter a contest/lottery/sweepstakes in order to win. Second, I am going to guess if there was a Pepsi Lottery going on, they would have ads EVERWHERE telling people about it. Third, if this person really worked for Pepsi, they would have an official Pepsi Company email address.
So how does this scam play out? I am going to guess that you will either be asked for your bank account information so that they can directly deposit your winnings, but instead will take everything from your account. The other option is that they will send you a cashier’s check for your winnings, and you will have to send a portion of that check back to them (maybe to cover legal fees for your winnings) but the problem will come AFTER you wire them the money and the bank calls you to tell you that the check is counterfeit and they now want you to pay them back. You cannot just wait for the check to “clear” or be “verified” because even if the bank told you it was “clear” it can come back as counterfeit a week later . . . I know . . . that is what our former back told us!