No, you didn’t win the Pepsi Lottery

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: shawhendrick-pepsi@admin.in.th

Name:
Address:
Mobile No:
Age:
Sex:
Occupation:
Country:

NOTE: ALL REPLIES MUST BE ADDRESSED TO Shaw Hendrick: shawhendrick-pepsi@admin.in.th
Judith Hodge
Public Announcer

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!

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Pepsi Lottery Scam

From: info@pepsi.com
Reply-to: pepsiclaimsdepartment026@w.cn

Subj: (no subject)

 
THE PEPSI COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws held on the 25th September 2009 by Pepsi Bottling Company in
conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion,  your
email  was amongst the 10 Lucky winners who won £ 2,500,000.00 GBP each on
the Pepsi Bottling Company promotion award.

For Claims, Contact:
-=====================================
Mr. Gordon Moore.
Email: pepsiclaimsdepartment026@w.cn
Tell: +44 704 576 6733
Fax: +44-871-900-7833
=====================================
PEPSI-COLA WINNERS DOCUMENTATION FORM

Full Names: Address: Age: Sex:
Marital Status: Occupation: Country:  Nationality:
Telephone/Fax number:

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
MR ERIC FOSE
_____________________________

I did find some information at http://cr.pepsi.com/usen/pepsiusen.cfm?time=8923183 about this scam.
 
While this is a great warning, it is very hard to find . . . and I was looking for something . . . imagine the person that does not know to look and dig for this information.  They could think that this is real.  I would encourage Pepsi to place this warning in a more noticeable location, or to even do a press release on this topic so that the media would pick it up and get the word out to even more people  It would be a great way for Pepsi to show that they are looking out for the good of the American public