Scammers are renowned for using the names of genuine companies and trusted brands to trick consumers into taking the bait.

In the latest case of misused identity, SCAMwatch has heard reports that consumers around Australia are receiving emails or text messages claiming to be from a well known car manufacturer telling them they have won money or a new car.

If you receive an email or text message telling you that you have won money or a prize in a competition or lottery that you did not enter, you should ignore it.

Do not be tempted to provide your personal details or pay to claim a prize – you will most likely lose your money and put your identity at risk.

Protect yourself

  • Be suspicious of any advice you receive telling you that you have won money, a car or another prize in a promotion or lottery that you did not enter.
  • Ask yourself why you would have to pay upfront to receive your prize?
  • Never send money or give personal details to people you don't know and trust.
  • Always get independent advice if you are unsure whether an offer or request is genuine.
  • Do not reply to suspicious or unsolicited emails or text messages (spam) even to unsubscribe – delete them.

More information

Explore SCAMwatch to find out more about how to protect yourself against scams including lottery and sweepstake scams, unexpected 'prize' scams and mobile phone scams.

For information about spam (unwanted text messages and emails) visit the website of the Australian Communications and Media Authority,


You can report a scam to on the report a scam page of SCAMwatch.

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Unexpected prize and lottery scams work by asking you to pay some sort of fee in order to claim your prize or winnings from a competition or lottery you never entered.