The world's least auspicious film award ceremony comes to Brockley

Already famous as the home of assorted members of Athlete, Brockley is rapidly making a name for itself as a cover story for international con-artists.

Among the less-convincing scam emails that have been doing the rounds in recent months is one purporting to be from the 'Microsoft Award Team', which tells the lucky recipient that:

"Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number 008795727498 with serial numbers BTD/9080648302/06 and drew the lucky numbers 14-21-25-39-40-47(20) which subsequently won you £3,400,000.00. The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in Brockley, London United Kingdom on the 25th of March 2007. These Draws are commemorative and as such special."

We were always entertained by the idea that Brockley would be chosen as the venue for a glittering lottery draw (surely only the Rivoli Ball Room could live up to such an occasion) but clearly Brockley's name has got around in the scamming community. For, following hot on the heels of the Evening Standard's Brockley coverage, comes this piece from The Daily Sun in Lagos, which reports that a drug smuggler, posing as a journalist was arrested in Nigeria, "armed with fake documents suggesting that he was traveling to London for the Second Annual African Film Festival and Academy Awards taking place at 35 Brockley Road, London from October 2 to 6, 2007."

A little late for the Brockley MAX of course, but if the organisers want to get in touch, we'll happily give it a plug.