Got a Letter from Yahoo Lottery? Don’t Even Think About Reading – 100% Scam!
Yahoo Lottery Scam Results in a $610 Million Settlement
When you think of lottery, does Yahoo come to mind? No? Well, good, because it shouldn’t. Yahoo is known for email, news, and… Other stuff (does anyone even use Yahoo anymore?)? One of those other things does not include lottery though, that much is certain. As you’ve probably guessed, Yahoo is the latest company whose name has been stolen and attached to a phony lottery scam.
Yahoo users have been targeted in the infamous 419 scams. These scams are also known as “Nigerian Scams” or “West African Scams”. These scams all start out the same way. You receive an email from some company telling you that you’ve won an X – amount of money. All you have to do to get that money is to respond with your personal details or they will have you contacted Mr. So and So. The most commonly used name on these emails is either “Dr. Mrs. Jenifer White” (because Dr. Mrs. is a legitimate title) or “Mr. Richard Olsen”.
In the case of the Yahoo lottery scam, Yahoo email accounts are being sent email notifications from Yahoo! Asia and stating that you (the user) have won $5 million in the Yahoo! Asia lottery draw. It’s the same as any other 419 lotto scam. These scammers are incredibly unimaginative.
This particular scam claims to collect email addresses and they select their winners from their vast database of users’ email addresses, websites from all across the globe, and even a computer ballot system. Now obviously these practices are illegal due to privacy laws, so that right there should be a clue that the email you’re reading is indeed a scam.
Folks, Remember, Legitimate Lotteries Will Never Send Out Email Notifications!
Although these lottery scams are nothing new, this scam started in December 2008 and 11.7 million emails were sent out by the time Yahoo caught on to what was going on. The lawsuit was started in 2009 and a settlement was reached in 2011 which awarded Yahoo $610 million against scammers who were actually able to trick customers into believing they won this bogus Yahoo lottery.
It is illogical to think Yahoo will ever see any of that money because pinpointing the identity of the scammers is next to impossible.
“Yahoo takes the protection of its users and its brand very seriously. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that users continue to trust Yahoo as the leading U.S. email provider,” said Christian Dowell, the company’s legal director of global brand protection.
My question is, who exactly did Yahoo sue if they don’t know the identity of the scammers? They were able to narrow the culprits down to a Nigerian and a Thai group, but that’s apparently it. Seems like a waste of resources. But that’s just me.
To be clear, legitimate lotteries will never send out email notifications to the winners. Not only that, there has never been an automated computer ballot system that randomly selects emails. If you don’t purchase a lottery ticket, you haven’t played any lottery, therefore you cannot win. It’s common sense.Yahoo users beware! The Yahoo lottery scam is already here. It has been the latest company whose name has been slapped on a lottery scam.
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RE: YAHOO! MAIL ASIA PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION.
Yahoo! Mail Asia announces you as one of the 2 lucky winners in the ongoing Yahoo mail asia e-mail Lottery Draws. Your email address was attached to E-ticket number 085-128-76077-09, with serial number 51390-0, which consequently won you the lottery in the 1st category 2015 February draw. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Microsoft users and other company/dividual email addresses of several domains around the globe.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a small sum of US$200,000.00 (TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) in certified cheque. Please be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your prize remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program,
For verification and release of your winning, contact your claim officer via email by providing the below information to the Claims Officer to facilitate the processing and release of your claim
1.Your Full Name:
Mr. Niran Young Lee
Claim Security Offcer
Yahoo Mail Asia Lottery Promotion
Email: [email protected]
The claim officer will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your prize as soon as you contact him. Endeavour to quote your winning batch number and reference numebr for confirmation of your winning in your correspondences with him.
Note: All winnings must be claimed not later than 5 days upon receipt of this notification. After this deadline, any unclaimed prize will be returned to TheYahoo Email Lottery Treasury as unclaimed. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address; do inform your Claims Officer as soon as possible.
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