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.
Yahoo Asia Finance Bonanza
Lottery Scam E-mails
Yahoo Asia Finance Bonanza was referenced in unsolicited emails such as the one below that appear to be fraudulent or bogus. Our website contains a large collection of scam and hoax e-mails. Lottery scam emails are those that attempt to scam the recipient into sending money in order to claim lottery winnings in lotteries that were never entered into. If you get a similar e-mail, you should ignore it. Do not contact the sender and especially do not give out personal information. NEVER pay any fees of any kind. A legitimate lottery does not ask this. Most of these scammers operate overseas, so they can safely scam you. You may want to visit other pages or sites to learn more.
Congratulations!! (You’ve Won. Reply to Confirm)
Monica C. Hamilton ;
2013 New Year Promo.
Your E-mail has won 5,000,000.00 in the recent Yahoo Asia! Finance Bonanza!.You are currently approved to collect a sum of Five Million Dollars from our Claims Department.
To collect your Prize, please send an e-mail to:
Mr. Richard Allen,
E-mail: [email protected]
Yahoo Asia Team.
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Yahoo Asia Finance Bonanza referenced in scam/hoax e-mails posted online to alert public