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.
Lottery Scams: New “Yahoo” Lottery Scam
Hot Scam Specifications:
Scam Type: 419 Scam (Lottery Scam)
Fake Names: Cole Brown, Elizabeth Klone
Offer Type: Lottery Winnings
Winning Amount: GBP 97,500
Storyline: You won a lottery which you did not join
Scammer Location: Claims to be UK?
Scammer Email: [email protected], [email protected]
We have to say that Yahoo lottery scam mails are looking more and more professional. Beware and warn your friends.
Awards Department – Yahoo Splash Promotions
208 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester M60 2DB – United Kingdom
BATCH REF: DEC/007/YY
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Ninety Seven Thousand, Five hundred Great Britain Pounds (GBP97,500) for the 2007 Prize Promotion which is Organized by YAHOO & WINDOWS LIVE.
YAHOO! collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo, Aol and Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. Six people are selected monthly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.
PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. Yahoo Splash Award must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any Prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.
Stated below are your identification numbers:
BATCH NUMBER: YPA/07-43658
REFERENCE NUMBER: 2007234522
These numbers fall within the England Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in Manchester and send your winning identification numbers to him;
Agent Name: Dr. Cole Brown
E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel: +44 702 409 9611
He shall immediately commence the process that will facilitate the release of your fund to you.
Congratulations!! once again.
Yours in service,
Dr. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Klone
Do not tell people about your Prize Award until your money is successfully handed over to you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim.
You may also receive similar e-mails from people portraying to be other Organizations or Yahoo Inc. This is solely to collect your personal information from you and lay claim over your notification letter that was sent to you, Kindly forward a copy to us and delete it from your mail box and give no further correspondence to such person or body.
Yahoo shall not be held responsible for any loss of fund arising from the above mentioned.
Any letter remotely similar to this one is also a scam!
419 Scams: Latest version from fake Yahoo Lottery