Did you know that Yahoo has a lottery? And that they give
away huge amounts of money to people simply for having "an active online email
account"? This is news to Yahoo, too. If you received an email from "ENG.ALEXANDER DAVIS (PHD)" at "Yahoo International Internet Lottery Promotion Award Headquarters"
telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something
similar, and to contact "Dr. Smith Johnson & Associates(Esq.)" to collect your winnings, it is a scam. Yahoo has
never had any lottery (and we're pretty sure they never will). We doubt
ANY lottery would hire a PhD Engineer to works as an email administrator, nor
would any take they job! Yahoo
certainly doesn't "collect email addresses" or selects winners "using a
database of email addresses", or "from websites worldwide", or from "our
computer ballot system". Each of those activities would be illegal in many
countries, under existing privacy laws. Not to mention, it simply makes no
sense for Yahoo to simply give away money. Real lotteries take in much
more money than they give away, through ticket sales? Businesses are not
lotteries - customers don't buy or use their products or services on the hope
that the company will run a lottery for its customers. And it's just plain
dumb to believe that!
The scammers may
change the names and details, but it is still a scam! Don't be an complete
Below is the example of the fake email scam (the email is the scam, not any persons or companies named in the email) claiming to
be from the "Yahoo International Internet Lottery Promotion Award Headquarters".
From:Yahoo International Internet Lottery Promotion
Award Headquarters U.K :67a, Bexon Court Carlton Liverpool shire, Liverpool mc4
United Kingdom Customer Service:
580 NCA 85914 Ref: YUKIIILPA/941OYI/04
Yahoo! Mail announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners
in the ongoing Yahoo Lottery Draw for the 14/03/ 2008.
All 10 winning email addresses were randomly selected
from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails each from Canada , Australia ,
United States , Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our
international promotions program which is conducted annually,consequently, you
have been approved for a total pay out of £480,000.00 (FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTY
THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS STERLING ONLY ).
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a
conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social
responsibility to the citizens in the communities and the whole world where they
have operational base. Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within
United Kingdom representative office, as indicated in your play coupon and your
prize of £480, 000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office
here in United Kingdom.
How to get your fund claimed
These are your identification numbers
Customer Service: 680 NCA 85914
Batch No Lotto 6/49
Draw Coupon : Match 6+B
Ref No: 474061725/04,
Winning No: GB8701/LPRC
To file for your claim, please contact our certified and
accredited corresponding agent here in U.K immediately for category "A" winners
for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information is as follow: -:
Contact Our Overseas Claim Agent/Representative
Name: Dr. Smith Johnson & Associates(Esq.) Legal
attorneys Group: No 25 Gill building Vet hill fiden Liverpool United Kingdom
Fax:+44 87097 49483
Endeavour to email him with your claim details
1, Full Names:
2, Date of birth:
3, Present Contact Address:
4. Country Of Residence:
8. Batch: No
9. Pin No
13. Total amount won
Remember: all prize money must be claimed within 30 days
of this notification.
All funds not claimed on or before the fixed date will
be returned as unclaimed and donated to charity organizations.
Please be warned : For security reasons, we advice all
winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim
is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this
program by non-selected winner or unofficial personnel.
ENG.ALEXANDER DAVIS (PHD)
The Yahoo.com staff
POX 1010 170,INL-LIVERPOOL -UNITED KINGDOM
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you to buy a lottery
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