Yahoo Lottery Scam Email:
CONGRATULATIONS,YOU HAVE WON
"MRS. TAKIYYAH A'ISHAH", "DR BROWN WILLIAMS"
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 "MRS. TAKIYYAH A'ISHAH" at "Yahoo Inc."
telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something
similar, and to contact "DR BROWN WILLIAMS" to collect your winnings, it is a scam. Yahoo has
never had any lottery (and we're pretty sure they never will). 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!
Notice that all of the images are stolen from other
websites. The photo of the woman in headscarf (Mrs. A'ishah, we
presume?) is from
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0916/csmimg/p1c.jpg the Christian
Science monitor, from their 2004 photo archives. Even the little email
icon is stolen from
http://www.gacogop.org, The "Church of God" website.
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 Inc.".
Although the most important clue is that no legitimate
lottery will ever email a winner, there are many other signs that this is a fraud.
highlighted some of these in the email below, not the least
of which are:
Yahoo does not have or sponsor any lottery.
Email address ballot: There is no such thing as a
"computer ballot system" or "computer email draw". No one, not even
Yahoo has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they
"No tickets were sold": You care to explain where the
money comes from? Perhaps the lottery money fairy? Why would a lottery
give away money to "email address randomly selected by a computer ballot
draw system"? This is CLEARLY nonsense: you MUST, repeat MUST buy a
ticket to have a chance of winning any lottery!
Terrible spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar - Scammers
apparently don't know how to use spell checkers. We assume they
dropped out of school before that class. They use almost excessive and random CapItaLiZAtion.
They often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to
be "22nd". These scammers usually write at the 3rd grade level.
Being non-native English speakers, they also often get first names and
surnames (last names reversed), so you will frequently see names like "Mr.
SMITH JAMES.", instead of "Mr. James Smith", along with the peculiar usage
of periods (full stops) and spaces or the lack thereof. Real lotteries also proofread their emails
and look and read more professional.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to
you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, AIM, Gmail, etc.) -
often not even a Yahoo free account. Don't you think Yahoo would write
from their own corporate address?
Keep Confidential - Real lotteries THRIVE on
publicity - they don't want you to keep anything secret - the publicity
causes people to buy more tickets. there is NO risk of "double claiming"
because they can validate where the ticket numbers were sold. The scammer
want you to keep quiet because they don't want the police or
ConsumerFraudreporting to hear about them! It should read: "For our own security, you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential until we have
finished scamming you!"
Email notification: NO REAL LOTTERY SENDS AN EMAIL TO
NOTIFY WINNERS. Period. Full-stop. End of story. There mere fact
ALONE that you received an email saying you won a lottery is proof that it
is a scam.
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change
names, dates and addresses!):
From: YAHOO LOTTERY
Date: March 30, 2008
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS,YOU HAVE
CONGRATULATIONS,YOU HAVE WON A PRIZE OF THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES
DOLLARS,TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE,KINDLY VIEW THE ATTACH COPY FOLLOWED THE PROCEDURES
TO CONTACT YOUR AGENT THROUGH HIS CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MORE DIRECTIVES.
text and images below were included as an attached Word document:
EMAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER: UNITED KINGDOM
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT YOU HAVE WON A PRIZE OF THREE
HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS (300,000.00) FOR THE YEAR 2008 LOTTERY PROMOTION
WHICH ORGANIZED BY YAHOO LOTTERY INC FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW YAHOO BETA
MAIL WHICH ALL YAHOO USERS ARE REQUIRED TO SWITCH ONTO.
YAHOO! & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, ARRANGE AND
GATHER ALL THE
E-MAIL ADDRESS OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ACTIVE ONLINE, AMONG THE MILLIONS THAT
SUBSCRIBED TO YAHOO AND HOTMAIL, AND OTHERS, WE ONLY SELECTED TWENTY (20)
CANDIDATES PER ANNUALLY, WE CONGRATULATES YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE PEOPLE
OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
WE ARE SORRY THAT YOUR PAYMENT APPROVAL FILE WAS SENT TO
AFRICA SO THAT YOU CAN BE CLEARED AND PAID SIMULTANEOUSLY THERE.YOU ARE TO
CONTACT OUR UK AGENT TO GIVE YOU MORE
DETAISL FOR THE COLLECTION OF YOUR
YAHOO BETA LOTTERY PRIZE MUST BE CLAIMED NOT LATER THAN
14 DAYS FROM DATE OF DRAW IN WHICH PRIZE HAS WON.
YOU ARE TO BEAR THE COST OF RECEIVING YOUR PRIZE FUND IN ANY OPTION
OF RECEIVING YOUR FUND PRIZE.
THESE ARE YOUR IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS.
TO CLAIM YOUR
PRIZE MONEY YOU ARE REQUIRED FROM THE UK AGENT DR BROWN WILLIAMS WITH YOUR BATCH
NUMBER, REFF NUMBER AND WINNING NUMBERS THROUGH HIS EMAIL BELOW.
THEREFORE ADVICE TO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO HIM TO FACILITATE THEM AND
PROCESS THE TRANSFER OF YOUR FUND WITH THE APPOINTED PAYING BANK IN AFRICA.
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS TO HIM IMEEDIATELY.
THANKS AND GRATITUDE
ALL THE ASSOCIATES FOR ALL EVIATING POVERTY AROUND THE WORLD.
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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