Yahoo Microsoft Lottery Scam Email:
Yahoo Inc -
Did you receive an email from "Gabriel Phillip" at "Yahoo Inc"
telling you that "Your e-mail address attached to ticket number" or something
similar, won the Yahoo Inc lottery and to contact him to collect your winnings? Were
you even aware that Yahoo has a lottery, together with Microsoft? Have you heard
of "Yahoo Inc"? And that they give
away huge amounts of money to people simply for having "an active online email
account"? This is news to Yahoo and Microsoft; especially since they are
Neither Yahoo nor Microsoft have
never had any lottery (and we're pretty sure they never will). They
certainly would not do ANYTHING together. Neither Microsoft nor Yahoo
"collects 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 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!):
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 21:31:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Email User Benefit
From: "Yahoo Inc" <
Dear Esteemed Winner
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the
International Promotions Program held on the 28th of
Febuary 2008. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number
883734657492-5319 with serial
7263-267 batch number 8254297137 drew the lucky numbers
14-22-28-37-40-44 which consequently won in the 1st
category you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of =A3500
Five Hundred Thousand United Kingdom Pounds in cash
credited to file
REF:YAHOO6/315116127/27.this is from total prize money
of US$20 400
000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners
category.Please note that this Promotional Programmes
for contributing to our financial Sucess" was sponsored
by the Yahoo/Msn Corporation in view of the financial
have received from its numerous customers either through
and personal emails. In processing of your winnings you
are to provide
the below details.
Tel & Fax No:
Mr. Gabriel Phillip
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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