On another Yahoo Mail account I have, I received an email saying I won a Yahoo! Mail Lottery, is this real?

The email looked official and contained all of Yahoo's graphics, ect. I just want to know if this is spam or real. Is there really such thing as a Yahoo Mail Lottery?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    This is a SCAM. The below links gives confirmation of various email scams hitting the internet, including the famous Yahoo/MSN lottery scams and how to report them :

    http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/lotteryscam_...

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/or...

    Unscrupulous thieves have sent you this email and they are trying to part you from your hard earned cash. They will often ask you to call a premium rate number and keep you holding on whilst you rack up a huge phone bill. They are then paid a large proportion of this phone bill. They may ask you to divulge personal information about yourself or ask for your bank or credit card details. Do not divulge any such information under any circumstances. It is surprising how many innocent victims have been duped by these types of emails. Just remember the thieves who send them are very clever and extremely convincing. I suggest you delete the email and send it into cyberspace, hopefully along with the thieving scumbags who send them.

    Check out these sites for further information :

    http://www.scambusters.com

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

    Source(s): Experience within Criminal Justice Dept. U.K. (dealt with such scams.)
  • 1 decade ago

    Due to the number of lottery scams no legitimate company would ever notify you by email that you have won a prize.

    Every email that states you have won a lottery or there is money waiting for you is a scam. There will be a followup asking for a prepayment of some type of fee to receive the money. Haven't you noticed that even though you have won 100 million your name appears nowhere in the email? It may not even contain your email address. If people were winning 100 million every day it would be on the news with pictures of the lucky people.

    Unless you enter a lottery or contest, such as with one of the magazine companies, any notification is a scam. If you get 100 million you will not be notified by email.

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  • Edd e
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    This is a scam thousands of these emails are sent

    every day DO NOT send any cash or personal details

    mark as spam, click the link below to see what

    yahoo say about this.

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/original/abu...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    of course it's not. the reply address is something like yahoo.com.hk which is hong kong. there is no such thing as yahoo lottery. also i think the other scam comes from england.

    all you have to do is cut and paste a yahoo label, it's not that hard...

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  • 4 years ago

    Sorry friend but there is no Microsoft, Yahoo or other e-mail lottery, it's a scam do not answer do not give personal information. the iinternet is safe enough if you are careful but please answer nothing that you are doubtful about.Good Luck and be careful

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sorry friend but there is no Microsoft, Yahoo or other e-mail lottery, it's a scam do not answer do not give personal information.The following sites give more information

    http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/nigeri...

    http://www.thescambaiter.com/forum/showt...

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/email-lottery...

    .Also If you go to the following site you will get some info on ID theft www.identity-theft.org.uk the iinternet is safe enough if you are careful but please answer nothing that you are doubtful about.Good Luck and be careful

  • 1 decade ago

    It is a scam. Yahoo doesn't run a lottery. Delete it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Did you enter a lottery? If not I am positive that the answer is NO.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is spam, there is so much of this going around. Be careful on what you click on or who/what site you go on. Do not give out personal info at all.

  • 1 decade ago

    I dont think os, because I have never heard of it.

    You should call Yahoo! and check to be sure.

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