I have received emails from UK saying that I won $ in contest from Yahoo Awards & Windows Live. Is it scam?

Have received several emails recently from UK contest stating that I have won sterling pounds in a contest "organized by Yahoo Awards and Windows LIve". The email is signed by a Dr./ Mrs. Felicia Daniel, complete with her photo.

It sure looks and feels like a scam but I would be grateful to know if it is or isn't sanctioned by you folks.....and if it is legitimate. Thanks for your help.

Would appreciate response as soon as possible (if possible, today...Tuesday, March 25).

Pauldoit

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    This is a SCAM. Check out the below link for 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

    There are so many scams out there in the "World Wide Web"....If you haven't entered any drawings or contests, that is a sign ..If you have to spend money to win money...This also raises a red flag.... Use your GUT feelings about this....Personally, I don't bother with emails in which I don't recognize the names, etc....I just delete them....Best to be safe and not sorry...Good Luck to you!

  • 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

    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

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  • 1 decade ago

    Scam Scam Scam.....all my friends & emailers have gotten this message..it was on the news a while back...DO NOT respond to these messages...spam it!!! Good Luck

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Isn't it strange how you can win contests that you never entered? Throw that email in the rubbish where it belongs.

  • 1 decade ago

    Scam. And a very common one. You'll get one of these every few weeks.

  • 1 decade ago

    of course its a scam - nothing in this world is free

  • 1 decade ago

    SCam!!!! I got the same email....just trash it

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    we all get these. if you didn't enter something you didn't win!!

    flag, spam and delete anything saying you won a lottery in a foreign country.

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