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Anonymous asked in Yahoo ProductsYahoo MailAbuse and Spam · 1 decade ago

I received an e-mail that said I won a yearly lottery and it asked for information, the e-mail was from yahoo?

I wanted to know if this is a legitimate lottery from yahoo or if this is a scam

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  • 1 decade ago
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    This is a SCAM. If you click on the below link this site confirms various email scams hitting the internet and provides an online form for the reporting of such, with links for your own country.

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

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yoo2.phpahoo/...

    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. Please remember the thieves who send them are very clever and extremely convincing. I suggest you delete the email and send it into cyberspace.

    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 various scams and frauds and innocent victims of them.)
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  • 1 decade ago

    It is a scam. They will want you to give them all your information. Then they will tell you that there are some fees involved so they will tell you that you will have to send them some money through western union to cover the fees. These guys can be pretty persistant so don't even respond. The problem is that these guys can be pretty smart and put the pressure on and most are university educated that run these scams. They are not going to give you any money at all. They will just string you along with a good story until you finally catch on or they have taken every penny from you. You would be so surprised how may people fall for it. I just don't know where people's minds are. Nothing is free and if it sounds too good to be true it pretty much is run...

    My husband is from Nigeria and I have been there I have seen the poverty and the desperation of the people there and how corrupt it is there. Unfortunatly that is where most of these scams are coming from there and other parts of west Africa, but not everyone from there is a scammer. The people I know there are the most wonderful honest people, but unfortunatly there are alot of dishonest people there and it are those several few that make it bad for the rest of the nation. Just have to be careful.

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  • 1 decade ago

    That message is both a fake and an outright fraud. Don't give the phishers any of your personal information at all. Spam that scam message straight into oblivion right away. This is one lottery you'll never win because it's "bogus."

    Another thing, the phishers telling you to "keep this lottery information confidential" would indicate to you not to say anything about this to anybody until they have finished scamming you.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Scam. You can report this to yahoo. Go to yahoos site and report this. This is an old fraud. They will also never ask for info through e-mail. They tell you this right up front. Anyway if they needed your info they would already have it from your account. Sorry this is fake.

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  • 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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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Doesn't matter where was the e-mail from, it's a scam. I get loads of them everyday. Don't even open them. Delete them straight away. They are just like the junk mails pushed through your letter box at home.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a scam. Delete it now and never trust an un-solicited e-mail.

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  • 1 decade ago

    that is a scam. dont trust it. i used to have these kind of email also. just ignore it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    its fake

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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