I received an email from Yahoo Awards Centre claiming Ive won £1million. Has anybody received such emails?

It says I was randomly selected for the prize. And includes claim no etc and the person to contact for the prize is Agent Name: Dr. JERRY SMITHAddress : 23 Bedford Row, High Holborn, London , WC1R 4EB , EnglandE-Mail: jerrysmith.c4@msn.comE-Mail: jerrysmith.c5@msn.com &nbs p;

Tel: + 44 702 407 3177‏

Tel: + 44 702 404 6461‏

The email warns me not to share it to anyone (for obvious reasons). Im 100% sure it is bogus. Has anyone received any such emails? How do you make an official complain against such scounderls and to whom?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    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.

  • 1 decade ago

    I receive at least one of these scam emails every single day. 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.)
  • 4 years ago

    So, have you given them this all-important information? Without that, they can't rip you off, can they?!? This is a long-running internet scam, been going on for years. Just put this in spam where it belongs. There is no such thing as Yahoo prize awards. Yahoo does not give away money - never has - never will.

  • 1 decade ago

    All you can really do is report it as a scam. There's so many these days. I replied to one, knowing it was a scam, just to see if I would get a response, and I ended up in a massive argument with someone who then claimed to be in Nigeria, although the e-mail stated London.

    Be very careful, and delete anything that you don't think it 100% genuine.

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  • yes i have had loads of there these people just want your credit card details also they will start sending you some pretending to be pay pal and you need to reactivate your account if you do receive such emails mark them as spam or tell the real company that you have received such emails and they will look into it for you.

    hope this helps.

  • 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

  • It is probably also asking for all of your personal information. It is a scam. Yahoo does not have a lottery.

    Besides that, if it is from someone connected with Yahoo, why msn.com email addresses?

  • ANF
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    You are correct, it is a scam designed for you to send off details about your bank account and personal details. Also an e mail to that address will enable them to get into your PC and then take as much information as they like. Delete it and forget it.

  • Edd e
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It’s a scam thousands of these deceptive emails are sent every day there used to commit identity theft, or try to get you to send money. DO NOT send any bank/personal details click the link below to see what yahoo say about this.

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

    You can report this with the mail abuse form below.

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

    To report a phishing attempt with the form below.

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/security/forms/ph...

    Or you can forward a phishing attempt email to the address below.

    phishing@cc.yahoo-inc.com.

  • 1 decade ago

    I have in the past...not exactly like this one, but from someone claiming to be associated with Yahoo. I just reported it as spam.

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