Is it true YAHOO ONLINE LOTTERY?
I've got an mail from YAHOO ONLINE LOTTERY. Is it true?
Your e-mail WON $ 500,000.00 USD in the YAHOO ONLINE LOTTERY / MICROSOFT ON-LINE PROMOTIONS.THIS award is presented annually and is funded and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Inc. AND YAHOO LOTTERY INC! . This campaign is to promote and encourage the use of computers and internet in the world, your claim begins, PLEASE CONTACT OUR Claims Officer / AGENT ROBERT JAMES;
NAME.ROBERT JAMES (REV and PhD)
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
PHONE: +44-703-598-6504 (MO-FR)
UK OFFICE: YAHOO! UK LTD
LEVEL 5, 125 SHAFTESBUR Y AVENUE
LONDON WC2H 8AD UNITED KINGDOM
You are required to provide:
8.BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER
9.BANK account holder
DIRECTOR, YAHOO CUSTOMER CARE
Sunnyvale, CA 94089 USA
- ?Lv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
There is no lottery.
There is no Yahoo, Nokia, Shell, BBC, Google, Coca-Cola, MSN, Microsoft, BMW or any other company in the entire world that sponsors a lottery that notifies winners via email, phone call or text.
Any phone number that starts with +44-70 or anything similar is not based in the United Kingdom. It is from a UK based cell phone redirect service that can be answered by anyone anywhere in the world. It is a favorite service of scammers who want to pretend to be in the United Kingdom but are really half way around the world from there.
There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.
The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "lottery official" and will demand you pay for made-up fees and taxes, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.
Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.
Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.
Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.
Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
If you google "fake yahoo lottery", "lotto Western Union fraud" or something similar, you will find hundreds of posts of victims and near-victims of this type of scam.
- Anonymous10 years ago
NO! Yahoo does not have a lottery - neither do any large companies, and none of them ever notify the winners via e-mail. (True Yahoo mail has the icon in the subject header.)
This is a scam to get your personal information for identity theft AND financial fraud - did you notice all the bank information requested? Never ever give out personal information in an e-mail. Some basic information such as name, address, e-mail address and phone number are required when setting up online accounts, but on web pages, with the secure httpS:// address, and a padlock in the browser.
- Nacho MamaLv 710 years ago
Never ever give a stranger your bank account number
There is no online big money giveaways
Yahoo and MSN both have notices that they do not have lotteries
This is what they are --advanced fee scams.
That 44-70 is used by Nigerian Scammers.
Its not a UK number, its a roving mobile number.
When you win a lottery, legal people get in touch with you.
The never email people.
These are dangerous criminals that do these. They steal
trillions each year, with these scams.
If you really think, no one gives away half million dollars and all you have to do is reply to an email.
They are looking to steal even more money from your bank account
- S SamiLv 410 years ago
Have you ever attended in such lottery or program?
Probably not. So, don't believe it because it's a scam for sure. They usually want to steal your identity or want to play a trick and get some money from you and disappear.
Check for the little purple Y! beside the email in your mailbox which usually shows that it's been sent from Yahoo!.
Whatever that you do, please do not click on any link or open any kind of attachment in these emails and never ever give away your personal information through email.
Press the spam button located in your inbox and if they're asking for some personal information, go to the following address and report them to the Yahoo! Security Team. They'll take care of that.
Hope it helps,
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- Anonymous10 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
- Anonymous5 years ago
It's a scam. Get rid of it
- 10 years ago
These are fake emails dont answer them and dont get into trouble by responding it!