receiving an email from yahoo saying i won a prize money?

I got an email from "©Yahoo! Inc <yukoffice@yahoo.co.uk>" the subject of the email is "Notification Winning Approval Clip".

They are saying that i won a prize money in the Yahoo! Internet end of the year lottery promotion. Please let me know if that a sort of hacking or this is a real email and i can proceed because they are asking for my bank details.

they put some contacts for them as following;

Email: customercenter@natwest-online-uk.com & natwestloanunit@yahoo.co.uk

Phone Number: +447024092094

Fax Number : 08702885156

The email contents....

ear Winner (Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Moustafa Fahmy)

This is to notify you that Yahoo! UK&Ireland Lottery board has approved the amount of Six Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling only to you as prize money won in the Yahoo! Internet end of the year lottery promotion. In respect to the approval, We have issue out your winning certificate which you can find as an attachment. Also do find your award claim form as an attachment too. Please do carefully fill in the appropriate information in the attached form provided as an attachment and submit to the NaWest Bank together with your Yahoo! winner certificate, in order to commence your prize money released to you:

Email: customercenter@natwest-online-uk.com & natwestloanunit@yahoo.co.uk

Phone Number: +447024092094

Fax Number : 08702885156

We are waiting to hear from you.

Congratulations once again!!

Waiting for your reply as soon as possible.

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  • 7 years ago
    Best Answer

    100% scam.

    There is no lottery.

    There is no Yahoo, Skype, Facebook, 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.

    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.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    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 partial 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.

  • 7 years ago

    100% SCAM for so many reasons

    1 - Yahoo has NO lottery and NEVER gives away money. Yahoo has a whole page warning users about this scam http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/yahoomail/ab...

    2 - That is NOT a Natwest phone number, it's a reported Nigerian scam phone number http://www.joewein.net/blog/2009/11/08/dial-44-70-...

    3 - Those are NOT Natwest emails. Natwest emails are all from @natwest.com, nothing else

    4 - Natwest has NOTHING to do with lotteries for any reason

    5- Lotteries in the UK are ONLY open to legal UK residents

    5 - You can't win any lottery if you did not BUY a lottery ticket

    6 There is NO lottery in the world that informs random people by email

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    DO NOT REPLY, it is a scam. I've never heard of Yahoo! giving away any amount of money, much less 600.000 pounds!

    I get similar messages all the time. If you get a message that involves a large amount of money, it is almost always a scam.

    "In respect to the approval, We have issue out your winning certificate which you can find as an attachment. Also do find your award claim form as an attachment too."

    These two sentences have terrible grammar. A legitimate sweepstakes will always have correct grammar.

    "Congratulations once again!!"

    A legitimate sweepstakes wouldn't over use exclamation marks.

    Identify all grammatical problems in an email if it looks suspicious, a scam will almost always be badly written, as they are generally written by people who do not speak English as their main language.

  • 4 years ago

    Sounds like a scam. How do they know you even have a Paypal account? Did they address you by name? Also, if you haven't entered a contest, you can't win the prize. Definitely do not give them ANY information.

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  • 7 years ago

    I can say it out loud with closed eyes, A SCAM! I receive so many of those, at least one every month. One trick to detect a scam, look at their grammar. Hackers and scammers are never perfect in grammar and punctuation.

  • Anonymous
    7 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

  • 3 years ago

    It's possible, but I am not 100%

  • 7 years ago

    It was obviously a spam and a skank. I received that EXACT email like a trillion times already. Dont give them the bank details! Its a fake! Trust me!

  • 3 years ago

    It's questionable and there are actually more than one possible answers to the question..

  • 7 years ago

    guaranteed scam.

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