i have won a yahoo prize how do i confirm?
I AM DEHAN GRIEBENAUW, ID 600824 5058 083, MOBILE +27766188435 ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING I WON A PRIZE, I WANT CONFIRMATION. BATCH NO: MFI/08/APA - 43658. REF NO: 2008234522. IS THAT FACTS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. ASAP
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
There is no lottery.
There is no Yahoo, HSBC, 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
its Just A Scam.
There Are About Such 20 E Mails In My Account.
But If You Still Wants To Reply That One
I'LL just Suggest You Not To Send Any Personal and Confidential information.
- Anonymous7 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
- nas88car300Lv 77 years ago
It is a scam
yahoo doesnt run a lottery
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- Richard KLv 77 years ago
You don't. it's spam and a scam, never reply to that stuff if you do they know they have hit on an active address and they will continue to send more spam.just delete it.
- kseaLv 77 years ago
yahoo are not giving prizes out, so its a scam.