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Anonymous asked in Yahoo ProductsYahoo MailAbuse and Spam · 8 years ago

I have received an email from Yahoo saying that I have won a half million dollars?

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  • 8 years ago
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    100% scam.

    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.

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  • 8 years ago

    These are simply 'cons' to get you to send money to some box, sine person in

    the Caribbean, etc.

    And, with so many people using Yahoo name to get business from you -

    be very careful of any of these.

    Have you tried putting something in 'google' about a problem in Yahoo and get

    some company that responds as Yahoo but in India?

    I think that Yahoo could do a better Job!

    Source(s): They show up as Yahoo.
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  • 8 years ago

    SCAM - Yahoo never gives away money. They have a whole page warning users about this scam using their name

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/yahoomail/ab...

    If you've received a message like “Final Notification: Yahoo! Mail Winner!” or “Your Email Address Has Won $XX million”, it’s a scam.

    Don’t reply to the email, don’t click on any links in it, and never divulge any personal information. Instead, click Spam.

    Yahoo! Mail will never request personal information in an unsolicited email.

    If you get an email that looks like it’s from Yahoo! but tells you you’re the winner of a Lottery or other contest from Yahoo! – and it asks you to email personal information to claim a cash prize or reward – click Spam to dispose of it. You can also report this suspicious email by going to our Abuse Form and file a complaint.

    "Phishing" is a play on the word "fishing" — because perpetrators are "fishing" for your private information or trying to find ways to trick you into sending them money. Don’t be fooled! These deceptive emails are used to commit identity theft, charge your credit cards, empty your bank accounts, read your email, and lock you out of your online account by changing your password.

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  • 8 years ago

    Ha Ha Ha Ha.

    Laughing all the way to the bank, or the scammers will if you believe that and act on it. They will take you for every penny you have (and then some more) and put you on the "suckers list" so that you will receive hundreds of these emails from more scammers.

    Ignore it, and destroy it.

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  • This is spam and they want your details to pass your information onto other third-party concessions. So just delete the email.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Well if you haven't entered anything to have won such winnings how can this be so. Its a scam ignore it, delete it forget it...Simple!

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  • 8 years ago

    DONT OPEN IT! I Receive those kind of e-mails daily. It's a virus xD

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  • 8 years ago

    Yes, you have won. But i think you have to give your credit card details, so they can deposit the money.

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  • 8 years ago

    Probably a virus.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Seems legit.

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