Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 03:00:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: YAHOOLOTTOWARD WILLIAN <[email protected]> Add to Address Book
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Subject: Congratulations!! Your Email Has Won
To: [email protected]
YAHOO LOTTERY INC …
There is no lottery.
There is no Shell, BBC, Yahoo, 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.
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.
I get those all the time. The first thing to do is contact yahoo or do a search just to see if they have contest like that. Go to yahoo and type in contest. It’ll give you a list of different contest and once you scroll down to find out if its it go see if you could find lottery. If you don’t find it you are being scammed and its will be good to let Yahoo know about it.
I get those all the time. I must have “won” 3 billion dollars. Then there are the emails asking me to help sneak out money from a foreign country. That’s in the trillions. All these are fakes. You don’t win what you don’t enter. You are posting on Yahoo! answers and now know that they have never had an email lottery.
If you want to know where the email actually came from: get the header and see who actually sent it. Click it as spam.
Well, Ryan, did you enter that lottery, you know buy a ticket????? No??? You can not win something you did not enter or play. Besides Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, Microsoft, MSN and Aol do not have lotteries, reward programs, promotions, or contests.
When an E-mail offer sounds too good to be true, then it is definitely not true.
It is a scam to get your personal information and/or your money, or both!
Do not respond to it.
Report it, forward it to the FTC at [email protected] and to the abuse desk of the sender’s ISP.
For yahoo, report them here: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/mail/ya…
Choose Fraud as the reason for the violation you’re reporting on.
Also, if the E-mail appears to be impersonating a bank or other company or organization, forward the message to the actual organization.
Can you walk on water? No it’s not real I get plenty of those email all the time they are just scams
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
Here is Yahoo’s statements on these “lotteries”.
Since the spammer is using a Yahoo account to harvest the identity theft data, you should report it here:
i have to agree these are scams i opened one of these one time and i got virus unless you played the lotto this is fake.
There is no Yahoo Lottery
This is what an advanced fee fraud is.
Don’t do it! Its a SCAM!!!!