Got a Letter from Yahoo Lottery? Don’t Even Think About Reading – 100% Scam!
Yahoo Lottery Scam Results in a $610 Million Settlement
When you think of the lottery, does Yahoo come to mind? No? Well, good, because it shouldn’t. Yahoo is known for email, news, and… Other stuff (does anyone even use Yahoo anymore?)? One of those other things does not include the lottery though, that much is certain. As you’ve probably guessed, Yahoo is the latest company whose name has been stolen and attached to a phony lottery scam.
Yahoo users have been targeted in the infamous 419 scams. These scams are also known as “Nigerian Scams” or “West African Scams”. These scams all start out the same way. You receive an email from some company telling you that you’ve won an X – the amount of money. All you have to do to get that money is to respond with your personal details or they will have you contact Mr. So and So. The most commonly used name on these emails is either “Dr. Mrs. Jenifer White” (because Dr. Mrs. is a legitimate title) or “Mr. Richard Olsen”.
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In the case of the Yahoo lottery scam, Yahoo email accounts are being sent email notifications from Yahoo! Asia and stating that you (the user) have won $5 million in the Yahoo! Asia lottery draw. It’s the same as any other 419 lotto scam. These scammers are incredibly unimaginative.
This particular scam claims to collect email addresses and they select their winners from their vast database of users’ email addresses, websites from all across the globe, and even a computer ballot system. Now obviously these practices are illegal due to privacy laws, so that right there should be a clue that the email you’re reading is indeed a scam.
Folks, Remember, Legitimate Lotteries Will Never Send Out Email Notifications!
Although these lottery scams are nothing new, this scam started in December 2008 and 11.7 million emails were sent out by the time Yahoo caught on to what was going on. The lawsuit was started in 2009 and a settlement was reached in 2011 which awarded Yahoo $610 million against scammers who were actually able to trick customers into believing they won this bogus Yahoo lottery.
It is illogical to think Yahoo will ever see any of that money because pinpointing the identity of the scammers is next to impossible.
“Yahoo takes the protection of its users and its brand very seriously. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that users continue to trust Yahoo as the leading U.S. email provider,” said Christian Dowell, the company’s legal director of global brand protection.
My question is, who exactly did Yahoo sue if they don’t know the identity of the scammers? They were able to narrow the culprits down to a Nigerian and a Thai group, but that’s apparently it. Seems like a waste of resources. But that’s just me.
To be clear, legitimate lotteries will never send out email notifications to the winners. Not only that, there has never been an automated computer ballot system that randomly selects emails. If you don’t purchase a lottery ticket, you haven’t played any lottery, therefore you cannot win. It’s common sense.
I sent this e-mail to Yahoo customer care per their instructions and never got a reply. You would think that if a scam is using their name to scam their customers they would appreciate someone taking the time to notify them. Read the e-mail below that I believe is a scam, but it would be nice to know for sure. This e-mail below could be taken as legit. I mean I really would like to spend 4 million plus dollars. What do you think??…. Mike
Thu, Nov 5 at 4:54 PM
Please reply back to me about this Spam e-mail I received and tell me if this is a scam before I contact this Claims Officer as shown below. Thank you…Mike Worrell
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Yahoo eMail Notice
Sent: Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 1:48:38 PM CST
We are delighted to inform you that you were drawn a winner of (USD $4,005,000.00)
in our 2020 Yahoo (email) lottery. To file for claim please contact below our (claim officer)
Sir. Marina Rivitti
Asian Regional Sector
You are to establish contact with the Following details:
Thanks & Regards
Mrs. Georgina Rowland
Yahoo Asia Pte. Ltd.
Yahoo Asia Pte. Ltd. (Co. Reg. No. 199700735D) VERIFIED BY YAHOO ASIA
I’ve just received one for 555.000.00 lol I’m rich Inman rich I think I’ll buy yahoo now any suggestions lol what has this world come to please people get a job
Here is what I got… Laughing so hard… How formal and nice…!!!
Yahoo! Asia Pte. LTD ©
(Asia-Pacific Yahoo! Group)
Your email emerged winner of ($550,000.00) in the recent
Yahoo! Asia Pte. Ltd online email sweepstakes (Lottery) exhibition progam held this month.
To collect your winnings, you are required to fill
in your details below and email it to:
C/O Dr. Glenn Robert-Woods
Yahoo! Asia Pte. Ltd.
Guest Media Journalism Personality
Official Executive Promoter & Claims Co-ordinator
Contact: glenn.roberts @journalist.com
Note: Your file will expire after 14 days if there is no response.
Mrs. Marie Medina
Official Winners Selection Notice
Yahoo Asia Pte. Ltd. (Co. Reg. No. 199700735D) Verified By Yahoo! Asia-Pacific Group
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Just received an email from Yahoo Asia claiming that I won $5,005,000. They had claim numbers and the numbers I had played online. They gave me a name and number of a carrier, and asked me to email them to let them know my name, address, phone number and did I want it deposited to my bank or by check. Yeah right. If they send me a check, what should I do Rip it up or just try to cash it? Any suggestions?
Just recieved a email from Yahoo Asia claiming that I won $5,005,000. They had claim numbers and the numbers I had played online. They gave me a name and number of a carrier, and asked me to email them to let them know my name, address, phone number and did I want it deposited to my bank or by check. Yeah right. If they send me a check, what should I do Rip it up or just try to cash it? Any suggestions?
Just received a lottery notice for 820,000,000 for the month of Jan 2018.