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YAHOO & MSN WINDOW LIVE AWARD PROMOTION CENTER?
02-26-2013, 08:45 AM
YAHOO & MSN WINDOW LIVE AWARD PROMOTION CENTER?
I received this email today and if what I am saying can prevent one innocent victim from falling into the scammer's hands, it will be worth the time it takes to post this. Don't you think if there was such a lottery, we all would know because there would be so much advertising from them, you would have seen it. These people want to get you excited so you will tell them all about you, everything they need to destroy you, your family, and your credit. Here is what the email looks like or at least part of it so you can avoid ANY that promise you of money in emails. Please, ignore them because if you answer them, your email address is posted on a central site for spammers and you will be slammed with so much. Also, if its a name of a place, go to yahoo search and look it up. See if the address matches up and especially the phone number. Tip* all numbers that begin with *44 are scams. This is a special network in the UK that lets them assign the phone number they actually want you to call. I.E. Cell Phones. AND they will always be using a free email service like yahoo.Here it is if I have enough letters left:
YAHOO & MSN WINDOW LIVE AWARD PROMOTION CENTER
Promotions/ Prize Award Department South Africa.
Dear Lucky Winner,
This is to inform you that you have won prize money of Eight Hundred And Twenty Thousand
United State Dollars, ($820,000.00) for the new year Bonanza Promotion 2012, which was
organized by YAHOO & MSN WINDOWS LIVE AWARDS.
Yahoo/Msn collects all email addresses of the people that are active online, among the
millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from other E-mail Providers. Five
people are selected this month to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the lucky
PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre. YAHOO & MSN WINDOWS
LIVE PRIZE AWARD must be claimed no later than 30 days from date of Draw Notification. Any
Prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.
Stated below are your identification numbers:
BATCH NUMBER: MFI/06/APA-43658
REFERENCE NUMBER: 2008234522
WINNING NUMBER: 14, 21, 30, 34, 47, 71
These numbers fall within the Africa Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary
agent in South Africa and send your winning identification numbers to him:
Agent Name: Dr. Terry Williams
Address: 1st Floor Medical Mews, Sandton City, South Africa.
PLEASE CONTACT HIM THROUGH THIS EMAIL, ADDRESSES:
Direct Tel: 00277-313-18017
You are advised to send the following informationâ€™s to your agent to facilitate the release of
your winning fund to you.
1. Full Names:â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..
3. Contact Address:â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..â€¦.
4. Telephone Number:â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..â€¦.
5. Fax Number:â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦...â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.
6. Marital Status:â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.
8. Date of birth:â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦
Mrs. Rita Johanness
WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!!
Do not tell people about your Prize Award until your money is successfully handed over to you to
avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim.
You may also receive similar e-mails from people portraying to be other Organizations or Yahoo Inc.
This is solely to collect your personal information from you and lay claim over your winning. In event
that you receive any e-mail similar to the notification letter that was sent to you, kindly delete it from
your mail box and give no further correspondence to such person or body.
Yahoo shall not be held responsible for any loss of fund arising from the above mentioned.
YES! Thats the whole message. Notice the free email addresses? I guess I have sort of combined an answer with a question, but I dont care. I want to help you to keep from what could be one of the biggest mistakes in your life. Also notice how they spell some words and the expressions they use, you will notice it as long as you don't get too excited and you miss details. Believe me when I say this, you will know it way before it gets on the internet. Don't share with them please.
Check these sites, they will help you with spotting spam.
02-26-2013, 08:47 AM
Yes , if you look at the Yahoo help pages it tells you quite clearly that there are NO Yahoo lotteries
02-26-2013, 08:54 AM
Yahoo doesnt have lotteries or give cash prizes. They have a notice on the help pages
But no big money will ever come to anyone on email. Its not how people are contacted for prizes
Phone either. They do these lottery scams on phones too.
This has another nice long list
Also, you never pay fees before you get the prize. Its illegal. You pay taxes after
People post these all the time on Y!A and thats good.
Better for repeat questions than people losing money
02-26-2013, 09:04 AM
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.
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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