Below is the exactly email content I received from this email address nn–firstname.lastname@example.org with a name of “yahoo claiming award”. Before opening this email, I was not surprised anymore with the content saying that I am a winner of ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS. Because in the first place, I always received this kind of email and it goes directly to my spam folders which is really strange. Second is there is no such thing as yahoo lottery, even if you search in Google all results will probably articles about scams.
I suggest when you encounter this kind of email; don’t immediately jump into conclusion that you are really a winner of a lottery or any online raffle because it is obviously a spam email especially if it goes directly to your spam folder. It is always good to check, do some research about it, before communicating to the sender of the email or to the address/phone number indicated on the email. I hope this can help, always remember it is better to be safe than sorry.
YAHOO LOTTERY RESULTS 2011
Yahoo! announces you as one of the 25 lucky winners in the ongoing 12 Yahoo lottery Award of the Year Held on 20th of February 2011.
All 25 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails each from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually, consequently, you have been approved for a total pay out of ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS (USD$1, 000000)
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.
Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our Bangkok representative office in Bangkok Thailand, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of (USD$1, 000000) will be released to you from this regional office in Bangkok Thailand.
Your fund is now deposited with our Bank/Security Company Bangkok Thailand and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed, and your winning Payment have being sent to you or remitted to your account, as this is part of our security protocol, to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants, as has happened in the past.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
These are your identification numbers.
To begin your lottery claims, Please contact our Yahoo Lottery Coordinator as follows,
Name: Donalson Iva
Tel: +(066) 817752351
You are to send the completed verification form below to the coordinator whose email address is given above so that you will be advised on what to do to get your prize money.
Congratulations once more!!
1. FULL NAME
2. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
3. PRESENT ADDRESS.
4. DATE OF BIRTH
6. TELEPHONE NUMBER
6. FAX NUMBER
7. MARITAL STATUS
8. TICKET NUMBER, SERIAL NUMBER,LUCKY NUMBER AND REF NUMBER.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 27th of February 2011. Any claim not made by this date will be returned to HER MAJESTY’S DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY. And also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to (THE PROMOTIONS COMPANY). Because they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery in your name.
Note also that this 10% will be remitted after you have received your winnings prize, because the money is insured in your name already.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences with us, Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform our Coordinator as soon as possible. Yahoo lottery is a free service that does not require you to be a Yahoo! Registered user.
An original copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate will be sent to you by Administrative Remittance Bank UOB Bank Bangkok Thailand.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our International Promotions program.
We wish you continued good fortunes.
Dr. Mark Hisashi
Vice President Yahoo! Lottery Org.
Mrs. Rose Akira,
President Yahoo! Lottery Org