Did you get mail from the Yahoo! Awards Center? I hate to break it to you, but the mail is fake. It’s a typical scam, sent to thousands of people in order to try to steal their money, their identity or just pick petty change from them by making them answer, and thereby confirm their e-mail address. If you have any doubt whatsoever that this is a scam, stop just for a second and think of why Yahoo! would use an email address from their competitor Google’s online email service GMail.
Here’s my copy, if you got one like these, or even remotely like these it’s an iScam. Just throw it away and try to forget about it.
from Yahoo Award Center <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 10:56 PM
subject *****SPAM***** YAHOO AWARD *****WINNING NOTIFICATION*****Reply
YAHOO AWARDS CENTER
124 Stockport Road, Longsight,
Manchester M60 2DB-United Kingdom.
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of One Million Great Britian pounds (GBP1,000,000.00) for the first quarter 2008 prize promotion which is organised by YAHOO AWARDS &WINDOWS LIVE.
YAHOO collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from other email providers. Six people are selected monthly to benefit from this promotion and you are of the Select Winners. Winners shall be paid in accordance with their Settlement Centers.
Yahoo Prize Award must be claimed not later that 30days from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited and returned to it source as unclaimed. Stateed below are your identification numbers.
BATCH NUMBER: MFI/06/APA-43658 REFERENCE NUMBER: 2007234522 PIN: 1207
You are requested to contact our co-ordinator in Manchester and send your winning identification numbers to him. You are advise only to contact the Co-ordinator’s on the email below
Name: Rev Paul jeddy
You are advise only to contact on the email above (email@example.com)
You are advised to send the following information to our co-ordinator to facilitate the release of your fund to you
Full name, country, contact address, telephone number, fax number,marital status, occupation, sex, date of birth.
Your in Service
Mrs Mary Harmon
It’s a nice detail that Yahoo! would use a GMail address for correspondence. Thee