Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook aren’t Grouped to Distribute Fake Lottery E-mail
According to a warning by security experts, even though Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook not joining together to run a lottery, scam e-mails assert that they have while presently circulating online, published softpedia.com dated November 6, 2013.
Telling about recipients winning huge money, the e-mails inform so-called winner e-mail recipient that his e-mail id has recently been chosen as the winner of the Award named after Microsoft together with Yahoo/Facebook and Windows Live. He'll therefore get a prize sum amounting 650,000 pounds. The award winners have been decided via selecting all active owners of electronic mail accounts, as well as Facebook members in a random manner, the e-mails describe.
Further for sounding more authentic, there are the mentioned companies' logos inside the notifications, while photographs of Mark Zuckerberg appear in the e-mails. Also appear certain individuals' pictures who're apparently the administration secretary as also the board director of the lottery.
But, there's really no association between Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook and the lottery messages, remark analysts of the currently going fraud e-mail run.
It's certain that Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook haven't taken any decision of working jointly like asserted in the e-mails. Moreover, considering that there are some software and services comprised in Windows Live which Microsoft owns and utilizes, it's irrelevant whether the Microsoft item is included with the aforementioned companies alleged as participants of the lottery.
There'll possibly be a few who'll really believe the scam e-mail as well as answer it. Such users will immediately get directed for remitting various payments, supposedly for meeting different necessary expenditures related to the cash reward pending release. They may further get duped such that they'd dispatch the scammers, large amount of their financial as well as other personal information. While such information will likely get utilized for ID-theft against the victims, the alleged fee-payments will simply land up with the scammers.
Besides, similar as Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook currently getting subjected to scammers' exploitation, during September 2013, well-known multinational e-commerce firm Amazon.com, headquartered at Seattle, Washington, USA, too became cyber-criminals' target in fake e-mail distribution bearing subject line "Your Complimentary 50 pounds Gift Card."
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