Updated: Latest updated scam, see attachment.
Hot Scam Specifications (old):
Scam Type: 419 Scam (Lottery Scam)
Fake Names: Dr (Mrs) Edith Barth, Rev. Albert Time
Offer Type: Lottery Winnings
Transfer Amount: 84,500 GBP
Storyline: You won a lottery which you did not join
Scammer Location: “Appears” to be UK
Scammer Email: Walla.com, Hotmail.com
We thought we had the same scam mail somewhere in our categories, but anyway this is the version in recent month as requested by some of our visitors.
Some more facts:
1) Yahoo Awards Center is fake, so are the addresses.
2) Walla.com appears to be a free email provider. The site seems to be in Hebrew. We can’t read, but we can guess the language with some accuracy based on years on the web, e.g. we know when we see Tamil, Chinese, Russian and Japanese words.
3) erm… there is no need to find “Exact matching” Yahoo! Awards Center email to confirm that they are scams. None of them, in whatever variations, are real.
This is a scam that has been around for ages, and scammers are still sending out new scams every now and then. Please check out the attachment for the latest scam dated 11 Jan 2010. We are not sure why, but many scam mails are sent with attachment these days.
For more information about fake Yahoo! lottery, please see our Yahoo! Awards Center Lottery Scam article here.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Yahoo Awards <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007
Subject: Yahoo -Towards Your Winning
Yahoo! UK & Ireland
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 Eighty Four Thousand, Five Hundred Great Britain Pounds (GBP84,500) for the 2007 Promotion which is Organized 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 e-mail providers. Six people are selected monthly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.
PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre. Yahoo Prize Award must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.
Stated below are your identification numbers:
BATCH NUMBER: YPA/07-43658
REFERENCE NUMBER: 2007234522
These numbers fall within the England Location file and you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in Manchester and send your winning identification numbers to him;
Agent Name: Rev. Albert Time
As soon as our agent hears from you, he shall commence the process that will facilitate the release of your fund to you.
Congratulations!! once again.
Yours in service,
Dr. (Mrs.) Edith Barth
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 potraying 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.