I got a mail from yahoo that my account id ahve won $500

India
May 19, 2007 8:00am CST
Today i got a mail from yahoo that i have won $500 and they are asking me to enter the my paypal account to get the money and when I entered my paypal account they said that you are not a premium game member and to become a premium game member i have to give a fees of $8.75.Do you think its genuine or some kind of a spam? Does anybody of you ever got any such mail from yahoo in your yahoo id?
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22 responses
@leanette (3004)
• India
19 May 07
It is FRAUD! I got such a mail from some dumba$$ few months back, they asked for my paypal account, but I knew better and asked em to buzz off and put em on my bock list. Yahoo arranges no such prizes for its users. These annyoing spammers have sent mails to other people but they take their moeny away from paypal. So dont fall far it.
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• United States
19 May 07
You haven't won $500 dollars, the good news is, that if you only gave them your paypal address, they still can't access your account without your password, which I'm sure you didn't give them. (I would make sure your password is something difficult to guess, just to be sure). I think this scam is mostly just trying to get your $8.75. Since it is such a small amout, I'm sure many people go for it. After you "purchased" your premium account, you would probably be told that you were now "entered" for a chance at the $500, if they even bothered to contact you again. Do forward the email to yahoo, and remember that you never get something for nothing, you at least need to enter a contest to win it. Good Luck.
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• India
19 May 07
I think what you are saying its like that only. Thanks a lot for your response.
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• United States
20 May 07
Spam, spam, spam. If you hover over the link and look at the bottom of your screen where it tells you the full webaddress I can almost guarantee that it doesn't say paypal. Go to the paypal site (type it in the browser yourself) and go change your password. Someone probably just fished your password. Watch your accounts for a little while. Best of luck!
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@zhuker (35)
• China
20 May 07
You should not give your yahoo accout to them.Because you have neaver know them.
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@dcroome2005 (1211)
• United States
20 May 07
It's definetly a scam. Looking under this post to similar topics and you will see that someone else got it too and they were tring to get one of us to give them $ 10 and they would give us $ 50 .. SCAM SCAM SCAM.. Don't give them any information. I delete these on a daily basis.!!!!
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@manvik (939)
• Hungary
19 May 07
I think it is a scam.Ask them to deduct 8.75 USD from the amount you have won and send the balance.I am wondering for what reason you have won such an amount.Did you involve in some games,lottery or projects?Don't disclose your paypal account or bank account.Avoid such mails.
@jahvo6 (624)
• Peru
19 May 07
I receive thta kind of spam mails every weel, I just delete them, it´s nothing but scam.probably it´s not even from yahoo
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@jogie_bien (1103)
• Philippines
19 May 07
I think its a fraud.Actually they send me also in my email that they choose my email and i won a raffle.They ask me some information about me and my account number when they send the money.But i dont believe in any case like that because i know its only spams.I never believe any situation like that.
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• United States
19 May 07
It is a total scam. They want you to pay them so you can get your Prize. Not the way it works. If you win a prize then they have to give you a reasonable opportunity to claim it. Which means a free way to claim it. Don't get sucked in. Once I took bad money orders from someone over the internet and tried to cash them that was a bad idea too.
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@devrajrao (167)
• India
19 May 07
i also got a mail saying that you have won 10000$. but i deleted that, and my suggestion is same for you also just that mail.
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• India
20 May 07
yeah i too got the same mail and when i tried to redeem that it asked for the premium membership. I think this is scam. First it was saying that get your free $500 then after it asked to take premium membership. Its better if you not tempt for this offer because there may be many hidden cost incurred if you go with this..
• Malaysia
20 May 07
I agree with the majority, this is a scam program just to attract people to put more and more money in. Even worse, some program has a fake paypal website that link to, when u enter ur paypal account and password, they have ur infor and start sending your moeny away. Be cautious!
@spuffe (9)
• Denmark
20 May 07
Hi I have received similar mails, claiming to be from Yahoo... I can only say... Save your money, it's a sacm, and once you pay them through their paypal-link, they gain access to your paypal account.. Hackers are clever, and they are good.. So DON'T pay them a dime, delete the mail at once... Best regards Spuffe
@nisha143 (93)
• India
20 May 07
No,it's fake buddy,may be someone chasing at you,dont go throgh it.....
@denden (803)
• Philippines
20 May 07
Oh,i got a mail from yahoo also and i tried it and i really proved it that it is a scam.So be careful here because there are many scam sites.
• Romania
20 May 07
iti a scam!!!there is a lot of hackers that send you an email with yahoo adress!!! do not respond!!!
@hroptr (13)
• Canada
20 May 07
SCAM SCAM and I say again SCAM. It is not from Yahoo. They don't do that. This is an email harvesting scam. I asked around after I tried to do it and found out I was lucky that I was broke. LOL
• United States
20 May 07
Sounds like a scam to me. You shouldn't have to give out your paypal account to anyone or pay out money to "win" anything.
@fengbo (731)
• China
20 May 07
I think you'd best don not believe this.it is a trap.i always receive this mail,but i delete it immediately.
• United States
20 May 07
I have got that same email and now I just delete it. It is just a way to get access to your paypal. The first time I received it I did open it and got the same results as you did. I never opened another one that said the same thing. This is not a genuine email from yahoo.