"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam

The email message below, which claims the recipients are winners of the "Division of Yahoo/Windows Live Internet Award 2016" lottery or promotion, is a scam. The scam is an attempt by scammers to trick potential victims into sending them their personal information, by claiming that they are so-called winners of the fake lottery. Once the scammers have received their potential victims’ information, they will contact them and attempt to further trick them into sending money. The scammers will claim that the requested money is for taxes, delivery fees or some other fees their so-called promotion or lottery winners must pay in order to receive their prizes.

Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016 Lottery Scam

Remember, there is no Yahoo, Microsoft, Hotmail, Live, Outlook, MSN, Facebook, Gmail or Google lottery, promotion or sweepstakes.

The "Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam Email

Subject: Fw: Reward Notification Letter {Open Attachment}‏
Attachment: Reward Notification Letter

Division of Yahoo/Windows Live Internet Award 2016

View one of our last year lucky winners.

Windows Live Msn™.





Yahoo / Windows Live

125 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8AD, London- United Kingdom.

All the executive members of Yahoo/Windows Live Management Team wishes to inform you that you have won a prize money of Seven Hundred, Twenty Thousand Great Britain Pounds (£720,000,00.) for 2016 Prize promotion which was organized by YAHOO MANAGEMENT TEAM & WINDOWS LIVE today Monday, 18th July 2016 to celebrate our 20 years anniversary since we become the best free e-mail provider worldwide.

 YAHOO/ Windows Live collects all the email addresses of people that are active online, among over 1 billion-plus global users that subscribed to Yahoo, Google mail, Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. Four e-mail addresses were selected annually to benefit from this prize promotion and your e-mail address has been selected today MONDAY 18TH JULY 2016 via Computer Random Selection System as one of the top four lucky Winners for 2016 prize promotion.

All winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement center. Yahoo/ Windows Live Prize Award must be claimed not later than 60 days from today 18th July 2016. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Stated below are your identification numbers:

 File NO:   W/KJ/M/PO/UKHDS-64R75
PIN:   ...................      

These identification numbers fall within UK Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in  Manchester UK, Dr Alec Lewis through his below contact details and submit your File & Reference numbers to him; Note your Pin NO will be sent to you by Dr Alec D Lewis once you open contact with him for some security reasons.

Agent Name: Dr Alec Lewis
E-mail: dralec67@outlook.com
E-mail: draleclewis68@yahoo.com

Office Tel: +44 702 402 9477

You are advised to send the below information to your Claims Agent Dr Alec Lewis through his e-mail to facilitate the release of your award-winning prize to you immediately.

1. Your File & Reference No
2. Nationality/ Country of Residence
3. Contact Address 
4. Telephone Number
5. Occupation
6. Age

Yours in service,

David Filo & Jerry Yang
Co-founders and Chief Yahoo.

Keep your winning information confidential until your award prize are successfully transferred or handed over to you to avoid disqualification that may arise due to double claiming.
You may also receive similar e-mails from people portraying to be Yahoo Inc or Windows Live Msn. This is solely to collect your personal information and lay fake claims over your winning. In event that you receive any e-mail similar to the award notification letter that was sent to you today, kindly delete it from your mailbox and give no further correspondence to such person or body.

Yahoo/ Windows shall not be held responsible for any loss of fund arising from the above mentioned and any winning notification that was not from David Filo & Jerry Yang (Co-founders and Chief Yahoo)and sign by Yahoo and Google mail Board of Directors will be cancelled.

 Signed By: Yahoo and Windows Live Board of Directors:

Kathy Savitt (Chief Marketing Officer), Marissa Mayer (Chief Executive Officer, President & Director), Jerry Yang(Co-founder and Chief Yahoo), Ken Goldman (Chief Financial Officer) and Other members.

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August 31, 2017 at 7:37 AM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Bangkok, Thailand

Someone sent CLAIM FORM to me, I am not sure and found Beware of "Lottery" on this website.

I am very thankful to you. They sent the following e-mail to me:

"Dear Lucky Winner,

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of ($ 1,000,000.00 USD)

for the Yearly YAHOO/MSN National lottery Asia which is organized by MSN in conjunction with Chevron Texaco Oil and Gas Company, “Your Email Address" were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Nine hundred thousand email from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually, we have only selected 20 people as our winners, through electronic ballot System without the winner applying.

These are your identification numbers: Ticket Number: 011425896/2016 Serial Number: 3872/506 Lucky Numbers:7/4/88/28/01/40 VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM

1. Full name: ………………..

2. Address………………………

3. S*x: … …………………………

4. Age: ……………………………

5. Telephone Number……………

6. Occupation: …………………..

7. State: ………………………….

8. Country: …………………

9. Email id… …………………….

To file for your claim, please fill and submit your verification form to our Foreign Service manager immediately via email: claimsdepartment77@outlook.com"


June 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Camarillo, California, United States

I asked the computer and just what I thought, it is a scam. How do those peolple sleep at night? I hope they burn in h _.. please dont fall for anything from the U.K. or Africa, no matter who they say they are representing .. (Yahoo & Outlook live ) from south africa.


May 24, 2017 at 4:28 PM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I have received a confirmation note from Yahoo Fudiciary Agent in South Africa that I am the recipient of US$820,000 from Yahoo Gmail & AOL

award. The gentleman is called Mr. D**k Turkel. Mr. Robert, accountant, Standard Bank of South Africa has confirmed the same.

Is this true?




May 24, 2017 at 4:54 PM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam

It is not true, it is a lottery scam.


May 10, 2017 at 2:58 AM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

I also received this fake email so why u people do not stop it.

"Division of Yahoo/Windows Live Internet Award 2017

Yahoo! UK

& IrelandView one of our last year lucky winners. Windows Live Msn™. AUTHORISED BY YAHOO MAIL INC.




Yahoo / Windows Live

125 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8AD, London- United Kingdom."


April 8, 2017 at 2:44 AM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Here is a scam:

- start of scam -

"Lot G35, Ground Floor, Petronas

Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur City

Centre,Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

Land 1 : (0060)-113-333-7018

Land 2 : (0060)-016-612-663

Fax : (0060)-113-667-660

E-Mail: e-bankingaccount@financier.com

Capital Finance Bank® Transferring Money Online

Our Licence No. 079310/VAT No. GB 429 6256 29

Date: 07-04-2017.

Attn: New Customer,

New Account Opening Guide

Welcome to Capital Finance Bank®. Structured and Regulated by the Financial Service Authority World Bank. One of the most efficient bank in the Malaysia. And has meet up with the requirements of a World Class. This bank offers a full private banking service with a range of facilities designed to meet all the day to day needs of both Europe and international businesses.Our banking facilities include comprehensive current account banking to manage cash with fast Asia remittances, and flexible deposit accounts with highly competitive interest rates on terms and notice periods geared to meet the particular needs of each client. For clients with overseas business activities, the bank offers the flexibility of foreign currency accounts as well as foreign exchange facilities for prompt conversion of monies to the currency of choice.


Thanks for your business as usual.


Head Banking Operations.

Mr. Hasrul Bin Hassan.

Office Line:(0060)-113-333-7018"


March 25, 2017 at 12:39 AM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Lagos, Nigeria

This article is the best information for yahoo users in the world. thanks for saving me the stress.


March 7, 2017 at 3:59 PM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Wereda 03, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Thank you very much. I have received the same message like the previous one, and when I check on your website I found it as scam. So thank you for saving me.


April 28, 2017 at 10:34 AM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Islamabad, Pakistan

Thanks i have received similar messages. These are scams.


February 17, 2017 at 1:07 PM by
"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Algiers, Algeria

I have received for 2017 email: (2016 yahoo microsoft award notification) winner. I want to know if its true or not.


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"Division of Yahoo Windows Live Internet Award 2016" Lottery Scam