Yahoo file lawsuit against Lottery fraudsters

Internet giant Yahoo has filed a lawsuit against “lottery spammers” who are masquerading as Yahoo in an attempt to trick yahoo e-mail users into handing over their personal information.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of New York, accusers the “Yahoo Lottery Spammers” of violating the federal Trademark Act and Can-Spam Act – as well as some related state laws.

"This type of lottery scam is a hoax designed to trick unsuspecting e-mail users into revealing valuable data like passwords, credit-card information and Social Security numbers," Yahoo said in a statement.

Spammers would then be able to use such information to apply for credit cards and loans and steal funds from the victim’s bank accounts.

John Kremer, vice-president of Yahoo Mail, said the lawsuit was a “clear message” that Yahoo will go after “individuals who have attempted to negatively impact the e-mail experience for consumers across the Internet.”

According to security experts, 80 per cent to 95 per cent of all e-mails sent across the internet are spam. Not surprising if you have a look at your inbox.

Yahoo alone blocks more than 1 billion spam e-mails every single day.

Editor, - 2008-05-28 11:25:17

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