Yahoo Sues Spammers

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According to a recent report Internet giant Yahoo is suing lottery spammers that use the Internet company’s name to send spam email to consumers telling them that they have won a lottery cash prize from Yahoo. The Internet giant has accused the spammers of “unlawfully sending email messages to internet users for the purpose of deceiving them into believing that they have won a lottery or prize offered by Yahoo”.

The report states that the reason behind these spammer sending this sort of email is to try and get consumers to reveal personal details such as their account details and passwords. They believe that this is more likely if the email appears to have come from a trusted and well known source such as Yahoo.

Joe Siino, senior vice-president of global intellectual property and business strategy for Yahoo, said: “The unauthorised use of Yahoo’s trademarks is misleading, fraudulent, and has actually confused, misled, and deceived the public.” He added: “Yahoo will vigorously enforce its intellectual property rights and will not tolerate lottery hoax emails.”

In a company statement Yahoo added: “The spammers willfully masqueraded as Yahoo and sent emails claiming that the recipient had won a lottery, prize or other award from Yahoo. Yahoo does not offer any such awards and has no affiliation or any connection with the spammers or their email communications.”

 

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