Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yahoo Wins $610M Judgment Against Fake Email Spammers

yahooYahoo has just announced that it has been awarded a $610 million default judgment against spammers responsible for a fake Yahoo lottery email scheme. The order was handed down by a federal district court judge in New York on Monday, December 5, 2011. Apparently in the scheme, email messages were sent to users trying to deceive them into believing they had won a lottery prize offered by Yahoo. The hoax was designed to get users to send spammers personal data such as social security numbers and credit card numbers, which are then used for identity and credit theft. Yahoo originally filed the lawsuit in 2008.


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