U.K.'s The Guardian said Yahoo! accused the spam group of fraudulent acts against their subscribers, as well as “the unauthorized use of Yahoo’s trademarks” in acts that have “confused, misled, and deceived the public,” as stated by Joe Siino, senior VP of global intellectual property and business strategy.
Yahoo! is not first corporate giant to take legal action against scammers. Just last week, popular
Yahoo! is not first corporate giant to take legal action against scammers. Just last week, popularsocial networking site MySpace, was awarded $230 million after winning an "unsolicited advertisement" case against a team of spammers at a
According to MySpace, its subscribers received messages that appeared to have come from friends, with the emails urging the recipients to visit sites that were actually gambling or adult-rated websites. The emails also contained a number of advertisements that, when clicked by the subscribers, gave a small fee to the perpetrators, Walter Rines and “spam king” Sanford Wallace, who according to The Guardian had run into conflict with authorities in the 1990s, when his spamming activities began with fax messages.
The messages were sent out to about 700,000 MySpace
subscribers, with the spammers earning about $500,000 from the ads.
Reports say Wallace is one of the world's most prolific junk marketers, he was even given the nickname "Spamford" for his recurring trouble with the law. In the 1990s he progressed from circulating fax messages to sending internet spam and rose to prominence as the head of Philadelphia-based spam giant Cyber Promotions, The Guardian said.
So the next time you receive scam emails from people pretending to be from a well-known company, or worse - if they're posing as OSA - please contact our Help Desk immediately at www.osalotteries.com/helpdesk or http://osalotteries.net.
To view more scam samples or
find additional information, OSA’s Scamwatch site is at: http://osalotteries.net/scamwatch
Caroline Roberts is the Special Events Coordinator for Overseas Subscribers Agents, and handles all of OSA's promotional activities, including the OSA Raffle.