Yahoo is suing an unknown group of phishers over their use of Yahoo’s trademarks in spamming potential victims with promises that recipients of the email had won a lottery. Even though Yahoo doesn’t know who the spammers are, it figures the information will be forthcoming through discovery, AP reports.
In its court filing, Yahoo contends that the defendants masqueraded as the Internet company, sending out e-mails claiming recipients had won prizes ranging from a few thousand to a million dollars and instructing them to click on a link or forward personal information to a "Yahoo lottery coordinator" to get their prize.
Here's Yahoo comments from their press release.
"The unauthorized use of Yahoo!'s trademarks is misleading, fraudulent, and has actually confused, misled, and deceived the public. Yahoo! will vigorously enforce its intellectual property rights and will not tolerate lottery hoax emails," said Joe Siino, Senior Vice President, Yahoo! Global IP and Business Strategy. John Kremer, Vice President, Yahoo! Mail, said: "We are going after individuals who have attempted to negatively impact the e-mail experience for consumers across the Internet. Through our continued litigation efforts, our top goal and priority is to further protect Yahoo! Mail users and the public from this type of fraudulent activity."