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Judge Awarded Yahoo! $610 Million + Attorneys’ Fees Against Fake Yahoo! Lottery Email Scheme

Yahoo! Awarded $610 Million Against Spammers: Bonus Attorney FeesYahoo! today has announced a big milestone — that they have been “awarded a $610 million judgment against spammers responsible for creating a fake Yahoo! lottery email scheme.”

“This scheme was perpetrated against email users and led them to believe that they were being offered a lottery prize from Yahoo!. In the scheme, email messages were unlawfully sent to Internet users with the intent of deceiving them into believing they had won a lottery prize offered by Yahoo!. The order was handed down by a federal district court judge in New York on Monday, December 5, 2011,” revealed Yahoo.

“The judge found the defaulting defendants jointly and severally liable as participants in a conspiracy under New York common law.”

“The $610 million judgment was comprised of a statutory damages award for trademark infringement in the amount of $27 million and a statutory damages award for violation of the CAN-SPAM Act in the amount of $583 million. Yahoo! was also awarded attorneys’ fees,” said Yahoo.

In a blog post company notes of taking several different approaches to help keep its “300-million Yahoo! Mail users” as safe as possible. “In fact, Yahoo! Mail blocks more than 600 billion spam messages each and every month (that’s over 7.2 TRILLION spam messages we block each year.),” Yahoo said.

Adding the company say, “with update Yahoo! Mail, we’ve reduced the amount of spam reported by our Mail users by an additional 60%.”

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