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I was contacted by company claiming to be Yahoo stating I won a large amount of cash via lottery. Is this authentic. I was contacted via e-mail earlier this week.

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I agree completely with Phillip L. except that he describes this as a "phishing" email, which tries to get personal details from your computer. This may be true but normally these types of email either have an attachment which they want you to open or a link to another website, and often these have nasty malware on them which install onto your computer if you click on them. Please avoid problems by just deleting the email (as Phllip L. says) without interacting with it at all.
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It's highly unlikely that a company such as Yahoo would be giving away money. I would highly doubt this is authentic and it sounds like what is called a "phishing" email. If they are asking for any type of personal information or your bank information I would use extreme caution and just delete the email.

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