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Facebook Account Winner

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How the scam works:

(with video below) There is a new scam going around, coming to your e-mail inbox as a personal message from Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It contains the following text: "This is to inform you that you have won the sum of one million dollars from our 2014 Facebook Inc Sweepstakes. This is a bonus to promote our users worldwide through this online lottery, which is fully based on an electronic selection."

Indeed, just like many other winning notifications, this scam requires you provide your bank account and some other personal information, in order to receive the money. After you connect with 'the agent', he asks you to open a bank account at a financial-looking website (such as http://www.cash.plusbk.net). Then he will send you a bank account information and told you to activate the account by depositing amount of a few hundred dollars (or British Pounds).

Watch the video below to see in detail a different variation of the Facebook Lottery Winning scam.

Facebook Lottery Winning Scam Video

How to avoid:

As cool as it is to receive a personal email from Mark Zuckerberg, this is just another scam. Look at the domain name or the email address they're using. If they claim to be from a corporation but the email comes from a Gmail or yahoo address, you should know that something is wrong. Always do your research and trust only legitimate companies. You can also report the scam on this page: Federal Trade Commission Report.

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  • On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, CAH wrote:

    I have a lady named Diane Shannon (or Sharon, there was some inconsistency in the name she gave and the one on the account) in my Facebook inbox trying to convince me I won $470,000 in some super top-secret Facebook New Year's giveaway. In March. I'm skeptical by nature, so we'll see how this goes.

  • On Monday, March 16, 2015, Rosemary Austin wrote:

    Yeah. An elisbeth Henderson he/she tasked friend. It tooked a few days to answerher/ he said right off the bat, " I won $350,000. & I was to go to Redcliff, Callafornia. I said I can't, they asked why not? I said I'm under drs. Orders , I even can't drive. Or any trips on olans ect. Then I said take the fee out of the winnings they said ok. Then I asked where are you?no respousn then they were gone. Then back on I sad you tooked too long to answer. So I said get off my facebook. Couse ii belive this a scam. Thank you. My husband won't be so nice. Oh they said their from facebook to show thier appreciate that's how I won.

  • On Monday, March 16, 2015, Erion Dalani wrote:

    Hello I have received a sms and says you 've won the lottery of facebook promo amount of £ 530,000 GBP

    is true ?????????

  • On Sunday, March 15, 2015, Claudia wrote:

    I got a scam too from a man Ralph Gomez he sai I won $950000dollars I only have to pay $700 dollars that's it and then the FedEx would delivery in 24 hours right it's a Facebook lottery I never heard of !!! I had tha now 3 times happing to me I last money but I learned thank god !! Don't fall In to that scam !!!

  • On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Neera wrote:

    A lady with a profile Brenda Weese on Facebook approached my and befriended me. She told me I have won USD 500,000/- on the Facebook Lottery 2015. Then she asked me for personal details and then I told her to give away my winning to Charity. That was the end of it all.

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