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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 2015 Facebook Inc Sweepstakes. This is a bonus to promote our users worldwide through this online lottery, which is fully based on an electronic selection." This scam is very similar to the Facebook Lottery Winning one.

Watch the video below to see in action the Facebook Lottery Winning scam.

Facebook Lottery Winning Scam Video

How does this one work? 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).

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 Friday, July 31, 2015, Shabir ahmad wrote:

    I m shabir from pakistan someone mail me i want to know that that is correct ya fraud please confirm me thanks mail is below!

    Dear Facebook Winner,

    We Have Received your Response and would like to congratulate you once again. You have just won yourself the sum of £800,000 (Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling) in the ongoing Facebook 2015 Lottery Promotion. Further more your details( Facebook account) falls within our British representative office in London UK, and your prize of £800,000 will be released to you from our regional branch office in LONDON, UK.
    Kindly have a look at our Founders 2012 charity donation which is happening again this year and you have been selected as a lucky winner: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2277837/Mark-Zuckerberg-wife-Americas-second-biggest-philanthropists-giving-away-nearly-half-BILLION-dollars-year.html
    To proceed on your claim validation, we will need to verify that you are the actual owner of this Facebook Account. This is very important as we would be using your personal information to process your payment documents and Bank draft which would be couriered safely to your residential address.

    Here is a copy of our verification form; please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winning validation. Please attach a recent passport photograph if available (For identification at payment point)

    1. FULL NAMES:
    3. SEX:

    Just a reminder, any emails sent to your Facebook email address will now be forwarded to this email address. You won't be able to view these emails on Facebook anymore. If you reply, it will come from this email address, even though the original email was sent to your Facebook email address. To update your primary email address or stop using your Facebook email address, visit your Settings. If you don't want to receive these emails from Facebook in the future, please unsubscribe. Facebook, Inc., Department 415, PO Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Please if you are not the certified owner of this facebook account, do not respond to this E-mail as it will amount to impersonation which could lead to civil and criminal proceedings against you. Upon receipt of the duly requested data which is to be sent via email, you will receive the contact information of the payment office to effect the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit.

    Ms. Maria Davies
    Fiduciary Agent

  • On Monday, July 27, 2015, Ahmad Hazrul wrote:

    I Ahmad Hazrul from Malaysia.I received this email today.This true? This is to congratulate you on emerging the 2nd prize winner of $1million U.S Dollars & iPhone 6s apple product cell Phone, in our Facebook Users and Customers award for 2015.

  • On Saturday, July 25, 2015, saeed salehi wrote:

    I am saeed salehi. I received email I am winner Facebook lottery 2015 800000pounds.. Please help me, this email originally or fake. .Thank you very much.

  • On Thursday, July 23, 2015, jennifer wrote:

    Yeah i have jhst got caught in this scam.i did send some money to a Denise Sherman in the uk. For delivery. Now to be told its gonna cost another 800.00 as its detained at the airport in customs. What a joke. No bloody more. Whatch for names as. Denise Sherman. David Alfredo. Oglesby Jackson and an Alfredo. They are all working together in this scam.

  • On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Willie sharp wrote:

    I have recently received a Facebook message on facebook Messenger is that says that I have won $800,000 USD and that he is a coordinator for Facebook and went to Facebook international for his school is this a scam I believe it is however he's asking me for information how I'd like my money delivered this message came from Thomas Tomchak Jr and there has been no activity on this Facebook account since 2012 up until recently and when he sent the message to me it says that his name is something different other than what the facebook name is

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