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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.

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There are 195 comments

  • On Monday, October 27, 2014, Betty Lui wrote:

    I received in Facebook a World Million email with a misspelled word, "dolars" and only brief information from its contact. Looks like a scam.

  • On Monday, October 27, 2014, Jo wrote:

    I received a similar scam but came through on Messenger from one of my Facebook friends. I had my suspicions as the English wasn't as good as this person's is - Facebook need to get their act together and stop this.

  • On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Kumar wrote:

    YOUR GSM NUMBER HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR Rs6.4CRORE IN
    FACEBOOK ANNIVERSARYAWARD PROMO.
    TO CLAIM SEND NAME,ADD,NA

  • On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Manjulkumar nirmal wrote:

    I am also win £ 400000 GBP ,facebook 2014 PROMO

  • On Thursday, October 23, 2014, david wrote:

    What if it has the copy right on the letter?
    And it's from the Facebook team and it has a code and everything???

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