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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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  • On Monday, January 26, 2015, jen wrote:

    Attention: Winner 

    Good to hear from you regarding the FACEBOOK AWARD PROMO 2015. My names are Dr Steve Hatch,I am the Facebook Cash officer assigned to winners on the profile sweepstakes.

    In line with the commemorating event marking our 2nd anniversary we rolled out over £165,000.000.00 (One hundred and  Sixty five million Great Britain Pounds) for our 2nd Anniversary Draws. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000,000 FACEBOOK PROFILE, and 30,000,000 individual PROFILES from Australia, New Zealand, North America,South America, Europe, Asia and Africa as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually in Britain, London.

    This promo is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This promo is the 1st of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. To begin the verification process of your prize, you are required to fill and send the claims form below


    Section A 
    Prefix (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., etc.):
    First name:
    Last name:
    Mothers name:
    Date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd):
    Gender: Male Female

    Section B
    **Winning Information
     Mobile number
    Facebook iD Name
    Amount won (in figure) £
    Amount won (in words)
    Section C
    Contact email address(s) 1. 
    Internet connection Home  Work  Public

  • On Monday, January 26, 2015, EMEDIKE VICTOR CHINEMELUM wrote:

    I received this sms now.
    This is to Congratulate you on emerging the 2nd prize winner of £250,000 GBP & IPHONE 6 in our Facebook Users and Customers award for 2015. Fill the Facebook Payment form immediately for the release of your cash prize from our regional branch in United Kingdom.
    Write your NAME AS IT WILL APPEAR ON THE CHEQUE to: stevehatch_facebook@hotmail.com FILL THE FORM BELOW NAME:____________________
    DATE OF BIRTH:____________ GENDER:__________________ OCCUPATION:______________ ADDRESS:_________________ COUNTRY:_________________ TELEPHONE CONTACT:______

    Steve Hatch, Regional Director U.K London

  • On Monday, January 26, 2015, Timothy Jectone wrote:

    Please help detect if this is a scam once received a face message from Annabel Austen saying she is facebook promotion co-ordinator and according to a draw held to award 17 facebook users world wide. She directed me to one Mr Claus Wiltod (clwiltod4@consultant.com, phone number +13109295914)from san pedro califonia. He told me to contact Hsbc bank via (h.s.b.c. issayussuf.com)to know how i can claim my win. issa yussuf gave me 2 options on how i can get my win its either by going to the bank or using parcel delivery services from Dglexpress istanbul turkey(dglexpress@hotmail.com) emails being received and replied by Mrs Sonia. tel +905313320218 &+905312512321 who will tell you to pay 225usd for your delivery.

  • On Monday, January 26, 2015, Marinell Gillette wrote:

    Mine just happened and I have whole conversation and picture of supposed person. I won 350,000.00 in a sweepstakes giveaway. Well, not really unless she was telling the truth and I just screwed up. This was around 3am Monday the 26 of January 2015. She went by the name of Poventud Norma Iris. And I have a so called photograph of her if it is her. Called 911 sheriff's department in the county. Did not give out any information. She took pictures off of home page. Blocked me but I blocked her before she knew it. So she couldn't erase anything. I have whole conversation and tried to get someone to trace while I had her talking. You may have any and all information regarding this. The bad part is she said it would cost me no money. They just had to have the information right then. I kept her on the line as long as possible and got as much information as possible. May know of another involved. It could have all been set up since New Years Eve. Because they knew I was alone and all that. The worst part is I don't need 350,000.00 dollars. I just need a good used vehicle to get to doctors, specialist, pharmacy and grocery store every once in a while. Otherwise I'm housebound and that's all I could think of was I could get a vehicle not even caring about the amount of the check or the rest of the money. I am so desperate I almost gave them the information. But I told them I would have to wait until I got in touch with facebook and she kept pushing until I told her the law was on their way to pick up copies of her picture and the conversation. And then all of a sudden nothing. I hate people that use someone who is so desperate for just a little thing much less money. Money yes we all need it but all I could think about was I would finally be able to take care of my health the way I should be if I had transportation. What an awful person to do that. I have cried and cried because I wanted transportation so bad and nothing else mattered. I'm still crying because I'm still not going to get any help. Should I close my facebook account because of this. I don't know what to do. I'm scared, alone and dying. They couldn't have picked a more desperate person to do this to at that time of morning. And that's another thing this happened in the early am and I'm in central time not west coast time. Will you please get in touch with me. A real facebook employee please. And don't forget I got as much information as I could from the conversation. There were two men holding up two of those big checks. Different amounts and different men in pictures. Thanks for this site and I did the right thing and gave them nothing as far as information they ask for and that's on my conversation on the computer too. All the information they wanted at the first anyway It's wrote out something like you alls. Supposedly to verify they had the right person. I'll let you know about the other guy when you get in touch with me. This was a woman, but he told me about facebook and that it was free and all that. And I'm thankful I have talked to people who I went to school with mainly. But one or two others. But, I think he may have been involved and I'll tell the facebook security or whoever from facebook contacts me. But I'm going to need proof they are from facebook. I knew this happened but, since I don't have any money or anything else. I stupidly thought that those people wouldn't bother me. Not sure what to do. Help. Help. Tried to find a site for security while I had her on my computer talking to me. I finally told her a lie and that I had met Mr. Z. But, really I haven't but I made it sound like I knew him and he knew me. Did the best I could to try to get someone to catch her right then and there. But, I don't know if that is possible or not. But I hope with my conversation and the picture, you might catch them. I'm sure there is more than one she knew too much to contact me at that time and me respond. Because I am ill sometimes I don't sleep at night. Ok I guess that's enough except for crying over something that didn't even exist. I'm glad I kept my cool. I really wanted a form of transportation so bad I almost gave her the information. That's why I say she knew I was desperate and that I lived alone. Not sure what to think about this. I said I would never get on facebook but, I did and have enjoyed it vey much please help me through this. I really need someone to reassure me after all this and the desperation I feel. I'm going to die sooner because of not being able to get to specialist and back. I've already walked home from the hospital 3 times. And I live 20 miles away from it. This is definitely a reminder of how vulnerable I am because of desperation. But I'll manage to get through the loss of the thought of being able to live longer and be able to take care of myself instead of having to beg ever day for whatever the needs might be like the doctors office or pharmacy even the er so I know I won't have to walk home. Thanks facebook for every thing and for listening. If there is any thing I can do for you all. All you have to do is ask, and it's free of charge. A facebook fan that may have to give it up because of stupidity mine and theirs. Thank you Mr. Z for helping the people out over in Africa. Just don't forget about us here please. I also have what she sent me from supposedly facebook. If has you alls name and an unsubscribe and so forth. Can forward that to someone as soon as you like. But I don't feel real good right now physically or mentally so I don't know when I'll check my emails. Probably between 11am and 1pm. Please hurry with this don't feel safe using facebook right now. Thanks a new less than a month old facebook fan. M.

  • On Saturday, January 24, 2015, Cornelia wrote:

    On January 24th, 2015 I received this email(note: I took out my email address)


    This is to notify you that your facebook account registered with your email address (myraiel@hotmail.com) has won in the grand prize category in the on going 10 years anniversary of Facebook.

    Please, get back for the verification of your details for prompt payment by replying with your Name and Unique Code (FB/BF10-10M5250UD) to the Verification Department head (Henry Bahgari) of the Facebook Team, at facebookis10_01@yahoo.com

    Congratulations from all of us.

    Mark Zuckerberg
    Facebook Team

    Copyright © 2014 Facebook Int'l.

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