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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 205 comments

  • On Sunday, December 14, 2014, faithjevans wrote:

    Hello, I received the same e-mail.
    I don't understand why they are trying. to run this scheme

  • On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Cathy Handzic wrote:

    Got this email yesterday morning....



    This is to Congratulate you on emerging the 2nd prize winner of £195,000 GBP and IPHONE 6 in our Facebook Users and Customers award for 2014.
    You are advised to send email to the Facebook Payment Consultant immediately for the release of your cash prize.Write your NAME AS IT WILL LOOK ON THE CHEQUE AND YOUR MOBILE NUMBER to:

    Steve Hatch
    Regional Director U.K
    Facebook ©2014
    Tel: +44-704-573-8145

  • On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, G. M. Cato wrote:

    I received the same letter. I then received another letter supposedly from Andrew McCollum and a so-called processing form to complete my personal information and mail back to them. The telephone number on the letter was 1-334-209-3732. After a reverse look up this was a landline number at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama Of course I did not complete the form.

  • On Sunday, November 30, 2014, farooq ahmed wrote:

    I recive a messege from tom lawson he speak that u won 7000 dolors from fb winer accout November 21 2014 & speak send me 1150 dirhms for dilivery.u chek that this is true he give me email adrees paymentfb@consultant please chek

  • On Thursday, November 20, 2014, veronica gilbert wrote:

    Mandy Alexander is sending these out I just friended her and she said she won and saw my name on the list as she was signing for her money and wondered if I got mine yet

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