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Facebook Account Winner

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How the scam works:

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 2012 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).

How to avoid:

As cool as it is to receive a personal email from Mark Zuckerberg, this is just one of the easiest scams to spot. By now, you should probably know that you can never win a lottery that you never bought a ticket for -  or put your name in for, for that matter. Look at the domain name or the email adress 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.

On the other hand, if you're really looking into making money from social media, always research every opportunity. There are some great legitimate companies, such as Swagbucks or GlobalTestMarket, that offer great incentives and money.


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Meanwhile, if you are into paid surveys, GlobalTestMarket is the place. It is an industry leader in online research panels, where members are invited to participate in online surveys on numerous topics, and in return are eligible for cash or regular and frequent entry into sweepstakes. They also have A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

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  • On Monday, April 21, 2014, Nancy wrote:

    On Tuessday April 22, 2014, I received this message.
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    An Affiliate of Facebook UK.

    Attn: Beneficiary,

    Thank you for contacting Facebook promo management. We are happy to notify you of your winning prize regarding Facebook lottery which was conducted recently as part of our yearly anniversary to compensate Facebook users and please note that this is not a hoax but a genuine sweepstakes. We will like to further explain that most of the winners that were chosen because they have a Facebook account but some other winners email address were chosen because their email address where got from their friends or relative or work colleagues that has a Facebook account as long as an email from their email address has been used to write you we have your email address on our database. However, you are to send some personal details for a proper verification with Facebook management and Barclays Bank PLC to authenticate if you are indeed one of the lucky winners. So fill the form attached in this email and send it to the contact address of our payee bank below.
    BANK ADDRESS: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP
    Tel: +44-704-576-0202
    Fax: +44-703-040-1224
    Contact Person:
    Sir. Michael Rake
    Send form to Email: ad-min-bbnk @outlook.com
    You are to contact the Bank via email and inform them you have a transaction concerning an amount of $950,000.00 (NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) with Account No.7826255463 and the bank should inform you of the modalities you have to take to have the funds transferred to your country.
    Please act very swift and business-like to ensure that the funds are transferred to you. Once again on behalf of the general staff’s of the Facebook Inc, I am saying congratulations, attached also with this email is my working I.D so that you can get to know me in person, feel free to ask me any questions. We assure that this is no scheme but very true and if you follow our instructions and the guidance of the payee bank you MUST receive your prize money and all documentations to proof your prize money with 72hrs.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Mrs. Yolanda Cummings
    Facebook Promo Director.

  • On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Clara Snow wrote:

    We(my fiance' and I have been"on the hook" with one of these scammers for two days!! We even went so far as to tell them that they couldn't get any money from us because we live in a homeless shelter!! And, they still won't give u p!!!

  • On Tuesday, April 01, 2014, Paulal wrote:

    I just got this today...

    I am delighted to inform you that your name was luckily selected among the 12 lucky winners who won the sum of 500,000 Us dollars on the Facebook new year online promo that was conducted by the Facebook officials in order to say big thank you to our users for making the Facebook social networking their ways of sending and receiving messages from their friends and family.

  • On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, unaisi wrote:

    i receive this message and call stating...wow!!your mobile # just won 1million dollars on the ongoing facebook promo,contact us on facebookpro15@live.com & call +2348158118786

  • On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Bonnie Bailey wrote:

    This is such a scam, they tried it on me...just too many red flags. Thank goodness that I went with my gut feeling, I felt sick the whole time! Anything that is too true to believe usually isn't true. Please beware and don't believe this, I checked out everything, all lies!

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