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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 another scam. 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. Always do your research and trust only legitimate companies. If you are really looking to earn money or rewards online or from social media, there is a couple of companies that are trustworthy and can offer you great opportunities:


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  • On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Julie DuPont - Hoffman wrote:

    Scammers tried to scam me last evening (9/17/2014)
    They got the above listed info from me then when they told me I won 600,000.00
    I knew something was wrong. Then the guy/Mark Jacob saying he was with Facebook And a lady/Mrs Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook started texting me while Mark Jacob kept sending me messages through FB messenger both denying it wasn't a scam. After I told him he was a scammer and I was going to The TBI and news with this scam. Then Mark Jacob told me FBI aware and approved and it was against lottery rules to tell anyone about I would go to jail as liason for scammers because I told public and put other winners at risk since large amount of money!! I tried to contact FB and Mr Zuckerberg last night No return response. Those people tried to get me to send 325.00 then 300.00 for delivery charges for UPS to deliver check to my door. Idiots Im telling EVERYONE I can about this SCAM.

  • On Monday, September 15, 2014, Bob Williams wrote:


    Dear Winner,

    Thanks for getting back to us..This Promotion is real and it is
    legally Approved by The Board of Directors of FACEBOOK and fully
    supported by the United States Of America Lottery Association.

    Your name was officially selected by Mr Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of
    FACEBOOK (Founder & Chief Executive Officer ).

    This promotion was made to make few FACEBOOK user benefit from the
    gain the company.

    FACEBOOK is a the first and ever largest means of meeting both old and
    new friend and Facebook is the largest social network around the

    Your Won ( ONE MILLION DOLLARS ) has been forwarded to us here for us
    to deliver it to your country.

    We are the payment department and in other for you to get your prize,
    All winner are expected to provide their Information and
    Identification to claim there won prize.

    Kindly fill the promotion question accordingly.

    Fill the below:

    1. Full Name :
    2. Full Address, City, State, Zip Code :
    3. Marital Status :
    4. Occupation :
    5. Age :
    6. Sex :
    7. Nationality :
    8. Country :
    9. Telephone :


    Once again,

  • On Friday, September 05, 2014, Steven Jimmo wrote:

    I just got scammed on this but in a different manner. A "friend" contacted me through FB message and started with did you hear what happened to me. He had me contact a Frederick Smith who talked to me and did the rest of the scam. Unfortunately because the original message was from a person I trusted implicitly, I answered the questions. It wasn't until they asked for payment of the shipping and processing charges that I realized that I got took. Now they have all of the information they need except for my SSAN.

  • On Tuesday, September 02, 2014, tandra kennedy wrote:

    Sandra james
    she said I won 90,000
    I need to send 1200 to
    Charles gantt
    a friend sent this message to me on facebook but when I ask her questions that she and I only know she will not answer them. yes it would be good to get that prize I have al, the message on my phone ..
    6012499762 please let me know if this is real.

  • On Monday, September 01, 2014, Domingo alday wrote:

    I am sorry for the late response but I had to wait for your certificates from the British gaming board. Your personal details have been received and you have been successfully registered as one of the FACEBOOK PROMOTION WINNERS. Your certificate has been attached in 2 different formats, your are to view which is most suitable to you.

    Please you are to read this letter carefully and understand its contents and instructions. Understand that it is illegal to share banking or financial coordinates with anyone online that is why your winnings will be brought to your doorstep by a United Nation Diplomat who will charge you for handling charges , you will be charged the sum of $ 2,900 USD by the diplomat for handling and payment will be made in person on delivery.

    To this effect you are also to provide us with a home address as your funds to the sum of $ 2,800,000.00 USD will be brought to your residence, as you funds is getting ready for dispatch to you right now. After you must have provided your home address we will furnish you with details of the United Nations Diplomat who is bring your funds to you.

    You are to ensure that your mobile phone is active and on at all times as you the UN Diplomat will have to call you on arrival on your location. The Facebook company Inc will put an Irrevocable Guarantee Bond (I.G.B) on your winnings so that only you will have total access to touch this funds and nobody else.

    Note:- The FACEBOOK LOTTERY TEAM will not tolerate any act of fraudulent practices and if anyone is caught in such act he/she will be reported to the police and prosecuted by law. So you must make sure that you are the certified winner of this Prize. You are advised strongly not to share your winning information with anyone so as to avoid impersonation and double claims.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Congratulations Once again

    DR. Howard Peterson

    I recieved this email yesterday sept. 01,2014..
    It's a door step winnings teansaction.

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