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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 2015 Facebook Inc Sweepstakes. This is a bonus to promote our users worldwide through this online lottery, which is fully based on an electronic selection." This scam is very similar to the Facebook Lottery Winning one.

Watch the video below to see in action the Facebook Lottery Winning scam.

Facebook Lottery Winning Scam Video

How does this one work? 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 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. You can also report the scam on this page: Federal Trade Commission Report.

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  • On Friday, June 26, 2015, Petro wrote:

    I also received this scam email:

    From: sumaryono@ut.ac.id
    To: "Recipients"
    Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 2:33:45 AM
    Subject: Thanks so much for reading my message....

    You Have Been Awarded £100,000 Pounds By Facebook End Of Year Promotional Award. Contact Our Agent Now!

  • On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Nilda Saldana wrote:

    This is a "SCAM" I received a message to be friends with Ida Gonzales who then I'm speaking to Lorena M. Allen. Just realized same picture, but 2 different names, both working Facebook HQ C.E.O.
    I was told I won $550,000.00 but to received my winnings I need to send $500.00 for security to release my winnings.
    I said people who win the Lottery, you don't hear they need to send cash for security reason to release the winnings, automatically IRS will take what is required when taxes are due and the rest of goes to the winners.
    They asked me for my:
    Full Name
    Full Address
    Marital Status
    Email Address.
    In reading everything that is require for me to receive the winnings, I need to first pay $500.00 a person from Fed Ex will be receiving the $500.00 and next 24 hr. I will then receive the winnings.
    1st of all they couldn't spell Fed Ex it was spelled Fe dex ... 2nd she was very who ever I was speaking to very persistent on receiving the cash for security, and 3rd I won't fall for a "SCAM" like this, she/they waiting for the 1st of July for me to pay, I won't I need my cash and I won't give my state disability check to "SCAMMERS"!

  • On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Patricia Smith wrote:

    Mr. Mark you really need to stop thief this is the sixth time since Jan 2015 I'm sick of it again yesterday what's going on with you stopping liers and crooks are you helpping us or allowing it? Patricia Smith 8033678623

  • On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Qasim Ali wrote:

    Today I have received an email by wining 800000/- British Pound so send us your complete details when i sent my details then i have received a bank draft and winning certificate from Turkish office signed by MARK ZUKERBERG. then i confuse3d that if they have this lucky draw then let me check from Google

  • On Monday, June 22, 2015, Helen Robinson wrote:

    On June 22 2:30 am I was on Facebook when I got a message from a woman stating I had been chozen along with another 49 people to share 700,000 dollars.Facebook random give away for my long time membership. After I knew it was a scam I stayed on line chatting trying to find more information.It would take her 4 or 5 mins to respond.Know I am concerned at that time she was off line with me she could have hacked in on all my I info. She has my name and addresse She also told me if anyone from Facebook got in touch I was not to respond unless they knew the password she gave me.The Money was coming from a Pacific Bank,I needed to sent 300 for insurance of delivery. Her picture was so small as we continue communicating that I could not see her face. I immediately erased all conversations. I am concerned the damage is done.What are your thoughts?

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