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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 or someone claiming to work for his company. The message 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 Sunday, August 30, 2015, Patricia Cabell wrote:

    On August 5 2015 i got a message from a Thomas Michael Fred claming that i was a winner of 500,000.00 from Facebook sweepstake. He needed my name address and all the info that he needed to send my winnings. i did send my name and address so he responds back with a name of MR EDWARD HASBROOK of Ronan, Montona so i would like to know if this is real or just a scam why would you have send money to get money.

  • On Friday, August 28, 2015, anthony hall wrote:

    Aguilar Maria Morales

    Contacted me from the Facebook lottery team.. she said i was selected to win $50,000 .. so i gave her a fake name address and phone number. The hole time i was reporting her to facebook. So i get a message back from Facebook saying they cant remove
    Aguilar Maria Morales account.. I thought Facebook is supposed to care about their members. But they refuse to stop this.

  • On Friday, August 28, 2015, Tim Sears wrote:

    I have, first, been contacted by "Gegory Lee"...this person conviced me (whant an idiot I am !) to send $275, for "processing"...Gregory Lee" had a FB page, and on that page, "Gregory Lee", was listed as "head" of promotions with FB. After a couple of weeks of messages, and no verifying documentation sent to me (which I requested), he said that "they" needed $500 to get my money released to me from FedX..I refused to pay (I donot have that, anyway),Then..."he" disappeared from FB and messaging..Now a "Shannon Sexton" is contacting me,by messaging...You are welcome to monitor, if you like...(by the way); the $275 that I sent, went to SANDRA LEWIS BROWN, TROY, NORTH CAROLINA 27371 Via: MONEYGRAM

  • On Thursday, August 27, 2015, Andy Cummings wrote:

    Watch out on FB for this so called profile below is the chat I just had lol ..
    Sandra E Renaud Jones Active

    You're friends on Facebook
    Works at Facebook Lotto Agent
    Lives in California City, California
    Conversation started Wednesday
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    26/08/2015 16:22
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    hello
    how are you doing today
    Andy S Cummings
    26/08/2015 17:58
    Andy S Cummings
    Thursday
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    27/08/2015 18:25
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    I'm sandra by name, I am from Menlo Park, CA here in United States of America ,I work for Facebook Head Office and you ?
    Andy S Cummings
    27/08/2015 19:21
    Andy S Cummings
    fb head office wow sounds like an interesting post
    i suppose most of fb staff use fb
    i wonder why you befriended me then
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    27/08/2015 19:27
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    I was authorize to contact you by the head of Facebook claim department Mr Mark Donard and he told me to pass to you some good news about your Facebook Account.
    Andy S Cummings
    19:30
    Andy S Cummings
    mmm ok I see so what news could that possibly be
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    27/08/2015 19:31
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    Before i proceed,I do like to know if you have heard or been informed about the Ongoing Facebook Promotion 2015 going on ?
    Andy S Cummings
    19:33
    Andy S Cummings
    no can't say I have
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    27/08/2015 19:42
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    Have any of our Facebook Staff informed you about your Facebook Winning Prize ?
    Andy S Cummings
    19:47
    Andy S Cummings
    what winning prize lol
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    19:48
    Sandra E Renaud Jones
    The Online Facebook draws was conducted by a random selection of emails you were picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the Facebook organization in other to claim your $500.000.00usd (five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only) the Facebook organization promotion program which is a new innovation by Facebook, is aimed at saying a Big Thank to you to all our users for making Facebook their number one means to connect, communicate, relate and hook up with their families and friends over the years.
    Andy S Cummings
    19:48
    Andy S Cummings
    ok i see lol
    Seems FB took her site down now probably from previous complaints

  • On Thursday, August 27, 2015, Mirko wrote:

    I received a couple of scam letters from so-called Facebook agents...

    This is the first letter:
    fbclaimsdeptt19@hotmail.com


    From: info@fbi.gov
    Subject: CONGRATULATIONS FROM FACEBOOK TEAM
    Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:21:03 +1000

    FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT.
    INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
    BATCH NUMBER: FB-0281/544
    SERIAL NUMBER: 99352748-2015
    TICKET NUMBER: FB-172-60
    CATEGORY: 2ND

    The Entire Facebook team are very happy to inform you that your name appear on the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY and we are giving out the total sum of US$950,000.00 (Nine HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) which is what you have just won.

    Your name was selected in a raffle that was made for the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY for the year 2015 with the lucky number (FB-225-7736) so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the claim process of your winnings.

    Your name was selected by Mr Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook (Founder & amp Chief Executive Officer ). The promotion was made to make all Facebook users to benefit from the profit the company made while they use Facebook.

    Facebook is the first and ever largest means of meeting both old and new friends.

    The promo was done to serve as a means of appreciation to visitors on our site and also to help people to fight off poverty and to maintain a good standard of living.

    Kindly contact Mr. Thomas Charlse the General secretary of the FACEBOOK TEAM and appointed as your claims officer via this email (facebookclaimsdeptt58@hotmail.com) immediately with the following information about you below:

    Full Name:
    Residential Address:
    Private Mobile Number:
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Marital Status:
    Sex:
    City:
    State:
    Country:
    Zip/Postal Code:

    As soon as he gets your email with all the information stated above he will tell you on what next to do as regards the claiming and receiving of your winnings of US$950,000.00.

    Thank you and More Congratulations.

    Agent Name: Thomas Charlse for CDAA

    Get some Zero paid Gear FBI SCAM PROTECTED

    Note: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this notification strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non-participants of this program. BE WARNED"


    this is the second letter:
    FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
    FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT.
    INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD.
    CATEGORY: 2ND

    Attn: Dear Winner,

    This correspondence officially confirms that we are in receipt of your email regarding the claim of your winnings valued at $950,000.00. I want you to know that this is 100% real and legal, as a matter of fact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is aware of this so you have nothing to worry about.

    The Lottery was initiated to be as a compensation to customers and to assist them financially (Annually) with the total sum of $950,000.00USD (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United state dollars) which will get to you as soon as possible.

    You are to choose one of the three listed payment option below and your winnings shall be packaged in accordance to the option you chose:

    Payment Options/Preferred mode of payment

    1) ATM CARD

    2) CHECK

    3) BANK TRANSFER

    Once you confirm your preferred payment option, you shall then be furnished with details on how your winning amount will be sent you in accordance with your payment option.

    You are also required to provide your information which would be used in processing your winning prize. Information such as:

    Full Name:
    Contact Address:
    Telephone Number:
    Occupation:
    Age/Sex:
    Marital Status:
    City:
    State:
    Zip Code:
    Country:

    I hope you will find the above message understanding and your cooperation will be most needed in this matter.

    Note: Any unclaimed prize will be returned to the treasury of THE FACE BOOK HEADQUARTERS. You are advised to keep your winning details strictly to yourself and not share it with any individual or firm to avoid confiscation of your prize.

    Regards

    Thomas Charlse
    1-760-932-2116

    APPROVED BY
    MR MARK ZUCKERBERG CEO FACEBOOK TEAM

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