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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 189 comments

  • On Friday, May 23, 2014, Patricia Healy wrote:

    I had a lady named Sherry Davids call me today telling me I was 1 out of 10 winners in the facebook lottery. She tried to get me to have the check Fed Ex'd for $175.00. I told her I would come to California and pick the check up. It is suppose to be for $150,000.00. Is this another scam ? She gave me the address of 1 Hacker Way Menlo, Ca 94205 and the phone number to call is 940-263-0349. im sorry she didn't call she messaged me on Facebook.

  • On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Roger Gilbert wrote:

    My wife is getting this one via direct message over Facebook. Now they don't need a bank account but "Mark" wants me to pay $1000 via Western Union to claim $75,000 to be sent via UPS.

  • On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, vinni wrote:

    I too received d same massage about winning 950.000.00 us dollars and tried contacting yolanda cummings and michael rake but didn't get any responds from them till now.

  • On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, belinda estacio agoncillo wrote:

    i also received same letter from mrs. yolanda cummings and sir michael rake about my winning in the facebook. i think this is a scam... can you advise me if this is true or fake.

    thanks and regards....

  • On Monday, May 12, 2014, Iamo Mogu wrote:

    Hello all,

    can you advise if it's reall?

    FACEBOOK INC.
    An Affiliate of Facebook UK.

    18 TANFIELD ROAD,
    LONDON. FACEBOOK INC.

    +447031911421


    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.

    PAYEE BANK DETAILS

    BANK NAME: BARCLAYS BANK PLC



    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.

    FACEBOOK LOTTERY 2014
    COPYRIGHT 2014 ALL RIGHT RESERVED

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