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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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  • On Sunday, June 01, 2014, MARITA PITPIT GUILLERMO wrote:

    FULLNAME; MARITA PITPIT GUILLERMO
    cONTACT ADDRESS; VILLA 1739 ROAD 2427 BLK. 324 JUFFAIR MANAMA KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
    MOBLE NUMBER; 33886506
    OCCUPATION;DOMESTIC HELPER
    AGE; 49
    COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE; BRGY. 5 NAGPATAYAN BANNA ILOCOS NORTE
    NATIONALITY; FILIPINO
    EMAIL ADDRESS; guillermoanamarie12@yahoo.com

  • On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Peter Hanna wrote:

    I was also sent a friend request from someone who was already a friend. He asked me to send my information to the following e-mail address: facebookpowerball_lottery@yahoo.com I would like to report this e-mail address. Then, I went to my friend's other page and he just posted a warning that someone opened a page exactly the same as his. I believe he got reported to FB, and got his account removed.

  • On Friday, May 30, 2014, trebax2882@gmail.com wrote:

    Got a similar scam.originallygot a message from a lady who lives near me.said she saw my name on the winners list when ups delivered her money.knew it was a scam but followed up to seesee how it worked.all ihad to do wasto receive 150,000.

  • On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Jean Leclaire wrote:

    I have also been involved in a facebook scam. I was asked to be friends with Adam Smith from facebook and then i was given a number to call to verify that i was myself and this Ben Micheals says he is with USPS courier service and I am to western union money to Allen Jackson Location is Tulsa Oklahoma Zip Code is 74105.I was told not to tell anyone about my winnings due to security reasons. I have asked Ben tolet me know how much I have won and how could i win when my email has only been up for a couple of weeks will not tell me the amount i supposedly won and I was told it is a random picking of Emails

  • On Monday, May 26, 2014, Riley H. wrote:

    CONGRATULATIONS FROM FACEBOOK LONDON ENGLAND!

    Facebook the largest Social Networking site valued more than $100 Billion Dollars and also expecting its One Billion Users to come mainly from Mobile devices than desktop Users by 2014, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has decided to boost Users and Companies a WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY by Lottery Program and Initial Public Offer said in a press release.

    So We are pleased to inform you of the result of the NEW YEAR DRAW held on (5th January 2014) by Facebook Company in cash Promotion to encourage the usage of Facebook users world wide, your Name and Email address was among the 10 Lucky winners who won £1,000,000.00 GBP (One Million Great Britain Pounds) each on the Facebook promotion Award Attached to Ticket Number (5647600545189), Ref No (2551256002/244) and Serial Number (55643451907).

    The online draw was Conducted by a random selection of email you where picked by an Advanced automated random computer search from the Facebook in other to claim your £1,000,000.00 GBP the lottery program which is a new innovation by Facebook, His aimed at saying A BIG THANK to you all our users for making Facebook your number one Social Networking to hook up with their families and friends all over the World.

    This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and all participants were selected through a computer ballot system with their email addresses and names from all over the world.

    Your name and email was selected in a raffle draw that was made 5th of January 2014 so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the delivery of your fund.

    You are required to contact our dispatch dept via email (awards92facebook@nokiamail.com) Contact Name: Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Henderson) in order for us to complete your Winning Certificate and for further information regarding the disbursement of your lottery win.

    To avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your Ticket, Reference and Batch Numbers in all correspondences.

    Furthermore, if there is any change in email address please contacts us on time.

    PLEASE VIEW THE ATTACHED FILE FOR FURTHER MORE ON HOW YOU CAN PROCEED AND CLAIM THE PRIZE MONEY URGENTLY.

    Regards

    Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Henderson

    Facebook Claim Agent UK

    For info please give us a call: Tel: +44-871 996 8715

    This is the email they sent me AND THEY EVEN SENT HER BRITISH ID CARD. I knew this was a scam right away.

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