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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. You can also report the scam on this page: Federal Trade Commission Report.

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  • On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Nancy Ann Van Nguyen wrote:

    This is Defininetly a scam that if you proceed and give the money they ask of you, you will lose your money.
    They want me to hand over 1000 dollars to a bank so they can send me 10 million dollars as soon as possible. They will ask you for your personal information that you really do not want to give them.Here is my Letter I received on October 13,2114.

    Hurray!

    It’s hard to believe it right??? Facebook celebrates its first decade anniversary (2004 - 2014). That means 10-years ago, I, Mark Zuckerberg and my pals were in our Harvard dorm rooms making history, launching what would become the largest social network of all time, now rolling in billions of dollars via commercials, with company worth of over a hundred billion dollars ( http://www.statisticbrain.com/facebook-statistics/ ).

    To help commemorate this occasion, we are giving back to 10,000 users $10,000.00 USD (Ten Thousand Dollars) and a grand prize of 10,000,000.00 USD (Ten Million Dollars) to 10 lucky users and has launched a new feature called ‘Look Back’, where each user's "Look Back" compilation contains 15 or so of your most-liked photos, statuses, and life events set to a catchy tune. Find yours at https://facebook.com/lookback/#FacebookIs10 . So, it's all about 10.

    This is to notify you that your account registered with your email address () has won in the grand prize category of $10,000,000.00 USD (Ten Million Dollars) in this on going 10 years anniversary, aimed at encouraging Facebook users to stay active on the largest, reliable and most used social media, and at the same time increasing our active fans base, which has translated into perpetually increased profit for the multi billion dollar company since its inception (10 years ago). In the quest to continue to increase customers satisfaction, Facebook have acquired Whatsapp in a multi billion deal, to improve our chatting medium, with many more acquisition in the way.

    This is also a way of giving back to our esteemed users some of the incomes (profits/proceeds) generated from adverts, commercials, sponsorships, and more and most especially to say THANK YOU for signing up at all on the website thereby making it the world's largest social media on the internet with over 1billion users. We say thank you once again and encourage you to keep using your account on Facebook for other possible benefits in the future and to help take it to a greater height.

    Please, get back for the verification of your details for prompt payment by replying with your Name and Unique Code (FB/BF10-10M5250UD) to the Verification Department head (Henry Bahgari) of the Facebook Team, at facebookis10_01@outlook.com

    Congratulations from all of us.

    Mark Zuckerberg
    Facebook Team


    Copyright © 2014 Facebook Int'l.

    Thing is I don't even have a facebook account!

  • On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Jay batham wrote:

    fbinc2014@outlook.com mere pas v ye msg aya hu nd mujhe kuch smjh ni plz help me

  • On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Nadine Marin wrote:

    I also had the same letter that Facebook was celebrating 10 years and is giving back money to facebook users. Mine is also 10 million dollars. How do we know if it is real?

  • On Monday, October 13, 2014, khalid saddique wrote:

    I have an email supposed to be from Mark Zuckerberg saying I won $10,000,000 it has authentic looking logos of facebook and it says it is a facebook award can you tell me if this is a scam or not can you give me an address for facebook where I can send scanned copies of the emails I received so you can check if they are scams or not.

  • On Sunday, October 12, 2014, kamran wrote:

    I received the email of winning prize of 800000 gbp I want to know this is real or not my Facebook id is kamran ahmad

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