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Facebook Account Winner

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How the scam works:

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 2012 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).

How to avoid:

As cool as it is to receive a personal email from Mark Zuckerberg, this is just one of the easiest scams to spot. By now, you should probably know that you can never win a lottery that you never bought a ticket for -  or put your name in for, for that matter. Look at the domain name or the email adress 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.

On the other hand, if you're really looking into making money from social media, always research every opportunity. There are some great legitimate companies, such as Swagbucks or GlobalTestMarket, that offer great incentives and money.


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Meanwhile, if you are into paid surveys, GlobalTestMarket is the place. It is an industry leader in online research panels, where members are invited to participate in online surveys on numerous topics, and in return are eligible for cash or regular and frequent entry into sweepstakes. They also have A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

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  • On Thursday, June 27, 2013, susan. wrote:

    I also recieved the same massage this morning stating you won one billion us dollar. They told me to give my information, not the bank account or anything all they asked me was Name:, city, zipcode, address, email address, and phone number etc. If they say that they will send me the money in fedex and pay for the fee then I will tell them you can pay the fee from my lottery and send me the rest of the money.

  • On Monday, June 24, 2013, Manuia Samuelu wrote:

    I recieved a message from a friend in Austrailia that my name is in the Facebook freedom lottery winner...he send me the email address to contact the lottery to claim my money...This morning the Lottery informed me to sned $450 as a delivery fee at the Western Union..they send the name of a person at Malaysia to send the money...Help me Im still confuse...My friend told me he already recieved his money from this Lottery

  • On Sunday, June 02, 2013, kevin dominie wrote:

    hello my name is kevi dominie I gass won some thing .call me 1 3158690545 thank you

  • On Saturday, June 01, 2013, Joanne Salter wrote:

    I received a chat msg this morning on facebook page,after I added Robert Pearson as a friend,he sent me a msg to say he worked re promo of facebook lottery and said I had won $2.5 .i blocked him from come through to my facebook page and newsfeed.i was sent a msg from that said legitimate_mark.zuckerburgh@hotmail.com. The email I received has a ref number etc,ask for my name,address,age,phone number and email address etc,but didnt ask me for my bank details that I would not have disclosed.i hope you receive this ok.thankyou

  • On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, salote ali wrote:

    ireceived a winning notification from Mrs Eunice Dibulle in Johannesburg informing me that my gmail address was picked as one of the winners in the 2013 promotional draw

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