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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 Thursday, August 07, 2014, Cindy Karnes wrote:

    I recieved a neighbor on chat on facebook. She told me that she had won some money and that I was on the list and wanted to know if I had gotten my money. She told me who to contact on Facebook a Robert Gram. He told me that my name was drawn electronically from my Facebook account. They wanted me to pay a $1000 to get the money. My husband and I are on a fixed income. I told him I did not have it. He asked me what I could come up with so I told him $100 dollars but that I needed to come up with at least $500 and they would pay the rest. But I had to send the money to them for me to get the money. I did not do it but they have my e-mail. The neighbor's name is Tammy Kersey. She claimed that she paid $500 and that she got her money. I believe this to be a scam and both of them are on Facebook. Thank you, Cindy Karnes.

  • On Thursday, August 07, 2014, Trudy Hamilton wrote:

    I also received a notice that I had won $500,000 from a lottery on Facebook. The catch was I had to send money for delivery of this money. They went down to $100. I decided to check on this. Thank goodness because I do not have any extra money after my Social Security comes. Does facebook know about this scam?

  • On Monday, August 04, 2014, Laki wrote:

    I just received this txt to me from this number: 00 353 (86) 8905074. Could you check it out if it's a scam.

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    You have won £530,000 GBP in Facebook Promo. Send your Name, Email, Number to Email; fbclaims@outlook.com, or call +447031916356

  • On Monday, August 04, 2014, Carol Lee Miller wrote:

    On the 29th July by Kimberly Bowersock to say that I was a lucky winner on Facebook, so I asked what is the catch and said there was no catch,I won $330,000.00 and all that was need from me was to pay for the delivery of the cheque, which I would receive it in 24 hours of making the payment, So I went down to Western Union and did the transferred to a Jennifer, and sent the proof of the payment which I did And then scanned it and email to them both,and the cheque has still not been delivered to me so I get back on to Kimberly on Saturday afternoon and she says the cheque is at Dublin airport and the courier will deliver it,gess what still waiting,then i get back on to Kimberly for the tracking no which she gave me and could not trace it so I was told because I'm not don't the right web page,she say hold on I will check it for you,comes back to me and say the cheque is at the IRS and I need to pay the sum of €1100,00 for the cheque to be released its the taxes,I have managed to get it down to €300.00 euros to Western Union to a Debra Robinson, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19144 USA,and as for Kimberly Bowersock,just wants to help so I can collect my check,but when we first spoke she promised me that I only had to pay for the delivery of the cheque and that was all,now more

  • On Sunday, August 03, 2014, David Dauda Fornah wrote:

    I am so happy right now ever since i received the message that am a lucky winner among the 17 facebook lottery chart winners today and am so happy that i dont know what to do,but am looking forward to hear from you
    Thank you.

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