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Issue 126 - March 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 11

Facebook Gold Status Membership Advance Fee Scam

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Outline
Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient's Facebook Profile has completed its "100% Gold Status membership" thereby qualifying him or her for an award of $2.5 million.



Brief Analysis
The message is not from Facebook and the claim that the recipient has been awarded a prize is a lie. The message is an attempt by scammers to trick users into sending them money and personal information.

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Detailed analysis and references below example.





Last updated: 20th February 2012
First published: 20th February 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Congratulation!!!

YOUR PROFILE HAS BEEN AWARDED A GOLD MEMBERSHIP STATUS ON FACE BOOK....

We happily announce to you that your profile just completed It's 100% Gold Status membership which has qualified you for an award of $2,500.000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) by Facebook.

You are therefore advised to contact our Executive Secretary for further directives on how to receive your award sum.

Ensure to quote the following information for authentication:
Full Names, Address and qualification numbers to the Executive Sec with your Gold Membership Qualification Numbers: (FB-57-20100, BB-456-76FUB)

Contact Person: Mrs. Florence Alison (Executive Secretary)

Email:f.team@usa.com

Payment would be made to you and other qualified members not later than 7 working days from the date of this notification.

Note: Ensure to keep all winning information strictly confidential to avoid double claims which may lead to disqualification.

Sincerely yours,
Facebook Team




Detailed Analysis
This message, which claims to be from the "Facebook Team", informs the recipient that his or her Facebook Profile has just completed its "100% Gold Status membership". Supposedly, the completion of this "Gold Status membership" has qualified the lucky profile owner for a Facebook award of two million five hundred thousand dollars. The message instructs the recipient to contact Facebook's "Executive Secretary" to find out how to claim the prize money.

However, the message is not from Facebook and the claim that the recipient has been won a $2.5 million award is a lie. In fact, the message is an advance fee scam designed to trick people into handing over their money and personal information to cybercriminals.

Those who fall for the ruse and contact the "Executive Secretary" as instructed will soon be asked to send upfront fees, ostensibly to cover various - entirely imaginary - costs such as insurance, legal and banking expenses. The scammers will insist that these fees cannot be deducted from the cash award, which of course is also entirely imaginary. Often, requests for more fees will continue until the victim runs out of money or at long last realizes that he or she is being conned. The scammers may also trick their hapless victim into divulging a large amount of personal and financial information that may subsequently be used to steal his or her identity.

While the cover stories for such fraud attempts are many and varied - this example is even more absurd than usual - the underlying scam is the same. People all around the world have lost money to such prize related advance fee scams for decades.

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References
Email Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information



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Pages in this issue:
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  2. Hoax Warning: Lost Child Lure - 'New Way for Gang Members to Rape Women'
  3. Hoax - Right To Be Connected to an Australian Phone Rep
  4. Hoax - Eating Shrimp and Taking Vitamin C Can Cause Death by Arsenic Poisoning
  5. Ashley Flores Missing Child Hoax
  6. Hoax - Facebook Will Pay One Dollar Per Like to Help Baby With a Face Cancer
  7. AICPA 'Tax Fraud Accusations' Malware Emails
  8. RIAA Notification of Copyright Violation Malware Email
  9. Giant Snake in Electric Fence Photographs
  10. Cruise Control Hydroplane Warning
  11. Facebook Gold Status Membership Advance Fee Scam
  12. Ectopia Cordis Sick Baby Facebook Hoax
  13. Hotmail Account Closure Phishing Scam
  14. 'Thomas Romany's Stuff' Warning Message
  15. Mark Zuckerberg and Apple Partnership Survey Scam