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.
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.
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)
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.
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.