Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams
Messages purporting to be from Facebook claim that users have won a large sum of money in a supposed Facebook related promotion, lottery or award.
The messages are scams designed to trick users into sending their money and personal information to Internet criminals. There is no such thing as a Facebook Lottery. Any unsolicited message claiming that you have won a large prize in a promotion organized by Facebook is almost certain to be a scam.
CONGRATULATIONS FROM FACEBOOK!
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual Final draws held on the (30th of March 2014) by Facebook group in cash Promotion to encourage all Facebook users worldwide, your Name was among the 50 Lucky winners who won $600,000:00USD (Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) each on the Facebook group promotion Award Attached to ticket number (5647600545189) and Ref No (2551256002/244) Serial Number (55643451907).
so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the delivery of your fund. You are required to contact our dispatch dept ( email@example.com ) and re-confirm your FULL INFORMATION, also please remember to quote your Ticket, Reference and Batch Numbers in all correspondences. Furthermore, if there is any change in email address please contact us on time.
Note: Do not reply to these Facebook Account for security purpose reply to the payment department in charge and if you are not interested please do not bother to reply and also signifying your interest by providing your most confidential, your Name, Cell Phone number for quick communication also your home address and country.
CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN FROM FACEBOOK!
Advance fee scammers often create scam messages claiming to be from high-profile companies such as Coca-Cola, Mercedes, or Microsoft. And, these days, Facebook is often their company of choice.
An increasing number of advance fee scam messages purport to come from Facebook. Typically, the messages claim that the 'lucky' recipient has won a large cash prize in a promotion, lottery or award organized and managed by Facebook. Some are quite crude. Others are more sophisticated. A few even claim to come directly from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself.
Some arrive via email. Others may be distributed as private messages from within Facebook itself, often via hijacked or cloned accounts.
Details in the messages may vary. As may the method by which they are distributed. But, all claim that 'winners' can collect their unexpected prize by contacting a designated agent or department.
But, those who make contact as instructed will soon be asked to pay various upfront fees, ostensibly to cover unavoidable expenses such as bank fees, tax payments, insurance, or delivery costs. The criminals will claim that these fees cannot be deducted from the prize itself for legal reasons or company policy.
Alas, no matter how much money victims send, they will never get the promised prize, which never existed to begin with. And all of the money they send will line the pockets of the greedy criminals running the sting.
And, if victims supply enough personal and financial information during the course of the scam, the criminals may also manage to steal their identities as well as their money.
Users should be very cautious of any email claiming that they have won a large prize in a lottery, promotion or award that they have never even entered. If you receive such a message, do not reply. And do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains. The best way to deal with these scam messages is simply to hit the delete button.
Last updated: August 6, 2015
First published: April 7, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen