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Users receive a Facebook message that claims that they have won a large lottery prize. Often, the message appears to have come from one of their Facebook friends and will claim that their name has been spotted on a list of lottery winners. The users are instructed to make contact via Facebook to begin the process of claiming their prize. If they comply, victims will then receive a follow-up message with further instructions. Here is an example of such a scam message:
Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency Company Thanks for getting in torch with us right here, yes this is for real and your name has been selected among the lucky winners. Click on this link now to add him[Link Removed] Add him so that he can tell you what to do and how to get it OkayThe scam message may also contain a link to the bogus Facebook Page, which winners are advised to visit. For some users, the existence of the Facebook Page may seem to legitimize the lottery win claims. After seeing the Page, these users may be more likely to follow through and be drawn deeper into the scam.
You have to pay for Tax fee and the shipping fund, so we can bring the money to your door step.. You pay $380.00 and get $40,000,00.You pay $975.00 and get $90,000,00.You pay $1,350.00 and get $150,000,00.You pay $3,700.00 and get$200,000,00 Your money will get deliver to you in the next 24hours when you make the payment ... Reply to the both email for quick respond from us...
Victims may also be asked to provide their Facebook account password, ostensibly so that their claim can be validated:
Be sure cuz United State Government is aware and monitor all lucky winners of all processing and proper documentation must be done, password is to make sure that you are original owner of Facebook account and your delivery is safe. So that your money will get deliver to you at your doorstep once the address is real okay. Your winning is safe till you ready to pay your delivery fees.
The criminals will keep all of the money they have been sent, leaving their victims waiting in vain for their promised payout, which of course, never existed and will never arrive.
The criminals can also use the stolen passwords to hijack the Facebook accounts belonging to their victims. Once they have gained access to these accounts, the scammers can use them to send out more "lottery win" messages to the friends of the victims.
And so, the scam cycle starts all over again.
Be wary of any message that claims that you have won a large prize in a lottery that you have never entered. Even if the message appears to have been sent by one of your friends.
Advance fee lottery scams have been around for many years and continue to gain new victims all around the world every day. And social media websites are offering new ways for criminals to connect with potential victims.
Last updated: November 7, 2013