As cool as it is to receive a personal email from Mark Zuckerberg, this is just another social media scam. It is now probably the most common Facebook scam out there. Even chances of winning the lottery are higher than this, because that actually can happen.
You cannot be a Facebook random winner when it comes to out of the blue "Facebook online international lottery" kind of messages.
How can you recognize this 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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+3 araT replies to Worf 12 Apr 2014and in a "college of education"!!! Reply !
+2 not Michael replies to Amoakwa Titus 12 Apr 2014Facebook does not have a lottery. The person who told you that you are the winner of the Facebook deaf international lottery is a thief. She is trying to trick you into paying a shipping fee. She will keep the shipping fee. She will never send you any money. Reply !
0 nawal haddad sammour12 Apr 2014 | 2 repliesATTENTION: LUCKY WINNER !!! The FACEBOOK Team wish to inform you that you are one of the Lucky Winners from your Region (MIDDLE EAST & ASIA) in this year's online promotion and your Facebook account has Won an amount of money. Below is your winning information: 1. WINNING NUMBER: FB7703/LPRC 2. BATCH NUMBER: 6854396709/452FB 3. REF NUMBER: 967053915 Note that this is a brief mail to notify you of your winnings, You are hereby advised to respond to this mail inorder to receive further informations on your winnings or contact Your Assigned Fiduciary agent with the above requested data for official verification and processing of your winning. Agent's Name: Maria Davies Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Cell: +447418480082 Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program and have a wonderful Year. Ms. Renee K. Lloyd. Coordinator, Facebook Lottery. Reply !
+2 ANonieMouse replies to nawal haddad sammour 12 Apr 2014>>> Your Assigned Fiduciary agent with the above requested data for official verification and processing of your winning. Agent's Name: Maria Davies Contact Email: email@example.com Office Cell: +447418480082 Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program and have a wonderful Year. Ms. Renee K. Lloyd. Coordinator, Facebook Lottery. <<
+1 Mary W replies to H.H. 12 Apr 2014Anyone I do not know that asks for money is likely to get ahhhhhh NO. I don't even give family and friends money because I know I may not get that money back. Besides I don't have money to give. So that is a losing battle. But as another poster stated, people need to educate themselves about this kind of stuff. This is of course, an expensive lesson learned but now you know...............do not give ANY money to anyone you don't know no matter what kind of BS comes out of their mouth. Reply !
-3 riddle replies to James 14 Apr 2014Ther is woman lorvet Jane telling me I won... A Facebook lottery.. Reply !
-6 Afra replies to 1-C 18 Apr 2014 | 2 repliesWestern Canada Lottery CorporationCorporate Communications6910-50th AvenuePostal Bag 649 Stettler,AB T0C 2L0Attn: Lucky winner,We happily announce to you the result of the National Lotto 6/49 lottery draws held on 26th January, 2013 Lotto 6/49 in Essex United Kingdom and Ontario Canada. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and personal Facebook Account.Your Facebook Account attached to ticket number: 4545 with Tag number 532009 drew the winning numbers: 7 11 14 27 34 40 Bonus 32 Batch Number: 03/06/MA34 and Reference Number: EAAL/908118308/07.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US,000,000.00 in cash credited to file number: AAL/9080118308/04.Please note that the lucky winning number falls within our Asian representative's booklet in BANGKOK THAILAND as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your US,000,000.00 Cheque would be released to you by Our Asian prize claim coordinator, he will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your Cheque as soon as you contact Dr.Hanri Chuchai office in Bangkok Thailand.To file for your claim, please contact our Asian prize claim coordinator immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your Cheque.*********************************Asian Fiduciary Agent Contact information is as follow:-Name: Dr.Hanri ChuchaiTel: +66983548893Email: firstname.lastname@example.org**************************************Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program*****.Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program to all that have successfully won this competition and thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS OFFICE, MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT YOUR PRIZE CLAIM COORDINATOR ON HIS EMAIL ABOVE Dr.Hanri Chuchai YOUR PRIZE CLAIMS COORDINATOR.Yours Sincerely,Mrs. Ryan Constrati Reply !
+2 1-C replies to Afra 18 Apr 2014Are you blind? Can you even read? You are responding to a post almost a year old where I clearly stated that ALL emails of that type such as the one your posting here are scams, lies!!!As to that supposed email notice: http://www.aglc.gov.ab.ca/gaming/scam_warning.asp " Lottery Prize Scams Email scams are operating on the internet, claiming to be from organizations such as the “ Western Canada Lottery Corporation ”, “ WCLC ”, “ Lotto Max ”, “ Canadian Lottery Online Lucky Program ” or the “ Alberta Lottery Fund ”. International criminal groups often use the names of real organizations to make their schemes look legitimate.Please do not reply to emails claiming that you have won money. Legitimate lotteries do not email winners. They do not give prizes to random e-mail addresses, or ask winners to pay any fees. We urge consumers to protect themselves. Remember :• No genuine lottery chooses winners from email addresses or names – you must have purchased a ticket.• There are no fees or taxes to collect a legitimate lottery win.• No lottery organization would ever ask you for personal or financial information over the phone or by email . " http://www.wclc.com/about-us/contact-us/identifying-lottery-scams.htm " If you've received an email, a letter or phone call that claims to be from Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) or any other organization, and it states that your name or email address was selected and you've won a lottery prize and asks you to pay to receive your prize, please disregard it. There are several scams going on every day that attempt to use the names and trademarks of legitimate organizations - including WCLC - to deceive unsuspecting victims. These emails, letters or phone calls will often indicate that you can claim a prize if you send money to cover "taxes" or "service charges".WCLC sells lottery tickets through authorized lottery retailers, and sells Subscriptions for extended periods through our Play By Subscription service. Residents of Manitoba can also purchase LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX via PlayNow.com. But you’ll never be asked to pay money to claim a legitimate lottery prize. It's a scam if... • You didn't purchase a ticket or enter a contest in the Prairie Provinces and Territories .◦ If you didn't purchase a ticket or enter a contest within our region, you would not be entitled to a prize.◦ You can only win a prize on our games if you've purchased a ticket at a lottery retailer, by Subscription, or in Manitoba at PlayNow.com. WCLC does not sell our products or solicit sales outside of our jurisdiction of Alberta, Saskathcewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, nor do we authorize anyone to do so on our behalf.• You are informed that you've won a lottery prize from another country or province, even thought you haven’t purchased a ticket .◦ We don't award prizes by drawing names or email addresses from a list. No legitimate lottery operates in this way .• You are asked to pay taxes or fees to claim a prize .◦ Do not, under any circumstances, send money or personal or financial information to someone making such a request of you. ◦ Lottery prizes in Canada are not taxable, and no taxes or fees of any kind have to be paid to Canadian authorities on legitimate lottery winnings in Canada.• You are provided with a cheque from a third-party organization to assist with paying taxes or fees .◦ No payment or fees are required to claim lottery prizes in Canada.◦ Do not cash such cheques as they are likely forgeries and will bounce. If you choose to attempt to cash the cheque, exercise extreme caution and confirm with your bank that there will be no financial or legal repercussions or costs if it doesn't clear.• You are instructed to not tell anyone about your "win" or else you will be unable to claim your prize .◦ If you had won a real lottery prize, sharing the news about your win with family, friends and others would not disqualify you from being entitled to a prize. "And one more thing … +66 is the Country Calling Code for Thailand NOT Canada!!!Clear enough? It's a scam!!! Reply !
+2 MidNYteStorm replies to Afra 18 Apr 2014If you are post this in order to give us an example of what this scam message looks, please clarify that. Reply !
+2 Badge71418 Apr 2014A Canadian lottery that you don't have to buy a ticket on, held in the UK, paying in US Dollars, using a free web based email address, which is sent to Thailand. Reply !
-7 Mubasher Sohail replies to cow boy 1964 19 Apr 2014 | 2 repliesI have win 80000 Pounds kindly help me to did this process thnks Reply !
+6 araT replies to Mubasher Sohail 19 Apr 2014It will be delivered by the Easter Bunny on July 4. Try reading some of the past 110+ pages. Reply !
+5 Resident47 replies to Mubasher Sohail 19 Apr 2014Kindly help yourself by reading before you post, thanks. Pick any page out of hundreds of comments and you will see that you've won nothing. Following "this process" will result in your paying money to thieves. Reply !
-6 pam22 Apr 2014 | 1 replyThis lady has sealed me for a month and sent some pretty good credentials along with her texts. Reply !
+4 MJG replies to pam 22 Apr 2014"sealed " you??sent "good credentials" with a text??? Anyone can make up credentials. Please check any one of the 110+ pages of this thread. That should answer any question you may have about this SCAM. Reply !
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By: Kyle RogersCHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- When Roy Summers accepted a friend request from a woman he didn't know, he wasn't expecting to be told he hit big money jackpot. "It really, really looked official," Summers said. Summers admitted that he didn't know the woman who sent him a friend request, but added her anyway thinking that she may be someone who knows him. Not long afterwards, he said she messaged him notifying him of winning hundreds of thousands of dollars. "So I said, 'What's the catch?'" Summers asked.That's when Summers realized things weren't adding up. In order to get his check, he was told he'd have to send money to pay for it. The earlier he wanted it, the more he had to pay. Summers said he received the email over Dr. Martin Luther King weekend and told the woman on the phone he wouldn't have the cash available at the moment. "And I said, with it being a holiday, I can't get the money," Summers said. "Well, you have a credit card, don't you?" the woman replied. Summers never gave away any personal information other than his home address and phone number. He received names and phone numbers of people to contact, but all the messaging was done via Facebook, he said. Another viewer reached out to CBS 21 News reporting a similar scam. This man shared screen shots of his contact with a woman who assured him it was a "real" prize. She provided pictures of former winners, which appeared to be heavily edited checks made to look like they were from a Facebook Lottery."The checks (in the pictures) looked kind of corny, too," Summers said. He received the same picture. On Wednesday, Summers said the woman was no longer his friend and the information was gone. The Facebook Lottery scam has been reported to the Better Business Bureau and Facebook is not doing a lottery.Experts recommend not accepting people on Facebook who are not your friends and never give away personal information online.
Congrats! Your Mobile Number was selected as a winner of £2,000,000.00!
Filip Chytrý , 10 September 2013
Good for me! Here's what happened when I tried to claim my prize.
Yes! What a lucky day! I've just got a message that I won 2,000,000.00 British Pounds (2.4M EUR/3.1M USD), an Apple laptop, a T-shirt, and a cap emblazoned with a logo of The Free Lotto Company . Pretty awesome you might think, but appearances are deceptive. Unfortunately, this is just one of the ways bad guys try to get some of our money.
Well, I was thinking, it‘s worth a shot. So I decided to write to the email address and see what would happen. Actually, the hardest part was a making up a fake name for myself! You would never believe how rough this might be. In the end, I decided to call myself Robert Konmed.
Here’s how the conversation went down.
Me: Hello, I've got a winning message with information to contact your email address. How can I pick up my prize please? Thank you, Robert Konmed
Bad guys: Please find attached document for info to contact courier delivery company: EMAIL:email@example.com Regards Brian Calton
Me: Hello guys, I'm really excited about a winning prize. But would be possible to tell me how much I should prepare for a delivery company? And also I'm curious if there is possibility to charge delivery from my winning prize? Thank you & have a nice day! Best regards! Robert Konmed
Bad guys: Dear Robert Konmed thank you for your emial however we are attching the delivery form for you to go through however we are only a delivery company and are not in a position to deduct the delivery charges from your winning Cheque since our job as a company is to deliver a package to you. Please find attached delivery form choose any delivery option of your choice complete and return it back to us to enable us continue with the delivery of your parcel Regards Joe Bragg
Me: Thank you for your prompt answer. So just for my recapitulation If I fill out all the forms and pay 690 pounds for a delivery I will get a package with money cheque, notebook, shirt and cap? Well here is my adress: Robert Konmed Budejovicka 1518/13a 140 00, Prague 4 Could you please tell me which way I should pay for delivery? Im fine with a three day delivery option (cheapest one). Thank you and Im looking forward! Robert Konmed
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Unfortunately, the bad guys did not answer regarding the payment details even though I planned to send them money! Paying 690 British Pounds (817EUR/ 1083USD) for delivery of such a huge amount as I allegedly won would definitely be worth it. Maybe they just tried the Google address in my email and figured out it‘s the headquarters of AVAST.
But I didn‘t give up! After trying to reach them with a phone number from the correspondence, +440 208 133 5717, I finally spoke to a young guy with an unfriendly manner, but he tried to help me anyway. I asked why they did not answer my last email and what to do about my prize. The only reasonable conclusion from that call was that he noted my email with a promise to answer soon. Nothing has happend so far. So in the end, I will not get my prize, darn it!
This group seems to have been active since at least 2007, but recently they have reached other platforms in their quest to earn/steal money. If you Google their phone number or addresses mentioned above, you can find pretty interesting information. However, the Free Lotto homepage has a really horrible reputation according to crowd-sourced rating service Web of Trust .
I choose this particular scam because it was personally sent to my phone, and it has spread during the past few weeks. It is definitely a SCAM and one of the social engineering tricks that bad guys use to deceive mobile users into giving them money. No one should never answer messages like this one!
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It is a scam. THere is no Facebook lottery and once you asked to send money in order to receive a lottery prize, it is a scam.
You will receive notification that you have won a lot of money or a fantastic prize in a competition, lottery or sweepstake that you don’t remember entering. The contact may come by mail, telephone, email, text message or social media.
The prize you have ‘won’ could be anything from a tropical holiday to electronic equipment such as a laptop or a smartphone, or even money from an international lottery.
To claim your prize, you will be asked to pay a fee. Scammers will often say these fees are for insurance costs, government taxes, bank fees or courier charges. The scammers make money by continually collecting these fees from you and stalling the payment of your winnings.
The email, letter or text message you receive will ask you to respond quickly or risk missing out. It may also urge you to keep your winnings private or confidential, to ‘maintain security’ or stop other people from getting your prize by mistake. Scammers do this to prevent you from seeking further information or advice from independent sources.
Lottery scams may use the names of legitimate overseas lotteries (often Spanish lotteries), so that if you do some superficial research, the scam will seem real. Some examples of the real Spanish lotteries that the scammers falsely use are Loteria Primitiva and El Gordo.
Real examples of lottery scams:
Lottery scam - El Gordo Sweepstake ( PDF 177.84 KB )
Lottery scam - The UK National Lottery ( PDF 29.69 KB )
Lottery scam - Australian Lotto Inc ( PDF 40.18 KB )
You may also be asked to provide personal details to prove that you are the correct winner and to give your bank account details so the prize can be sent to you. Scammers use these details to try to misuse your identity and steal any money you have in your bank account.
Sometimes the scammers actually do send a cheque for part of your winnings, such as a few thousand dollars of winnings, to trick you into thinking the offer is legitimate. However this cheque will eventually bounce and you will not receive any real payments.
The scammer will take your payment and fail to deliver the prize, or send you something that falls short of the promised prize.
A newer version of unexpected prize scams involves scammers gaining access to someone’s social media account and contacting extended family members (aunts, cousins etc) and telling them that they have all won money. The scammer then provides an email address through which they will receive instructions on how to claim their prize. This is a particularly insidious version of the scam as it uses the trust between family members to succeed in scamming people out of their money.
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