Facebook Lottery Scam

by on 06/02/2011 in Facebook, Scams & Hoaxes, Security

There’s an email purporting to be from Facebook, claiming that the recipient has won a cash prize of $900,000.00 USD. The email is a phishing scam where the sender is looking to obtain personal information to be used for other illegal activities.Facebook Lottery Scam

This is one of the worst scams I have seen in quite some time. If you read through the email, they spell Facebook with two words, numerous misspelled words, poor punctuation, and the senders email comes from facebooklottery.com and not directly from facebook.com.

Facebook would never ask its users to provide personal information by way of email. In addition, the email campaign is amateur at best and not something a billion dollar company would send. If you come across such email, please delete it.

I also checked out the web site facebooklottery.com and it looks like the scammers didn’t do their due diligence as the site is incomplete and provides no information what so ever.

Example Email

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual Final draws held on the (30th May. 2011) by Face book group in cash Promotion to encourage the usage of Face book world wide, your Name was among the 20 Lucky winners who won $900.000.00USD (Nine hundred thousand united state dollars) each on the Face book group promotion Award Attached to ticket number (5647600545189) and Ref No (2551256002/244) Serial Number (55643451907).

The online draws was Conducted by a random selection of email you where picked by an Advanced automated random computer search from the Face book in other To claim your $900.000.00USD the lottery program which is a new innovation by Face book, is aimed at saying A BIG THANK YOU to all our users for making Face book their number one means to connect, communicate,relate and hook up with their families and friends over the years.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and Scam artists All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies’ and 30,000,000 individuals’ email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years.You have to be Rest assured that this is Real and Legal..and there are Some Scam artists around…Thanks to the FBI…216 of them have been arrested… The software corporation to encourage some few individuals with web site and email addresses promoted this lottery.
Your name was selected in a raffle that was made 30th of May 2011 so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the delivery of your fund .You are required to contact our payment dept via e-mail and phone number

E-mail: facebook-consultant@live.com
Phone Number:407-495-6530.

With information below in order for us to complete your winning certificate and for further information regarding the disbursement of your lottery win.

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:
OCCUPATION:
MARITAL STATUS AND AGE:
NATIONALITY / COUNTRY:
TICKET NUMBER:
REF NUMBER:
SERIAL NUMBER:
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:

All winnings must be claimed not later than 31st of May, 2011. After this date, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences. Furthermore, if there is any change in email address please contact us on time

To enable him issue you certificate of winning Accept my hearty congratulations once again

CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN FROM FACE BOOK!

Thanks,
Regards,
Patrick Widen
Promo Coordinator.
Face book © 2011.

“If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”.

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