A new Facebook scam is making the rounds as the accompanying email received on July 30, 2013, through Yahoo demonstrates.
One can tell this is a scam because Facebook hardly has the money to be giving away million as the company has just barely made their money back from the disappointing if not disastrous IPO on May 18, 2012, according to the company’s stock price as of July 30, 2013.
The interesting part of this scam is that the scammers use Mark Zuckerberg’s name and the number of the multiple “authorities” that claim to be offering the money do not exist physically. This is a common scam trick. Just changing the name and the email address keeps the scammer a step ahead of the FBI or any other law enforcement.
One is expected to pay fees to collect their winnings with this scam. Lotteries in the United States collect taxes prior to disbursement of funds but do not require fees to collect winnings.
This is just a new version of the same advanced fee lottery scams that have been around for decades. The reason this type of scam is so long lived is that they work. A new twist with this scam is the warning to protect yourself by not going public with the scam. This has been tried before by other scam artists.
There is not and never has been a Facebook lottery of any kind supported by Facebook.
The variation in punctuation, spelling errors, and capitalization should be a dead give away that this is a scam.
FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
BATCH NUMBER: FB-0281/544
SERIAL NUMBER: 99352748-2013
TICKET NUMBER: FB-172-60
The Entire Facebook team are very happy to inform you that your name appear on the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY and we are giving out the total sum of US$950,000.00 (Nine HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) which is what you have just won.
Your name was selected in a raffle that was made for the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY for the year 2013 with the lucky number (FB-225-7736) so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the claim process of your winnings.
Your name was selected by Mr Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook (Founder & amp Chief Executive Officer ). The promotion was made to make all facebook users to benefit from the profit the company made while they use facebook.
Facebook is the first and ever largest means of meeting both old and new friends.
The promo was done to serve as a means of appreciation to visitors on our site and also to help people to fight off poverty and to maintain a good standard of living.
Kindly contact Mr. Thomas Charlse the General secretary of the FACEBOOK TEAM and appointed as your claims officer via this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately with the following information about you below:
Private Mobile Number:
As soon as he gets your email with all the information stated above he will tell you on what next to do as regards the claiming and receiving of your winnings of US$950,000.00.
Thank you and More Congratulations.
Agent Name: Thomas Charlse for CDAA
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Note: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this notification 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 non-participants of this program. BE WARNED”