Oct 25, 2011
This is great! I never entered into Facebook lottery but now an email was sent to me saying that I won. Do you receive the same email from Mark Zuckerberg? Well if you do, you are likely to be the next candidate to be a victim of this Facebook lottery email scam. In the said email, the scammers are trying to rob your money by asking you to come in person in their London office to claim your prize. Though it seems that the address is real, they make sure that you will never get there by fooling you to pay £385 for the necessary paperwork to be couriered to you. That was easy! But can’t they just get the service fee from the prize money? Hmmm. Your spider sense might start ringing upon reading this.
The guys at NakedSecurity checked the phone number in the said email and they found out that it was registered to a British firm ‘Cloud9’ that offers international mobile services. It means that if you will try to call this number it can be redirected to any country. So if I were you, don’t call this number because in the process of confirming your identity over the phone, they can steal your personal info and use it anywhere else. Also the scammers at the other end of the line can swindle you to pay the service fee in advance using their convincing powers and magic words.
So you still believe that you won? You never entered a Facebook lottery, right? Always remember that you cannot win a lottery you haven’t entered. Also take note that this type of scam will continue to occur in the future and will be served in different forms using different social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Be always on your guard and don’t quickly jump into conclusions. If you received an unwanted email, read it carefully or delete it immediately. To be safe, just ignore unwanted emails and let them sleeping for a while in your inbox and wait until a report will surface. You can try to search for related terms like ‘Facebook Lottery’ using Google to see if there are related reports that can validated the unwanted email. Have a nice day!
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