How The Scam Works with video below There is a new scam going around, coming to your email address or Facebook inbox as a personal message from somebody claiming to work for Facebook, say Shirley Herriott or Sheryl Sandberg - which are names scammers use often. It may be even from the founder Mark Zuckerberg and it mentions that you won the Facebook Lottery Sweepstakes!
In this article you'll learn not only how the scam works, but also how to easily identify if the profile of the person contacting you is fake or not.
Let's take a look. Watch the video below to see in action the Facebook Lottery Winning scam exposed: But let's dive in: The message contains the following text: This is a bonus to promote our users worldwide through this online lottery, which is fully based on an electronic selection". Needless to say, the amount mentioned could be any: The person contacting you even sends fake IDs of her or Mark Zuckerberg, see below: How does this one work, what do you need to do?
Indeed, just like many other winning notifications, this scam requires you provide your bank account and some other personal information, in order to receive the money. Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if the profile contacting you on Facebook is a fake. Don't Fall for the Grant Processing Representative at Facebook A more complex approach comes with the variation of the scam where they use the name Shirley Herriot.
In this case, you might be contacted by a real Facebook friend. The message says something like this: Of course, you get excited and send a Facebook message to this organization.
After they congratulate you, they will 'connect' you with Shirley Herriot, who claims to be a Facebook Processing representative at Grant n Lottery Entitlement Evaluation, which is also a fake position. Facebook doesn't have such a thing. She would ask you to pay the amount in the form of iTunes cards, see the image below.
Don't be one of them. Needless to say, the name they use could be different than Shirley Herriot, especially after scammers get reported, which happens often. They change the names and start over again - so don't try to be smart and get back to 'Shirley' saying that you know is a scam. She won't give a damn and change the name right after. You won't help anyone else. 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? 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. Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to Facebook using the link below: How To Protect Yourself More: If you want to be the first to find out the most notorious scams every week, feel free to subscribe to the Scam Detector newsletter here.
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