Have you just been notified about a large sum of money you won via a Facebook lottery message? Sorry to inform you but that promotion, lottery, or award is nothing but another hoax.
The notices are being sent to Facebook users in the form of various “winnings” that don’t actually exist. Some users are being told they have won a lottery they don’t remember entering, while others are being offered various other rewards.
Like most Facebook scams, the hoax asks that you provide some personal information in order to claim your winnings.
First, why would a Facebook lottery exist? States have rules in place that ensure that all lotteries are licensed by the proper agencies. This is the first sign that the winnings are in fact a hoax.
Facebook Lottery Hoax Letter
“CONGRATULATIONS FROM FACEBOOK!
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual Final draws held on the (30th of March 2014) by Facebook group in cash Promotion to encourage all Facebook users worldwide, your Name was among the 50 Lucky winners who won $600,000:00USD (Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) each on the Facebook group promotion Award Attached to ticket number (5647600545189) and Ref No (2551256002/244) Serial Number (55643451907).
so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the delivery of your fund. You are required to contact our dispatch dept ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and re-confirm your FULL INFORMATION, also please remember to quote your Ticket, Reference and Batch Numbers in all correspondences. Furthermore, if there is any change in email address please contact us on time.
Note: Do not reply to these Facebook Account for security purpose reply to the payment department in charge and if you are not interested please do not bother to reply and also signifying your interest by providing your most confidential, your Name, Cell Phone number for quick communication also your home address and country.
CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN FROM FACEBOOK!
The Facebook lottery hoax is focused on informing users that Facebook is actually hosting the contest. In the past many of these messages arrived by way of outside brands. For example, a recent hoax focused on Disney Cruise Lines.
Users are finding the lottery scam in their Facebook inbox and via their official email accounts. The messages are often arriving by way of cloned and hacked accounts, giving them a trust factor that is tricking some users.
While the Facebook lottery scam arrives in various messages, one common factor applies, they often include a phone number, email address, or link to be used for contacting a “representative” who will assist the “winner.”
When it comes to Facebook hoaxes we always like to offer one bit of advice: If it seems too good to be true then it’s too good to be real.
Author: James Kosur
James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.