Facebook Lottery Scam Alert – How to avoid a Facebook Scam
Some scams refuse to die and sadly this is one of them. Facebook users get a message from Facebook, occasionally even Mark Zuckerberg himself, congratulating them on winning the Facebook lottery, prizes as high as $250,000. Sadly, this is just fraudsters using cloned accounts and curiously enough not releasing the winnings until you pay, sometimes as high as a £1000 — a classic example of advanced fee fraud. No prize is ever forthcoming. At one point last year the New York Times found 96 fake Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, accounts on Facebook.
THE FACEBOOK LOTTERY/SWEEPSTAKE DOES NOT EXIST
Tips and Advice
- Don’t send money – You will never see it again!
- Report it – to Facebook
- Read more! – Excellent article by The New York Times
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to.
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details.
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400, and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
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