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Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams

Outline:
Messages purporting to be from Facebook claim that users have won a large sum of money in a supposed Facebook related promotion, lottery or award.

 

Brief Analysis:
The messages are scams designed to trick users into sending their money and personal information to Internet criminals. There is no such thing as a Facebook Lottery. Any unsolicited message claiming that you have won a large prize in a promotion organized by Facebook is almost certain to be a scam.

Example:
From: [Name removed] [mailto:fbclaimdepartment2@gmail.com]
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS FROM FACEBOOK!CONGRATULATIONS FROM FACEBOOK!So We are pleased to inform you of the result of the NEW YEAR DRAW held on (28th Feb 2017) by Facebook Company in cash Promotion to encourage the usage of Facebook users world wide, your Name and Email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won $600,000:00 USD (Six Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars) each on the Face book promotion Award Attached to Ticket Number (5647600545189), Ref No (2551256002/244) and Serial Number (55643451907).
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your Ticket, Reference and Batch Numbers in all correspondences.The online draw was Conducted by a random selection of email you where picked by an Advanced automated random computer search from the Facebook in other to claim your $600.000.00 USD the lottery program which is a new innovation by Facebook, His aimed at saying A BIG THANK to you all our users for making Facebook your number one Social Networking to hook up with their families and friends all over the World.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and Scam artists All participants were selected through a computer ballot system with their email addresses and names from all over the world.
Thanks to the FBI and the Software Company corporation to block few individuals web site and email addresses.You are required to contact our dispatch dept via email (fbclaimdepartment2@gmail.com)Furthermore, if there is any change in email address please contact us on time.
If you are not interested please do not bother to reply and CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN FROM FACEBOOK!

Thanks,
[Name Removed]