Have you won the Facebook lottery?
No, you haven’t. I can categorically assure you that you have not. Because the Facebook lottery is not a genuine promotion, it’s a scam. I mean, I’m sure Mark Zuckerberg is a really nice chap and he does have a great record on giving to charity, but he does not select Facebook users at random to receive large payouts – not only is he a pretty busy bloke, the Facebook lottery is not a thing, it doesn’t exist, it’s not real. Have I made myself clear?
Of course, you may think that’s obvious. You may think you’d never fall for a scam like that, but the prospect of winning big is attractive to all of us, and anyone can be vulnerable to scammers, which is why it’s so important that we highlight scams like the Facebook lottery.
The Facebook lottery is a variation on the classic ‘advance fee scam’ or fraud, which works like this. A scammer tells you you’ve won the lottery, but says that to claim your winnings, you need to send them a sum of money. The sum is always relatively small in relation to the size of your promised win – a few hundred dollars perhaps – and might be described as a ‘security deposit’, ‘delivery cost’, ‘conversion fee’ or similar. You send the money in the belief that you’ll receive a much larger sum in return. Of course, you never see the fee again and your winnings never materialise.
There are many forms of this scam, but in the Facebook lottery version the news of your win might come from someone whose friend request you accepted but don’t know and who turns out to work for ‘Facebook Promotions’. It could come in a message from a genuine Facebook friend whose account has been compromised or it could come via a very plausible but fake company Facebook page you’ve liked.
Scammers work hard to build your trust, posting funny memes, engaging you in light-hearted conversation and promoting the causes you support. Then, as the relationship develops, they will claim they work for Facebook and tell you you’re a Facebook lottery winner. They usually say the promotion is to persuade people to use Facebook more or is a thank you to the public for supporting Facebook and making it such a success. They often ask for personal details as well as money, and they can be very persistent.
Don’t respond to the scammer, because it only encourages them. Cut off all contact and unfriend them immediately. Don’t give them any personal details as that makes you vulnerable to identity theft. Don’t give them your bank details and definitely don’t send them any money.
If you have revealed any personal financial information, contact your bank or building society at once. If the scammer emails you outside Facebook, don’t click on any links or download any attachments and forward the email to Facebook. You can also report the scam through the Facebook Help Center. You can also report scams to Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber.
If you’ve been scammed, please share your story with us. Our goal is to help consumers identify genuine prize promotions from those which are fake, and with your help we can create further awareness.
Sarah Burns is Prizeology’s Chief Prizeologist, an IPM Board Director, and a SCAMbassador for National Trading Standards Scams Team.The Facebook lottery is a variation on the classic ‘advance fee scam’ or fraud, which works like this. A scammer tells you you’ve won the lottery, but says that to claim your winnings, you need to send them a sum of money. The sum is always relatively small in relation to the size of your promised win – a few hundred dollars perhaps – and might be described as a ‘security deposit’, ‘delivery cost’, ‘conversion fee’ or similar. You send the money in the belief that you’ll receive a much larger sum in return. Of course, you never see the fee again and your winnings never materialise.
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He was convinced it was above board and legal and he and his partner felt they had genuinely won a huge cash payout. A lady who is she was trying to pick me. I have been scammed for $10 000 Australian dollars by FB lottery I would like to know where I should go to report and what I have to do? Please, please, please. I feel that this was a total scam and I’m glad I’m over and done with it. Such a scam!Thank God I didn’t fall for it. Easy come, easy go! Please help me and catch them. ALL FAKE. she encouraged me to talk to him. Another scammer. They said I won 6,000,000.00. Mark Zuckerberg went to college and I’m sure he knows how to use grammar. 22,296 people like this. Is there such a thing ad Facebook lottery and claim via agent Juddy Gardner a high school pupil who lives in San Fran Sisco.
Well, then I received a message that she won a lot of money to contact this number because my name was on the list. Then there was a 550 dollars for something about a certificate for the irs. You sent $950.00 to claim $15.000.00.
In past decades scammers used letters to send out messages to unsuspecting members of the public, to extort fees and money from them. one stating I won and he wants $ from me..another an FBI guy says I got $ wanting $. If they get evasive I ask them if they are trying to scam me. 112K likes.
the founder of the facebook should pay all fees why because it is lottery…….. alert DONT PAY MONEY TO RECEIVE MONEY… I have learned……. Create New Account.
Then a John Paul calls me of What’s App sounding like a Haitian national when he was speaking saying the same thing but he said that Samsung agent doesn’t work there anymore he was trying to convince me for like four days saying pay 450 dollars to money gram or credit union.
There was a fee that had to be paid so I paid it then I received pictures of four were winners and also a picture of the credit card that I was to be receiving. I also told her I was reporting her to Facebook and my local police department as she was still sending me messages. The funds were supposedly in Bank Of America, in New York City, NY. I still believe it right because that type of money can change my life, he had me so convinced but its just one jokey problem, I DON’T HAVE A BANK ACCOUNT,SO I HAVE NO MONEY SAVED, AND EVEN IF I HAD IT TO GIVE AWAY MY SHORE 450 DOLLARS FOR UNSHORE 800,000 I RATHER SPEND ALL ON RUM, FOOD AND CLOTHING BEFORE I DO THAT. I was just scammed or Amy Kimberly who said that she was with FB and was in charge of the organization that handles the Lottery. “Going on the harassment of phone calls to buy more tickets then hearing that. ”, “Yesplay is Bulllshit. I guess I am the big winner. The online drawing was conducted by a random selection of Facebook profiles by an automated machine; then your name was selected for the drawing. I’m getting messages from one of them right now saying I won 950,000,000 USD. So I googled Facebook Jackpot Promotion and found on it that it was all a scam. Everyone is talking about how they got contacted through messenger. Well, I just got a message from a friend I have known for year’s saying she just won $70,000 in lotto max but she says it a company that helps.
Please let me know, Hart is begging me for money. Big Scam. He promised me he will give me $20,000 when he gets his check. I got a message from Agent Bill Wilson saying I’ve won R250 000 0000 in the Mega Millions lottery…..scam, Jack from NetherlandsI was contacted om IG by Linda_SmithThen I was texted by Mr.Mark Zuckerberg on HangoutsI won 5.000.000 USDOnly thing I must do is pay a fee of 350.00USD to a bank account in NigeriaI am not so stupid to this, but they keep on contacting me. The amount you apparently won is $180,000. I have just been approached by Anna Engelbrecht in South Africa to pay R5000 for delivery of prize of R800000.00 which I refused as did not seem right. I waited and waited……….. Very persistent. This is just the cruelest scam. Contact The Lottery Winners on Messenger.
I just had the exact same thing happen to me his messaging me at this moment as we speak stating word for word with what is written above. Or…, What is a Ransomware attack? I think its a scam. I told her that I wasn’t interested, she said it was so legit, she proved nothing to me. he was very consistent and pushy. You WILL LOSE thousands and thousands!facebook lottery winners 2020 He was convinced it was above board and legal and he and his partner felt they had genuinely won a huge cash payout. A lady who is she was trying to pick me. I have ]]>