Scam Alert! Facebook Online Lottery Email

If our readers can recall, we had put together a list of some common Facebook online scams that people fall prey to. Adding to this list is another scam that is doing the rounds on the Internet. We call it the ‘Facebook Online Lottery Scam.’ Here’s a brief about what this scam is all about.

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A couple of days ago, I received an unsolicited email informing me about an online lottery that I just won. The email stated that, I was one of the eight lucky winners to have won a sum of $1,000,000 in cash. According to the sender, nine hundred thousand email addresses on Facebook were chosen for the lucky draw.

So, how do I claim this unbelievable-out-of-nowhere prize? It was easy. I simply had to reply to this sender (facebook.shares2014@lottery.com) with the following personal details:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Telephone number

I was also advised to keep this information confidential, otherwise, I would have risked getting unqualified for the prize.

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The Real Story

While it always feels awesomely great to win a lottery or a prize, the above email is purely an online scam. It is just one of the sadistic tricks of cybercriminals to lure users with the ‘money carrot’ and trick them into furnishing their personal information including name, address, phone number, etc.

If I had replied to this email with the information they had asked for, then this is what would have happened.

The scammer would have replied asking me for a certain fee required for transferring the money into my account and probably my bank account details too. And If I had gone a step further, then I would have ended up losing my money to something that did not even exist in the first place; I would have been scammed!

We advise our readers never to respond to such unexpected or unsolicited emails, especially those associated with money. Be extra cautious against such emails that contain attachments or links. Clicking these would either take you to a phishing website or drop a nasty malware on your system.

See Also: Common Facebook Scams You Need to Know About

Leave your comments if you ever came across any such emails in the past. Stay safe!

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BIPIN
BIPIN
6 years ago

in my mobile every week received lottery scam SMS last 2 year but i ignor.

Joe
Joe
6 years ago
Reply to  BIPIN

Yes,if I had responded to all these “lottery” e-mails ,the amount I would have received would be so huge that it would have exceeded all monies others have!!Still so many foolishly part with their money due to their greed.

How could one win a lottery without buying a lottery ticket??

richard dias
richard dias
6 years ago

Earlier I used to get many emails declaring me the winner of this or that lottery. After some arrests in Mumbai, those mails become minimum which are directed to my trash. What problems bother me now are unsolicited disk cleaners,anti-virus checks and advertisements which enter the computer system by some unknown ways. I have installed your virus detection package but it is of no use. These trouble makers cannot be detected by your antivirus package.

Rahul Thadani
6 years ago
Reply to  richard dias

Hi Richard,

We are sorry that you are not satisfied with our virus detection services. However, when it comes to spam emails like this, your mail settings are the most important things. Once you start blocking such mails and marking them as spam, they start getting redirected to the spam folder. However, once in a while such emails do creep in thanks to the techniques that are used by the malicious senders. After all, this email even reached our inbox. We hope you will continue to make use of our product and not be disheartened by this.

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devendra kandwal
6 years ago

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Harsh .Y. Kahar
Harsh .Y. Kahar
6 years ago

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Manish
Manish
6 years ago

I had received this type of mail several times, stating you have won £1000000 or you got iphone 5
The only thing I do is delete them without even opening them.

dinesh shrivastava
dinesh shrivastava
6 years ago

not belief i won

dinesh shrivastava
dinesh shrivastava
6 years ago

i not belif this mail. becoz I had received this type of mail several times.

svs iyer
svs iyer
6 years ago

I used to get many such mails before, and even now get such mails once in a while. The moment I see a mail from any unknown person, I do not even open it, but simply mark it as scam. I suggest other people do the same thing.
svs

Hasmukh Mehta
Hasmukh Mehta
6 years ago

I am repeatedly getting such mail. Since I am aware that they will ask further amount, I have never given such details. May be I am safe due to this. However such emails are coming regularly and one should not respond to such lottery type/some one died and no claim is received/they want to transfer the amount to some and share etc. etc. No one will give such lottery/free money to any one which one should aware.

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Navnath jagtap
6 years ago

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6 years ago

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TRIPURARI CHITRA
TRIPURARI CHITRA
6 years ago

TIS VERY OLD TYPE MEWS .. NOW EVERY ONE KNOW THAT THIS TYPE OF MAILS CALLS AND SMS ARE FAKE……….AND WHO DOESN’T KNOW ABT IT AND DO SOMETHING FOE REDIM U NEVER TEACH THAT WHAT IS THIS…..FIRST OF ALL WHEN U DIDN’T PARTICIPATE IN ANY THIS TYPE OF CONTEST THEN HOW U CAN BE WINNER.. AH… FULLY IDIOT TYPE ………………..

skumar
skumar
6 years ago

thanks for scam alert

skumar
skumar
6 years ago

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6 years ago

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parvatalu
6 years ago

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It is an excellent piece of information you are giving to your customers. Kindly notify even in likely virus infested mails that are common. thanx. I have been facing it but not responding it.Some people dare to use the name of Governor, Reserve Bank of India which I feel is the peak of nonsense!

Pankaj
Pankaj
6 years ago

Hi, Rajib

I’m also getting mails like you’ve won GBP 1,50,000 like that.

I want to know how to stop these scam mails…

Rahul Thadani
6 years ago
Reply to  Pankaj

Hi Pankaj,

The only thing you can do is block these emails when they come and report them as spam. Hopefully, when another email like this comes, your email filter will send them directly to the Spam folder.

Thanks.

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6 years ago

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6 years ago
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ulhas garad
6 years ago

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6 years ago

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ulhas garad
6 years ago

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Narendra Kumar Sharma
Narendra Kumar Sharma
6 years ago

I had lost 80,0000 Rs in this matter.

Rahul Thadani
6 years ago

Hi Narendra,

We hope that you filed a complaint with your local police station and were able to get the money back.

Best regards.

prabhas
prabhas
6 years ago

ok

jagmohan
jagmohan
6 years ago

I also got a phone message that the sender like to transfer about 7 milion dollars in my account to help the poor in my country, for that I have to contact on given mail.

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Srinath Reddy
6 years ago

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6 years ago

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MCHAKRABORTY
MCHAKRABORTY
6 years ago

I repeatedly receive this type of emails from different addresses.At present I always avoid them though sorry to say once fell victim and it was due to purely one of my dearest friend’s stupidity.

bhaskar
bhaskar
6 years ago

Till date I am getting such many emails declaring me the winner of this or that lottery but i never responding.In general What problems bother me now are unsolicited disk cleaners,anti-virus checks and advertisements which enter the computer system by some unknown ways. I have installed your virus detection package but it is of no use. These trouble makers cannot be detected by your antivirus package. Request do some thing to stop unwanted software in my computer.

Ansumay Datta
Ansumay Datta
6 years ago

Thanks a lot for such alert.

sanjeev kumar
sanjeev kumar
6 years ago
Reply to  Ansumay Datta

.Till date I am getting such many emails declaring me the winner of this or that lottery but i never responding.In general What problems bother me now are unsolicited disk cleaners,anti-virus checks and advertisements which enter the computer system by some unknown ways. I have installed your virus detection package but it is of no use. These trouble makers cannot be detected by your antivirus package. Request do some thing to stop unwanted software in my computer.

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chavda krishna
6 years ago

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6 years ago

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bhavin trivedi
6 years ago
Mithun Kumae Sharma
Mithun Kumae Sharma
6 years ago

Thank you for giving such useful information, Even I have received two emails same as you told but in this email description was about Nokia phone.

Peter
Peter
6 years ago

Once I had a such email from South Africa based scam. I asked them if you trying to send money to my bank account why don’t you send some money through WU that I might have confidence in you that you are genuine and you intended man who trying to support my social work among the poor in India. After this there was any sound from this scam lobby.

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

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Sunit Bhatt
Sunit Bhatt
6 years ago

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Sunit Bhatt
Sunit Bhatt
6 years ago

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madhu kumar
madhu kumar
6 years ago

Till date I am getting such many emails declaring me the winner of this or that lottery but i never responding.In general What problems bother me now are unsolicited disk cleaners,anti-virus checks and advertisements which enter the computer system by some unknown ways. I have installed your virus detection package but it is of no use. These trouble makers cannot be detected by your antivirus package. Request do some thing to stop unwanted software in my computer.

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sachin gade
6 years ago

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pulak
pulak
6 years ago

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