Every day, thousands of these email messages or social networking posts are sent out by scammers to trick their potential victims into sending their personal information and money to claim bogus prizes or lottery winnings.
Copies of the Facebook Powerball Lottery Scam Messages
"Thank God …i am so happy,finally i got my $50,000 check from the Facebook Powerball Lottery organization.but it seems i am not the only winner here when i was signing to receive my $50,000 US dollars winning prize on the receivers list with the FedEx men i saw your name and your profile picture on the Facebook winners list. so contact the agent to confirm your name is on the list here is their email address you can email or text them (email@example.com)and the number +1 561-246-5348 contact them now…"
"Hello, i actually want to ask you if you hear about the Facebook Anniversary Promo in collaboration with Powerball Lottery organization? they gave me $50,000 to compensate me as one of the Facebook member i was selected by Facebook Random system program. on this website and all countries and have already gotten my $50,000 winning prize check,and when the FedEx men brought my check i saw your name and picture on the winning list when am about to sign to receive my Cheque and that's why am letting you know now before it will be late., i wonder if you have got your $50,000 check yet because I asked and they told me they will deliver the check to you too because you are among the list go for yours now here is their, address you can email or text them (firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com)an the number 1(917)7251984 contact then now...."
"Hello,how are you? I actually want to ask you something, did you hear about the Facebook Anniversary Promo in collaboration Powerball Lottery? I got $50,000.00 winning check from them. They gave me the money for a Deaf/Hearing support and its apart of measure and to compensate the few people that was selected from Facebook Random selection program on this website from the listed countries:Canada,Australia,United States, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Oceania and have already gotten my check, But when they brought my check i saw your name on the winning list when am about to sign and that why am letting you known now before it will be late., I wonder if you get your check yet because I asked and they told me they will deliver the check to you too because you re amoung the list of winners too. So that why am emailing you to let you know, did you get your own yet? if not you have to contact the Agent Mark Thomas on ( firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com ) or Text on +17073568339,"
This scam is located on Facebook.com at the following website address:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Powerball-Lottery/ 504611352911612
But, this page has since been removed by Facebook. Other pages may appear, so please be on the lookout.
Currently, there is no Facebook Powerball Lottery and Facebook or other legitimate organizations will never ask you to send them your personal information via email, text message or telephone.
If you look at the messages above, you will notice that the contact email addresses are hotmail.com, yahoo.com and gmail.com. Email addresses at these free email providers can be created by anyone, so be careful when asked to send information to these email addresses. Please do not respond to these messages with your personal information, unless you want your identity and money stolen.
Victims of the Facebook Powerball lottery scam should report it to the police and should know that legitimate lottery companies will never ask their winners to send them their personal information, or send them money in order to receive their lottery winnings.