"Seasonal Facebook Christmas Bonus and Award Promotion" Scams

Seasonal Facebook Christmas Bonus and Award Promotion Scams

Facebook users should beware of fake messages and posts sent by scammers or cyber-criminals, claiming that they are winners in a so-called ongoing seasonal Facebook Christmas bonus promotion, in collaboration with Powerball Management. But, there is no Facebook Freedom Award promotion, lottery, Powerball or sweepstakes. So, Facebook users who have received messages or posts, even if they appeared to have been sent by friends or Facebook, should not follow the instructions in them. Facebook is not giving away money to its users and is currently not taking part in any lottery games, and any message that states otherwise, should be deleted.

How the Facebook Christmas Bonus Scam Works?

Cyber-criminals are hijacking Facebook accounts and are using the hijacked accounts to send the fake lottery, sweepstakes or promotional messages or posts to their Facebook friends, to trick the friends into believing the scam. They (cyber-criminals) are also cloning Facebook accounts and using the cloned accounts to trick the victims’ friends into accepting another friend request. Once the victims’ friends have accepted the friend request, the scammers will start sending them fake messages and posts, which they will use to trick them into sending their money, personal and financial information, by claiming they need to do so in order to receive their prizes. Scams like these are very convincing because the fake messages will appear as if they came from the victims' friends. Click here for more information about Facebook account cloning.

Remember, Facebook or other legitimate companies will never ask their users or customers to send their personal information in an email or message. So, Facebook users should bear in mind that once they are asked to send their information or money in order to claim a so-called promotional, giveaway, lottery or sweepstakes prize, should know that they are being scammed. They should also know that there are no Facebook lotteries, sweepstakes, or promotion agents.

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  • December 27, 2018 at 8:36 AM by an anonymous user from: Houston, Texas, United States

    A friend who is also on facebook caught me through messenger. In her description, there was a delivery by UPS of her win where she had to sign for ut on the kist and she saw my name.

    I am still a lttle wary and have not checked, but I have certainly not been approached and don't intend to give any personal information away.

  • January 21, 2018 at 11:49 AM by an anonymous user from: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    I received an instant message from Odumoso Omosewa, who called herself agent Sewa a claims agent from Facebook HQ. She told me I had won a Facebook promotion for $600,000. I said that I had checked a list of promotional winners and didn't see my name. She responded again saying the promotion was real and legitimate and that I am the 4th winner of the promotion. I was not asked for money or personal information. I tried to sign in and give my name which is James. The system said it had no record of my email address even though I have email from Facebook in my in box.

    • January 22, 2018 at 5:38 PM by an anonymous user from: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

      This same person has been in contact with me again today by instant message at 5:39 pm. I have now been asked for personal information including; my name, address, phone number, occupation, and email address.

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