There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers

Beware of email messages, text messages, social media messages or posts, claiming that you are a winner in some so-called Facebook lottery, sweepstakes, promotion, or was selected by Facebook’s co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to receive thousands of dollars. The messages or posts were sent by lottery scammers, who are attempting to trick their potential victims into sending them their information and money. Again, there is no Facebook lottery, promotion or sweepstakes, so if you are contacted by someone claiming that they are from Facebook or a representative of Facebook, asking you to send your personal information or money in order to receive some form of lottery prize, it is a lottery scam. Also, Facebook will never ask their users or others, to send their personal information via email message, Facebook messenger, text message, or to send them money in order to collect some so-called prize.

There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers

Here are some of the hundreds of email messages that we have received from persons who have been targeted by Facebook lottery scammers:

  • “I was contacted by a Danyille Marie Zimmerman on Facebook to give my personal info to collect $6,000,000 from Facebook Mark Zuckerberg request. Just wanted to find out if this is true, her page looks legit but now days you can’t trust anyone even though they show pics of people getting a huge check. I’ve been scammed before and lost hundreds on EBay to a Chinese scammer. Better safe than sorry.”
  • “She informed me I had won $950,000, giving me FB-0143-615208 Claim number. I need to send $255 to an administrative fee. I received an email from someone at “facebookpayment departmentfacebookpromotion2016@” They said i won 500,000.00 dollars and that a delivery man would come to my home to deliver the winner check to me on 1/29/2016. They did not ask for any money but when i tried reaching them i could not get them. They had been emailing me over the week and said to keep this to myself. The delivery man was in Germany delivering checks there and would be back in the USA on today which is the 26th of 2016 and would be at my home on the 29th. I kept some of the emails and will send them to you at your web address. What a scam after they kept telling me it was for real.”
  • “Had a friend request, thought it was a friend from back home and accepted the request. She started immediately talking in my chat box and claim to work on behalf of Facebook and said had I won 50,000 in a Facebook Random Drawing, and asked me where want the winnings sent to - what address. Now I have that person on my page in chat responding and leaving messages that are quite odd and all rude. 100 percent sure they have hacked my chat/messages and are problem sending them messages. I don't receive hardly as many messages as I used to. Found an address that was redirect to another friend of mine with the message: ‘Skype for Facebook’”
  • “I have been contacted by people who say that they are with Facebook and that i have won a large sum of money from the Online International Facebook Pool. I am very skeptical about this and am unwilling to send my information until i have conformation that this is legit. Can you please tell me if this is true? Did Facebook have a lottery promo to as they put it say thank you for using us as your means of communication with friends and family.”
  • "I've been friend requested by one person .Stating that I was on a list of winners . I clicked in the link to check.Long story short ...they want me to send $550 via Money order for them to send my money. ,'Face Book lottery power Ball. The scam came from "Grant Government Organization.'

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November 25, 2019 at 12:04 AM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers


I received the following message below via direct message on my Instagram account from someone claiming to be from Samsung promotions. Luckily I did not give them any of my information or send them any money etc. They continue to message me despite me telling them I believe it is a scam. They responded by sending me a video of a man stating that "Facebook lottery" is real.


Jade Colville.

The 1st message I received is as follows:

Are you not aware that your cash prize money of $800,000 and a Samsung Galaxy S10 phone won from Samsung Xmas lottery is still in our office? Reply immediately to make your claims."

Received via email.


June 4, 2018 at 1:11 PM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers
an anonymous user from: Auckland, New Zealand

My partner got a fbk message from Bernard Antonio Brown FedX said he was in the draw for $200.000 cash information he asked name phone address so on so, but no bank details were exchanged.

$1500 he said to pay for shipping fees & $200.000 cash will be delivered to our door so we gave our info then we said haven’t got $1500, then other party asked how much can we afford as in now we said $100 so they said to go to garage or supermarket purchase $100 iTunes gift cards straight away; scam going to delete from our fbk


March 19, 2018 at 7:01 PM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers

Here is another scam:



It's really good to hear back from you. I have been trying to reach you on here lately, You won't believe what happen to me?

Haven't you heard about the facebook Federal Mega Millions funds in collaboration with President?

I got a sum of £200,000 the promotion made by facebook & Mega millions Monetary lottery funds for the annual seasoning

if may ask, have you gotten your money yet?

The reason why i am asking is because i saw your name on the winners list, when they came over to deliver my winning package to me

Nope,I have already save it up to the bank

it was shown to me when they came over to deliver my money to me . You were right after my name and also friend of mine on the list"


February 12, 2018 at 2:13 PM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers

A scam message being sent via SMS:

"Among the millions that subscribed to Facebook,we selected 10 people every Month as our winners through electronic ballot"


January 10, 2018 at 2:02 PM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers
an anonymous user from: Barbourville, Kentucky, United States

I have been contacted by one of the scammers and she wants me to send my information but when I seen this I realized it right away it was a scammer.

But I went along with it just to make her think that I am interested so had decided to look up to see if she was real or not and found out that she is a scammer so i am gonna delete her from my Facebook friends list as if whatever she is asking from me I can't give her.


January 7, 2018 at 2:46 AM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers

Here is another scam:

- Forwarded message -


Date: Jan 5, 2018 4:18 AM

Subject: Congratulation You Have Won

Facebook Lottery Inc.

Account Controller: MR.Nelson Peters

(Online Transfer Dept.)

Dear Facebook Lottery winner,

The entire management of wish to apologize for the delays

you have encountered during the processing of your winning funds of

£800,000 British pounds which you are still yet to receive in your

Home country, we have made adjustments to deliver your winning funds

of $1,000,000.00 usd directly to you, which we have negotiated with

the courier company.

The New Facebook management has contracted the COURIERS SERVICES

handling the delivery of your check directly to your contact home

address in your region .We have invited the COURIER CONSULTANTS MR

TREVOR JACKSON AND AKU TOM to our meeting, and we guarantee you 100%

that the delivery of your bank draft of $1,000,000.00 usd has been

guaranteed for instant 24 hours delivery time by the COURIER


-After receiving the parcel in your home address, you are to take the

bank draft to your local bank and they would have the $1,000,000.00

usd credited in your account immediately because the Facebook Lottery

Barclays Bank draft is generally accepted by all banks in the world.

You are therefore advised to reconfirm the following details for us

cross check with our original information before we send it to the








To update your primary email address or stop using your Facebook email

address, visit your Settings. If you don't want to receive these

emails from Facebook in the future, please unsubscribe. Facebook,

Inc., Department 415, PO Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Once again congratulations and thank you for using

Warm Regards,

Nelson Peters

Fiduciary Agent


December 14, 2017 at 1:49 PM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers
an anonymous user from: Livingston, Texas, United States

I received a message from David Bowie saying I'd won $650 thousand. All he wants is my address, phone number, and email. So brutal to do this to people at Christmas time. He is fighting to keep the scam going and Agent Margaret Gilman is saying I won too. Gave me an email to contact for my money.

Here is the email address:


November 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers

Received via email:

"I received a similar message like this from one of my Facebook friends

wonder if you get yet because I saw your name on the Face-book Freedom Lottery(FFL) list and I ask, they told me they will bring money to you too…. Do you receive your own money yet? You need to contact the agent right now on marcbergmn73, he will get back to you asap because he is 24hrs online and let you know what to do to get your money okay.

They gave me the number of 334 452 7511. Told me they were online now. I CALLED and they said they needed my address my income and some things. I told them to go get F**ked.

Found this email address so I am passing this on. A friend said it is real I told them I hope their check is good."


October 27, 2017 at 9:45 AM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers
an anonymous user from: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

I got an email from Facebook, Inc Sweepstakes Lotto 770 Brooklyn New York saying that they were obliged to congratulate and notify me that my facebook profile was used by me to register an Account with Facebook has emerged me as one of the lucky winners in category A and that I won nine hundred seventy-five thousand united states dollars gave me the winning number batch number serial number ticket number gave me an email to forward my winning details numbers to the accredited in charge of my payment file. the person name that sent this to me is Jenna L Lorfida.. Has anyone else got one like this?


October 27, 2017 at 11:47 AM by
There is NO Facebook Lottery, Sweepstakes or Cash Promotions - Do Not Be Fooled My Scammers

There is no such Facebook lottery.


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