"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages

Facebook users are asked to delete or ignore messages that claim they are lottery winners because their names were found on a winning list. The fake messages are sent by cybercriminals and recipients should not respond to them with their personal information or follow the instructions in them, even if the messages appear as if they were sent by a friend or family member. Scammers have cloned or hijacked some Facebook users' accounts, and are sending fake messages to their friends. The messages claim the recipients are winners of Facebook sweepstakes, lottery or promotion. But, Facebook currently has no such lottery, sweepstakes or promotions.

I Saw Your Name on the Winning List Facebook Lottery Scam Messages

Fake Facebook Lottery Messages

  • "I actually want to tell you that i just receive $100,000.00 cheque from Facebook affiliated with powerball / megamillion and the cash was delivered to me here at my home and address but when i was signing for my cash your name appear next to my name and i asked the agent he said you need to claim it yourself... You need to email them now and claim it tell them you want to check your name on the winning list ... here is the email megamillionsandfacebook @outlook.com or edmundbrown @outlook.com, or brown.edmund53 @yahoo.com or text them you want to check your name 1-317-721-6597 or call 44-702-409-6853"
  • "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 ( winningprize2012@yahoo.com / winningprize2012@gmail.com ) or Text on +17073568339,"
  • "OMG! I saw your name on the winner's list when the Ups came down to my door step delivering my winning money to me. Anyway, I think you should contact the Agent in charge to claim your own money as well. Do you know how to do that?"
  • "Hello, how are you doing? I am very happy right now,I want to know if you are happy too because I got $200,000.00 delivered to me yesterday from the Powerball Commission and I saw your name on the list and the lady told me you won too. If you have not gotten the money,e-mail the lady on powerballagentp @financier.com to claim your money."
  • "I'm so happy, how are you? did you hear about the Facebook Anniversary Promo in Collaboration Powerball Lottery? because i received $50,000 from Powerball and Facebook Organization and I wonder if you gotten your cheque too ?because I saw your name on the Facebook list of unclaimed funds and I ask the courier service that brought my cheque to my front door but he said they can not locate your address so that’s why am sending you this message to get you informed on how to claim your winning cheque too . before it close Agent Mark Thomas email and number.... ( claimprizess2013@yahoo.com or Text on 503) 741 8310, So you can also receive your payment check."
  • "Today I saw your name on the Facebook list of unclaimed funds and I ask the courier service that brought my cash to my front door but he said they can not locate your address so that’s why am sending you this message to get you informed on how to claim your winning cash too, you can contact Agent Wayne Adkins on { Powerballagentwayne @yahoo.com // Powerballcompanyagentwayne @usa.com }, or you can send them A Text 1 (402)-313-8145 so you can also receive your Winning prize check"
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November 6, 2023 at 5:51 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Umhlanga Ridge, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Watch out for Wayne Hulley on FB - claims to know you from school many years ago and then tries to scam with asking if I have received my winnings yet!


November 18, 2022 at 5:10 AM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages
an anonymous user from: Tshwane, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Call me stupid. But it was the first time I heard about it. And I fell for it. I lost R2,200 of which I had to buy these people iTunes gift cards. How stupid of me.

So what am I to do now? I lost it and I suppose there is no way to get it back.


November 14, 2021 at 11:01 AM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages
an anonymous user from: E2, London, England, United Kingdom

Someone as I know told me this in my name on Facebook the winner she sent me the connection it was right wanted me to send money for the tax send a cheque to London address and they send me the other check with the winnings so I haven’t bothered send it because I’m not sure if it’s a scammer she’s just been in touch again on messenger what am I doing with my money


May 14, 2020 at 1:40 AM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages
an anonymous user from: Marksville, Louisiana, United States

Danny William/Carlos/Scott Paul/all scammer using fake names.

Posing as agent/loan reps using Walmart and Americans express gift cards to scam people.


May 11, 2020 at 7:37 PM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages
an anonymous user from: Marksville, Louisiana, United States

Agent Scott scammer 916-234-7838 Scammer.


May 7, 2020 at 10:58 PM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages
an anonymous user from: Hinton, Oklahoma, United States

Today, I got a message on Facebook Messenger. It was from my adult nephew. I’ll call him JT. The fact that JT was sending me a message at was was a red flag. Before you decide that I must be THAT aunt, let me elaborate. JT is my brother-in-law, JB’s son from his first marriage. JT was nearly 30 when he found out his dad was actually JB. A couple of years later, his JB passed away. My husband and I moved up north the following year. So, it makes perfect sense that getting a message from JT seemed off. Anyway, the message was this: “I saw your name on BCD list have you also heard from them?” Nothing about the message, even remotely, makes any sense to me. So, I googled the sentence. It led me here.


January 21, 2020 at 3:07 PM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages
an anonymous user from: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

I got suspicious with the poor grammar as I know my true friends better than that, then they asked for money upfront by mail transfer to cover costs, I knew this was a scam but how & to whom do we report this?


January 21, 2020 at 3:09 PM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages

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December 3, 2019 at 1:18 AM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages
an anonymous user from: Auckland, New Zealand

My name is Tapu Vaai, Kelly Love,send me a txt on my Facebook messenger,I'm a winner of lottery,but my prize sitting on the database,he need all my ID,my mother name and my address to delivery my prize,but I don't buy it,bcoz I know about scammer,so plz help out to solve this problem.

He told me that,not to tell anyone,but I'm still not trust the guy,I'm doing some research and hunt the guy,if he was a Facebook Agent for real,plz help to solve this plz,thank you,for hear me out,I appreciate from the bottom of my heart,I pray to God to show me if this a real thing or not,hope not,,thank you again,love to hear from you soon


December 3, 2019 at 6:06 AM by
"I Saw Your Name on the Winning List" Facebook Lottery Scam Messages

It is a scam or a fake. There is no Facebook lottery, so do not send your information.


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