Fresh Lottery E-mail Scammers using Facebook’s Name, Caution Security Specialists
Security experts have warned about spammers exploiting the name of well-known website for social-networking, Facebook within one fresh lottery e-mail fraud, reported softpedia.com dated April 8, 2014.
A sample e-mail tells the recipient that Facebook is happy to inform that the 30th March 2014-held annual Final lotteries by Facebook have been concluded and the results are out. The draw is for cash promotion while persuading every Facebook surfer globally to participate. Of the fifty participants who were lucky to win USD600,000 each, the recipient's name is one. He's the winner through Facebook's promotion award associated with the 5647600545189 ticket number along with the 55643451907 Ref No. © Serial number.
The e-mail continues that the recipient requires replying quickly so the fund delivery can start. He should also communicate with the lottery program's dispatch department at firstname.lastname@example.org while re-validate his entire information. In doing so, he must cite his Ticket, Batch as well as Reference numbers just as within all other messages. Moreover, incase of any alternation within his e-mail id, he should inform the company on time, the message concludes.
But there is no actual relation between the e-mails and Facebook.
If anyone makes the mistake of getting in touch as per instructions, he'll swiftly be directed for making different upfront payments supposedly for meeting costs like insurance, tax, bank, else delivery charges. Besides, these expenses can't get debited from the award money as reasons attributed to lawful alternatively company policy.
Unfortunately, irrespective of any amount of money victims remit, there wouldn't ever be the promised reward that didn't even exist. Moreover, the money remitted would only land inside the greedy cyber scammers' pockets.
Furthermore, suppose the victims divulge sufficient financial/personal details while the scam runs, there may even be identity theft besides theft of money by the criminals.
Therefore, end-users must remain extremely careful about any e-mail asserting they're winners of a huge monetary reward within a promotion or lottery, which they haven't at all participated in. Such an e-mail shouldn't be answered. Moreover, any web-link/attachment inside it shouldn't be clicked or viewed. It's just proper to erase such messages, specialists advise.
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