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Well Known E-mail Scam Related to Gold Membership on Facebook Surfaces Afresh

According to a warning by security researchers, one fresh version of the familiar scam associated with Gold Membership on Facebook has been spotted circulating online, so published softpedia.com dated January 5, 2013.

Drawing attention of supposed winners, the bogus electronic mail expresses pleasure in announcing that the recipient is a lucky winner within a currently going promo over the Internet for the 2012 year end. The e-mail claims that the recipient's profile recently finished the cent percent Gold Membership criteria under the Qualification No. (EM-57-2012, ONLINE-456-16). This announcement is repeated added with praise. Thereafter, the message tells the reader that he must maintain the qualification number fully secret so there doesn't take place disqualification or double claims.

Moreover, to know further regarding the sum assigned to the recipient, the e-mail requests the user to refer to the information given underneath and provide his complete correspondence details such as address, full name along with an authentic identification's copy such as passport or driver license to enable an automatic confirmation machine validate his claims.

Soon after this, recipients of the e-mail are directed for contacting one Peter Zimmerman.

The e-mail as well informs that not even seven days are left for finishing the claims process as the deadline for total collection is 14/02/2013.

But Facebook hasn't sent the e-mail while the assertion about the recipient being selected as the lucky winner too is false. Actually, the e-mail has been sent from online scammers attempting at duping Internauts, remark security analysts.

Meanwhile, Internauts believing the trick and trying to communicate with so-called Peter Zimmerman will quickly get instructed for transmitting upfront fees apparently for meeting different wholly non-existent costs. It'll further be emphasized that the said payment can't get cleared from the reward money that too is wholly non-existent. Indeed, more payment requests will go on till the victim can pay no further, alternatively realizes the fraud designed to con him. There may also be ruses by the scammers to get the victims to give away their huge volumes of financial as well as other personal data, which can then get utilized for committing identity fraud.

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