Beware Facebook lottery email scams!

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Congratulations! You’ve won the Facebook lottery!

At least, that’s what the following email claims.

Facebook lottery email

The email says that you can turn up in person at an address in London to claim your prize, but you will have to confirm your identity and eligibility.

If you don’t want to visit London, then you can choose to pay a mere £385 to have the necessary paperwork couriered to you.

for your convenience, we can have your Facebook Claim Paper Work sent to you via our contracted Courier Service for signing and then send back to us to effect immediate release of your Winning. But note that you are to bear courier charges of this option which attracts the sum of £385 British Pound, only to be paid if you decide to settle for the Facebook Claim Paper Work to be sent to you via our contracted Courier Service. Please note that the £385 British Pound courier charges includes insurance and tax fees, as the paper work in question is highly confidential and needs to be insured for safety measures.

Hmm.. So, you’ve won a lottery but the company awarding you the prize won’t stretch to having something couriered to you?…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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