ALERT: Facebook Lottery Hoax Resurfaces Via Email

If you receive an email saying that you won the Facebook lottery, please delete the message.

So, you received an email saying that you won the Facebook lottery?

Well, you might want to cancel the vacation reservations and the new car, and find a way to delete that email to your boss, since the Facebook lottery doesn’t exist.

The Naked Security blog, from IT-security and data-protection company Sophos, warned of the latest Facebook scam, in which users receive emails alerting them about their “good fortune.”

According to the email, all winners have to do is show up at Facebook’s London office by Oct. 25 to sign the paperwork and claim their prize.

Not planning any trips across the pond before October 25? Well, that’s fine, too.

The email says — and this is via Naked Security, and unedited by us:

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.

Wow, what language is that?

The email also offers a U.K. phone number for “winners” to call, but, as Naked Security pointed out, calls could be directed anywhere in the world, as the number is registered with international mobile-service provider Cloud9.

Callers to that number will likely be asked to reveal personal information, and asked to pay a fee, according to Naked Security.

The bottom line, as Naked Security succinctly pointed out: “You cannot win a lottery you haven’t entered.”

Readers: Have you received any emails informing you that you’ve won the Facebook lottery?

(Screen shot of email courtesy of Naked Security)

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