Lucky me! Apparently, my email address has been randomly selected as the winner of the Facebook Global Promotion for 2017 and I’m now entitled to claim the princely sum of $800,000.
All I need to do to claim my unexpected windfall is send my personal information to my Facebook Claims Agent.
But, alas, the message is actually an advance fee scam. I have not won any money and Facebook did not send the email. There is no such thing as the “Facebook Global Promotion’.
Here is what would happen if I contacted the claims agent:
1: The scammer (posing as the agent) would reply to my message and claim that I must pay various fees in advance to allow the processing of my prize. The scammer would invent all sorts of imaginary expenses such as banking costs, taxation, insurance, and legal fees. He or she would insist that these fees must be paid before my prize money can be transferred. And, under no circumstances, the scammer will claim, can these fees be paid out of the prize money itself.
2: I will be asked to send more of my personal information, ostensibly to prove my identity and allow my prize money to be processed. This information may include my bank details, employment information, scans of my driver’s licence, passport, or other ID documents, and a lot more.
3: If I send money the first time, the scammers will ask for even more money to cover even more imaginary expenses.
4: When I finally realise that I am being scammed and stop sending money, the scammers will simply disappear and stop responding to my messages. I’ll never get my money back. Nor, of course, will I ever get the promised prize money, which never existed in the first place.
5: To make my situation even worse, the scammers may have collected enough of my personal and financial information to allow them to steal my identity.
Facebook does not operate lotteries or promotions in which users are randomly selected to receive large sums of money. In fact, any message that claims that you have won a substantial sum of money in a lottery or promotion that you have never even entered is likely to be a scam.
An example of the scam message:
More information about Advance Fee Lottery Scams:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!