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‘Facebook Online Award Promo’ Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, you have won $5 million in the Facebook Online Award Promo because your email address was selected via a “computer random integrated system”.  

The email urges you not to doubt or disregard the letter because Facebook is ready to give you attention until you have received your “unbelievable Prize Award from Facebook”.

It instructs you to email your personal details to a designated contact person in order to claim your prize.

But, alas, the email is not from Facebook and you have not won any money. Instead, the message is a typical advance fee lottery scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to Internet criminals.

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There are many variations of these scam emails.  If you receive one, just delete it.


An example of the scam email:



Your E-MAIL ACCOUNT has won the sum of $5,000,000.00USD (Five Million United States Dollars) in the on-going Facebook online award promo. Your Ticket number is 00545 188 564756.

Do not doubt this letter or disregard as we are ready to give you attention until you receive your unbelievable Prize Award from Facebook.


All participant were selected through a computer random integrated system drawn in 27 million E-mail addresses via the Internet and lucky winners do not have to purchase any ticket to participate in this lottery program

Kindly forward below details to:
Contact Person: Mr. [Name removed]
======= Chief Financial Officer
1* E-mail:
2* E-mail:
Tel: +44-[removed]
(**) Your Full names:
(**) Your Telephone Number
(**) Your Contact address:
(**) Your Occupation:
(**) Your Country:
(**) Your Age & Sex:
(**) And your ticket number:
NOTE: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this notification strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non-participants of this program.

Yours in service,
Mr. [Name Removed]
Facebook Lottery Facilitator.

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,