Friday, January 28, 2011

Warning: Emails About Facebook's Online Splash Promotions are a scam.


Quite a few users have reported receiving the below message in their facebook inbox today. One person in particular complained that after receiving the message, their computer froze. I can not say if that was just a coincidence or an effect of opening the message. In any event the message is spam, should not be open and should be deleted.

This is a scam designed to get your private information, your money, or both. 

First: There are no such things as:
  • Facebook online splash promo selected from The Middle East region or any other region.
  • Digital Random Internet Processing Service Asia Pacific (D.R.I.P.S).
  • Facebook will never give you interests generated from advertising and copyrights as a reward or anything else. 
  • Why would the facebook team contact you from or ask you to contact them at a Gmail or Yahoo email address.
  • The word is "Prize"
If you see the message below in your facebook inbox, Report the message as spam, then delete the message. If this message was sent to you by a person in your friends list, I suggest you delete and block that person as well.

Example Inbox Message (Click to Enlarge)

----Example Message Text Type 1----
28 January at 20:35 Report
Congratulations: "Facebook User",

You have been selected as one (1) of (15) winners in this months Facebook online splash promo selected from The Middle East region by our internet processing unit. Our fifteen (15) winners have been selected from five continents currently connected to the Facebook network Bangkok Thailand. Award Attached to ticket number (5647600545189) and ballot number (BT: 12052006/20).

Your User name as the 5th beneficiary in this promo was chosen at random by our Digital Random Internet Processing Service Asia Pacific (D.R.I.P.S) and your reward is coming from the interests generated from advertising and copyrights from the Facebook network Thailand.

Congratulations once again from Facebook, You are entitled to a surprise package worth the sum of $750,000. ( Seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars Only). Contact Our THAILAND DISTRICT Online Coordinator directly with the below information;

Name: Mr. Richard Morgan

FULL NAME: .............................
PHONE NUMBER:...........................
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:.....................
TICKET NUMBER :.........................
BALLOT NUMBER:..........................

Do not disclose this to any one on till you claim your price for security reasons.we have had cases where the last winners complain of someone else claiming their prices.

Fiduciary Agent: Mrs. Laura Macy
----End Example Message Text Type 1----

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  1. too bad it wasn't true LOL i could really use the message appeared in my spam folder for g mail. this one was coming from the UK so beware and don't even send any info or call the phone number

  2. I got one from facebook its different than that though and she sent me a picture of the cheque I'd be receiving...

  3. I have had one today sent to my inbox on Facebook, and at another time, of a woman (supposedly), wanting me to email her. You could tell by the way it was worded that I was a scam of some sort.