Facebook Account Winner

Facebook Lottery: How The Scam Works

(with video below) There is a new scam going around, coming to your email address or Facebook inbox as a personal message from somebody claiming to work for Facebook, say Shirley Herriott or Sheryl Sandberg – which are names scammers use often. It may be even from the founder Mark Zuckerberg. It mentions that you won either the Facebook Lottery Sweepstakes (aka Facebook Grant Award 2021) or a grant through Global Green Grant Fund. It could be any name and any grant, see more below.

In this article you’ll learn not only how the scam works, but also how to easily identify if the profile of the person contacting you is fake or not. Let’s take a look.

Watch How The Facebook Winner Scam Works:

Watch the video below to see in action the Facebook Lottery Winning scam exposed:



This is the most common Facebook scam out there, along with the Free iPhone 11 Scam and Facebook Messenger Video Scam. But let’s dive in:

The message contains the following text: “This is to inform you that you have won the sum of one million dollars from our Facebook Inc. Sweepstakes. This is a bonus to promote our users worldwide through this online lottery, which is fully based on an electronic selection”. Needless to say, the amount mentioned could be any: $500,000, $250,000, etc. The person contacting you even sends fake IDs of her or Mark Zuckerberg, see below:


fake facebook lottery ID mark zuckerberg


How does this one work, what do you need to do? Indeed, just like many other winning notifications, this scam requires you provide your bank account and some other personal information, in order to receive the money.

After you connect with ‘the agent’, he asks you to open a bank account at a financial-looking website (such as http://www.cash.plusbk.net). Then he will send you a bank account information and told you to activate the account by depositing amount of a few hundred dollars (or British Pounds).


How To Find Out If Their Facebook Profile Is Fake

Here is some good news.

Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if the profile contacting you on Facebook is a fake.



Don’t Fall for the Grant Processing Representative at Facebook

A more complex approach comes with the variation of the scam where they use the name Shirley Herriot, represented by a fake lawyer – say, Lenwood Powell. In this case, you might be contacted by a real Facebook friend. Your friend’s account is real, but he/she got hacked – and the scammer contacts everyone on their friends’ list, including yourself.

The message says something like this: “I saw your name on the winners’ list of Global Financial Facility supported by World Bank Group” (bogus organization). “Please contact them and ask them about the prize/grant”. The amount you apparently won is $180,000. Another name used for the fake organization is the Global Green Grant Fund.

facebook grant global financing facility


Of course, you get excited and send a Facebook message to this organization. After they congratulate you, they will ‘connect’ you with Shirley Herriot, who claims to be a Facebook Processing representative at Grant n Lottery Entitlement Evaluation, which is also a fake position. Facebook doesn’t have such a thing.

Shirley will inform you that in order to receive your well-deserved $180,000 you will need to a pay a $400 insurance and delivery fee. She would ask you to pay the amount in the form of iTunes cards, see the image below.

Many naive people send the $400 right away in hopes of getting the big grant. Don’t be one of them.

facebook grant claims representative


Needless to say, the name they use could be different than Shirley Herriot, especially after scammers get reported, which happens often. They change the names and start over again – so don’t try to be smart and get back to ‘Shirley’ saying that you know is a scam. She won’t give a damn and change the name right after. You won’t help anyone else.


How To Avoid The Facebook Winner Scam:

As cool as it is to receive a personal email from Mark Zuckerberg, this is just another social media scam. It is now probably the most common Facebook scam out there. Even chances of winning the lottery are higher than this, because that actually can happen.

You cannot be a Facebook random winner when it comes to out of the blue “Facebook online international lottery” kind of messages.

How can you recognize this scam? Look at the domain name or the email address they’re using. If they claim to be from a corporation but the email comes from a Gmail or yahoo address, you should know that something is wrong. Always do your research and trust only legitimate companies.


How To Report The Facebook Lottery Winner Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to Facebook using the link below:

Report Scammers To Facebook Here


How To Protect Yourself More:

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Thomas Hardesty

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anthony scott

i’m getting messages from a Agent David Adams telling me I won a community christmas giveaway, one of the requirements was I give him my facebook password, gave him my Facebook password, now my FB wont work, I got his info from friend saying he saw my name while he was signing for his prize…………………………..Agent wants me to send a google play gift card to release the funds…….I didn’t yet, lol, what should i do?

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It is a fake Facebook Federal Grant!!!

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I received this email, beware: laura@face-book-empowerment-payout.org Congratulations Kim, We would like to proceed with delivery on any winning amount you choose from below. Your winning DOES NOT affect your grant benefit and welfare. Your tax free document on this winning would be issued to you as well on delivery. This means you would not pay anymore on tax after delivery. As one of our randomly selected winner, You are to choose from the list of amount payable to you below, Considering the fees to be paid upfront for Clearance from the International Monetary Fund(IMF) and Overnight delivery fee via DHL.… Read more »


I have been given some serial numbers saying I am a winner of 1 million dollars and a brand new truck

Beware of The world financial empowerment program

Dear my name is Syed Fazarullah S
I am a INDIAN from Tamil nadu
I received a mail from this mail ID- info@claimdesk.us
David Fischer
Chief revenue officer Facebook Inc
Menlo park California Us
Con no +1 323 577 4554
16th year anniversary draw
The world financial empowerment program by Facebook
U r the winner of this year
Mob.no – 7550114269/9962902825
Is this mail real or scam fake fraud emails
Can u please clear the mail
Ref no – 57/M20/FB-USA-2020

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