Troubleshooter: Facebook scam

July 6, 2011 4:33:33 PM PDT
A new scam is targeting users of a popular social network.The scheme is geared towards Facebook users. Since millions of people have accounts, scammers are hoping using the popular Facebook name catches people's attention and makes it sound legit.

A Wake County says the scam started with a message on his phone to claim winnings of $1 million. The message stated the winnings were part of an ongoing Facebook promotion.

"I'm thinking this is not real, but because it was Facebook and all of that you could almost talk yourself into it that there was some credibility," Kerry Falcon said. "It would be great; I could really retire then."

Falcon says he responded to the message and got instructions on how to claim his winnings. He just had to give them more personal information about himself.

"They let you know money was sitting there for you," he said.

As Falcon read through the instructions, he says he noticed some red flags.

"They didn't put Facebook correctly, they had a space in between face and book, just little things," he said.

In addition, all the correspondence was coming from the United Kingdom.

Falcon says he didn't feel comfortable providing the personal information they were looking for and says he had a feeling there were no winnings, just an attempt to steal his identity plus much more.

"I would hate for someone to fall into it and lose a lot of money," he said.

In order to get the $1 million winnings, the promotion team wants people to wire money to them to cover the transfer fees and taxes, once you wire that money, they keep asking for more money and you never see any of your supposed winnings.

In the meantime, Facebook has posted many warning about the scams associated with their name.

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