Better Business Bureau Alert: Facebook Lottery A Scam

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns a bogus email supposedly from Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg is popping up in emails. The email claims the recipient is the winner of $1 millions dollars in a 2011 Sweepstake sponsored by Facebook.

The lottery emails are not from Facebook, and the BBB warns recipients not to click on the link in the email to claim the prize. The link could lead to malware – harmful or malicious programs – being downloaded to the recipient’s computer. The BBB offers these red flags that an email may be a scam:

  • Businesses do not email consumers out of the blue to say consumers have won a lottery prize.
  • The names of well-known businesses and individuals are often used in lottery scams to give the impression of a real lottery, even though there’s no connection to the named businesses or individuals.
  • Prize winners would not be asked to click on a link in an unexpected email in order to claim a prize.
  • The demand for confidentiality is a ploy to keep recipients from turning to someone they trust for advice, or checking with authorities.

Anyone who receives scam email can report the email to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

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