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SCAMBUSTER: Hackers impersonate Facebook employees

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Have you ever received a message from someone posing as a Facebook employee? There's a new lottery scam circulating that targets Facebook users. It's often referred as the "Lottery Splash Promo." 

Scammers impersonate Facebook employees by sending a message to your personal account.

Message:

"Congratulations - we have some good news to pass along to you. Facebook makes a draw every year and randomly picks 10 lucky users by an automated machine for our Lottery Splash promo. It's a way to say thank you to all of the Facebook users around the world."

It's all in an attempt to get your personal information.

Christina's Vigeant's story

"This guy recently sent me a Facebook request, a friend request and a message saying that he works for Facebook and that I have won a splash lottery from something that I entered," said Vigeant.

The scammer says Facebook makes a draw every year and randomly picks ten lucky users to win $500,000 as a way to say thanks for being a 'loyal user.'

"Once you agree to proceed your winnings - they send you an email that asks for personal information ... name address birth dates, and even your credit card number."

To make the scam seem legitimate, they'll often send pictures of other winners holding the $500,000 check in hand.

"It is very frustrating because these people have nothing better to do then come up with more ways to rip people off," she said.

Det. Jon Price with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said never reveal personal information unless you've verified who is on the other end.

"It's important to be really cautious if you're contacted out of the blue - whether it's by email, phone, text," said White. "If anyone asks for personal identifying information - that's a good indicator you're about to be scammed."

We found this same scam packaged another way: this one lists the names the winners but they used Mark Zuckerberg's face at the header.

"So it looked legit," said Vigeant. "For those of us that don't have a lot of time to waste researching - we will actually fall for this stuff."

Note: A lot of the suspicious messages on Facebook are often written by people with broken English.   


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