How to recognize an email scam or phishing attempt
- The sender's name reads Facebook
- The sender's email address is not @facebook.com
- the reply-to address is at a different domain than the sender (seinan-gu.ac.jp vs. mail.bg)
- Does Facebook really run a lottery? We've never heard of one.
- Would Facebook really give away 50 prizes of 1 million British pounds? That's about $77.5 million, and way more money than a non-gambling site on the Internet would ever give away.
- Most lotteries are regional. I'm from Canada, so would I really be eligible for a lottery based in the U.K.?
- Did I even enter a lottery?
- "might result to funds been returned unclaimed" is nowhere near proper English
- "incharge" is not a word
Scammers tend to re-use an email's message text over and over again, so copying all the text and pasting it into a Google search is a good way to find out whether or not you're being scammed. The message I received is all over the Web -- and frequently posted to sites which expose email scams.
Knowledge is your best defense against email scams and phishing attempts. By putting a critical eye to messages like this one, you'll have no trouble keeping yourself from getting caught in the phishing net!