William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (NOVEMBER 12, 2023)(CNBNews)--Last Thursday, I received a Facebook message from Maya Loss, who claimed to work for Facebook. She stated that I was one of the 12 winners of $900,000 and instructed me to contact her immediately for the delivery arrangements. Upon visiting her page, I found her photo alongside a vehicle with a Facebook logo on the driver's side door. It's important to note that I have not participated in any contests or giveaways, and I strongly advise everyone to be cautious of such messages.
When I first received her message, I must admit, there was a moment when I thought that maybe, just maybe, I had really won $900,000. This was because she provided me with credentials bearing the Facebook insignia, and her Facebook page showed a vehicle with the word Facebook written on its driver's side door. At that moment, I could not verify the information she was providing as I had other questions to ask her. However, at the back of my mind, I wondered if this was just a scam. If it were, wouldn't Facebook have taken down her page?
Below are instructions published by Facebook on how to report a scam.
When I demanded proof of her employment at Facebook, I waited for the information for five minutes before I received her identity card. As I inspected the card, I noticed her job title was listed as a digital creator, and her position was that of an Online Claim Agent Officer. While her name was present, the address printed on the card for Facebook was outdated and belonged to an office in Palo Alto, California. My investigation on Sunday, November 12, 2023, revealed that Facebook had moved from that address 13 years ago in 2011 to 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94205.
Maya Loss was asked for physical proof that I won nearly a million dollars. Several minutes passed before the image below appeared on my computer screen. At the top was written Facebook Lottery Promotion. Proof of Fund.
This is to certify that Bill Cleary is the rightful beneficiary of the fund. This amounts to (the space was blank).
This certificate is issued by the United States Department of Interior on behalf of the United States America Government.
Finally, Maya Loss reveals what the scam is. In order for me to receive the money I have to pay a delivery fee of $80.
This check will be delivered to you and other necessary documents attached to your winning prize.
I want you to know that you're to pay for the dispatcher fee before the check can be deliver to you at your doorstep.
Surprised at the delivery amount I asked, "How much is the dispatcher fee".
The fee will cost you 80$.
How do you want to make the payment
When I stopped corresponding with this person I began to receive several audio calls.
Below is the thread of our conversation via Facebook message in no particular order.
The photos are supposedly two of the 12 people who won the $900.000
How to report a Facebook account or Page that's pretending to be me or someone else
- Go to the impersonating profile or Page.
- If you can't find it, try searching for the name used on the profile or Page or asking your friends if they can send you a link to it.
- Click below the cover photo.
- If you're reporting a Page, select Find support or report Page. If you're reporting a profile, select Find support or report profile.
- Follow the on-screen instructions for impersonation to file a report.