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Facebook Lottery Chat

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How the scam works:

(with video below) You are on Facebook and one of your new added contacts starts a conversation with you using the chat feature. You remember all of a sudden that you added this 'Emily Walker' [insert any name you want here] as a friend about a month ago although you didn't really know her.

However, you saw her posts are decent, sometimes even funny, so you don't worry much about her. Then one day, as mentioned, she finds you online.

After starting the chat, 'Emily' says she works for Facebook's promotions department.

Below is a real conversation between the scammer and us. The picture in this article is the actual link she sent:

'Emily Walker':

I am here to pass a vital information to you but before I proceed, I would like to know if you have been informed about your winning.

'SD':

No I had no idea that FB had a lotto? I have friends who work at Head office. I have never heard them mention. Please proceed?

'Emily Walker':

Oh i see.. I am delighted to inform you that your name was luckily selected among the 10 lucky winners who won the sum of $50,000.00 on the Facebook online lottery international draw. NOTE:this is 100% real and legit and the FBI are aware of this lottery promo.. You can also check this link to find the best history of the Facebook past winners: (spammy link containing the words 'winners' and 'Facebook').

The idea is that you trust 'Emily Walker' as your Facebook friend and... check the link. This is a two-way hit for the scammers. First, in a few cases, the link is compromised getting your computer infected with malware, spyware, or keylogging. Furthermore, if you believe in the existence of the lottery, she will ask you for your personal information, including your address.

Then she will proceed by saying your cheque will be sent to you by FedEx and they will contact you to pay a little fee, in order to deliver the cheque. As you can imagine, a fake FedEx employee will contact you to ask you for that fee.

Watch the video below to see a victim of this scam explaining in detail her experience.

Facebook Lottery Scam In The News Video

How to avoid:

Although it's easy to reckon is a scam the moment your new Facebook friend contacts you, there are still many victims out there that are naive. You should know that you shouldn't accept friendship invitations from people you don't know. This scammer just stole somebody else's picture off the Internet and use it to impersonate a respectful, corporate individual. Always do your research and trust only legitimate companies. You can also report the scam on this page: Federal Trade Commission Report.

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There are 798 comments

  • On Friday, August 28, 2015, Bobi kester wrote:

    I am going thru this now. She is not telling me not to say anything. She says it's an IMF Grant. I'm so confused

  • On Friday, August 28, 2015, gale martin wrote:

    I have been scammed! Winnings were suppose to be 550,000.00! Kept asking for money. Delivery was on its wayfor more money! The person, Patricia Stanley. Said she worked for facebook .She was very nice. She would have me sending money to Minnesota, and then NIGERIA! I was very stupid to believe her!'Then you run out of money she continues to ask for money I've learned a valuable lesson. I have all receipts; pictures of the check, certificates, every message written down! PLEASE DELETE IF YOU GET A MESSAGE!

  • On Friday, August 28, 2015, Mark Tibbetts wrote:

    I was hit by Facebook lottery scam ms Marie Louise Batchlor requested to become my friend and exactly what was said on the article up above happened to me haven't been able to get in my account since yesterday yesterday happened about 1.00pm august22

  • On Friday, August 28, 2015, Glema Hoomana wrote:

    a scam? Hammers Quincy Williams Deputy Director FBI Yonkors NY, also lives in Menlo Park Ca. suppose to be with promotionals on facebook says CEO is aware says I won 550 thousand dollars ...I have a picture of this guy

    Carlo Segio 802 435 1896 Global Fairway Inc. (delievery service) they need 300.00 to deliver my winning check.....

  • On Friday, August 28, 2015, MIREL wrote:

    They tryig to me as well... I received wven a certificate with stamp and signed by Willcox Bruce....

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