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Facebook Lottery Chat

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How the scam works:

You are checking your 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' 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 the promotions department at Facebook Inc. 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').

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Long story short, 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.

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. That's why they are called friends. Needless to say, online lottery scams are as old as the Internet. Don't click on the link and don't give personal information to anybody. 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 work only for legitimate employers.

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There are 209 comments

  • On Thursday, April 10, 2014, kim wrote:

    I got email saying I won 350,000 from a random draw on Facebook & that I need to send $85 dollars to Kevin horton in south Carolina. I dont even have a Facebook, but my daughters do. All other names on email like Edwin Bowles and reed Hastings are affiliated with Facebook so this guy did some homework for this scam. I looked up this Kevin Horton and he has been arrested for a child sex ring online. It is so scary that people like this are out there!!!!

  • On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Milly Kirklin wrote:

    FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
    FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT.
    INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.

    CATEGORY: 2ND

    Dear winner,

    Congratulations once again your mail was received and the content was well noted .we want you to know that your cheque is now ready and all winners are to come down to our office to pick up their winning including their winning certificate .

    Meanwhile if you cannot make it to come down to our office, we can help you take your cheque to the FAIRWAY COURIER EXPRESS COMPANY so they can deliver It to your dominated home address as you will be able to take care of the courier charge in their company .









    THANKS AND HAVE A GOOD DAY,


    REGARDS


    DISBURSTMENT DEPARTMENT.




    MR MARK ZUCKERBERG CEO FACEBOOK TEAM

    Received this yesterday, is it a scam??

  • On Wednesday, April 09, 2014, Vlada wrote:

    Monica Johnson: Hello
    I:Hello
    M:How are you
    I:Fine
    M:My name is Monica Johnson am from the Facebook office
    I:What is the point you write to me?
    M:I am the Facebook online agent and am here to pass you a vital message
    I:I'm listening very carefully
    M:Have you heard about the ongoing Facebook promo ?
    I:No, I haven't
    M:We are pleased to inform you of the result that just concluded annual Final draws held on the (9 of April 2014) by Facebook group in cash Promotion to encourage the usage of Facebook world wide
    I:Thanks for information. How can I help you?
    M:Your Name was among the 20 Lucky winners who won $600.000.00 USD (six hundred thousand united state dollars) each on the Facebook group promotion Award
    I:April 1st was a bit earlier
    M:The online draws was Conducted by a random selection of name this name where picked By an Advanced automated random computer search from the Facebook
    I:What is the aim of such draw?
    M:Here are some of the winners that have receive their winning
    I:I see
    M:In other for you to Claim your $600.000.00USD you are to contact our office through your email address: facebookcollector@live.com
    I:What is the aim of such event?
    M:For choosing Facebook has your umber one site
    M:Kindly contact them through Gmail or Yahoo mail and inform them you are among the winners

  • On Tuesday, April 01, 2014, carine mank wrote:

    1601 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA
    94025, United States

    Dear Carine Mark,

    I am pleased to announce to you once again that you are a beneficiary of FACE-BOOK ONLINE EMAILS SPLASH PROMO $900.000.00USD (Nine Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) The process for claiming your prize has been made very simple so that in no distant time, you are assured of having received your cash prize because this is real and legit Mr Mark is the Agent in charge to contact you, ITS REAL and not gamble

    However, your winnings has been sent to Name OF Bank: Zenith Bank Plc in the form of bonds, and you will be requested to contact the payment center for transfer of your winning funds to you.

    You are to contact the PAYING BANK with the following information below:

    Name OF Bank: Zenith Bank Plc
    Bank Address: ZENITH BANK PLC
    Name: PROF JIM OVIA
    Email:zenithbanktranferin@gmail.com

    Here is your Wining Security Code(900)). You Have to Contact the Bank with the Winning Numbers and you are also advised to complete the form and send it immediately to the bank so that they can attend to you immediately.

    FULL NAME:.....................................
    AGE:.........................................
    SEX:..........................................
    NATIONALITY:.........................
    ADDRESS:.................................
    EMAIL:.....................................
    PHONE:....................................
    OCCUPATION:...........................
    COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT/DRIVER LICENSE............
    COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:...............................

    Your winnings are insured to it's real value, hence you will have to contact Mr David Jones for transfer of your winning funds. Email me as soon as you contact the Bank congratulations once again

    Kind regards:
    John Edward
    1601 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA
    94025, United States
    facebookonlinewining@admin.in.th

  • On Monday, March 31, 2014, Deborah Greene wrote:

    I received the below email. And with misspellings telling me to contact this person before April 20th 2014 and using gmail contacts. I did not try the #


    FACEBOOK ONLINE LOTTERY PROGRAMME 2014
    FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT.
    INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
    BATCH NUMBER: 2551236002/244
    SERIAL NUMBER. 55643451907
    TICKET NUMBER: 5647600545189
    CATEGORY: 2nd

    Dear Winner ,

    We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual Final draws held on the (25th Of March 2014.) by Face book group in cash Promotion to encourage the usage of Face book world state dollars) each on the Face book group promotion Award Attached to ticket number (5647600545189) and Ref No (2551256002/244) Serial Number (55643451907).

    The online draws was Conducted by a random selection of email you where picked by an Advanced automated random computer search from the Face book in other To claim your $600,000.00USD the lottery program which is a new innovation by Face book, is aimed at saying A BIG THANK YOU to all our users for making Face book their number one means to connect, communicate,relate and hook up with their families and friends over the years.

    This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and Scam artists All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies' and 30,000,000 individuals' email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years.You have to be Rest assured that this is Real and Legal..and there are Some Scam artists around...Thanks to the FBI...216 of them have been arrested... The software corporation to encourage some few individuals with web site and email addresses promoted this lottery.

    Your name was selected in a raffle that was made on the 28th Of March 2014. so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the delivery of your fund .You are required to contact our payment dept via e-mail:

    E-mail: facebooklottoworldwide.lnc@gmail.com
    Phone: +1 (301) 678-9083

    With information below in order for us to complete your winning certificate and for further information regarding the disbursement of your lottery win.

    FULL NAME:
    FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
    MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:
    OCCUPATION:
    MARITAL STATUS AND AGE :
    NATIONALITY / COUNTRY:
    TICKET NUMBER:
    YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:
    REF NUMBER:
    SERIAL NUMBER:

    you can also contact the FBI Agent in person for more information and advise and give him your number so he can call or text you.

    Email: investigation.onlineoffice@gmail.com

    Remember all winnings must be claimed not later than 20 of April 2014. After this date, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your
    reference and batch numbers in all correspondences. Furthermore, if there is any change in email address please contact us on time To enable him issue you certificate of winning Accept my hearty congratulations once again.

    CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN FROM FACE BOOK!!!!

    APPROVED AND SIGNED

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