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Facebook Lottery Chat

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How the scam works:

(video below) 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').

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 talking on news about 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.

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There are 460 comments

  • On Sunday, October 19, 2014, Stephen .L. wrote:

    Hi,
    I just received contact from Vivian Smith...Facebook lottery Dept. I won $500,000 ... Where's my money??
    These scams must be stopped.. I just fell victim to a previous scam last week involving jobs, searching Craig's List, and now this??/
    They even texted me, telling me that they are legit..
    What is Facebook doing to CATCH These CRIMINALS??
    NOT just stopping them from transmitting, BUT actually CATCHING THEM.. I really want to know, so I can become a part of that..

  • On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Pamela Bivans wrote:

    I was sent a friend request from Liz D Delaney. She said that she saw my name on a winners list for a lottery that Facebook did. Then she guided me to Kenny Morris to ask him about it.

    I contacted Kenny through the Facebook chat, to see if he know anything about this?

    This was his response...

    Hello, My name is kenny morris .I work for poker company with association with facebook and poverty eradication.

    He asked me for my name, home address, age, phone number, type of work I do, if I own or rent, and if I was hearing impaired. And then wanted $2,000.00 to pay for a Case file fee and the shipping fund, so FedEx can bring the money with in 3 hrs.

    Is this for real?

  • On Friday, October 17, 2014, Brenda Wayner wrote:

    I also have been told I won 50 grand I knew it was to good to be true

  • On Friday, October 17, 2014, Helena Keppler wrote:

    A Lisa Morgan contact me last night on fb stating that I just won 500,000 dollars, I've invited her by mistake after she sent me a friend request, she will send me the payment info today to pay a fee via western union or money cram walmart, she looked so young and nice, but keep on to caution me not to tell anybody about this for my own protection until I received the money. I told her that I don't have the fee of R3400 and I don't have a bank account can she pay it into one of my childrens bank account (not given as yet) no answer so far.

  • On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Tammy Wing wrote:

    This is a chat message I just received from a FB friend named James Matthew:
    How are you, have you heard about $100,000.00 giving out to people on facebook in on-going seasonal FACEBOOK FREEDOM LOTTERY AWARD PROMO,They Helping all

    people with the Cash,I wonder if you get your money yet because I saw your name on the world facebook lottery list and I ask, they told me they will bring

    money to you too, email them on mail deafcommission820@yahoo.com so they can bring money to you too.here .Keep in touch,God Bless
    Hi, no I haven't heard about any lottery concerning facebook. Could you please send me the link where you saw my name on the list please; I'm curious. Thanks

    You can email them for you own money now so they can tell you more about it

    They are going to give you your winner certificate
    Ok, thanks. But could you send me the link where you saw my name please; I'd like to see that for myself. Thanks

    I saw your name when fedex come to deliver my own money for me i saw your name on the list
    I see, well ok, thanks for the info. Take care

    okay
    http://www.bbb.org/blog/2011/12/facebook-lottery-scam/

    Facebook Lottery Scam
    www.bbb.org
    Check this out

    i get it but this one is very different from this one
    I hope so; I don't need the hassle of malware etc.
    Chat Conversation End
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