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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.


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').


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 330 comments

  • On Monday, July 28, 2014, Constantellos wrote:

    I was just found out by fb friend kimberly that i won 350.000 $i had to use walmart to walmart or west union transfer of fees $317 using usps agent s info in pensylvania. I knew it was a scam. I just let the conversation lead the end i wanted to. Check or bank to bank wire transfer. .....i asked fir their names their codes...delivery within 12 hours to my door step. Of course they are born again christians..assuring the legitimacy and all this. And they also have the nerve to ask...how r u going to spend yr winnings....yeah right. People be careful outthere.

  • On Sunday, July 27, 2014, Karin wrote:

    my new friend is called Rose Mary Martin. she just got added by me and I asked her why she wanted to be my friend since she doesn't play games. so now I am playing a game with her. it's called "let's talk to the scammer and have some fun with her".

  • On Sunday, July 27, 2014, Pam Cathcart wrote:

    I've just been contacted that I have won $150,000.00 and they want my personal information so that they can be sure that I am who I say I am. A friend of mine says that it isn't a scam, because she got her money on Fri. July 25th by FedEx delivery. She had to pay $450.25 (insurance fee) for the money. She assures me that it isn't a scam, because they delivered cash to her door and followed her to the bank while she deposited the money.

  • On Friday, July 25, 2014, Patrina Preston wrote:

    This person named Chloe Tyler informed me that Ihad won $500,000 and requested $610 for them to send my winnings. They still are emailing me.

  • On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Caroll Roxburgh wrote:

    I have an old friend that I have known for years, he was a friend before then I didn't see any posts from him for about a month so when I got another friend request, I accepted, same photo - the works. Then as the others said the scam went on and on, at first I did believe it as why would someone I knew lie to me. I didn't pay any money and changed my facebook password etc, I know believe that they must have hacked into his facebook page.

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