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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 explaining in detail her experience in the news.

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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  • On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Eve OGrady wrote:

    Tonight, 19/03/2015, a lady named Jen Both, she said she was from the Facebook Organisation and is here to pass me some vital information, she asked if I have heard about my Facebook jackpot promo before, she also said The Facebook Organization held raffle draw for all the users of Facebook and im happy to tell you that your Facebook ID was the No5th that has just won the total sum of $600,000,00USD in the Facebook ongoing promo. This was too good to be true, she told me to email all my details, name, address, phone number etc to this email, facebooklottry29@outlook.com, just be careful please if you get a friend request from a Jen Both decline her, she is a scam. I have had her blocked so she can not make contact.

  • On Saturday, March 14, 2015, jennifer wrote:

    today i was contacted by Sally Schwab and she gave the exact same speech as Emily did but i won $600,000. usd but the i would have to pay a fee for the delivery of the check. Then i started getting calls from Florida wanting money this is the phone number they were calling from 1-239-205-4843 and texting me from 1-601-879-4309.oh and they also told me I would get my check all the way in Canada with in 12 hours...and the western union name they want the money to go to is LAWANDA .L. WHALEY from Mount Morris Michigan Zip Code: 48458

  • On Friday, March 13, 2015, John C Knight wrote:

    Lorre ta Boone said that I won 500.000.00 is this true? John C Knight. Johnck68@yahoo.com

  • On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Faical yachfine wrote:

    My wife informed about the same think that some women that she accepted on her Facebook she sent her a message that my wife won a 1000000 U.S. dollar and sent her a coir of the shek with her name but in order to send her that cashier shek my wife had to pay a FedEx fee and some tax this and that 450dolars and she got two calls one from Florida and one from sanfrancisco asking her the same thing fee those Facebook shek the information of facebook adress of people that clames that they work with them I sheked that women Atkin Beardsley and her adress

  • On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, marsha creel wrote:

    Karen McTeer contacted me and said I would have to send $385 thru Western Union to claim my prize...is this legitimate?

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