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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.

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There are 539 comments

  • On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Connie wrote:

    I actually knew the person who contacted me. We were already friends on Facebook. When I got a request to friend her I thought it was strange, but she is elderly and I thought maybe she forgot that we were already friends. I was suspicious from the start, but she said she actually got $250,000. It was when she said she paid $2,000 up front for the delivery, that I got suspicious and checked it out. Unfortunately, since I knew her well, I trusted her and provided my information before I checked it out.
    I will not respond to any other communications on this matter.

    The so-called "Agent in Charge" to contact was named Shane Marcus. I was told to keep everything secret.

    I don't understand how my friend actually received all that money.

  • On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Carol wrote:

    had it happin to me today her name was Christie L. Mandel i asked her how much i won she said 500.000.00 i said well what to i have to do to get it she asked for my name ph num address and email address i told her i didnt fill compfortable giving that to her and i also said to her that if this wasnt a scam to give me a ph number that i could talk to at fb to see if it was laget she said that they where very busie and would not beable to answer the ph but she said that was 100% legit and the fbi was on it i just reported as spam and deleted it then i found her on serch i found that stange so i looked up to see if there was a fb lottery and there is a page for it so i meaasaged them about it still havent heared anything yet dont know i will but just the same there is a page

  • On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Mike wrote:

    Was in round about way put in touch with this man Jim Cartter? on Facebook. Says he lives in Bern North Carolina by way of Los Angles. So I am suppose to send $996 to have $150,000 dropped off at my house. Its tempting cause I could use that money. But my gut feeling won't let me do it. Shouldn't there be a way to pass this on to the authorities to bring justice down on the head of these scams.

  • On Sunday, December 14, 2014, Trish Hooper wrote:

    I have been contacted by someone saying Mark Zuckerberg selected my name as the winner of Facebook World Lottery. For the money to be released I have to send a heap of money.

  • On Sunday, December 14, 2014, orla Dunne wrote:

    After writing into you I got a friend request from a Laura Layle. I checked out and noticed it was very similar to Patty Michael. She appeared to have no Facebook friends and no details about her so needless to say I deleted her immediately.

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