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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 Monday, May 25, 2015, MICHELE PEREZ wrote:

    Last week i got a message from a women idont know she came on my message and asked me if I had collected my winniings yet when i asked her where she saw my name and what list she was talking about she said to befriend a guy Named Hollifield Brandon Lee, so I typed in his name and with in a few minutes . the chat began and he asked me if I was ready to c\ollect my 100.000 dollars, when i asked him who he was he said he was the one of the promoters of the federal government Lottery for every body in the US...then he asked me again if I was ready then a page popped up with where my name address and so forth would go and aslo a clear copy of my ID or drivers license... i was already suspisious.. I went through the message again and contacted the women who first told me about the money and she kept telling me shw didnt know why I hadnt collected my money so I told her what did you do to get the money she said fill out the form first then send them 800 dollars and with in two hours a guy is at her door giving her money... thats it i knew it was a scam... then Hollifield chimed in again and says so r you ready yet... i told him i didnt trust him and I didnt even think he was who he said he was and that I looked him up on Google and he didnt exsist.. so he asked me if I wanted to take my name off the list and I said yes...and this was on FACEBOOK...

  • On Sunday, May 24, 2015, nick wrote:

    got one messaging me atm, names Rickey long, picture of a chinese man...apparently i won $500.000.00

    Rickey Long
    Your name was selected among the 20 lucky winners who won the sum of $500,000.00 United State Dollars and I am your claim officer, i want to know if you are ready to claim your winnings.

  • On Thursday, May 21, 2015, margaret kervin wrote:

    i just received a email i won 0ne hundred and 50 thousand bollars from facebook lottery

  • On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Michelle from Canada wrote:

    They just tried contacting me as well. The name they used in my case was Nora Krake but I was first friended by Judy Parkinson a few months ago on a game site ... be careful ... I played along for awhile and now they are asking for $500 delivery fee on my $50,000 US winnings

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