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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, August 03, 2015, Freddie Max Peter wrote:

    Monday 03/08/2015@ 10:30pm – Porgera, Papua New Guinea

    I accepted a friend request from one of my mothers a few weeks ago, although I am already friends with her. I thought may she may have created another account. Anyway, last night at 10:30pm, she saw me online and after we chatted for a while she asks me if I heard the good news. I said no please tell me.

    She goes, "hey, I received 100,000 USD in cash from some agents from Facebook. I saw your name of the Winners List too!"
    Me: "Waoh!" How do I claim mine?
    Freind: “Send a friend request to Harry Williams Jnr and tell him that you are one of the winners and that you are ready to claim you winnings”.

    I straightaway sent Mr. Harry Williams Jnr a friend request and he accepted instantly. I told him as advised by my fb friend. He tells me to state my full name which I do, he further advises me to hold while he checks and confirms if my winnings are still available. A few seconds later he confirms that my winnings of 100,000USD are still there and that if I was ready to claim it.

    I am so excited. I say I am so ready to claim. (I, at the same time inform my Facebook friend who is also online of what's being communicated between myself and Mr. Williams Jnr and she advises me on what to do next). All these is so exciting that I did not have the time to check the authenticity of the fb account, neither did it occur to me to even call my friend in person.

    Anyway, I quickly fill out a form he sends - name, age, address, occupation, email, etc. He then sends me a certificate which is signed by Mr Mark Zuckerberg with a congratulatory note below it. He also sends me a Ref No: under my name and a Batch No: with the GRAND WINNING AMOUNT.$100,000 CASH. He goes on to advise me to "make sure you keep all your delivery information safe and secret with you for more security you will need to go through the winning list to confirm your name".

    I then ask him when and how my winnings get delivered to me, to which he replies;

    "We got your information. The federal government delivery agent affiliated with the Express Parcel delivery service is ready for the cash delivery. You will need to pay for Tax and Clearance fee, So that we can deliver your win money to you and prepare all your win money documents for you. This is to inform you that your full name and home address has been forwarded to the delivery manager and the funds will be delivered Via Express Parcel Delivery Service (EPDS.

    "You will make a payment of K1, 000. All payment must be made via western union OR MoneyGram money transfer using our cashier details below:
    NAME....LEE ERIC YOUNG STATE....NEW MEXICO CITY....ALAMOGORDO COUNTRY....USA ZIPCODE....88310
    Note: Make sure you verify the address above very well when filling the form at western union OR MoneyGram so as to avoid any kind of mistakes. that is: First name: LEE, Middle name: ERIC and last name is YOUNG. Your money will be delivered to you 24 hours after making this payment so when are you making this payment so we can get our delivery agents ready for the delivery".
    I then message my friend and inform her of what's just been communicated. She assures me that she did the same thing; she paid K1000 for the Tax and Clearance Fee and she got her money just 24hour later!

    Whoa! This was so cool! I couldn't believe it. K1000 compared to 100,000USD was nothing. I was going to make the payment the very next day.

    Mr Harry Williams Jnr asks me "so when are you making this payment so we can get our delivery agents ready for the delivery?”
    I’m thinking…since I would be on field break the weekend of that week, I told him I would make the payment on Friday (I wanted to be at home in person to actually receive my winnings!) There is no response from Mr. Williams. I ask him if Friday was okay to which he replies; "you will have to make the payment earlier than Friday; this is because the delivery agents are almost done attending to people from PNG and are likely to head to another direction soon."

    I said; "OK. I will do the payment first thing tomorrow morning.”
    He goes; "if you make the payment very early in the morning, you could have you money by the end of the day!"

    Again whoa!

    "Okay...once you make the payment, text me the Money Transfer Control Number(MTCN), the senders full details including name and address also send me a copy of the western union receipt so we can do our confirmation here. Moreso, remember to go to the bank with your valid photo ID card to enable you make the payment, I hope you understand now?"

    I said "I understand; how can I ever thank you!? Banks don't open till 0930hrs so I'll give it my best shot."

    “It's okay...NOTE: Make sure you do not tell anybody about your win money for security purpose in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, and it’s against the rules guiding this lottery. I hope you understand now?"

    I reassured him that I would not tell anyone about this (why should I, this is my secret winnings, right?).

    The next morning (Tuesday 04/08/2015) I am getting ready to go to the banks now. Before I leave the office, something tells me to check on the web of there are other similar stories. I quickly type the words "100 000 usd from Facebook: and I come across this links: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/facebook-sweepstakes-scam.shtml and this: http://scam-detector.com/social-networking-scams/facebook-lottery-chat/item_limitstart/page-625

    I get a bit suspicious so I decide to call my Facebook friend.
    I said "I am going to ask you just one question and you answer with a simple yes or a no". She says okay.
    The question: "Did we chat last night on Facebook?"
    The reply: "Sorry son, but I have not been to Facebook for the last few weeks now since I lost my phone. Are you sure we chatted?"
    I said; "Please confirm that it wasn't you".
    She says: "100% it was not me".
    I said; "Ok thanks! You have just saved me a grand!" I then go on to explain what happened last night.

    ******************

    Thank you for sites like this that keep exposing those scammers. Without your site, I would have given away my hard earned K1000 to some useless good-for-nothing perverts!

    Hope my story can save someone else from falling into this same trap.

    Regards,

    Freddie Max

  • On Thursday, July 23, 2015, Tina Carr wrote:

    My name is Penny Harris from the Facebook Incorporation lives in USA, I am a Facebook Online Customer Service Rep, i was order by Sheryl Sandberg the COO of Facebook to add you up as a friend so that i can pass across to you some good news about your Facebook account

  • On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Rosetta Ballard wrote:

    I ha e been contacted by Betty Ann Smith. After several messages she told me I had won 560,000 usd. I knew this must be a scam. P. Ballard This contact was made by messanger.

  • On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Rosetta Ballard wrote:

    I ha e been contacted by Betty Ann Smith. After several messages she told me I had won 560,000 usd. I knew this must be a scam. P. Ballard

  • On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Mary Ennis wrote:

    Tammy Ann Morgan Brewer,contacted me with friend request last night.I'm talking to her know..I asked if this was a joke or a promotion of some kind.She said it's real and legit.It's for $50,000.I have the picture of her.Will try to add at the end.I just copied the convo..haven't gotten to the details yet......
    *******You're friends on Facebook
    Customer Service Representative (CSR) at Facebook
    Lives in Alexander City, Alabama
    17 hours ago

    ***Hi
    about an hour ago
    **Hello..hope you're having a fantabulous day!!

    **My name is Tammy Ann Morgan Brewer from the Facebook Incorporation *lives* in *USA*, I am a Facebook Online Customer Service Rep, *i was* **order** by **Sheryl Sandberg** the *COO* of

    Facebook to add you up as a friend so that **i** can pass across to you some good news about your Facebook account*?*
    **I could use some good news about now..lol

    ****Have you been contacted by any of our staff as regards to your $50,000.00 USD that you won in the ongoing Facebook International Pool Promotion (FIPP)?
    **UM...hmmm...No.Never heard of it..Is this a joke or a promotion of some kind.?
    *****This is real and legit and *i* am here to make sure you get *through* your winnings
    **Well,ok,I'm game for about anything lol..Cool..Btw,it's very nice to meet you.Cool job you have!**********I haven't had another message since 9:20,It's now 10:02...about the time I came here.********....I'll wait awhile longer,,If I don't hear back from her later,I'll know that she knows I came here...Oh also,I put stars by some of the mistakes in spelling and grammar she made.And also when each of us typed.
    Well,still no word.I checked the group she *belongs* to.I searched members and NO RESULTS on the search!!!! I can't seem to get her picture on here,but maybe if you look her up on Facebook,the profile may still be there.I just typed **Hello,are you still there in the chat box.So we shall see.

    Well..the chat got turned off because...This message has been temporarily removed because the sender's account requires verification, or it was identified as abusive..Also ,her profile is gone..so evidently this has happened near the beginning of the year and has just started back.So facebook is aware this time.BEWARE FOLKS!!!

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