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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 577 comments

  • On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Rosa wrote:

    I have received the same notifications as Noor mentioned above. I have contact a lady and she was asking for $750. I have said that I'm a single mother and don't have that amount. They have mentioned that they will help me and let me pay only $500 for something about the check and I will pay the $250 once the check gets deliver to my door. I'm Obviously did not send anything

  • On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Randi gutina wrote:

    I just received a message from kell Eugene read about winning $800,000 in a facebook lotto. Had and existing friend refriend me and all of a sudden talking about winning the same amount and to contact the man above for confirmation on my winnings.

  • On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, ashley simpson wrote:

    my name ashley simpson i just am dealing with this fake scam and when i saw this i posted and in the im to the guy that was saying i win this and that. but after i did that the guy did something to my account.

  • On Monday, January 26, 2015, Simon mwangi wrote:

    I AM Fabian consello from kenya i also got the message from Annabel Austen she said i am a winner..so i tried to get into it and see if its true but it reached a certain point i was told to send 225$.i don't think a winner must pay winning fee.

  • On Sunday, January 25, 2015, catherine goliath wrote:

    on friday twenty third.Annabel send me a massage to the same like Sharon's,but i did not reply.so can you please tell me if the anual international lottery draw exist?because i did not reply.

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