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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 Monday, September 29, 2014, pepz boulton wrote:

    Yeah somebody srnd me a message saying that I won some money at fb lottery $100.000

  • On Monday, September 29, 2014, Ashley wrote:

    I received a message from Joyce Dorrow saying have you been informed of your fb winnings andI am delighted to inform you that your name was luckily selected among the 20 lucky winners who won the sum of $600.000.00USD (six hundred thousand United State dollars) each on the Facebook online lottery. When I told her that sounded suspicious she stopped writing me

  • On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Tgc wrote:

    Just a few min ago a person who used a fb page name
    And pic of friend of mind added me.
    I thought she deactivate her account because i sent her text on fb a few days ago. So i accepted and she/he suddenly talked about this lottery and said to me
    That i won it and she saw my name a documentry
    Which was sent from the authorized place. Ans she wanted to help me to get my money and she send me a link with a e mail
    Adress.
    After that i immediately blocked.
    Is there more something that i can do to protect my account be hacked?

  • On Sunday, September 28, 2014, lyndrick wrote:

    I gave my home address to a female saying i won..but i wasnt asked to send money..yet..is it likely that my identity will be stollen? And whats the worst that can happen? Im broke..

  • On Saturday, September 27, 2014, JOYCE wrote:

    I JUST GOT SOMEONE TO INBOX ME TODAY WITH THE SAMETHING & I ANSWERED NO TO HIS TWO QUESTIONS THEN HE LEFT MY PAGE. I TOLD HIM THAT I WOULD CONTACT THE HEAD OFFICE WITH HIS NAME.

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