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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 483 comments

  • On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Deborah Davis wrote:

    These people can now apparently hijack one of your friends from the instant messenger and try to get you that way. What I did was ask a question that only your friend would know and of course they can't answer - scam.

  • On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Merlene wrote:

    There is a lady by the name of Jennifer Flavin saying my profile was selected in the facebook Users Draw Promo. That it is a way Facebook is using to say thank you for making them # 1 in means of communicating
    with friends and family i was one out of ten i had won 130,000 USD it was conducted by Facebook CEO and officials i was sent pictures of the CEO associates and told to come to California to pick up my check

  • On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Sharon wrote:

    I just now almost got scammed by this Facebook scam. A girl that I thought I remembered sent me a friend request. It said that she was a mutual friend with one of my friends. The scammer stole her profile/picture and said that she won $100,000.00 and that she saw my name on the list of winners. She said to text this guy by the name of Jack Graham my name, address and e mail. I did text him because I had a funny feeling something was not right. I asked hi how did I qualify for this money and he said my profile was randomly selected. I told him that he was trying to scam me and that he was a thief and a liar. He then basically threatened me. I called the police and reported it. I intend to continue contacting any and all of the appropriate agencies. Please always remember money is almost never free. His phone number is 651-404-4025

  • On Sunday, August 10, 2014, debbie wrote:

    I was scammed by a Kate Hutchison. Through a message from my sister-in-law. She said, that Kate worked the U. S. Goverment and Pennsylvania Lottery working with Zuckerman. My name was drawn randomly, luckily I figured it out before it was to late. They said I won $50,000. Thank you.

  • On Sunday, August 10, 2014, Joann Barnett wrote:

    I was contacted about 40 minutes ago, by a woman to started chatting with me second after I friended her. I just assumed she was a friend of a member of my family or something. Her name is Williams Felicia. Her profile says that she works at Facebook Social Network. The photo on her profile wasn't the one on here, but that's not surprising. Probably stole someone else photo for the scam. Currently she has only 3 friends, and other than her photo nothing on her page. No posts, etc.

    I played along and she thinks I'm going to send her personal information through email (which I'm not), but I wanted time to contact those other friends on her facebook, to warn them. By the way, the lottery I had won was of a different amount than in here. It was $600,000.00 us dollars.

    I did ask her if she had ever heard of the Facebook Lottery Scam and she told me I had nothing to worry about because the FBI monitors these chats.

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