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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 04, 2015, linda Petrillo wrote:

    I was just notified also about winn $600,000.00... they won't take no for an answer. .Plus it costs YOU $$$$$$...DON'T do it..they are heartless lazy ppl...

  • On Sunday, May 03, 2015, kw wrote:

    Susan Johnson just did this to me. What do I do? Block her what else....

  • On Saturday, May 02, 2015, Ariel wrote:

    Don't add a Kingston Kim She is also a scammer She tried to pull this scam on be and I blocked her still waiting to see if anyone else tries this.

  • On Friday, May 01, 2015, virginia hawkins wrote:

    I got friend requests fromfour different peopl that said either Marc Zuckerburg or a COO FROM FACEBOOK told them to freind me because I won $500,000.00. Then I started getting daily emails from a lady named Clark Tracy Lynn, asking for $175.00 to cover cost of the FedEx to deliver ,,,,,,the check to my house. She had her boss call m about my shipping fee. His speach was not clear. The call was always garbled. I told Clark I thought it was a scam, sbe had all the right answers. I wrote back that I chose to decline the offer. She wouldn't take no for an answer. I finally stopped replying th her emails. Funny, once she started emailing me, the other people that had friended me on the same day, defriended me and were no longer on Facebook.
    The other thing that I noticed is that all wrote in broken English, like the were European. Then I noticed that they all said they were USA natives and their profiles had info that made no sence. Anyway, they finally have left me alone. I only hope there are no reprocutions fom this.

  • On Thursday, April 30, 2015, MrsRanMac wrote:

    I was just contacted 14 min. ago by my Sister-in-law (rather the SCAMMER)...
    THEY pretended to be my Sister-in-law (A person whom I trust my life too)...
    So I was surprised when she started talking about the DC MEGS LOTTERY GRANT....a program that the Federal Govt. & FB had joined up to do...
    They tried VERY HARD to get me to bite....but I knew in the back of my mind that she had either been hacked or she was trying to play a trick on me....
    So, I tried calling her and her phone rang & rang & rang....I let it ring for almost a whole minute....
    After I told her (Them) that I had just tried to call her (them) and that Since she hadn't answered her phone that it was a HACK they terminated the conversation and removed their page from Facebook so I couldn't retrieve ANY info....
    What I did find was that their were NO photos of the kids or of my brother....let alone ONLY having ONE friend other than myself!!!!!

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