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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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There are 622 comments

  • On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Larry King wrote:

    Is the r a Cyintha Arnolds that work for the Facebook Promotions Board she says ive won the F/B Lottery

  • On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Larry wrote:

    I was just contacetd by a person claiming to be from the Facebook Lottery Promotions Board along with a notice from the FBI about winning a Face Book Lottery of 500,000 dollars can anyone tell me if this is another scam or not

  • On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Crystal Sanders wrote:

    Well the scammed first sent me a message as one of my already facebook friends that I have known for a long time. After a short conversation "my friend" sent me a link to the contact person for the winnings. I almost fell for it until I asked a simple question to "my friend" of where we met and the answer couldn't have been any any less convincing. So be careful!

  • On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, dollylandis wrote:

    I turned on my phone today and there the Scammer is asking me to play a game.I am Pleading with you Mark Zuckerman to do something,you have the power please.

  • On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Kirsten wrote:

    Hi(supposedly my friend from work)
    what up?(me)
    Well am doing pretty good. Have you heard about the poker lottery?(friend)
    the what?(me)
    Oh! I taught you have heard about The poker lottery in association with facebook and the Governments is having lottery promotion, they use our profile name to enter for the lottery game. I just got $50,000 from them and I saw your screenname on the list also. Did you you get your money yet?(so called friend that has likely been hacked)
    and what kind of scam did you just fall for and get your friends list stolen?(me)

    at this point they did not continue the PM on FB. I've been friends with this particular person for years and I see her nearly daily at work. So I know they got hacked and they quit when I called them out on it.

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