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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 611 comments

  • On Friday, November 14, 2014, Pam Sanderson wrote:

    The Scammer Dave Hunt contacted me through a friends Facebook message. I asked my friend to contact me by phone so we could talk in person. The message appeared to be real as "she" was messaging me as the scammer "Dave Hunt" was messaging me. When they asked for money to send the prize money I realized this had to be a scam. I blocked the scammer, Dave Hunt, from my Facebook page. I will contact my friend to assure she knows. Is there anything else I should do to assure these people stop scamming?

  • On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Sheri Lavadour wrote:

    They are mimicking a friends profile telling you how they won all this money then send you to another profile and work you from both at the same time to try to get you to give them anywhere from $2000 to $10,000 for delivery of your winnings of $100,000 to $5,000,000 the more you pay the more you win.

  • On Thursday, November 13, 2014, dempsey woodas sr wrote:

    agent george said I won 150.000 and a ups man said i need to pay Kimberlie Emelander South Haven State Michigan 49090 with the ammount of 1550.00 hear is the Phone # 16194787265.

  • On Thursday, November 13, 2014, David Blackham wrote:

    I just got that message on Facebook about the fifty thousand dollars winning but I have send the money yet and the name of the person is lynette Martinez blanding the City Utah zip code 84511 been ask to send it through money gram.

  • On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Bruce MacKinnon wrote:

    I just finished talking to a Facebook "executive" wanting $250 to send a 36 kg package containing my cheque for $500k. Check it out:


    hello

    how are you doing?
    Hello
    Where do I know u from?

    I'm FLORENCE REED by name from Palo Alto, California and i work for the Facebook Operating Inc!
    For real?
    Why did u ask to friend me of all people?

    yes

    I was Instructed to get you contacted by the Facebook CEO Mr Mark..I have a good news for you concerning your Facebook Account
    Which is?

    Before i proceed i will like to know if you have heard or been informed about the Facebook Promotion going on yet ?
    Nope

    Have any of our Staff informed you about the Facebook Promotion and your winning prize ?
    Is this a sales gimmick?

    this is not a sales gimmick

    The lottery program which is a new innovation by Facebook, is aimed at saying a big thank you to all our users for making Facebook their number one means to connect, communicate, relate and hook up with their families and friends over the years
    Uh huh

    The online draws was conducted by a random selection of Names/Emails you were picked by an advanced automated random computer search
    Uh huh and it will cost me what exactly ?
    And Facebook and Microsoft are two separate companies there is no such thing as a Facebook Microsoft promotion



    that is one of our past winners, he was also contacted like i was asked to contact you and he never doubt us He followed the instructions and protocols given to him and today He's happy with his family
    ok
    And?

    You have to Write down this information below in a safe place because it will be ask from you , Ticket number (5647600545189) Ref No (2551256002/244) Serial Number (55643451907).

    Do that now and get back to me

    Have you done that ?
    Yup

    With information below in order for us to complete your winning certificate and for further information regarding the disbursement of your Facebook Promotion.

    FULL NAME:

    FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:

    MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:

    OCCUPATION:

    MARITAL STATUS AND AGE:

    NATIONALITY / COUNTRY:

    YOUR EMAIL

    How come a white woman executive from Facebook has such poor English ?
    Where r u from for real ?

    Sir, i want you to know this is real and i'm also real and legitimate

    Dear Bruce MacKinnon, Congratulations once again and thanks for fast response, we are happy to let you know this is 100% real and legit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also aware of these winnings Promo so you have nothing to worry about you going to get your winnings as soon as you follow the instruction given to you by us!

    We will like to know how you want to receive your winnings as you have two payment options and all require fee so take note. The fee will be include in the bracket below as you are to choose one out of the option and your winnings will be deliver to your doorstep on how you want it. 1) ATM 2) CHECK We await your swift response
    AGM is not possible so PayPal would be preferred

    1) ATM 2) CHECK
    2 then
    And you can subtract the fee from the check

    This is to inform you that you have to pay for the shipped delivery before your CHECK can be deliver to your doorstep and i want to inform you that there is no place in the world that the courier services cannot get to, and for this reason we are officially informing that the Facebook team and the UPS Delivery Company was in agreement of sending you the winnings parcels to all the beneficiaries and you are to pay for the delivery of your parcel. Note: Your winning and Other Relevant Document coming with your fund is Protected by a Hardcover insurance Policy,which makes it impossible to deduct any Amount from Money before Remittance..This Means that the Above Charges cannot be Deducted from the fund And Hence must be Provided by you before your Parcel is Shipped...This is in Accordance with Section 13(1)(n) of International Gambling act as a Adopted in 1993 and Amended on 3rd July 1996 by the Constitutional Assembly...This is to Protect Recipients and to Avoid Misappropriation of Funds.. Thanks Management.
    And exactly how is this delivery going to cost me?

    The delivery of the Parcel has to be conducted immediately. Delivery Terms: .............. .......International Delivery Condition Of Delivery..............Priority Delivery Consignment Note No: ........... MI 49866-2110 Color of Parcel: ..................... Brown. Total Weight: ..........................36.2 kg Total Net Weight: ...................1.7 kg It will be SHIP down to your home and it cost the inquires below... Transportation Charges: $60 Fuel Surcharge: $50 Hold For pick up: $45 Automation Bonus Discount: $40 Insurance: $55 TOTAL $250
    A cheque weighs 36 kg?

    THE PARCEL CONTAIN YOUR CHEQUE AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
    And I know an envelope delivered via courier costs no more than $40

    THIS IS A SPECIAL DELIVERY, THE PARCEL NEED TO BE SHIP WITH GREAT CARE

    AND ALSO IT NEEDS TO BE INSURED BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT CONTAINS A HIGHLY PAID CHECK
    Your English is terrible. It looks like bad translation from Chinese to English

    THIS IS NOT FROM CHINESE TO ENGLISH

    I'M SPEAKING BRITISH ENGLISH
    And cheques don't need to be insured.
    British really

    YES
    How uneducated do you think I am?

    REALLY?????
    $250 to receive a check is a well-known scam. How long do you think you can go before you get caught.?

    I SEE WHEN YOU FIRST TELL ME CHECK IS NOT INSURED

    YOU NEED TO STUDY HARD BEFORE YOU TRY TO CORRECT OTHERS
    I have received many checks in the mail from the United States always payable in US funds and it costs a dollar 40 US to send the check. So asking for $250 is a scam!

    I want you to be well assured that this Promotion is 100% Real and Legit and we also want you to know that this Promotion is not a Joke or a scam and it is fully approved by the The Federal Bureau of Investigation..So you have nothing to be worried about..
    ill get back to you tomorrow. I have kids to put to bed.

    OH... GOOD LUCK, WE ARE NOT FORCING YOU TO CLAIM YOUR WINNINGS YOU CAN GLADLY DECLINE IF YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO YOU BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY THAT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE FOR BETTER
    Sure it is, but there's no reason why it should cost $250 to get a check.



    THAT IS THE PRICE GIVEN TO US BY THE COURIER SERVICE AND WE MUST FOLLOW THEIR PROTOCOLS

    IF OTHERS CAN FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTION WHY IS IT DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO FOLLOW AND BE HAPPY?
    Asking for money upfront to receive a check is a well-known fraud. It is come in many different shapes and forms over the years and this looks like exactly one of those. Give me 24 hours to check it out.

    OK

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