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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 talking on news about her experience.

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 468 comments

  • On Sunday, August 03, 2014, George Vail wrote:

    I get this message from and old friend tells me she won $25,000 and she saw my name on the winners list and to click on a link and befriend this guy that runs the lottery. I ask her to remind me where we met and she replies I don't remember...I'm sO suspicious now....Also asked who her boyfriend was in HS and she has not replied...Phishy I'd say....I've been taken once this year and it f'up my new PC and had to wipe it clean and restore factory settings.... So suspect...!!!

  • On Sunday, August 03, 2014, Egle wrote:

    Allen west write me message :Am Allen from the Facebook social Network Inc.. and i was authorized to send you a request by the Facebook C.E.O. Am here to pass a Good News regarding your Facebook Account ? I am delighted to inform you that your name was luckily selected among the 12 lucky winners who won the sum of $500,000 Us dollars on the Facebook new online promo that was conducted by the Facebook officials in order to say big thank you to our users for making the Facebook social networking their ways of sending and receiving messages from their friends and family.

  • On Saturday, August 02, 2014, reynald wrote:

    Sir your winnings is 100% real

    I was instructed by the Facebook Management for me to know if you have heard about your Facebook Winning Funds?
    okay send to me some amount and ticket then i will visit your office your address to
    Chat conversation end

  • On Thursday, July 31, 2014, Kathleen Knight wrote:

    My name is Kathleen Knight just wondering I'm On this list claim for $50000.I send my detail I got respond that I gotta send delivery money.If I got pick in random lottery Facebook it's mine.Call Kathleen Knighton 0405544666 Thank You

  • On Thursday, July 31, 2014, Selaia wrote:

    Dorothy Morgan asked me questions about facebook and said i was in second place for a big win.to put this address in facebookwinnings@outlook.com and to ask for claim process to get my winnings. i dont think this is real..can you help me i never put any info in
    thanks for you help...

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