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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 686 comments

  • On Monday, January 26, 2015, Simon mwangi wrote:

    I AM Fabian consello from kenya i also got the message from Annabel Austen she said i am a winner..so i tried to get into it and see if its true but it reached a certain point i was told to send 225$.i don't think a winner must pay winning fee.

  • On Sunday, January 25, 2015, catherine goliath wrote:

    on friday twenty third.Annabel send me a massage to the same like Sharon's,but i did not reply.so can you please tell me if the anual international lottery draw exist?because i did not reply.

  • On Thursday, January 22, 2015, noor muhammad khan wrote:

    i got a e mail from
    Facebook Lottery Inc.
    Fiduciary Agent: Lucy Edwards
    (Online Transfer Dept.)
    Email: facebookloto2015@outlook.com
    Tel: +17603491019
    regarding
    Dear Our Esteemed U.A.E Facebook User,

    We the Facebook Team are Giving out Billions of Prizes to the Great people of the United Arab Emirates in this NEW YEAR'S 2015 LOTTERY PROMOTION to encourage the usage of Facebook in the Middle East Geographical Region and Islamic Republic. We are therefore happy to Notify you that you are the proud winner of our star prize of £800,000 GBP (EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS !!!)
    For the avoidance of doubt, your Facebook account was generated from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Official Fan page who is currently Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E and constitutional monarch of Dubai. You visited his Facebook Fanpage during your Login pace on Facebook, and it was selected through our administrative database from over two million active Facebook profiles from your Middle East Geographical Region as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually. This was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the Facebook Users from your Local country (U.A.E) in the Aspect that impacts individual lifestyle worldwide. Further more your details (Facebook account) falls within our British representative office in NORTHERN CYPRUS TURKEY, and your prize of 800,000 GBP (EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS !!! would be released from our regional office in NORTHERN CYPRUS, TURKEY.
    they also provided the
    1. WINNING NUMBER:
    2. BATCH NUMBER:
    3. REF NUMBER:
    kindly confirm either this is a scam

  • On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, sharon wrote:

    someone by the name Annabel Austen sent me a message saying i have been selected among many others after a facebook annual draw held om 30th May 2014 for a prize of 615,810,000USD. she is asking me for the reference number ,name , adress and cell phone number i send tho the email clwiltod4@consultant.com. prize must be claimed not later than 30-5-2015. just wondering how true this is because i have tried to google the name and since she says she is the promo coordinator but couldnt find it.

  • On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Latoya smith wrote:

    Carol white just tried to get me smh

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