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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 644 comments

  • On Saturday, December 13, 2014, deby harrow wrote:

    I just had the same thing done. I even emailed the person my FB friend told me to but once they resonded asked for personal information I knew it could not be true. This FB friend's name was an actual High School person I graduated with no his page is disabled. Now they have my personal email address. I will have to make certain my computer is not corrupted.

  • On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Rogers wrote:

    Is Annabel Austen the promo Coordinator at FB HQ? ? Please reply soon

  • On Friday, December 12, 2014, patty frenya wrote:

    I had the same thing done on 12-11-14 told me i won 470.000.00 and i would have to pay fedex 250.00 to get my check....shes a clame colector for facebook Jesica wells she asked when thay could expect payment....told them to take it out of my 470.000.00

  • On Friday, December 12, 2014, Tiffany lowery wrote:

    Had someone on face book try this today i friend-ed then deleted as i became suspicious they told me they had critical information about my face book page then had asked me if i had heard about the lottery and if anyone had contacted me as of yet they had no friends on there list there birth date did not mach the photos supplies and the page had been created a hour before they tried this with me after i had said no they continued i started to look around on the net after a few minuted of them trying to convince me i had tried to report the page but it had vanished be aware!!!!1

  • On Friday, December 12, 2014, orla dunne wrote:

    I got a friend request from Patty Michael telling me I won a prize of 500,000.00 dollars. I knew she was a scam so I played along. Then she said in order to get a certificate to claim the prize I would have to fill in detailso. She looked for personal details so I told her no and I blocked her. Strangely she did not ask for my bank account but I had already googled and I had my suspicions confirmed.

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