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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.

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There are 517 comments

  • On Wednesday, September 03, 2014, Matt wrote:

    Got it last month...

  • On Wednesday, September 03, 2014, Bonnie Kaake wrote:

    The latest one that came to me today through a friend on FB, similar to Jackie's experience. My actual friend (supposedly) sent me a message asking if I received my $100,000 yet and urgently talked me into friending a guy "Richard Williams" who supposedly worked for the government and was offering grants. Bottom line was that I was supposed to send $1500 to a woman named Linda S. Boggs in Fairview, Oregon. I looked up the woman and the person who answered the phone said she was sleeping and said she woke her and she knew nothing about this, unless she is also a party to it. Her phone number was online and that is how I eventually called her.

  • On Wednesday, September 03, 2014, Wendy wrote:

    Here is a new one for everyone to watch out for: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004822597297

    She just tried to do the same thing as all the others have

  • On Tuesday, September 02, 2014, Patricia wrote:

    I was friended by a maria connie and i stupidly accepted it and she asked how my family was doing and i said i don't know who you are that's when she said she was advised to contact me by the C.E.O. of Facebook about a prize i had won and that it had been FBI approved and was i ready to accecpt. I said no thanks and deleted her . But now what have i been scammed i changed my password on FB but i don't know if i got hacked or not i am freaking out here.

  • On Tuesday, September 02, 2014, Jackie wrote:

    There is a guy name jerry Michael . Http://www.facebook.com/jerry.micheal.78. If you go to that site it's says works at grant support agency. A Susan saucier in azle Tx 76020 is who I am suppose to send money to. Said I won a lottery and if I send 1000 I will be sent 100,000 cash or check. What I decided. Like to know how do I fine out if this is for real or not. A friend of mine did get 100,000. . I got a lot of information from this guy. It's all on my fb messages. Can I get help in seeing if this is truly a scam. If it is like to make sure no one falls for it. Cappo11@aol.com

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