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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 472 comments

  • On Wednesday, August 06, 2014, Brenda Gordon wrote:

    I Brenda Gordon wants to no is my name in the drawering I wants to win please

  • On Wednesday, August 06, 2014, Bill Smith wrote:

    I just got the following message. -E-ZPass Info (refund@felna.net) Add to contacts 3:40 PM Keep this message at the top of your inbox
    To: sgtbilly@hotmail.com
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    Parts of this message have been blocked for your safety.
    Show content|I trust refund@felna.net. Always show content.
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    The invoice can be downloaded here.

  • On Wednesday, August 06, 2014, filomena wrote:

    It happened also to me saying he work with president obama and he was the NY district attorney.
    I checked internet that was his face and name.
    Being foreign make me more vulnerable!:( i accepted his friends ship and then he asked me for my email address
    . Which he said he was working with obahama and want to included me into a lottery they had to help people for scholarship and to solve other financial problems.
    I was soon probably no thinkng i did gave him my email. Then I started searching and saw it was a joke or some type of scam and I blocked him from my account.
    Hope it is no too late!:(

  • On Monday, August 04, 2014, Marjorie Jacobsen wrote:

    what if this is from a person I actually do know.

  • On Monday, August 04, 2014, Bishop wrote:

    Got one this morning from a "Joyce Kramer"--wanted my personal info after a few minutes chatting---told them sorry,NO GO!! and then unfriended them!

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