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Facebook Lottery Scam: How It Works

(with video below) Did anybody just contact you about the Facebook lottery? In this article you’ll learn not only how the scam works, but also how to easily identify if the profile of the person you’re talking to on Facebook is fake or not. Let’s take a look, it’s brilliant.

Watch How The Scam Works:

Watch the video below to see in action a Facebook Lottery scam exposed:

This is the most common social media scam out there, along with the Facebook Customer Service Scam; and the Free iPhone 11 Scam. But let’s dive in:

Imagine this: you are on 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 ‘Jennifer Goosen’ [insert any name you want here] 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, ‘Jennifer’ says she works for Facebook’s promotions department.

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Facebook Lottery Scam Conversation

Below is a real conversation between the scammer and us:

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.

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?

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 ‘Jennifer Goosen’ 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.

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How To Find Out If a Facebook Profile Is Fake

Here is some good news. Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if the profile contacting you on social is a fake (you can apply to all, not just Facebook).

Fake Facebook Grant Processing Agent and Global Financial Facility Group

Here is another variation of the scam. You might be contacted by a real Facebook friend. Your friend’s account is real, however he/she got hacked – and the scammer contacts everyone on their Friends’ list, including yourself.

The message says something along these lines: “I saw your name on the winners’ list of Global Financial Facility of World Bank Group” (fake organization). “Please contact them and ask them about the prize/grant”. You friends sends your their Facebook page (see image below). The amount you apparently won is $180,000.

You get super excited and send a message to this organization. After they congratulate you, they will say your agent is Shirley Herriot (or any other name), who claims to be a Facebook Processing representative at Grant n Lottery Entitlement Evaluation. This is also a fake position as Facebook doesn’t have such a thing.

Shirley informs you that to receive your $180,000 you will need to a pay an insurance and delivery fee, worth $400. She asks you to pay the amount in the form of iTunes cards, see the screenshots below.

Victims send the $400 right away in hopes of getting the big grant. Don’t be one of them.

How To Avoid The Facebook Lottery Scam

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.

How To Report The Facebook Lottery Scam

You can also officialy report the scammers using the link below:

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This Facebook lottery scam hits home. Learn how you can easily identify if the profile of the person you're talking to is fake or not.

Unexpected prize & lottery scam: Davin’s fictional Facebook lottery win

Davin received a private message on Facebook from the ‘Facebook Freedom Lottery’ claiming he and others had won amounts up to $150 000. At first he didn’t believe it. Businesses don’t give money away out of the blue and to win in a lottery you need to buy a ticket.

However, moments later his cousin who he hadn’t spoken to in some time sent him a Facebook message about the winnings. His cousin claimed that he had also won and noticed Davin’s name on the list of winners. He claimed he had already received his winnings after going through a relatively easy process.

Always check whether offers are legitimate, even those passed on from people you know.

Trusting his cousin, Davin began the process for accepting the prize money which required him to first pay a small upfront fee of $250. Once this was paid, he was to receive the money into his nominated bank account for which he provided details. The next day he was informed that since the prize money was sitting in a bank in America, he would have to pay an ‘international transfer fee’ which could not be subtracted from the winnings for some complex legal reason.

Davin reasoned that since his cousin had managed to receive the money, then he must have gone through the same process and so he would also pay this additional fee.

Do not send any money or give any payment details to claim a prize or lottery winnings.

Over the next two weeks, Davin paid five more fees, each time believing it would be the last. Eventually, in desperation, he spoke to his cousin and asked how many fees he paid before he received his winnings. Davin’s cousin had no idea what he was talking about and told him that he had only just regained control of his Facebook account after it had been hacked.

It then became clear to Davin that he had been scammed. There never was any prize money and the Facebook message was part of the scam. By this time, Davin had already sent $1500 and handed over a wealth of personal information to scammers.

*The story above is based on one or more real scam reports received by the ACCC. For privacy purposes the names and images of victims have not been used.

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If you have lost money, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

Don’t let scammers win the ultimate lottery by gaining your personal details and money. Scammers are highly skilled at deceiving their victims, and may even impersonate someone you know. ]]>