Facebook Lottery Chat

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:

‘Jennifer Goosen’:

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?

‘Jennifer Goosen’:

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.

 

facebook grant global financing facility

 

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.

facebook grant claims representative

 

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:

Report Scammers to FTC HERE

 

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Maria Sheffield

I had this very same thing happen to me. …

Alejandro Luis Ávila

Thanks, as You say no more than 20 minutes ago someone contact me facebook and try to cheat as it You say you do. Many grace by WARNING…

Cynthia Davis

I have gotten a message on facebook messenger saying that i had won the Facebook lottery by this women by the name Stephanie Gagnon last night trying to get me to give her all my information. I reported her to Facebook.

Darla Oldham

Same name just replied to my post in a Stimulus Update Group! that’s four years later that this post here and I too have reported her, wow! Some people need help and taking advantage or trying to in any case is just awful!!

Trecia

This started yesterday and is still going on right now her name is Denise Lynn Demarco

Michele wright

I have someone messaging me right withe same story

Joeana Dennee

A man named agent David Matthews tried to scam me by saying I was a winner but not through fb winnings asked for all my info such as name address county ,age, email address where ups could send me a check once I gave him this information he then informed me that I would have to send money a 1,500 dollar fee for the ups team at this point something became a little fishy why would I have to pay for something I won and it wasn’t because of taxes cause he said it was a tax fee and anyone… Read more »

Jim Potter

I was just contacted by a Marie Rose McDonnell blocked and reported. Thought it was weird getting a message at 2am.

Henry Ford

Yeh, got one from a John Ronk. Facebook Freedom Award he calls it. Have to pay fees to get award?????

Somone pholi

I just had the exact same thing happen to me his messaging me at this moment as we speak stating word for word with what is written above. I took his picture imaged searched it and there was the same pic attached to a lawfirm company advertisement page. What can i do to report him and get it out for everyone to see. He also sent me a facebook official letter which i would love to share for all to see to be aware.

Dan

Mine was named Dawn M Edwards

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