ATLANTA – December 7, 2015 — Claims of a fictitious Facebook lottery are cropping up once again, replete with the usual bad grammar, punctuation errors, and broken English. This time, users from Marietta and other areas of Cobb and Fulton County are being targeted.
It appears as if the scam is operating through Facebook Chat, which is fairly smart because there’s no real way (yet) to report scams as such, via Chat or Messenger.
Until Facebook suspends these accounts, the links should work. If you can, please flag these accounts. The screen captures below show how this particular scam was started through Facebook’s chat system. At the bottom of this post, you will find three news / gov’t resources on this scam, known as an Advance Fee scam.
Don’t be fooled by the a Facebook Lottery scam. It doesn’t exist.
The Better Business Bureau has a post regarding the Facebook Lottery scam:
ABC News reported similar news in 2014: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/texas-woman-scammed-friend-facebook-lottery/story?id=23826990
The FBI has a page for common schemes: https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/fraud#advfee
Resources archived via PDF print-outs:
1. BBB Facebook Lottery Scam: Facebook Lottery Scam
2. ABC News – Woman Scammed: Scammed by Facebook Lottery – ABC News d
3. FBI – Common Schemes Page: FBI — Common Fraud Schemes
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