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Monday, November 30, 2015

A new scam is sweeping Facebook, and absolutely anyone could be fooled by it…

If a Facebook user messages you saying that you just won $30,000 in the lottery, watch out. This message could mean you’re the latest target of this scheme.

According to Southbend Tribune, a woman in Nevada recently received this message from a Facebook user named Theresa Paddock, who told her that in order to get her winnings, she’d need to wire $150 to cover “insurance” as well as other fees. The woman quickly wired the money, but she never received the winnings she had been promised. Instead, an unknown man began messaging her asking for more money.

This same scam happened to a woman in Indiana, only she wired $850 in the hopes of getting her winnings. She was then asked to wire even more money to claim her prize. The woman later found out that hackers had taken over her friend’s Facebook page and that they were using it to extract money from her.

In both of these cases, police say the victims will likely never see their money again.

Southbend Tribune went on to say you can avoid falling for this scam by following these steps:

• If a friend tells you they won something and you can too, call or email them and make sure you’re actually talking to them.

• Don’t send money to someone with the promise of getting money or a prize back. It’s called an “Advanced fee” scam, and it never ends well.

• Never wire money to anyone, whether it’s through Western Union, MoneyGram or another service. Once you wire money, it’s gone forever.

• Watch out for other versions of the lottery scam targeting Powerball and Mega Millions players, like this one at komando.com/331223.

Remember, Facebook may be fun, but it’s also important to stay safe on there!

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