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‘Facebook Lottery Program’ Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this message, you have won a large sum of money in a lottery program organized by Facebook.

Supposedly, Facebook used a random selection of email addresses and cellphone numbers to choose a winner of the lottery prize.

However, the message is not connected to Facebook and the claim that you have won a lottery is a lie.

In fact, the message is an advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending money and personal information to criminals.

If you reply to the “agent” who sent you the message, you will be told that you must send money to cover various expenses before your prize claim can be processed. The scammer will warn that if you do not send the requested money, your lottery prize will be given to someone else.

If you do send money, further requests will likely follow. After the scammers have extracted as much money as possible from you, they will go silent and you will no longer be able to contact them. You will not get your money back and, of course, you will never get the promised lottery prize, which never existed in the first place.

The scammers may also be able to steal your identity using personal and financial information you sent them as part of the bogus lottery claim process.

Facebook lottery scams like this are very common and take many forms. Criminals distribute the scams via Facebook Messenger and email. Sometimes, they use bogus “Facebook Lottery” Pages and groups to further the illusion that their prize claims are genuine.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a Facebook Lottery.  Any message that claims that you have won a lottery or promotion operated by Facebook should be treated as highly suspect.

An example of the scam message:


Am pleased to inform you that The online draws was conducted by a random selection of emails and cellphone number registered on Facebook and you were picked by an advanced automated random computer search on Facebook, Congratulations once again you have won (R1,350,000.00)

In other to claim your R1,350,000.00. The lottery program which is a new innovation by Facebook, is aimed at saying a big thank you to all our users for making Facebook their number one means to connect, communicate, relate and hook up with their families and friends over the years.
You are to answer all questions correctly.
Full Name:
Contact Address:
Mobile Number:
Marital Status:
Country of Residence:
Your Email Address:
Credit Report: Good/Bad
Bank Name:


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,