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Texas Woman Scammed by 'Friend' in 'Facebook Lottery'

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A woman in Texas says she was the victim of a well-worn scam, but what was unique in her case was that the fraudulent pitch came to her through a Facebook "friend" and was allegedly endorsed by President Obama.

Kris White admits that she shouldn't have been fooled last week by the Facebook message saying she had won $250,000 in a "Facebook Powerball lottery," ABC News affiliate KTRK reported. She said she was shown documents that wrote United States with lowercase letters and included phrases with incorrect punctuation, according to the KTRK story.

But she was swayed when the person on Facebook showed her documents signed by Barack Obama that said, "This is a Real proof you won $250,000.00."

"Shame on me," White told ABC affiliate KTRK in Houston.

"I'm a sucker, I guess," she said. "I believed it."

Her gullibility and her eagerness to collect the $250,000 prize instead cost her $750.

The Facebook message that told her she had won appeared to have come from a friend at work. The "friend" told White to contact another person via Facebook to collect her winnings. In order to collect, however, she was instructed to make two wire transfers totaling about $750 to an individual in South Africa to cover the taxes. White said she was promised the money would be delivered to her home on Monday, KTRK reported, but the money never came. When she later asked her coworker about the lottery, he said he had no knowledge of it, KTRK reported.

White appears to have been the victim of what the FBI calls an "advance fee scheme." That's when a victim pays money to someone while expecting something of greater value, such as a loan or gift.

Adam Levin, chairman of Identity Theft 911 and security columnist for ABC News, said fee scams are quite common these days.

"Social networking sites have become petri dishes for those whose day-job is the exploitation of others," Levin said. "They are the new casino of dreams where the game is rigged against true believers, dreamers and perpetual optimists. Advance fee scams are but one common vial of snake oil in the many pockets of a con-man's overcoat."

The Harris County Sheriff's Office told ABC News that a complaint was filed on Tuesday and it was turned over to the criminal investigation bureau.

White could not be reached for comment by ABC News.

Facebook told ABC News, "Scams violate our policies, and we take action on accounts found to be spreading them." The spokesman pointed readers to the Facebook Help Center to avoid scams. "We recommend being suspicious of claims that sound too good to be true."

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chrissy16's avatar - 10337740 663839010368470_4498490319623

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Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:15 pm - IP Logged

Africa??? Need I say more

     

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    Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

    Endorsed by President Obama should have been a big red flag too.

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      Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

      It wasn't Nigeria. I mean, who would be suspicious of South Africa? Dupe Alert

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        Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

        Greed, Greed, Greed, with friends like that........

        Seekand ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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          Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

          It's bad enough that they scam the elderly out of life savings, she looks like an intelligent lady that would not fall for something like that, I just don't understand people, who think that if you send money off to someone you've never met or seen that they will send you that kind of money back???????

          "I am what I am by the grace of God."

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            Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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            Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:44 pm - IP Logged

            "There's a sucker born every minute"

            -P.T. Barnum

             

            "There's a crook born every second"

            -Ridge  Runner

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              Posted: May 23, 2014, 3:31 pm - IP Logged

              "She was PROMISED that the money would be delivered to her door but it never came"...

              Was she expecting a Loomis truck to show up outside her residence to drop off K250? 

              What l would like to know is : Why did she not run this by her husband, children, grandchildren etc? As someone earlier posted " Greed"- the Gollum syndrome " its all mine, its my precious"...not!

               

              Hats off to Todd for 1st Class entertainment!

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                Posted: May 23, 2014, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

                Well Little Lady, Got some ocean front property in Arizona in case you get a hankering to cool off at the beach awhile.

                For only a third of what you paid for nothing. Contact me via the intercom, I'll hear yah....!!!

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                  Posted: May 23, 2014, 4:03 pm - IP Logged
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                    Posted: May 23, 2014, 4:12 pm - IP Logged

                    poor lady, next time she should go with her gut instincts, never heard of paying fees to collect a winning you won in the lottery

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                      Posted: May 23, 2014, 6:12 pm - IP Logged

                      I was checking email earlier and noticed a mail in the spam folder w/ the subject line:  "Facebook Lottery".   I deleted it, along with the rest.

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                        Posted: May 23, 2014, 6:25 pm - IP Logged

                        OMG...hello! South Africa? Taxes? FACEBOOK? Red flags anyone? Yes,folks...this is what greed gets you. $750 poorer.

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                          Posted: May 23, 2014, 6:29 pm - IP Logged

                          people  are  stupid,  because  they  are greedy.  they  deserve  to  get   scammed

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                            Posted: May 23, 2014, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

                            greed   and   stupid   ==   loss