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

Scam AlertScam Alert: Texas Woman Scammed by 'Friend' in 'Facebook Lottery'

Includes video report

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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United States
Member #129868
June 30, 2012
2462 Posts
Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:15 pm - IP Logged

Africa??? Need I say more


    mrcraft's avatar - waveform
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    Member #149492
    December 2, 2013
    919 Posts
    Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

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

      Marana AZ
      United States
      Member #145341
      August 3, 2013
      213 Posts
      Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

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

        mypiemaster's avatar - 2015021003pileofcash

        United States
        Member #141034
        April 2, 2013
        1481 Posts
        Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

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

        Seek and 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

        Having Money Solves Problems That Not Having Money Creates Yes Nod ****John Carlton****

          Jani Norman's avatar - fiftyways
          United States
          Member #4164
          March 27, 2004
          14585 Posts
          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."



            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
            Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
            United States
            Member #73904
            April 28, 2009
            14903 Posts
            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

              noise-gate's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcR91HDs4UJhjxO7cmeMQWZ5lB_FOcMLOGicau4V74R45tDgPWrr
              Chasing the Dream.
              Utopia- California
              United States
              Member #136477
              December 12, 2012
              4684 Posts
              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!

                MADDOG10's avatar - smoke
                Beautiful Florida
                United States
                Member #5709
                July 18, 2004
                21141 Posts
                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....!!!


                                                               " You can not control the Wind, but you can direct the Sail "

                  hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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                  Member #52345
                  May 21, 2007
                  2819 Posts
                  Posted: May 23, 2014, 4:03 pm - IP Logged
                    lottoguysocal's avatar - atlantis dubai_1118783i.jpg
                    camarillo, ca
                    United States
                    Member #132476
                    September 4, 2012
                    144 Posts
                    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

                      mikeintexas's avatar - h87TsB4
                      Texas Panhandle
                      United States
                      Member #136843
                      December 20, 2012
                      1460 Posts
                      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.

                        Sunny California
                        United States
                        Member #40295
                        May 31, 2006
                        8344 Posts
                        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.

                          United States
                          Member #152758
                          February 24, 2014
                          327 Posts
                          Posted: May 23, 2014, 6:29 pm - IP Logged

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

                            United States
                            Member #152758
                            February 24, 2014
                            327 Posts
                            Posted: May 23, 2014, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

                            greed   and   stupid   ==   loss