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Woman Warns about Facebook Lottery Scam
KETTERING--A Kettering woman almost fell victim to a Facebook lottery scam, and wants to warn others.
When Stephanie Branch logged onto Facebook Thursday morning, she never thought someone would try to rip her off.
"It makes me angry." Branch said. "I hadn't even gotten my first cup of coffee before I was getting scammed." She said.
Stephanie received a Facebook message from a person she plays Facebook games with. He stated she won $600,000 dollars in a Facebook lottery.
"He went as far as making a fake certificate in my name, showing me that I won." She said.
Branch got excited at first, but them realized it was a scam when he wanted her to send him a $218 dollar delivery fee.
"And then he said he needed my bank information."
Branch said the scam artist set up a fake account with phony pictures of previous "winners" holding big checks.
Branch wants to warn others not to fall for the fake Facebook lottery.
"There is no Facebook lottery. Don't give your information to anyone. And it's a scam if they want money." She said.
Stephanie reported the fake account and the scam to Facebook security.
"I'm just wondering , how many other people is this being done to?"
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