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Warning! There is NO Instagram Lottery - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers

2017-10-17T23:36:29 -  +
Warning! There is NO Instagram Lottery - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers

Facebook users, there is no Instagram lottery or promotion paying thousands of dollars in prizes. Do not be fooled by lottery scammers who are sending messages like the one below to potential victims claiming they are winners in the Instagram lottery or promotion. The scammers trick potential victims into sending them their personal information by claiming their Instagram Profiles have been randomly selected from a computerized System (C.T.S.S) to receive a grand prize of thousands of dollars and electronic devices.


If the potential victims send their personal information, the scammers will sell it to other scammers or used it themselves to contact potential victims. Once potential victims are contacted, they will be asked to send money in order to receive their so-called lottery prize. If the money is sent, the scammers will take it and disappear, and the potential victims will be left without the so-called prizes that they were promised.

The scammers will then move to another potential victim.

A Sample of the Facebook Instagram Lottery Scam

Are you not aware that your Instagram Profile won the sum of $800,000.00 and a brand new Samsung galaxy s7 edge in our ongoing Samsung promo?

Well, It's a promotional program held for Instagram members worldwide, while participants were selected through random selection in our Computerized System (C.T.S.S.) from a database of over 80,000,000 Facebook users from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, the Bahamas and New Zealand. Your Instagram profile emerges a proud winner under the Second Category with a grand prize of $800,000.00 a Samsung Gear VR and a brand new Samsung galaxy s7 edge.

This is why it is important not to send money to collect a lottery prize. Once money is requested in order to collect a lottery prize, it is a scam. This is because legitimate lottery companies do not ask their winners to send money in order to collect their prizes or ask them to send personal information via text, email or social media messages.

For persons who have already sent their personal information, they should be careful going forward, because the scammers will contact them and attempt to scam them. And, for those who have already sent their money, they are asked to contact the police for help.

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  • Posted: Oct 22, 2018 at 5:29 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

    is this a scam; they are asking for 2× $100 iTunes cards to link the tracking code of the FedEx package to the card so nobody else can claim the money...it is the emerald lefacy trust saying he is giving 10,000 to each of its followers...Instagram ..... emeraldlegacytrust and then he sends you to fedex_delivery22 to coordinate receiving money.


  • Posted: Aug 27, 2018 at 5:50 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland

    My Boyfriend got a message on an Instagram account named: melvinburton_ and his profile's read Claim agent@instagram. Here what he sends:

    "HI I'm Melvin burton from the Instagram social Network Inc.. and I was authorized to send you a request by the Instagram C.E.O.
    I'm here to pass a vital information to you regarding your Instagram Account? I am delighted to inform you that your name was luckily selected among the 12 lucky winners who won the sum of $600,000.00 US dollars. On the Instagram New Year online promo that was conducted by the Instagram officials. Your name was selected by Automatic Random Machine, wich your Instagram user name show up on number 7th from the 12 lucky listed names.

    This is in order to say big thank you to our users from making the Instagram their number one means of communicating to their Friends and family over the world. I want you to know that your winning prize is 100% real and legit and the United state FBI is also aware of this lottery. So I will like to know if you are fully ready to claim your winning prize?"

    And my boyfriend says: "he is ready and he lives in Finland would that be a problem?"

    He got an answer: "That won't be a problem because we would have the money shipped to you. In order to claim your winning prize, you are to Reconfirmed some Data-Bases in which the Facebook Board will make use to get your Winning Certificate and all Necessary document available for you before they can release your winning Funds to you today."

    I think he is a scammer, but my boyfriend thinks he may be real.


    • Posted: Aug 27, 2018 at 6:13 AM by info

      It is a scam because there is no such lottery.


  • Posted: Aug 24, 2018 at 2:47 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Québec, Quebec, Canada

    I got a message earlier telling me that I was a winner of the instagram promo going on this month. That my profile had been selected among the winner of instagram random splash promo. That I was the winner of $225k US dollars. that I could go and redeem my prize at 200 Jefferson Menlo Park, CA 94025.

    I realise that it's the address of the HQ of Instagram, and yet why would I have to fly internatinonally to get a prize I would have suposedly won?
    and if not they could mail it to me, but

    I had to pay for the carrier fee.
    Hey listen, if I win a prize, you send it to me, I won't miss work, pay a flight ticket and a hotel to go get a supposedly Visa credit card of $225k.


  • Posted: Aug 10, 2018 at 8:26 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Pahrump, Nevada, United States

    Just got the same scam before reading this, I didn't send any money, but did send personal info; the scammer's name was kik Roberson


  • Posted: Jul 30, 2018 at 2:19 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Arlington, Texas, United States

    Some one by the name of Steven Hernandez just told me I won $650,000 through an instagram lottery. He said I had to pay for fedex delivery of $450.00 send the money via money gram to a daniel harvey. That was a Sunday. Monday he tells me to cancel the money gram and purchase amazon gift cards. I cancelled the money gram and put the money in my bank. He keeps telling me its all legit.


  • Posted: Jun 30, 2018 at 2:49 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Van, Turkey

    Here is another:

    "Instagram Promotion Office


    Dear winner, 

    Batch Number: MML 89705
    Winning Number: MML 65812
    Payment Reference Number: FG436/5551/676IR.

      Your username profile name have won the amount prize which is $1,500,000.00 dollars.

    This lottery was hold by Instagram Site, it is 100% real and genuine prize and once again You are going to receive your fund through an international ATM card, which will enable you to cash your winning prize in any bank around your country."


  • Posted: Jun 17, 2018 at 9:57 AM by info

    Received via email:

    "I was contacted via instagram vis a friend to respond to this number, ‭ 1 (323) 515-7525‬ I did sent a inquiry for more information but after finding these articles, I no longer replied."


  • Posted: May 16, 2018 at 3:09 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    BTW how I can post a screenshot photo?


    • Posted: May 16, 2018 at 8:52 AM by info

      We don't allow screenshot. Try copying and pasting the text.


  • Posted: May 16, 2018 at 3:08 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Good day, everyone just today I was contacted by this lady directly in my instagram pm, that my profile has won the lottery and like many of you she ask my personal information.

    I haven't replied to her anything of my personal info ,aside from our conversation of my winnings and me trying to prove how genuine it was. I'll try to post our conversations because I have taken a screenshot of it.


  • Posted: May 8, 2018 at 8:22 PM by an anonymous user from or near: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia


    I asked where he was from and how do you claim this and he sends me (SAMSUNG ONLINE HOME ADDRESS FORM) FULL NAMES ................................................. DATE OF BIRTH ..................................... ADDRESS ................................................. . STATE ................................................... COUNTRY ................................................ SEX ......................... AGE .................................. OCCUPATION ........................................... TELEPHONE ..........................................


  • Posted: May 5, 2018 at 9:55 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom

    I'm currently being hassled to send my personal details to a Terry Sterling (His name just sounds dodgy but I stand to be corrected). How do I get him to stop chasing me on Instagram? He says I've won a substantial amount! Being skeptical I don't trust anyone. Is there a number I can call to speak to someone in person?


  • Posted: Mar 21, 2018 at 1:39 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

    I received a message from a 'talene__s_lottery office informing me that I had won $600,000.00 in a random instagram lottery, after I sent my details.

    I got a call from DHL to pay $450 towards shipping charges to a PERSON, whe I contacted the 'said' talene__s_lottery, expressing my DOUBTS about this being a Scam, every answer Ended with an O.K.

    Before that they ended I Sir. Request you to file a Complaint on my behalf, as I am from India. THANK You.


    • Posted: Mar 21, 2018 at 3:37 AM by info

      It is a lottery scam.


  • Posted: Mar 19, 2018 at 11:43 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia

    This is what I got from https://www.fb.com/ot.mastermind.790:

    AS A LUCKY WINNER OF $800,000 ON OUR 2018

    I've outed him, reported him and now he's scared, hehe.


  • Posted: Mar 13, 2018 at 12:05 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Luxembourg, District de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    victorialarry007 is a lottery scamer


  • Posted: Mar 9, 2018 at 2:08 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Bellingham, Washington, United States

    This is what I just received as a direct message in my Instagram:


    Batch Number: MML 89705
    Winning Number: MML 65812
    Payment Reference Number: FG436/5551/676IR.

    This is to inform you that your username profile have won the amount prize which is $815,000.000 (eight hundred and fifteen thousand U.S Dollars) from Instagram Lottery Promotion Office.

    This lottery was held by Instagram, and you are going to receive your fund through an International ATM card, which will enable you to cash your winning prize in any bank around your country."

    I REPLIED WITH "Realy."

    Here is the details we need for the processing of your winning prize.

    Full name.
    Email address .
    Date of birth
    Phone No..

    It's an obvious scam and it reads like it's from someone outside of the U.S.


  • Posted: Mar 3, 2018 at 10:13 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Miami, Florida, United States

    I received this rotary hahaha. I received a message saying I won $950,000 from Instagram


  • Posted: Feb 24, 2018 at 12:42 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania

    Is John William working with Samsung?. He said I won a prize


    • Posted: Feb 24, 2018 at 5:47 PM by info

      It is a scam. The scammers are pretending to be people they are not.


  • Posted: Feb 5, 2018 at 12:39 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Nadi, Western, Fiji

    who is Roy Thompson and Audrey Adele????
    its the same case of $800.000 promo winner which Roy message me through Facebook that I have won that amount.
    is Roy Thompson a coordinator for the Samsung company?


    • Posted: Feb 5, 2018 at 1:08 PM by info

      There is no Samsung lottery. The names are made up or fakes.


  • Posted: Feb 5, 2018 at 4:36 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Chicago, Illinois, United States

    I was contacted saying I won Instagram lottery computer generated 600,00.00 asking for 610.00 to send it. Or come to office and it's free I'm guessing now it's a fake; damn people are going to cause someone to hurt themselves after their hopes have been crushed...

    Instagram should have a better way catching people of such kind or explaining to new users that these things are not possible from Instagram... Ty


    • Posted: Mar 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas

      This same exact thing happened to me yesterday a person by the name of frank Scott from an Instagram account


  • Posted: Jan 26, 2018 at 2:45 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    I received the following;

    "Congratulations lucky winner, your profile was extracted from our electronic mail extraction system which randomly selected you as a lucky winner of $800,000 on our 2018 online promo on instragram sponsored by Samsung."

    I replied with;

    "I am not providing you with my personal contact information for you to try to scam me. I know that there are a lot of people that would fall for this but I am not one of them."

    Their response;

    "We are not fraud"

    My Response;

    "Prove it by providing me with your phone number of your employer and someone at samsung address and legal representative."

    Their response;

    "I can't we have rules and we will contact you "

    My response;

    "FRAUD and you're being reported."


  • Posted: Jan 23, 2018 at 2:32 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

    after that this is the latest message that came to me :

    "Hello Beneficiary,

    The Courier company informed us of your reluctance to receive your prize. We quite understand your skepticism and with the look of things you are very skeptical about your prize winnings. I want to state categorically clear here that the only thing I can deduce from the reservation/ thoughts you expressed in your email is the fact that you are probably scared or jittery of the magnitude of the funds you have won. Your prize is real and you should follow our instructions to receive it as soon as possible.

    Please be informed that at Instagram we are very aware of internet frauds that are prevalent around the world presently, according to United States laws, this offence is subject to as much as six(6) years in a federal prison if found to be truly involved in this manner of fraud. Furthermore, there are reciprocating laws that may allow us to find any person who is involved in this type of fraud in whatever country of origin and prosecute them and their associates or firms.

    There is an ongoing social media campaign involving big firms. The prize we give to you is nothing compared to what is being giving out by Organizations such as Facebook our parent developers, Google, Yahoo etc.

    We are very sorry for the inconvenience. As a winner you are not supposed to pay anything to collect your prize. But circumstances made it so.

    This reward event was held recently to promote our presence in the Social media circle and also to reward our members. After the event the packages were handed over to a courier company to deliver to the doorstep of all winners.

    We couldn't pay the charges for the delivery then because we were yet to inform the winners and we did not have the address. So our team decided all winners contact the courier and bear the charges or cost for delivery. Because the Cost of delivery is nothing compared to the prize won.

    You are a winner and you have nothing to worry about, you should count yourself very lucky because I for one have never won anything all my life.

    We wish you happy enjoyment in advance. Enjoy your life for patronizing our App. Soon you will be invited to Head office, Menlo Park, California, United States to come dinning with other beneficiaries and the founders of our App (Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger). Krieger currently serves as its Chief Technology Officer while Kevin is its CEO and Emily White is the current senior director of operations.

    We wish you well as you journey to fame and prosperity. Contact the Courier company immediately and have them deliver your prize to your doorstep

    Mark (Instagram Quality Control Supervisor)"


  • Posted: Jan 23, 2018 at 2:30 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

    I got this message from swift courier service:

    "Tel: 1 716-496-3100

    Dear Customer,

    Thanks for your mail. Your parcel with Order number {PARCEL/NUM/06GLO} is awaiting courier delivery to you. We request you please reconfirm your mailing address to ensure conformity with our record for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you . Only valid residential/ Office address and postal address are needed.

    Delivery Destination Information Date: 22 Jan, 2018.

    Receiver's Name.............................
    Full Address.....................
    Delivery Option:

    Delivery Information/Parcel Description:

    Delivery Terms: .........International Delivery
    Condition Of Delivery........ ......Priority Delivery
    Consignment Note No: ...........XBN103940394-00
    Color of Parcel: ..............Brown.
    Total Weight: ................4,65 kg
    Total Net Weight: ............7.35kg

    We offer a Three-type of service for prompt parcel delivery to customers. Find below our delivery options, you are required to choose one option which you will be able to pay and also convenient for you for the delivery of your parcel.


    Service Type | Delivery Duration | Charges/Fees

    Normal class delivery: in 120 hours
    (cost of delivery)
    Courier Charges: $199
    Insurance: $183
    Vat: $121
    Total: $503

    Premium class delivery: in 72 hours
    (cost of delivery)
    Courier Charges: $237
    Insurance: $250
    Vat: $150
    Total: $637

    First class delivery: in 48 hours
    (cost of delivery)
    Courier Charges: $300
    Insurance: $350
    Vat: $200
    Total: $850"


    • Posted: Mar 12, 2018 at 8:53 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile

      Same to me, SCAM!


  • Posted: Jan 23, 2018 at 2:24 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

    I got this message on email and instagram account


  • Posted: Jan 23, 2018 at 2:23 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

    Here is another scam:

    "Hello Beneficiary,

    How are you today? On behalf of our lucky winners who submitted their personal data we formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the screening and verification exercise. All necessary documents to facilitate the delivery of your prize amount check of $950,000.00 (Nine Hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars) has been processed and sealed in a package for immediate delivery to you. The package contains the following original documents and items:


    1. Valued Winning Check of $950,000.00 (Nine Hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars)
    2. Clear Source of Funds Certificates (CSFC)
    3. Certificates of origin of funds (COF)
    4. Apple MacBook Pro Laptop
    5. Instagram T- shirt
    6. Instagram Base ball cap.

    Due to your location from the venue of the Instagram reward prize your winning package has been sent to Swift Courier Services. Swift courier services is a logistics company offering express delivery worldwide. Below you will find the contact information of Swift Courier Company. Kindly send an email to them requesting for your package delivered to your home. Your parcel identity is {PARCEL/NUM/O6GLO}.

    Swift Courier Services


    EMAIL: swift@swiftcourierltd.net

    Tel: 1 716-496-3100

    Add your parcel numbers {PARCEL/NUM/O6GLO} as the subject of correspondence with Swift Courier services to ensure that they respond in a timely manner.

    We ask that you keep this reward personal until your claims have been processed and your package delivered to you. This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming of award. For more questions, comments or concern kindly write back as soon as possible.

    Instagram Team"


  • Posted: Jan 18, 2018 at 1:18 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti, Nigeria

    Hi! I got a message from my Facebook Messenger two days ago by a Mathew Lee, seems like a Samsung employee, saying I won the Samsung promotional program through random selection by their Computerize System (C.T.S.S), $800,000 and the latest Samsung galaxy mobile phone. How authentic is that?


    • Posted: Jan 18, 2018 at 6:26 AM by info

      No, it is a fake and scam.


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