Instagram Lottery Scam - 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.

Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers

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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June 21, 2021 at 2:46 AM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers
an anonymous user from: Gambir, Jakarta, JABODETABEK, Indonesia

I'm currently chatting with someone on Instagram as I'm typing claiming that she was authorized by the CEO of Instagram Social Network Inc to inform me that my profile has won USD 1 million on the ongoing Instagram Online Recognition Award Promo which was set up as a promotional strategy to promote the use of Instagram Social Network worldwide. I've asked her for an official written statement instead of just showing me pictures of previous year's winners. No reply so far, so I guess I'll pass


July 11, 2020 at 5:05 PM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers
an anonymous user from: Olivehurst, California, United States

Just got one on Instagram saying they were with company mail n I was 800,000 USD richer. Didn't need to pay anything. Well turns out they want a steam card from Walmart with a hundred dollars for a prossesing fee. I know it's a scam but he calls n texts reassuring it's not just send the prossesing fee. I l was like you said no need to purchase anything n now I gotta pay a prossesing fee. Ya ok total scam. Henrygary3334 MSU company mail on Instagram


June 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers
an anonymous user from: Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States

It's making its rounds again🙄


May 22, 2020 at 9:53 PM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers
an anonymous user from: DeFuniak Springs, Florida, United States

I just received the p.m. saying I won the Facebook/Instagram lottery by Michael_Ryan_agent Says my email was drawn by a computer that was newly built and that I won a million dollars I know it’s a scam that’s how I found this page I was doing the research as I was talking to the person I didn’t give any personal information about myself or anything he tried saying that I wouldn’t have to send money and that they put up the websites so other people won’t get scammed he Really tried hard I was p.m. on Instagram


May 7, 2020 at 2:49 PM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers

"I don't know if it is a scam or not but I received this chat from a Gloria Thompson who said she is the online coordinator representative of Instagram. Do you know if this is true or not?

I have been told I have been selected to receive big money. She gave me a number to identify me as the winner and I had to give her my name address and phone number email address and the number she gave me and then she said I was a winner. To receive this I had to go to some office in Califonia. When I said about living in Australia she said that to be secure they could use FedEx carrier which is secure to give me the money I had won but this was going to cost me deliver fee."

Received via email. Scammers attempting to scam a potential victim.


May 7, 2020 at 4:41 PM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers
an anonymous user from: Highgate Hill, Queensland, Australia

Thanks for this information. I have already reinstalled instragram.


November 30, 2019 at 1:13 PM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers


Sat 11/30/2019 1:32 AM


The management of the Instagram Big win raffle draw! are pleased to inform you that you/your online profile have been selected as one of our six lucky persons in the Instagram Big win raffle draw! WIN & RULE WORLD XMAS/NEW YEAR PROMOTIONS of $1M USD ( ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY ).

This is in celebration of our 5th year anniversary as a merger in the social networking service and also to promote international awareness for the Instagram Big win raffle draw!.

Your profile ID was selected randomly from a total list of 1,550,250 profile ID's from around the world, from our affiliate email clients,websites, social networks.

Contact Mr. Hill Maxin, Chief financial officer (CFO) with your:

Name, Age & Occupation, nationality, Email and phone number for more details.

Email :

Email :

Thank You

Instagram Publication officer"

Here is another scam.


September 4, 2019 at 4:30 AM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers
an anonymous user from: Colombo, Western, Sri Lanka

Funniest 2nd part of the story is after getting all information from the victim, they ask some money to release the won fund. For this purpose now a day they give us a bank account no., name of the account holder swift code etc.of a bank located in anywhere in the world.

When contact the bank to identify the legitimacy of the given account details,even most of the well recognized bank in the world today reluctant to disclose the actual facts. Because some how or other they get the money to their banks.

There is no "LC opening" type guaranty from the bank to the person who deposit money with them where the bank can stop payment if the transaction is suspicious. Ultimately the account holder awaiting in a another country simply withdraw the money in someway or another with the assistance of the said reputed bank


May 16, 2019 at 4:45 PM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers
an anonymous user from: Yuba City, California, United States

I just received one today asking for my name and email. Supposedly I win $750,000. Dolla. I know it's a lie. It was from a man George representing Instagram CEO.


May 13, 2019 at 10:35 PM by
Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers
an anonymous user from: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Got one today from a barryallen200014 on instagram:

"We the company conducted a random raffle draw on Instagram of 17 lucky winners to win $800,000 each and your profile name emerged as one of the lucky winners. and then he sent how do you want your prize to get to you! (delivery process ...2 ( bank transfer... please pick an option suitable to you"

I question the legitimacy of the draw and himself and got sent random photos of a winners certificate and winners... I know its a scam straight away, so heads up everyone.


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Report The Scam

Reporting helps protect others. While agencies can’t always track down perpetrators of crimes against scammers, they can utilize the information gathered to record patterns of abuse which may lead to action being taken against a company or industry.

Report your issue to the following agencies based on the nature of the scam:

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Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

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  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
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  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

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Instagram Lottery Scam - Do Not Be Fooled by Scammers