Woman who 'won lottery' on Facebook loses almost $400K

A woman who thought she won hundreds of thousands of dollars in a Facebook lottery has fallen victim to an elaborate scam.

The 79-year-old from the US state of Texas received a private inbox from a friend informing her she won about $550,000 in a “Facebook Lottery” but the steps she took following the news ended up losing her almost $400,000.

US news station ABC13 reports after receiving the message about the win from a close friend, she was told she could claim the prize by reaching out to another person through Facebook Messenger.

The woman ended up losing almost $400,000 in the alleged scam. Source: Getty/file

The unknown person she messaged confirmed her win, according to ABC13, but her excitement quickly took a turn for the worst.

She was told she had to pay almost $50,000 in taxes before she could retrieve the money.

According to court documents obtained by ABC13, she paid it before wiring another $77,000 a few days later. She then transferred another $30,000.

The woman received a private Facebook message informing her of the lottery win. Source: Getty/file

The documents revealed the elderly woman sent almost $400,000 in total to a number of different bank accounts but received nothing in return.

Police ended up tracing the transfers to Nurudeen A Bisuga, who has been charged with money laundering after allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands from the woman, ABC13 reports.

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