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How the scam works:

Entering lotteries with the hopes of a big payday is a typical activity for many people. But what happens if you receive a text message or email stating that you have been randomly selected to receive $50,000 just for using the internet?

Well, you’ve just been the latest “lucky” target of a recurring scam, that’s what.

The Facebook Powerball Text scam has two variations:

1. Victims will receive a text – or email – from an agency whose goal is “promoting the handicapped”. They will tell you that your email address or cell phone number has been randomly selected as the winner of the $50,000 Powerball prize, and all you need to do to claim your prize is to give them your Facebook address and email address, PLUS PASSWORDS.

2. Victims will receive a text from a guy who claim to already won the Powerball draw (see picture above) and is donating part of the proceeds. Indeed, he will ask you for your personal information in order to release the funds. The name used by the scammer is Mark Hill.

These two variations of the scam come after another one which did its rounds last winter on Facebook. Back then, a man claiming to be named Nolan Daniels posted a picture of himself holding a winning ticket of a $587.5 million. This scam was just perpetrated online, after being shared by millions of Facebook users in hopes of a win.

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How to avoid:

Of course, it is prudent to never give your passwords to anyone. Be aware that there is never a situation where you will receive something free – or so valuable – just by merit of having an email address or cell phone number. Agencies who have a mission that is unclear at best are typically fraudulent as well. Always do your research online. If you are really looking to make some money through social media or reward systems, there a couple of alternatives that are trustworthy and can offer you great opportunities:

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There are 63 comments

  • On Sunday, July 19, 2015, vernecia latimer wrote:

    I think this man is doing me the same way

  • On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Mirela wrote:

    i received the Powerball text award ...they said to contact Samantha at +27 739 807 358. References No: PB265 for claims/activate. I think is another scam.

  • On Friday, July 10, 2015, jenn wrote:

    I gave my info including a copy of my identification card to an email from a man named Dennis Mathews in response to being selected to win $ from FB powerball. I didn't realize it was a scam until after I gave my info. I am afraid of now being a victim of identity theft/scam. What do I do?

  • On Tuesday, June 09, 2015, henrique silva wrote:

    uane woman send uane text tellme am win the luck list facebook powerball ans contact terry for get the bonus am think is a joking to me tha mame send me text isreese Covington in usa am don't no what make whait ? she telme its anniversary facebook and powerball wining money from the annual anniversary she saytwo andred thousand dolares is true?
    am the luck uane?

  • On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Lakisha Rena moody wrote:

    How do you know you got the prize and I got the ps4 but don't know if I really did get it

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