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Facebook Powerball Text

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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 55 comments

  • On Saturday, October 18, 2014, robsilversmith wrote:

    I was scammed by powerball Facebook promo.same thing they said they where someone else that won.n I new her.she didn't even win.but they got me for 1350

  • On Friday, October 17, 2014, Whitney Stribling wrote:

    I wanna know if this is a scam

  • On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Raven Mayfair wrote:

    Hello, Im Raven. A good friend of mine emailed me & said he saw my name & profile pic from FB as he was receiving a cash reward of $200,000...!!! Cash.?.
    Hmm. Why my friend would tell me he won this money Ilk never know.
    I emailed Mr. Frederick Allen whose heading this years FB lottery
    I was directed to a site where they asked me my ss no & my gmail.& fb passwords. Ahh. No thank you dear Sir.
    About why my friend has said he won Ill never know. Beware ...

  • On Sunday, September 21, 2014, sherry morrison wrote:

    I was just scammed. Gave him all my info but I didn't give any passwords. So hopefully I'm safe

  • On Friday, June 20, 2014, kelly wrote:

    Yes this is 100% a scam. A Facebook friend contacted and said that she saw my winning check and profile when she went to pickup her check. To bad for the scammers little did they know that we know each other very well. They could not pretend that she won the money. If you have to pay any money in order to "win" money from someone its a scam. The only one walking away with money is the scammer. Beware.

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