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.
Watch the video below to see the Facebook Powerball scam caught in real time.
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.
Watch the video below to see this variation of the scam explained.
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.
How to avoid the Facebook Powerball scam:
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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If you are into paid surveys, this is the place. GlobalTestMarket is an industry leader in online research panels, where members are invited to participate in online surveys on numerous topics, and in return are eligible for cash or regular and frequent entry into sweepstakes. Highly recommended, as they also have A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.
How to report:
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