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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 56 comments

  • On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Linda Taylor English wrote:

    They used one of my friend name @ 0600 in d AM & said they had given her 200,000 in a check immediate scam came to mind. They wanted full name & location. Ok i did to play alone. Person to contact was Allen Scott text 646-543-6340 or Facebookonlinekd@outlook.com orFacebookonline2014@yahoo.com or WWW.Powerballprizeclaim.tk. He came back with Congratulation. U won 200,000. it will be deliver by a carrier.After I fill out a claim. Well I didn't fill it out. And I am still waiting.

  • On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, KEKE Anderson wrote:

    They tried using some in my friends list account to tell me about this and come to find out they locked Her out her own account to get more people but if she won where was her face and why would I keep it a secret from other people if I won a prize

  • On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, SHERRY wrote:


  • On Monday, February 17, 2014, marcela mia torregosa wrote:

    i received a message from my friend on monday17,and this is said,hello you there i have a goodnews for you.i got$100,000.00 from facebook and they told me it was for facebook 2014 anniversary lottary in collaboration powerball,and for my got moneyfrom them,but when am about to sign for my chick,he said i saw your name on list and i ask them they told me they will deliver it for you,,,i just want to claim my prize.my home address,137 bunga ext,ayala alabang muntinlupa city philippines...

  • On Thursday, February 06, 2014, david hicks wrote:

    i david hicks received a message that i had won 100,000.00 in check

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