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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. And of course, 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:

Swagbucks.com

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GlobalTestMarket

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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.

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There are 51 comments

  • On Thursday, January 23, 2014, Aaron Gray, Sr. wrote:

    I received a message from a female named Olivia MzQueen Carter off of facebook stating that my name was on a list to win $50,000 and that I needed to contact a Agent Kevin Robinson or Ary Steve. The website I was suppose to go to was arysteve@yahoo.com or kevinrobinson4299@hotmail.com she also gave me some phone numbers as well. The numbers were 1-435-529-8163 or 1-617-855-9428. She said I could call or text them and they would get back with me. I do feel that something was fishy about the situation.

  • On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, Keisha wrote:

    I got scammed just a few days ago by arysteve@yahoo.com. I got an immediate reply to an email I sent him because a facebook friend of mine sent me this message saying he won $50,000 and when he signed for it he,saw my name and I shiuld claim my prize. Well it turns out I was being used and I was beat out of $2,152.98. I sent money for security n courier fees only to be told to send more. I was promised they were on their way to my home only to be stood up and to ld to send more. Needless to say ive been terribly humiliated and I feel stupid for falling for it becauseim poor and my family could have used $50,000. To those of you reading this please be careful and dont end up like me

  • On Sunday, January 05, 2014, Renee Bird wrote:

    My husband received a message from a friend on Facebook saying they won $90,000. Said she seen his name on their list when they brought her money to her. And gave him a name, and a place to contact a man named Randal Smith, he actually talked to a man named John West. They said he won $90,000 from Powerball Co. In association with Facebook and poverty eradication. Is this legit ament?

  • On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Shannon wrote:

    I also got a email from them on facebook, and I thought it was true until I looked it up on google, this is a scam! Please do not fill out any info from them.

  • On Monday, December 09, 2013, Moira Lavigillante wrote:

    I got this message from 'a friend' on facebook. I challenged them that this was a scam and got a message back saying it was 'real and legit'. Claimed to have received £100,000.00.
    powerballagency11@live.com or powerballagency1@gmail.com ) or text +1(586) 859-0374
    contact the Agent David Hodges on ( powerballagency11@live.com / powerballagency1@gmail.com) or Text (586) 859-0374. email or text them your name and address. Good luck to you.
    These were the names/numbers they wanted me to contact. Am now worried that they will be hacking into my computer. Can you advise please.

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