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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:

Swagbucks.com

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Swagbucks.com is the world's largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE. They offer a $5 sign-up bonus.

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, October 17, 2013, 3123860108 wrote:

    I received a text from a friend on fb telling me i won
    $50,000 the num is 206- 596-8111 what u no about this number this is scam im sure.

  • On Sunday, October 13, 2013, noel lavallee wrote:

    i got one for 100,000,00 i new it was a scam, he used one off my friends name,

  • On Wednesday, October 09, 2013, Stevan wrote:

    There is a scam for you. I recently got a sms reading, 'You have received a private photo invite. Click to open www.bzm.tv/mr/ (long code) (free msg) 31305/ opt out dial 0213002831."

    Called ahead and found that this was a scam reverse charge kind of set up keeps you on the line and takes airtime.

  • On Monday, October 07, 2013, Lakisha wrote:

    I was contacted by a cousin on fb and I knew it was too good to be true. Now I'm receiving emails about confirming my info.

  • On Friday, September 20, 2013, Holly B wrote:

    I got this and texted the word "stop" that does not work, the number it came from is 469-317-0143. I'm assuming it's a disposable cell phone or "magic Jack" type number. Don't give out personal info to anyone!

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