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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 Friday, November 15, 2013, Latasha wrote:

    I received a message from a friend stating the same thing as far as winning 100,000.00 I think this was a scam to I am posting this in case it is and I want to let you know the email addresses are: gvtrightoptions@hotmail.com bdewayneh@yahoo.com, and www.usfbkpowerball.tk. the peoples names were Agent Pittman Humphrey, Agent Elizabeth Harris and Agent Dewayne Heckman, There Phone numbers are +447024041649,317-721-7063.240-342-6358. So please be careful because I almost got caught up.

  • On Sunday, November 03, 2013, MINDY wrote:

    Its happened again! i received an message from a friend and this is what is said. Hello and how you doing today? I’m so happy because I got $50,000.00 (fifty Thousand) Check from Facebook affiliated with powerball /megamillions. They are giving the fund to people using facebook to support them.I wonder if you gotten your cheque too ?because I saw your name on the Facebook list of unclaimed funds and I ask the courier service that brought my cheque to my front door but he said they can not locate your address so that’s why am sending you this message to get you informed on how to claim your winning cheque too .Here is their claiming Agent Contact Emails and Number:-Agent Anthony Sylvester {facebookpbwinners20@gmail.com or powerfbaginsurer@yahoo.com}Or you text (610) 455-5800 contact them now....
    DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM!!!!!!!!

  • On Friday, November 01, 2013, Bruce. Victor wrote:

    I think I am getting scam here. Do have agent name David Hodges. And Linder Former of Vasser. Michgan

  • On Sunday, October 20, 2013, Anita Kahut wrote:

    I got an email from a friend and it said that she had won 100,000.00 from a facebook lottery and that she received it at her door. and imformation how to contact these people for the prize money I started looking into things and found out the different scams going on out there and not willing to participate in being scammed.

  • On Friday, October 18, 2013, shannon watene wrote:

    is micheal lawary watts, a scamer for lotteriers or wat

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