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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 63 comments

  • 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.

  • On Friday, December 06, 2013, mwarangky shok wrote:

    well i got message from friend that i win the POWERBALL LOTTERY from my facebook friend..is it true....

  • On Saturday, November 30, 2013, Jane Simington wrote:

    I just received a facebook message from a friend who said a FedEx man delivered her a cheque for %5000. for the Powerball lottery. She said "They gave me the money for a Deaf/Hearing support and its a part of measures to compensate the few people that were selected from Facebook Random selection program.

    She said she saw my name on the list of winners as well and told me to call 15612465348 or email powerballagent40@gmail.com to claim my prize. Is this legitimate or a scam. I appreciate your help on this.

  • On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, coreen f. wrote:

    I also got a message from facebook and it stated, I just want to tell you that i just receive $50,000 from Powerball Lottery anniversary and the cas was delivered to me here at my home address but when i was signing for my cash your name appear next to my name and i asked the agent he said you need to claim it yourself..You need to email them now and claim it tell them you want to check your name on the winning list...Here are their claiming Agent contact emails and numbers below. Agent Ary Steve or Kevin Robinson(arysteve@yahoo.com or kevinrobinson4299@hotmail.com or number +1435529813 or +16178559428. When i got this message it was from classmate, but the thing is that i know something was wrong. So i messaged my other friend and asked if they got any money from the powerball lottery from facebook, thats when she told me that they hacked into her facebook and is using her facebook to talk to everyone. I hope these people get caught.

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