Facebook Powerball Text

Facebook Powerball Scam: How It 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.

Watch the video below to see the Facebook Powerball scam caught in real time:

Facebook Powerball Scam Caught On Video

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.

Watch the video below to see this variation of the scam explained.

Facebook Powerball Donation Scam Video

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.

Facebook Powerball Scam: 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, maybe consider 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 also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The Federal Trade Commission Here

 

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Tay

I was contacted by a friend claiming to have seen my name on a facebook powerball prizes not claimed list. $50,000 prize. friend claimed to be in the middle of cashing it. When I asked to have the person verify through a personal question who they were, I got no answer. I looked up the info I was given and its seemed honest at first. Then I emailed a claim agent asking if this was real and why they needed to know where my grandparents were born. I got a reply that stated fill out the info now. I sent… Read more »

Steve

the message that I received had several errors in it. The questions that they were asking for are not appropriate. I txt that I was on a site detailing there scam and the response was …. What. I have had attempts of hacking my account a few times and to protect your info is very important. I am not impressed that people are still trying to do this scam over and over again. I am not impressed at all

stacy t.

my wife just got got last night for 500.00 dollars late last night on a scam like this. What a joke how can people sit back and scam people and get away with it. if only I had the know how of how to track them down I would make sure they couldn’t ever do it again.

audrey

omg this happened to me this morning, how sad is that? their doing it again

debra

yes just got scam. by a friend, notify me that i won 100 thousand dollars. and to email the address. http;//www.usfbkpowerball.tk, then questions. finally they want 1300dollars for fedex to deliver cheque.

Vanessa Lofthouse

This exact same scam happened to me Yesterday. A Friend on Facebook messaged me saying they say my name on a list of unclaimed winners for facebook Powerball. Claimed he had already Cashed his check. Gave me the name and email of a person to contact. When I contacted this person they wanted me to fill out all this personal info. The kind of info you would need to provide for a credit application. Do not fall for this.

Warren

phone number 13606867017 and email address powerfbagent@gmail.com is asking me for a lot of information for the winnings of 50 thousand

shirley billingsley

his name is mark thomas ,do you know him, he said i won 50,0000 dollor.please fine out for me.

Delilah

I’m so mad..another scam??? Really??? My distant cousin in hawaii inbox me on facebook says ..she won 50 k and saw my name.on a promo that powerball and facebook has going .said hurry and contact this mark thomas..6465436340..tells me to text or email ..claimprisess2013@yahoo.com I text and he text back..states go to the website to claim my funds… http://www.powerball.tk.com and the website looks somewhat official. But I believe all it is is a way to get access to ur email acct and facebook acct…arrrgggg …soooo fustrated..I called my mom ..she told me it was a scam…

Daniel Beaverstock

I received such a claim on Facebook from a friend stating that she had won $100,000.00 and that when she was signing for the cash that was delivered to her home she saw my name on a list, and that I should send an E-mail to powerballagency1@gmail.com or to powerballagency11@live.ca to have my name checked against a list of winners. I sent an Email to these people who in return asked for my email and passwords, mother’s maiden name and other such personal info. I am glad that I had the foresight to investigate before jumping into what could be… Read more »

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