Lottery Winner Donation Scam: How It Works
The scam is trending now in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Regardless of what country or state you live in, here is an ingenious approach that scammers take when it comes to lottery winners. The last few names that the scammers use are Dave Johnson, Mavis Wanczyk, Christy Davis, Michael J Wiersky, as well and Frances & Patrick Connolly. These are all real Powerball winners!
In this article, we will show you how the scam works and how to find out if a profile is fake. Let’s look at two examples first: Cristy Davis and Kelsey Zachow.
In the first case, victims receive emails or Facebook messages like this below:
“Hello, this is Cristy Davis the Powerball winner in Michigan on Feb 2/2020. I’m using this time to give out 20 people $50,000,00 to each USA citizen I randomly picked. Watch me on this link https://youtu.be/qod1Sgxyi6U get back to my agent with a text 901 699 6836 if you’re really interested to be one of the luckiest man/Woman“. Horrible grammar, but let’s see more.
Take the case of Kelsey Zachow, a real lucky girl who won 66 million dollars.
Criminals created fake Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts using her credentials. How did they have them? It was an easy thing to find because lottery winners are featured in the news with their success stories (you know those pictures with 6/49 millionaires holding checks, right?). Crooks use not only 6/49 or Powerball millionaires, but also Publishers Clearing House winners, as well.
Using Kelsey’s full name, the crooks posted a generous promise of donating $1,000 from her winnings to the first 75,000 Instagram followers – see the image above.
Alternatively, the scammers send emails offering the donation (amount varies). In order to do that, they ask the victims for their bank account, in order to transfer the promised money. In exchange, they are required to pay ‘a small tax’ that apparently is needed for international donations.
Needless to say, the ‘lucky’ followers were rather unfortunate for giving their personal information away. However, be aware that scammers may use other names too, such as philanthropists or business people.
Watch the video below to see a different variation of the Lottery Winner Scam exposed:
Potential victims are taking this to social media, exposing the scammers. Here is the last Tweet from user @maelen:
Do not fall for this guys scam. He’s claiming to be a lottery winner and is trying to get very personal information from people. Please keep yourselves safe out there. #scam #fake pic.twitter.com/aHa60Nx0xy
— Maelen (@_maelen_) April 20, 2020
Lottery Winner Donation Scam: How to Avoid
Keep in mind that new scammers could copy this scheme and use lottery winners’ names from your region. Be very careful. As a fact, lottery winners are advised on the day of claiming to close their social media accounts temporarily. Not to mention that – within days – they are approached for donations by hundreds of people and various local organizations.
How To Find Out If a Profile Is Fake
Here is some good news. Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if the profile contacting you on social is fake (you can apply to all, not just Facebook).
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