Have you received a text or WhatsApp message allegedly from Cristy Davis the Powerball winner of $70 million? Don’t be deceived! It is a scam. Read this article to find out how this scam works, and how to avoid being a victim.
Since 2021, scammers have been impersonating Cristy Davis, by sending text messages that claim the recipients have been selected to receive $50,000 from Cristy Davis, the $70 million power ball lottery winner 2020.
This email goes like this-
Hello WhatsApp user, my name is Christy Davis, I’m from Michigan. Three Million, five hundred thousand dollars have been donated to you, I won the $70 million power ball lottery on February 12, 2020, and I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $3500000.00 to you; for more information get back to me with this email: [email protected]”
This look so convincing, and might make you think you are lucky. However, this is a scam! when we sent a mail to the email address we were given a telephone number to call. This is where the scam comes in;
The scammers asked us to send money, which they claim is for taxes, processing fees, delivery fee, or some other fee. The funny thing was that they want it to be in Bitcoin!
You know what happens when you make a bitcoin transaction right? It’s untraceable. You can’t track the person at the other end or make a complaint. This is why scammers always chose bitcoin.
What Should You Do If You Receive Emails Like This
No matter how convincing it make sound, we advise you not to send money or personal information to anyone. If you receive messages like this in the future, you should completely ignore it, and make a complaint to your local police. That way, they’d release a warning so other people wouldn’t fall prey to the scam.
Legitimate lottery companies do not ask their winners to send money or personal information in order to collect their prizes.
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