Have you received a text or WhatsApp message allegedly from Daniel Bellefeuille the Powerball lottery winner of $1 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 March 2022, scammers have been impersonating Daniel Bellefeuille, by sending text messages that claim the recipients have been selected to receive $20,000 from Daniel Bellefeuille, the $1 million power ball lottery winner 2022.
This email goes like this-
My Name is Daniel Bellefeuille the $1 million Powerball jackpot winning in Wisconsin Congratulations I’m donating to 2 random individuals. If you get this message then your ## was selected after a spin ball. I have spread most of my wealth over a number of charities & organizations. I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $20,000 to you as one of the selected 2, Text Bred ,text the agent in charge +1606-716-0568 text him for Confirmation and claiming of your winnings Thank you”
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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