Lottery scam using name of real winner to seem legitimate

There is a scam that may catch you off-guard because part of the story is true and the names mentioned are real.

It claims to be from Christy Davis, the Powerball winner of $70 million.

The message goes on to say the recipients have been selected to receive $150,000.

There is a number to call to collect the money.

Here’s the problem: it’s true that Christy Davis won Powerball – it was back in 2020, so some people may think the message is legitimate.

However, experts say this kind of scam has been circulating for years.

What should you do if you get texts like that? First – do not click on any links or send any money. Copy the message and forward it to 7726.

You can also report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

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