Did you receive a text from +19204152374 promising you 20,000 USD from a jackpot winner? Do not engage. It is a scam text message!
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What Is Powerball Millions Text Scam?
People have been receiving texts from a certain Bradley Hahn, who claims to be winner of the Powerball Millions Jackpot. Here is what the text says:
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Hi, I’m Bradley Hahn, the winner of 10 million USD in Powerball Millions Jackpot, https://bit.ly/38SOiEP
You are among the 200 random lucky winners picked to receive 20,000 USD each from the on going charity program aimed at touching lives. Text Agent Gonzalez Prudencio for confirmation & delivery of your winnings on 920-415-2374
But this is a scam text we have seen countless times, and we know how it works.
How It Works
The Powerball scam text informs the reader that they were selected for a charity giveaway. They then require the recipient to fill in their information, as a way to confirm their identity. Their aim is to collect your personal information, after which they will ask you to pay a small fee to process your payment.
Inputting your credit card details into their system is handing them the information they need to steal money from your card. Doing this will be giving up your credit card information to thieves.
What To Do
When you receive such messages and want to be sure it is not scam, do the following:
- send the company an email to confirm the authenticity of the text
- if the company says the message is not from them, delete the message immediately
- do not, out of curiosity, click the link or call that number to see where it leads
Phishing scams are on the rise these days, and a lot of people have lost sensitive information to hackers. Please stay away from strange texts prompting you to give up your personal information.
We have come across scams like this a lot. What you have to do firstly is not to click on links you do not understand or call strange numbers, and always be sure the source of the message is genuine before you engage.