You may have received a WhatsApp or text message from Cristy, the Powerball winner who claimed to be Cristy Davis. Don’t fall for it! It’s a scam. This article will explain how the scam works and how you can avoid becoming a victim.
Scammers have been impersonating Cristy Davies since 2021 by sending SMS messages claiming that the recipients have been chosen to receive $50,000 from Cristy, the $70,000,000 powerball lottery winner 2020.
This is how the email looks like
Hi WhatsApp user! My name is Christy Davis and I am 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@example.com”
These look very convincing and may make you believe you are lucky. This is a scam. We were provided with a phone number to call when we sent an email to the address. This is where the scam begins.
They asked for money to be sent, claiming it was for taxes, processing fees, delivery fees or other fees. It was funny that they wanted it to be in Bitcoin!
What happens when you make bitcoin transactions? It’s untraceable. It’s impossible to track the person on the other end and file a complaint. This is why fraudsters always choose bitcoin.
What should you do if you receive emails like this?
We advise against sending money or personal data to anyone, no matter how convincing the message may sound. You should ignore any messages that look like this and report it to the police.