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Scammers using social media accounts claiming to be lottery winner Mavis Wanczyk

Scammers using social media accounts claiming to be lottery winner Mavis Wanczyk

CHICOPEE, Mass. — Police are once more caution other folks about more than one faux social media accounts created by way of scammers pretending to be town’s Powerball winner.

“Don’t fall for this scam. Don’t give personal information,” Michael Wilk, Chicopee Police public data officer, posted at the division’s social media accounts.

In a short lived seek Wilk mentioned he discovered greater than 30 faux Instagram accounts in addition to a handful of Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts. Nearly the entire accounts are using some model of the title of town resident Mavis Wanczyk, who gained the file $758 million Powerball pot closing week and took house $336.three million after taxes.

The faux accounts are being utilized by scammers attempting to profit from other folks and get their private data. None are tied to Wanczyk, Wilk mentioned.

“We are well aware of many fake accounts being created on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram stating they are Mavis Wanczyk and that following and answering private messages will result in you getting money,” Wilk posted at the Police Department Facebook web page.

“Please, do not fall for a scam. Don’t fall for the ‘like and share and I’ll give you cash’ post. (These) are bait accounts. You will be lured in, and then when told you have ‘won’ you will have to give up your personal info., bank info., etc., and you will end up losing money, not gaining,” Wilk mentioned in an extra submit.

Some of the faux Instagram accounts have names akin to maviswanczyk7m, legit.maviswanczyk and one is maviswanczyk.758mil with a remark beneath announcing “Giving Away Money.”

Some of the accounts are focused on faculty scholars by way of pledging assist with books and tuition, Wilk mentioned.

There are different scams tied to the lottery winner as smartly. On Tuesday Wilk mentioned any person contacted him with a sob tale that was once obviously faux and requested him to touch Wanczyk soliciting for cash for them. Wilk mentioned he refused and hung up.

Updated: August 31, 2017 — 5:43 pm

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