Better Business Bureau

Reports to BBB Scam Tracker indicate
scammers are still using Powerball Winner Manuel Franco’s name to send
out text messages, social media messages, phone calls or emails
informing people they’ve “been chosen” to receive free money from
Franco.

Lottery scams like this make it seem as if you are about to receive a
sudden financial windfall. But, instead, the people sending the
messages are just phishing for your personal information or may even be
after your money.

You may recall, Wisconsin resident Manuel Franco came forward in
April 2019 to claim a $768 million lottery jackpot. Prior to winning the
lottery, he was working at a Target store. After winning, he was known
to personally hand out some gift cards to random shoppers.

“This scam involves impersonators attempting to lure in victims to
steal their personal information”, said Jim Temmer, BBB Serving
Wisconsin CEO/president. “This is dangerous. We’ve seen this before, and
it will likely continue because con artists do what works for them.”

There has been an uptick in this scam being reported; 188 reports
have been submitted to BBB Scam Tracker from consumers across the United
States since 2019. In 2021 alone, there have been 175 submissions to
date, an increase from the previous year (2020) of 733%. Total losses
reported in this scam are more than $13,000.

L.M. of New Berlin reported to BBB Scam Tracker, “I was sent a
message saying I was to receive $50,000…

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