Diane Jenkins was suspicious when she received a text message saying the winners of  the $1 billion Mega Millions ticket bought in Novi wanted to share the wealth with her.

But when she received a second text last month from a “George Reed” who said he was in charge of payments and identity verification for the 500 people who had been randomly selected to receive $4,500 each, she started to wonder if it could be true.

“He said all you have to do is send your driver’s license,” Jenkins, a Florida resident, recalled. “I got a message before and disregarded it, but then I thought, ‘What if this is real?’”

It’s not, and the Federal Trade Commission advises consumers that one of the main signs of a scam is a request for financial information in order to receive the prize.

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