There were many huge Powerball lottery wins that happened last year. Roy Cockrum’s Powerball win saw him take home a whopping $259.8 million grand prize. Roy won this amazing prize last year, but has since been warning people about a lottery scam that surfaced, whereby emails and texts are sent to vulnerable lottery players saying that Roy is sharing his prize with whoever wants a piece after divulging account details. To learn more about this scam and how best to avoid it, then read further.
Roy Cockrum comes from Knoxville, Tennesse, and he won $259.8 million with the USA Powerball lottery last year. Since his win, he has been warning people to ignore emails, texts, and social media promotions claiming to be from him. This is the latest in a series of lottery scams using famous lottery winners to dupe unsuspecting lotto, players. It really is such a pity that his win came with this burden, but where there is big money, there will always be immoral people trying their best to get their hands on it by any means possible.
Roy’s massive win came along on the 11th of June 2014. Roy is a former actor and monk, and after his win he took a vow to help those who needed it most. This winner is more action than talk because he lived up to that promise by setting up the Roy Cockrum Foundation.
Since the creation of his charity foundation, Roy has made several donations since his blessed win. His charitable donations include giving $1 million of his winnings to the University of Tennessee Medical Centre. His generosity didn’t stop there, however. He also employed part of his Powerball windfall to fund a five-hour adaptation of the Robert Bolano novel ‘2066’.
Of course, seeing how much money he won, scam artists appeared from all corners of the earth creating at least ten Instagram accounts set up in Ro’s name that said, “My goal is to give $1,000 to the first 50,000 followers.”
Scam artists are very clever at toying with victims’ emotions, so as you can imagine this scam gained a lot of attention in a short space of time. This isn’t the first time that the Powerball winner has seen his good name used to try and scam people including Juan Vasquez from Phoenix. Juan received an email from the scammers telling him that he had been randomly selected and that Roy was offering to donate $3 million of his lottery winnings into his account.
Juan, of course, was immediately suspicious. Juan said, “something just didn’t jive from that.” Juan was darn right to be suspicious because, in order for him to claim the donation, he needed to pay $480 to allow the immediate transfer to happen.
This is a very popular tactic employed by lottery scammers and the scary thing is that they happen all over the world. The scammers often hide behind the name of the big winner. There was a warning issued in England after two EuroMillions winners Richard and Angela Maxwell won the £53-million jackpot had their names stolen and used in a lottery scam.
The scams don’t stop there, though. Canadian Lotto Max winner Bob Erb had his name used by scammers as far afield as South Africa! Roy Cockrum’s Foundation says that it is fully aware of the lottery scams, saying the following: “We do not raise money or ask anyone for money. Remind your friends and neighbours to never respond to these crooks.”
Well, you heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. Don’t reveal any secure information to strangers. If people are donating money to you, then so be it, but as soon as they ask for something first, then something is already starting to smell fishy. You don’t get something life-changing for nothing. Always remember that. Unfortunately, that’s just the world we live in.
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