Many people may not remember the name of Mavis L. Wanczyk, but she was the lucky winner of a 758 million dollar Powerball drawing in 2017. Not long after she claimed her prize, a scam started appearing in which many people received an email with the message line referring to the Mavis L. Wanczyk Cash Grant. The email indicated that you were chosen to receive a large cash grant from Mavis L. Wanczyk. All the lucky strangers receiving the emails had to do was provide personal information in order to qualify for the grant. In addition, phony social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were also set up in Ms. Wanczyk’s name through which people were contacted with the same phony offer of free money informing them that in order to qualify for the grant they merely needed to provide personal information.

Now the scam appears to be resurfacing in large numbers as evidenced by the many emails I am receiving from Scamicide readers complaining of this scam. Of course, the new email being circulated and all of the previous emails and social media messages  purportedly from Mavis Wanczyk are scams. No one is offering you money for nothing (nor for you Dire Straits fans, “chicks for free”). Providing personal information such as your Social Security number or bank account information in order to direct the wiring of funds merely results in your becoming a victim of identity theft and/or your bank account being looted.

Here is a copy of the email presently being circulated.  I have blocked out the email addresses used although it should be noted that the email address of the sender has no relation to Mavis Wancxyk and appears to be part of a botnet of hijacked email addresses.

“From: anonymous anonymous
Organization:
Phone: 8008001234
Comments:
Mrs. Mavis L. Wanczyk. <**********@bauru.sp.gov.br>
Sat 8/31/2019 3:21 AM
Hello,
I’m Mrs. Mavis Wanczyk, the mega winner of $758 Million in Mega
Millions
Jackpot, I’m donating to 5 random individuals if you get this email
then
your email was selected after a spin ball. I have spread most of my
wealth
over a number of charities and organizations. I have voluntarily
decided to
donate the sum of $2 Million USD to you as one of the selected 5, to
verify my
winnings please see my you tube page below.
Winner Of $758 Million Powerball Jackpot Comes Forward To Claim Prize
Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee claimed the largest single ticket jackpot in American lottery history.
THIS IS YOUR DONATION CODE: [AUG2019]
Reply with the DONATION CODE to this email: *************@gmail.com
Hope to make you and your family happy.
Regards,
Mrs. Mavis L. Wanczyk.”

TIPS

It is difficult to win a lottery you have entered. It is impossible to win one that you have never entered and neither lottery winners, nor anyone else is sending out messages through the Internet offering free money to anyone who responds with personal information. Never give out personal information that can make you vulnerable to identity theft unless you have absolutely verified that the party requesting the personal information is legitimate and has a legitimate need for the information.

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