Police: Don’t fall for Powerball winner scheme on social media

Mavis Wanczyk, of Chicopee, Mass., stands with state treasurer Deb Goldberg, left, during a news conference where she claimed the $758.7 million Powerball prize at Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Braintree, Mass. Officials said it is the largest single-ticket Powerball prize in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

(WWLP) — Police in Massachusetts are warning social media users about fake accounts being created under Powerball winner Mavis Wanczyk’s name.

The fake accounts appear on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, telling people to follow Wanczyk in exchange for money.

Chicopee Public Information Officer Mike Wilk says social media users should stay clear of hoax accounts, as their personal information could be compromised.

Wilk said that his biggest worry is people falling for these schemes and giving out their personal bank information.

“Quite a few accounts under the police department Instagram that we followed, have actually been deleted hours later,” said Wilk. “It would be very suspicious to me that someone who just won a lot of money would be that willing quickly to give away their money, so just stay away from them.”

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