Scammers Use Name Of Powerball Winner

Chicopee police are warning about a  Powerball scam.  

Authorities say there are fake accounts on Twitter,  Facebook and Instagram claiming to be city resident Mavis Wanczyk.  

The  bogus sites claim that by answering private messages including personal  information, respondents will get money.  

Wanczyk won more than  336-million-dollars after taxes in last week's Powerball drawing.

Milagros Johnson is the Consumer Protection Director for the city of Springfield.  She says that many scammers are using cell phones now to try to find new victims.

She asks people to think several times before they act.  Johnson says that if the winner is going to give money away, "don't you think she would give it to people she knows?"

Although that is indeed true, there are still thousands of likes on various fake social media accounts using her name.

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