CHICOPEE (CBS) – If you’ve received a friend request from the Powerball winner on social media, don’t get your hopes up.
In fact, police are warning people to not let their guard down, either. The police department in Chicopee, home of $758.7 million Powerball winner Mavis Wanczyk, is alerting the community that fake accounts offering money are being created in her name.READ MORE: MCAS Results From 2021 Spring Exam Show Expected Pandemic-Related Drops In Math And English Scores
“We are well aware of many fake accounts being created on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram stating they are Mavis Wanczyk and that following and answering private messages will result in you getting money,” police said. “PLEASE do not fall for these scams.”
It’s important not to give the scammers any personal information, the department stresses. They’re also encouraging people to report them as fake on social media.READ MORE: Survey Identifies Massachusetts City With The Rudest Drivers
One account under Wanczyk’s name on Instagram claims to be giving away $25,000 to one person every week starting on Sept. 3. A Facebook page using her name and picture has about 3,500 likes. A search of Twitter also reveals several Mavis Wanczyk accounts, some offering money.
Wanczyk has not said if she plans to give away any of her winnings.MORE NEWS: Johnson & Johnson Says Its Booster Shot 94% Effective Against COVID-19
“I just want to sit back and relax,” Wanczyk said during her press conference. “I had a pipe dream, and my pipe dream has finally come true, I wanted to retire and it came early.”