Powerball Hoax: Social Media Trends

Man Claiming Win On Social Media Photoshopped Ticket

It’s been confirmed there are three lucky winners of the record-breaking $1.5 millionPowerball jackpot. This man, Erik Bragg, claims to be the one from Chino Hills, California. We’re pretty positive, however, that he is not.

Source: Powerball Hoax: Man Claiming Win On Social Media Photoshopped Ticket | Observer

+Commentary: This is a nice article which then embeds a fake Twitter account to say that it isn’t this guy. That is only one of several twitter accounts, and people claiming on Twitter, to swear they are the real thing chasing clicks, RTs, comments or other engagement. The same thing happened on Facebook, and elsewhere. I’m sure they chose it because of the huge number of RTs & Likes it received, or at least hope that is the reason, and that they are not as simple-minded as they are chastising their readership to be.

This extension of the old email trope, or early social media one, that Bill Gates, Macy’s or whomever is gonna give you something for clicking is a rather old meme. Surely everyone at one point or another would approach this with caution, well unless you have a Facebook account and see at least one similar scheme every day.

This person not only set up a Twiiter account, but another Intagram one as well to amass follows/likes/shares on. And even in the mentions of this tweet were several others luring the sucker-born-every-minute to actually share theirs which was “real.”

fakery already LOTTO

Yet, and again as with all social media, many of those that shared this probably had commentary on it. Not all were quickly duped in, however the following, etc… seems to imply that they were hoping for a reward. The earnest forgery in the article has exactly 7 tweets, the last calling for patience as he and his financial advisers try to figure out how to get you your money. That bit seemed a touch overkill, but imagine that people who fall for this fakery will probably also be impatient.

So given the historic level the Powerball lottery reached, we should expect some to try and increase their followers numbers, but luckily Snopes.com team was working overtime to keep us up-to-date on the lowest form of internet scammers. What do you suppose these fakers are going to do when people realize? Tell us in the comments section, we’re guessing grab pitchforks.