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Police Warn of Social Media Scams After Record Powerball Win

An impersonator is posting on social media pretending to be the Powerball Jackpot winner

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    Police in Chicopee, Massachusetts are warning social media users about fake accounts being created under Powerball winner Mavis Wanczyk's name. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017)

    Police in Chicopee, Massachusetts, are warning the public of an impersonator pretending to be Powerball Jackpot winner Mavis Wanczyk.

    Officials are urging members of the public to refrain from "liking" or sharing" the page in order to get cash from the winner.

    Once members of the public "like" or "share" they will be asked for personal information such as bank account information. The fake account is just one of many that has surfaced online, officials said.

    Wanczyk won the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot last week. Lottery officials say she chose to take a lump sum payment of $480 million, or $336 million after taxes.

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    Wanczyk said the Powerball win will allow her to retire after 32 years at her job. She already called her employers and told them she won't be coming back to work.