According to this email, Powerball jackpot lottery winner Roy Cockrum has decided to donate part of his winnings to individuals randomly selected via their email addresses.
And, claims the message, your email address was one of those he selected.
Supposedly, “Roy” is awaiting your response so that he can transfer the donation to you.
Roy Cockrum really did win a huge jackpot back in 2014. And he has given away a lot of his winnings to various charities and noble causes.
However, this email is not from Mr Cockrum, and the claim that you have been selected to receive a donation from him is a lie.
If you reply, the scammers will claim that you are required to send money in advance to cover various expenses supposedly associated with the processing and transfer of your “donation”. The scammer will keep demanding money until you realize that you are being conned or run out of funds.
Once they have stolen as much of your money as they can, the scammers will disappear. They will no longer return your emails or phone calls. There is no way to get back any of the money you sent. And you will never get the donation, which never existed in the first place.
The version of the scam included here is just one of many that fraudulently used Mr Cockrum’s name and details.
The Roy Cockrum Foundation has posted a warning about these scams via its Facebook Page:
An example of the scam email:
Knoxville – Tennessee, I won the Powerball jackpot in Tennessee Lottery Prize.For source and verification watch the video on YouTube by clicking the links below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?
during the outbreak of the Pandemic Covid-19 (Corona Virus) which has
incapacitate our economy and also changed our way of life and the whole world.
My donation will help to get some lives back and put smile on people faces which
I decided to go online to make research to donate to individual, If you get this
mail it means your Email Address [removed] was selected.
May the Good Lord bless you as i await your response.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!