Scott Gurney, a recent lottery winner is warning the public not to send him Bitcoin. As scammers are using his identity on fake Facebook accounts to scam people out of their money. Gurney won a staggering $55 million lottery prize. Since then, several bogus Facebook accounts have appeared on the social media platform. Each showing a picture of him holding his lottery check.
Beware of Fake Facebook Accounts
The Times Colonist reports that some of these fake Facebook accounts offer financial assistance, while others contain feel-good slogans and assurances that their account is the only legitimate one. Gurney has advised those who have fallen for the scam to contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). It remains unclear how the scammers convinced people to send Bitcoin.
Protect Yourself from Bitcoin Scammers
Gurney, who is also a financial advisor, is busy taking care of his clients during the tax season and plans to retire in December. He described winning the lottery as a life-altering experience. Aacknowledged the need to be responsible and cautious in managing his newfound fortune. The British Columbia Lottery Corporation advises anyone receiving unsolicited messages to exercise caution and not disclose personal information or make any payments. They encourage contacting the police if any criminal activity is suspected.
It’s a sad reality that scammers will go to great lengths to steal people’s money, even using the identity of a recent lottery winner to gain trust. It’s important to exercise caution and be vigilant when receiving unsolicited messages, especially those requesting personal information or payments. If something seems too good to be true, it likely is.