There are many Powerball hoaxes and scams since the winning numbers were announced on January 13th. One of the recent Powerball hoaxes is by a man named Matthew Kimball from Florida. Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball but is claiming otherwise on Facebook. Matthew Kimball posted a message on Facebook that claims he will give away $15,000 to anyone who shares and likes his post. The post has an image of Matthew Kimball holding a Powerball ticket with the winning numbers; However, the date of the Powerball ticket in the image is covered with this finger. This suggests that Matthew Kimball printed out a new Powerball ticket with the old winning numbers.
The Matthew Kimball hoax can be debunked because all reputable news outlets have stated that the Florida winner has not been identified. In Matthew Kimball’s Facebook post he claims that he took the winning Powerball ticket back to the store and the woman there almost had a heart attack. This is actually did happen to the real winner and has been published in various news reports. Matthew Kimball took this information and used it in his post to make it seem more realistic.
Do not be fooled by the Matthew Kimball hoax. Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball. This is a common hoax/scam that has been spreading like wildfire. Recently a man named Rickstarr Ferragamo also claimed to win the Powerball and said he would give money away to people who shared his picture.
These types of hoaxes are usually done in order to gain attention. It is relevant to a like-farming scam where Facebook scammers share dubious information in order to generate Facebook likes for their pages and create potential customers. Satire web publications also do this in order to acquire web traffic and generate revenue from advertisements. Some malicious websites do this to phish personal information or spread malware.
In conclusion, Matthew Kimball did not win the Powerball. You will not get $15,000 for sharing his silly post. Do not be fooled!
OMG I CAN NOT BELIEVE I WON!!!!
I TOOK IT INTO THE STORE TO CONFIRM AND THE LADY ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK!!!
IM GIVING HER A MILLION DOLLARS!! TIME TO GIVE BACK TO MY COUNTRY!!!
ANYONE WHO SHARES AND LIKES THIS POST I WILL BE GIVING YOU $15,000 DOLLARS!!