July 1, 2022

A warning about fraudulent messages and social media posts.

Scammers are using a Central Coast Powerball winner’s name and his interview with KSBY in fake giveaway schemes to dupe victims out of money.

Tami Paris is one of many people who have reached out to KSBY after receiving a suspicious e-mail saying in part, “You have a donation of $3,500,000 from Scott Godfrey who had won the $699.8 million Powerball lottery.”

If this sounds familiar, you’ve likely been targeted by scammers posing as Scott Godfrey.

“I thought it’s too good to be true,” says Paris.

It is too good to be true.

Paris was scrolling on Facebook when she saw a post asking people to comment if and why they need financial assistance.

The scammer was posing as someone working for Scott Godfrey, the man who bought the winning Powerball ticket for the drawing worth nearly $700 million in Morro Bay.

I spoke exclusively with Godfrey last year. He told me he was going to use his winnings to help those in need. Since then, crooks have used his name and good intentions to scam vulnerable victims.

“We’re all just (trying to) struggle. We don’t need anybody ripping us off, stealing our money,” says Paris.

In between jobs and needing money to fix her home, Paris responded to the Facebook post. In came the emails with a link to a website mentioning our story about Godfrey, so she reached out to us.

“I investigated this and if I would’ve fallen for it, I would’ve been out some more money that I really can’t afford to lose right…

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