One intended victim, Juan Vasquez from Phoenix, Arizona, received an email claiming to have been sent by Cockrum, and saw through the scam straight away.
"I got an e-mail saying to collect my winnings I needed to pay up to $480 for an immediate transfer of the $3 million," Vasquez said. "I'm a firm believer that I do have good luck, but something just didn't jive from that."
Cockrum's PR firm is aware of the scam and stated: "He [Cockrum] is not sending e-mails offering money to individuals. No person or organization not previously known to Mr. Cockrum will be offered any prize money."