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Victim Location 63638
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Calls for my daughter said they have a cashier check for her she just needs to send them $99.00 then when hang up they call right back from 2064978442 say he from publisher clearing house it the same guy this time when told not to call again he cussed me out

Victim Location 43740
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Over the last three weeks a gentleman, Thomas Miller, has called stating that we won $5,500,000 plus a Mercedes Benz. The caller asked that we send $2000.00 from the bank and they would go to the bank to get the money. Went to Chase Bank in Zanesville that they could not issue a credit card in the amount of $2,000.00 for Thomas Miller. Thomas Miller called and asked if we had the money and when he found out we didn't have the money, Mr. Miller got really mad. Then Mr. Miller stated to go to Western Union to wire the money but we did not do it.

Victim Location 80210
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received toll free call from 8185314530 stating I had won 10 million dollars from publishers clearing house. "Joe Smith" then asked me to enter a package could followed by an option code followed by a pin code. At this point he then wanted me to call a second number-1-877-496-9053 where I would be transferred to "Leon" in "Indiana" who wanted me to send $999 for processing.

Victim Location 78254
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Mr. William said they would be at my house at 4:00 with a check, Package number. EG4044114-US. He claimed to be with USPS out of Marshall, Texas and that PCH was bringing a check for over $850,000. The phone number was from Jamaica and nothing added up when I spoke to him.

Victim Location 28697
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Carl Samuda from Publisher's Clearing House called informing that the number on cell phone won 3.5 million dollars and a 2016 Mercedes-Benz. The asked for $500 for taxes on the vehicle. After I challenged them, the scammer hung up.

Victim Location 93306
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from a gal who said I won second place with Publisher's Clearing House $800,000. I was told to speak to Attorney Hoffman. He said I had to pay $105,000 in taxes but was able to get it down to $105,000 if I paid by credit card. His number is 763-380-5000. I had my husband call and the attorney told us that we would receive the check on Wednesday. When my husband started questioning him he hung up. This is a scam.

Victim Location 34450
Total money lost $750
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Was called and told that Publisher's Clearing House had a special drawing for senior citizens and the recipient has won $2,000,000. They were told to send $200 to cover fees then an additional $550 in money orders and now they are asking for $15,000 to pay taxes on the winnings.

Victim Location 38109
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I recd a call today from Publisher's Clearing House that I won $950,000 and a brand new Mercedes Benz. All I had to do was go to Walmart and purchase a moneygram for $1700 to pay for taxes (which is 1% of the prize). When the driver shows up at my house, all I had to do was give them the receipt for the moneygram in order to receive my prize. The man (with an accent) told me he was a Christian but I knew it was a scam.

Victim Location 72301
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I recd a call this morning at 10:00 AM and I spoke to Wayne Jefferson. He said he was w/Publisher's Clearing House and I won 5 million dollars but I had to send $159. Wayne had an accent and I couldn't fully understand why I had to send $159. He tried to explain but I still couldn't understand him. We both hung up. I'm sure this was a scam.

876 area code is in Jamaica.

Victim Location 80903
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from this number on 5-14-16 at 10:42 am. He said he was with Publishers Clearing House and that I had won 8.4 million plus $7000 a week for the rest of my life . He said he had to fill out a form before we could proceed. I didn't give him any personal info, but he did ask how old I was and I told him. He told me they were going to send someone over to my house with the big check, so I asked him what address they were going to and he gave me a previous address. I told him I didn't live there anymore. He said we would update that in a minute. I told him that I needed some proof that this wasn't a scam and he got defensive and called me a liar. I told him I was going to report the number to the and he hung up. Although I didn't give him any PI, they seemed to have enough info that maybe just giving them my age is enough to steal my identity??

Victim Location 18235
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I live in Lehighton, PA. Two days ago I got a call claiming to be Publishers Clearing House. I could hear someone in the background coaxing the speaker. When I questioned their validity, the man told me I was chosend because I pay my electric bill on time. Then he questioned me: You do pay your bill on time don't you? Again I could hear someone coaching the speaker who had a very heavy accent. I said, " If you chose me you must know the answer to that question." Then they tell me I won a large amount of money, 1.5 million. I told them to prove their validity again because the PCH usually surprises people at their door. They said they wanted to come to my house tomorrow at 1:30. They asked if I would be home at that time. I paused as they asked the same question about being home. At this time I had had enough and hung up. I didn't want to continue this scam. I don't know what they would have asked for next. They tried to call immediately agaim, but I did not answer. I could not trace the number because it read private caller. Why was I so cautious? Because my sister from Kunkletown, Pa just told me a very similar story just weeks earlier. She received a call and had won a car and , I beleive, 5 million. She too questioned the caller in depth. They actually asked for her address etc. Finally, she hung up, too.

Victim Location 45248
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man whose name sounded like he was ssaying Mark Renfro called to say that my mother had won the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes for 2 and 1/2 million dollars and a 2016 Mercedes Benz. She asked how much money she had to give him, and he responded "$3000.00. She stated "this is a scam" and hung up.

Victim Location 74940
Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

Publishing Clearing House call Robert Brown by way of Jamaica info'd my 92 yr old day he had won 1.7M dlrs. I called him back to advise I knew it was a scam and he stated oh no it isn't will info. He has called twice since. The number is 876.340.4044.

Victim Location 71201
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received an unsolicited phone call from a man with a heavy foreign accent. He identified himself as "David Johnson with Publisher's Clearing House (PCH) ~ you know, the one ma'am, that gives prizes to elder citizens." He called to tell me that I had won $1.8 million dollars! During the course of the conversation, he advised that the call was being monitored by the, the IRS, and Homeland Security. He stated that the cash prize was being held, since PCH could not locate the winner ~ namely, me. In order to cover the "storage fee" and release the funds for "immediate delivery", a Money Gram or Western Union wire transfer in the amount of $150 must be sent. When I confronted him over his attempts to scam, he stated, "Ma'am, you need to flush your brain." I advised that the phone number he called is on the National Do Not Call Registry and requested that he place the number on his "do not call list", and promptly ended the call.

Victim Location 15216
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a letter in the mail, written on Publishers Clearing House letterhead. The envelope had a Canadian stamp on it and the return address was the logo for The Hartford. the letter itself had replicas of many legitimate company logos with company names - Reader's Digest, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, AIA. Included in the letter was a very legitimate looking check, made out to me - *** *** - for $7,500.00 to"cover insurance and attorney fees." I was to call the claim manager, Michelle Ryan at 1-289-923-1762 BEFORE depositing the check. She would talk me through the necessary steps to claim my second place prize of two million five hundred thousand dollars! the letter stated that as required by Federal and State laws, my security code (PCH4QTR1083) and prize information must be kept strictly confidential.

Check is made out on a Union Bank check, Fremont #118, 39305 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538, 16-49/1220. Account owner is FOLIO, Inc., 4633 Old Ironsides Drive, Suite 326, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

I fear that there are gullible people receiving this who will fall for it and lose a good deal of money.  

Victim Location 80903
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man named David Sawyer called saying he was from Publisher's Clearing House and that I had won a large sum of money and a Mercede's. All I had to do was send him a money order or moneygram from Walmart in the amount of $800 to retrieve my prize. Scam!!

Victim Location 39465
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a phone call from an "Unknown" number at 11:09 am claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House. The caller informed me that I had won a 3rd place price which included $250,000 lump sum of money plus $5000 a week for the rest of my life and a 2016 Jaguar. He said the prize patrol was 1 hour and 15 min away from my home in Mississippi. Asked how I was feeling to which I replied "unsure." He explained that 2 vans labeled prize patrol along along with a flat bed trailer with the Jaguar would be arriving at my home. He asked if I had seen the prize patrol commercials before to which I replied yes. He claimed that is what I could expect. He asked if I would allow media to be present or prefer to keep it confidential. I responded confidential and was immediately hung up on. A second call was received again from "unknown" at 11:20 a.m. The same man apologized for the disconnection. He said that I needed to go to a local union to fill out a claimers receipt which I would need along with a photo id when the prize patrol arrived at my door. He located the nearest Union at Walmart and asked if I would be able to get this done and be back at my house within 1 hour and 15 min. He said that I would receive a 10 digit reference # on the claimers receipt which I would give to the prize patrol. He then asked if he could send a ping to my cell phone to identify my location. I told him I was not comfortable with that. He asked why and I told him I was unsure if this was legitimate. Told him that I read online that it was a scam if a call was made notifying me of my prize. He asked what website I was looking at and I told him He responded with you asked to remain confidential and said that is why he was required to call but if I did not need the money he understood. I then asked for his name and he responded with "I am about to give you all this money and you don't remember my name? Have you listened to anything I have said to you?" I responded with if you were a legitimate prize company about to give me money then you would not be this rude. He responded with "Oh so now you are calling me rude?" I said give me your name please because no, I did not catch it at the beginning of the call. He said his name was Michael Carter. I asked for a phone number so that I could call him back and he said it should be on your caller id. I told him it said unknown and was not. He gave me the number 876-339-2918. I told him that I would give him a call back shortly. He asked if I would call back once I got to the union. I said sure. He then said and don't forget about the fee I told you about. I said I did not hear him say anything about a fee. He said the fee pending paid for the claimer's receipt and said he believed it was $492. I told him thank you and hung up.

Victim Location 70433
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man named David Green called from (876) 569-4132 and said he was a delivery guy from Publishers Clearing House. Confirmed my name and address, and then asked me to call his supervisor - supposed General Manager John Wilson ((876) 895-0597 x 5. This sounded VERY believable. Mr. "Wilson" told me there would be a "Betty Clark" from Publishers there at my house wtih a Lawyer named Mary Miller, and 3 local police officers to deliver my prize money along with a brand new 2016 Mercedes Benz.

He asked me to head straight home and he would stay on the telephone with me. After I got in my car to travel home - it was then he advised I would have to stop at a Western Union to send the tax owed on my winnings ($185.25) to some Indian woman's name.

I certainly then questioned as to why I would be paying taxes on a check I have never received and why wouldn't the check be made payable to the IRS directly or a bank. That's when he started with the run around.

I am very disappointed that I fell for this. Luckily no money was taken from me only time and emotions going up and down.



Victim Location 27302
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Consumer received a call (876-358-1793) from David King ID # 4547DK pretending to be with Publisher's Clearing House. He calling her telling her she was a winner in order to received the money she need to send $799.00 dollars.

Victim Location 44230
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received phone call at 7:50 AM and it was someone with an accent stating that I had won 18.5 Million dollars and a new Audi car. They wanted me to wire them $302 to cover shipping and handling.They stated that they were on their way to my house now, and would be there within the hour. They said they were from Cincinnati. I spoke with three different people who all had the same accent. David Sawyer is the person who called originally. He gave me the number 1-876-585-0766. I was transferred to Travis Arvey and transfererd again to Michael Koons. They all sounded like the same person.

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