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Publishers Clearing House Imposter Reports & Reviews (140)

• Mar 26, 2020

Victim Location 83709
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from someone who identified himself as David Parker and was calling from Publisher’s Clearing House to congratulate me on winning $5.5 million and $10,000 a week for life and a Mercedes Class C sedan. He asked if I wanted a public or private announcement of my winnings. I told him private, then he told me that they would take the taxes out of my winnings so I would need to contact their claims department to make the arrangements.

He gave me numbers for all the different phone information I would need to claim my prize. Then said I needed to call immediately and then call him back and left his number. I called and confirmed my suspicion that this was a scam.

• Mar 17, 2020

Victim Location 96789
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter containing check for $8897.50 with a telephone number to call Glen Smith. He said I was supposed to deposit the check and call him. He would then tell me how much the service fee I owed was to access my winnings. The check did not come from him, but the company he represented.

Victim Location 99780
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James McCarthy contacted me claiming he represented PCH and that I was the 2nd Place winner, with a prize of 2.5 million dollars, $5,000 a week for life, and a 2020 Mercedes, shell gas for a year, licensed and insured by AllState. He informed me I would need to pay processing fee of $499.32. After I would be issued a check from Bank of America, with a 32% income tax with the IRS. All I had to do was visit the post office and send a money order. I listened and told James it was the most put together scams I had ever heard, and the line went dead.

Victim Location 54470
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man named "Mark Gold" called my cell phone and said I won $1.5 million and a new car. He said all I had to do is pay $55.00 for shipping & handling and then all I had to do is go to Walmart, buy gift card and send the money to wells fargo and then he would meet me at my home.

Victim Location 67203
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter in the mail informing me that I had won 2nd prize in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes for $450,000. With the first initial check along with the letter. But it made me suspicious because they did not want me to tell any 3 rd party until I contacted them. So I Googled Publishers Clearinghouse and found out that they do not send out letters to your door. They only show up at your door with flowers and the great big check. So if you get a letter claiming you won, Report it to the BBB.

Victim Location 85234
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call from a John Cooper ID Badge #JC2525 who passed me to a Bob Chase stating I had won $785000 and $7000/wk for life

and that money would come from Bank of America (asked if I had an account with Bank of America)

In addition they said I won a 2019 Mercedes Benz Convertible which would be delivered to me via UPS Package Code 990085

When I said this sounded like a scam they hung up

Victim Location 65791
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

"David Brown" called and said that I had won the publisher's clearing house contest. He called my wife's cell phone. And he texted that number too. He provided his badge number, a confirmation code, a tracking number, and a call back number. He went through the entire speech, 3.5 million dollars, I could pick out the type of Mercedes I wanted. He asked if I wanted the presentation to be public or private and he said it should private so no one would rob me.

Victim Location 29340
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

“Carter Benjamin”called claiming to be from the confirmation office of the Publishers clearing house saying I won $2.8 million and a new Mercedes Benze. he said all I needed to pay was taxes. I needed to go to Walmart or a bank or something and get a gift card for $348 dollars and give him the number.

Victim Location 32807
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The gentleman called me at 9:00 pm at night on 09-06-19 and advised that he was with Publisher Clearing House and that I had won 7.5 million dollars and a 2019 Ford Explorer. He stated that I would need to go to the bank and get $2,500.00 first thing Saturday morning on 09-07-19 and get the money in the form of a cashiers check. That I would need to mail it to him send to the following address: Shanice Davis 306 Meadows Court Apt 136 D Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. I asked why I would need to send it to this address if he was with Publisher Clearing House. He advised that no one would mess with the money that I would be sending him to the Florida address but him. He then put me on hold and I heard a lot of people in the background speaking in another language. When I asked him why they were speaking in another language he advised that they were having a meeting. I told him that I knew it was a scam and I would be reporting him to the BBB and also the local authorities.

Victim Location 98516
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter stating that I had won 600,000.00. It said that I had 5 business days to contact their branch office immediately at (1-917-775-8062) and speak with my claim agent(Danny Clark) I received a check in the amount of 8,697.50 to assist with out of pocket expenses. which include customs taxes and processing fees. It was signed by Deborah Holland

Victim Location 76903
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

July 15,2019 my husband received a text message from David binks, implying from Publishers Clearing House and that he had won $250,000; and needed to transfer immediately $3500.00 to cover taxes and processing. He did not give an address where to send the money at that time, said he would tell when the money was ready to send.

He continued texting back several times daily, asking if the money was ready to send.

On July 18th; he texted again with the instructions; send cash or cashiers check to Thomas Maurice Edah; 10111 Bissonnet Street; Apt 268; Houston, TX 77036. Said to be sure to take a picture of the cash, or the cashier check receipt & text to him before mailing. He stated that it was urgent that the money was sent that day as "The Security Patrol" was ready to deliver his winnings. I phoned Publishers Clearing House to talk to them about it, and they said they never asked for money upfront, I did fill out a scam report on the form they emailed to us. We never sent him any money. However, I think we have finally gotten rid of him; but wanted you to know about this.

Victim Location 33426
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers clearing house claims no purchase necessary in order to enter their sweepstakes, but in fact when you do enter and confirm your entry number they ask that you make a purchase in order to finalize your entry.

Victim Location 96746
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Man on phone said he was from Publishers clearing house (mexican accent) i asked why would you be calling from Hilo, HI he replied i am calling from publishers clearing house why are you being sarcastic i said because there is no publishers clearing house in Hilo. he then said i have to claim $6,000,000 but i need to send $6,000 first thats when i said let me get my father he is a cop. they hung up.

Victim Location 53220
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

5-15-19. Short version of what happened: Had phone call to return call regarding a UPS package for delivery. Finally returned call after getting 3 calls. Call was from a "Rev. James Reed". He "swore by God" this was for real. He asked if I had heard of Publishers Clearing House. Then stated I had won $3.5 million, a 2019 Mercedes, and $250,000 payment for life, tax free. (I never said yes). I again asked who he was and he then said that all over the United Sates people were winning from the American Senior Citizen group contest. He had my name, address, and phone number as verification. I continued to question giving vague answers. Finally he said all I had to do was present my "claim card". When I asked how to provide that he said all I had to do was send him a money order to verify my identity and release the claim. At this point I hung up.

Victim Location 14727
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Told me he was from the publishers clearing House. Same man calls for my elderly mother all the time. Claiming we have won a certain amount of money or a cadalac and is in town waiting for me to drive down and pick it up. Eventually he gets to the part where he always asks for money before he is able to give us the enormous check. He has been calling for years and knows my mother by name.

Victim Location 83712
Total money lost $985.19
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

It started with a phone call from a Dave Sawyer (heavy accent) explaining how much I had won. He wanted an email address to send me the information on the prize of $8.8M plus a Mercedes sedan. They showed a check from bank of America in that amount and a Pic of a guy holding a big check with myt name on it. There was also an "itemization" if the winnings with a breakout for IRS Processing fee of $984. They needed that amount in a cashiers check sent to someone in Tucson before the payment could be released. I bit. They also had the names of the presenters and a GM for verification. I then received an "IRS" letter with my name misspelled and strange wording needing another $2600 for state and income taxes. That was the red flag for me. I bid them a nasty good bye.

Victim Location 97361
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call informing me that I was a winner in the Publishers Clearing house sweepstakes. I knew this was a scam because I never entered the sweepstakes. I decided to see where the call led. The man gave me his name and ask me to repeat it back to him which I did not. He then asked me to repeat some of the initial information he gave me and I told him that I couldn't remember. He asked me to write numbers down on a piece of paper. He have me an ID #, a ticket #, a Bar code #, confirmation #, Ref #. Once I had written everything down he asked me to read everything back to him so he could record it for the BBB, Bank of America and someone else that I cannot recall. I told him that I was having problems hearing him and would like to call him right back. He gave me his phone # 571-216-8836 and said his name was Andy Golderg. I called him back and he answered so I know it is a legitimate phone number although he did not answer with a company name but it was his voice. He wanted me to repeat the numbers back to him and I again said that I was having phone issues and asked if he would send me the information and I would get it notarized and sent back. I asked him if he had my address and he said yes. I asked him to repeat it to me so that I made sure that it went to the proper address. He hung up on me and when I tried to call him back, he did not answer. He was clearly trying to record me.

Victim Location 99652
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Person is calling saying they are from publishers clearing house . He asked if this was the blank household. I did not give him a chance to ask me anything else I told him and this is a scam right so he hung up the phone on me.

Victim Location 83338
Type of a scam Phishing

I received a call around 12pm from Dave S*** at ext. 5 who had my address and both of my phone numbers. He stated I would be receiving $3 million from the publishers clearing house. He stated I was not to tell anyone about it. At the end he told me he didnt want any money but that he needed me to go get a federal stamp for $500. He claimed that it wasn't for them and he stated it was for the federal government.

Victim Location 36024
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Answered cold call. He stated he was with Publishers Clearing House and wanted to know if I had heard of them. I asked how he was with Publishers Clearing House and he was calling from a Jamaica number? He hung up

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