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Victim Location 83263
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called and said I won 25 million from Publishers Clearing House and a mercedes. They were delivering it from Boise Idaho. All I had to do was pay 1995.00 tax and they would deliver it today. They told me I was ungrateful and needed to be kinder and donate some of this money and insisted it was a donation not paying them. They tried very hard to bully me

Victim Location 99202
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Keep caaling wants me to walmart to walmart 350.00 for reg. Fee

Victim Location 21229
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from phone number 876-528-1819. They claimed that I had won $2.7 million and a 2019 Range Rover. They claimed the prize was sponsored by Bank of America. In order to redeem my prize, I needed to go to Walmart and send $695.89 via a Walmart-to-Walmart transfer to Shenika Williams. After I sent the money, I would need to call them back and provide my receipt number in order to set up the instructions to obtain my prize. When I asked why I needed to send the money, they stated that the winner was required to pay .1% of the winnings and that this was the only way to receive the prize. They claimed that they were from Publisher's Clearing House and that I was one of 3 winners they had choose that month. If I did not claim my prize, it would go to the Unclaimed Prize Department.

Last week I received a phone call from a different number claiming that I had won $2.5 million and a 2019 Mercedes Benz. When I asked if the two winnings were affiliated, I was told no.

I spoke with Mr. Donald Johnson and he transferred me to his secretary, Eileen Moskavitch. Eileen claimed to be based in Las Vegas, but I could hear a foreign language in the background. When I asked her why I heard a foreign language, she said that our lines must have gotten crossed. When I told Eileen that I needed to go, she insisted that I send the money as quickly as possible so that I could have access to the money.

I called them back to tell them I had confirmed with the that it was a scam. They were insistent that they were legitimate and that I should claim my prize as quickly as possible. After speaking with BBB, I know this is not a legitimate opportunity and I am submitting this report hoping that no one falls victim to their persuasive tactics.

After speaking with BBB, I actually received a follow up phone call from Eileen. She wanted to know if I had a chance to go to Walmart to pay the taxes for the prize money. I told her that I did not want to move forward because when you win something, you should not have pay money for it. I told her that I hoped she realized what she was doing was scamming people and that she got into a more legitimate line of business.

Victim Location 99207
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a voicemail stating that I had won 7 million dollars and that I would be able to receive 5 thousand dollars a week. They then left their number for me to call back and kept repeating that number.

Victim Location 75702
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

received a call from riverside california from a mark delphin. he claimed he was with publishers clearing house. he said i had won a lot of money and a car, but they wanted the name of my next of kin in case something should happen to me before i receive the prize. they kept asking for my wife's information, but instead i hung up on them. my wife said she saw something in the news about this type of scam, and that they get your information and send you a box full of bricks instead of the box of information that they promise. i reported them to the BBB.

Victim Location 74105
Total money lost $100
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They hacked a guy I know page name stacy Williams act like they was him so I would think it's legit and sent screen shot of a paper with bout ten names his and my name was on it so since I thought it was him I got a hundred dollar iTunes card and that supposedly would activate the app for the money the still on Facebook doing it

Victim Location 97305
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Letter says Winners Claiming Agency, 382 Channel Dr. , Pt Washington, NY 11050 Ph 587-723-1682 Payout prize of $1,150,000 Says to call Mr. Eugene D. Jamison, Sr. for method of payment to my preferred bank account. Says my prize is deposited with their correspondent Financial Security Bank, in their suspense account. It has been insured in my name awaiting remittance into my designated bank account. Says I must keep this confidential until the winner is officially announced.

Letter has Ref #GWY11000/PCH/18

I did not respond, nor give them any of my information. I am a 75 yr old but I'm not afflicted with mental impairment yet. wi

Victim Location 83706
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Elderly widowed mother got repeated calls from fake PCH caller telling her that she didn’t need to enter to win a prize. Scammer referenced $7,000/week prize, 4 million $$ prize, new Mercedes automobile. Ultimately convinced her to transfer $1,500 into his account to cover fees and taxes. Fortunately she used a cashiers check, and we were able to stop the transaction and get her money back. This caller spent a lot of time grooming an elderly woman.

Victim Location 97303
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Shirley Received a phone call that she had won 8.5 million dollars and A BMW. They 35% taxes taken out from the Federal government and they also asked that she pay $7,980 processing fee. They reached out to her and stated that they could help her with the payment and gave her a return number to call. After speaking with him she hung up as she thought it was a scam.

Victim Location 41073
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A scammer has contacted my elderly mother and somehow sweet talked her into believing she won a huge amount of money. she had to send them a cashiers check to receive her prize. she started to send the money via federal express, but luckily, she came to her senses. the scammer called her repeatedly afterwards to know when the money would be sent. he was very professional sounding and very convincing. BE VERY CAREFUL PEOPLE. THEY ARE PREYING ON OUR ELDERLY CITIZENS.

Victim Location 29601
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I had a man call me and say he was from the and that I had won a lot of money. He said he was a spokesman for Publishers Clearing House and that I can get my check today for the $850,000 I won. He started asking me all kinds of questions, but before I could answer I told him I had better check with my son-in-law.

Victim Location 83402
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

He told me I won 2nd place in the PCH sweepstakes I'd won 1.5 Mil. Gave me wining # to keep for when PCH came to my house to verify. then asked that I pay a $1200.00 registration fee? I told him I didn't have that kind of money. He called back said the trust would cover my fee for $2400.from my winnings, then they told me PCH requires that I be debt free an ask for credit debt amount and mortgage debt amount. N who was my banking names. I was Leary (SCAM) So I asked for written PCH rules that required this cause I wasn't about to give out my account # without certified Doc. from PCH requesting this info. Still haven't received it. This started on 10-17-18 last call was 10-22-18 I had text this # requesting rule requirements be sent to my home address which I supplied. these guy's were very convincing!?

Victim Location 96819
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Consumer called:

I just got a call from Mega Millions/Publisher's Clearing House/Sweepstakes saying that I won the grand prize $500,000 and somebody from Wells Fargo and Bank of Hawaii and a US Marshall would be coming to the house - the Marshall's name is Tom Anderson. The winnings were tax free

**consumer's husband died 5 days ago.

Victim Location 14221
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James Washington - phone is Jamaica, NYC. this man goes on and on saying you won a$1 million in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes because you filled out and entered. Wanted cell phone and bank. Wanted you to open up a bank account. Went to bank to see if won and the banker said there have been a lot of people coming in saying they received this phone call.

For some reason they wanted the cell phone number. This is awful. Preying on the elderly.

Victim Location 44118
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a mailing from Publishers Clearing House USA-Canada Mailing states I won $600,000. There is a check enclosed for $7806.67. The return address on the envelope is P.O. Box 1656 New York NY 11009. Phone The phone number on the letter is 570-445-4430 call Claims Agent Alex Gomez. They would like to know method of payment and most convenient payment arrangement. The check shows Odyssey Enterprises 3069 Crater Lake Ave. Medford OR 97504. Small print shows National Lottery. I did not call the phone numbers.

Victim Location 56172
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter claiming that I had won $6000,000.00 in a publishers clearing house sweepstakes and that I had not responded to any of their correspondence so this was my final notice. They said my entry was a result of credit card expenditures, past subscriptions, and store rebates in north America. I received a check drawn on USBANK for $7,472.55 from JB JORDON &ASSOCIATES, PO BOX 3629 , EUREKA, CA. 95502. I was told to contact their branch office at (1-585-633-6600) and speak to claims agent (Sylvia Scott) for method of payment. I did call them but did not get an answer. It was after the deadline. I assumed they wanted me to deposit the check and send them a certain amount by a certain deadline and then the check would be no good.

Victim Location 35010
Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

Someone named John Carpenter, claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House calls, Caller ID shows Kingston,JM

He assures you that it isn't a scam. Gives an ID badge Number, Package claim number, asks for your name and address to have your prizes sent to you. Says you've won large sum of money and a car. Tells you to go to nearest Walmart and register your package. He says that the package has to be registered to bring into the state, and that the IRS required it. If you hang up, he continues to call and begins to get agitated that you hung up on him. He says that they actually were hacked and had people impersonating them.

Victim Location 83401
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Rcvd phone call to go buy $25 Amazon card and give them number and they will arrive with 2 million dollars and a Mercedes

Victim Location 99515
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Yesterday, I received a phone call from an unknown number and a man on the line indicated that he was from the Publishers Clearing House and had a prize for me. I laughed it off and hung up the phone, but this morning I got a call once again from the number that I indicated above at 7 o’clock this morning. I told him I was very grumpy for getting a call so early but then he told me he was from the publishers clearing House and I simply hung up and didn’t engage because I knew it was an imitation of yesterday.

Victim Location 97701
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Said they had won but needed to send money

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