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Publishers Clearing House Imposter Reports & Reviews (156)

Victim Location 29655
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Sent you a check and told you deposit in my bank account. The check was $4780.16. Commerce Bank 2401 Ponce De Leon, Corral Gable, Florida. Was told to got Wal Mart and purchase 4 $500.00 gift certificates out of the check they sent me. After purchase I am to call them back. Also told me I had won 75,000.00 dollars. They will deliver the winnings to my house personally. Mr. Thomas Wright is who I talked with. He stated he is in New York.

Victim Location 29682
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call stating that I had won 3 million dollars. I will need to pay $400.00 and taxes on 3 million. The person calling said he would come to the house and pick up the money. He was going to call back at 4:00 to see if I had the money.

Victim Location 29684
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They called and said I had won 6.5 Billon Dollars and a new Mercedes. They said it would be here by 1:00 pm if you paid the fee. I hung up on him. Person calling said he was Frank Anderson.

Victim Location 53226
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from David Sayer of the Publisher's Clearing House saying I won $18 Million dollars. He wanted me to go to Walmart and wire him $136 for fees. (The phone number is in JAMAICA)

Victim Location 83704
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received 4 phone calls,startin on Saturday June23,2018, identifying the caller from Publishers Clearing House trying to arrange a meeting at Walgreens to receive winnings after I paid them $285., with the intention of bringing winnings to my home. Identifying codes ,.etc were provided, but no phone number was provided.Promised to provide $2.5 million in an uncertified check in bank account, etc., $10,000 certified check, etc....The first number that this party called from today , was able to be recovered from cell, and the number is 876-890-6398.

Victim Location 54911
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from Robert Nelfon and said she won the PCH, but could not give her the amount or come to my house due to her age. They gave a confirmation number of: 74135550192319. I was suppose to receive a letter in the mail. He kept asking me to repeat the confirmation number and his name. He wanted to know about banks in the area. Today I received a call from a female stating I had won 1.2 Million and then the guy that I spoke to last night got on the phone and asked how it felt. I told him "I am so excited, I am recording this call for my family" and they abruptly hung up.

Victim Location 97404
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

For weeks, my 95 yr old client has received endless calls from "Robert" and "John" all hours of the day in regards to winning the sweepstakes if he sends an amount of money to them, and the prize will be delivered in cash. I have told them to cease and decist, and it is endless. They want his Son's number, my number, and other personal info. All calls, of which there are at least 14 numbers, come from Jamaica. OR they block the number.

Victim Location 29607
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

John Peterson called and said I won $2.5 million. He said that they would pay 99% of the taxes and that I only had to pay 1%. He gave me his phone number to call him back on once I had gone and gotten a money order. He mentioned they were in the Cayman Islands. That I know is a scam and I did not call him back.

Victim Location 34669
Total money lost $356
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from Peter Hampton stating I was a winner of 1.5 Million dollars with $1,500 per week for life with winning a new Mercedes however I was later contacted by a Toni Richmond, that verified I was a Winner and stated it was not a fraud but official LOTTERY Winning stating I could be sure I was covered by the Aiding & Bedding of Commission Lottery of Lottery ACT. I was then contacted by Don Bailey at 516-430-7750 who stated I needed to pay a commission fee of $935 via personal check sent overnight through the USP which I did on 5-14-2018 only Sending $300 to Mary Gordon at 1034 Main Street Jeffersonville, IND 47130 OVER NIGHT EXPRESS Confirmation # EL867372972US after returning from the USP I received multiple calls stating the Prize Control were in the local area of New Port Richey and would be arriving shortly with my Prize Moneys. However, No one showed up. Then today the phone calls started in once again from Don Bailey requesting I pay in CASH another $300 or charge it to a credit account which I refused to do, contacting the BBS via phone speaking with Sharon who suggested I come online and fill the scamming form out. After that my daughter assisted me in contacting my bank to place a stop payment on the check sent last night because Delivery was to be made by Noon today, hoping to stop the payment before I was out of the complete $300 partial payment fee. I am also going to contact local authorities to forward the information so that other elderly people will not be miss lead and scammed as I have recently been taken advantage of. so Please be aware of above noted information incase you too start receiving these phone calls.

Victim Location 29349
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called and stated they are Publisher's Clearing House. Stated he wants me to go to the Post Office and get a money order for my filing feel of $388.88. Sent it to Nashawn Barrett 1891 Caeotte Ave., Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757. He is going to call me back in an hour and get the claims number off the money order. Person calling me was named Peter Lawson. Phone number showed Kingston, Jamicia

Victim Location 29643
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Said I won 8 million, new car and a gas card good for 1 year. Ck number EC004US. To get get winning, go to post office and purchased money order for 509.00 and send to a bank in Texas. Phone numbers to call to verify information John Nathan, General Manager of Publishers clearing House, Mr. Jason Mason called from New Jersey 201-578-7405 Sweepstakes Commission number is 419-548-0153 and David White 202-956-4410.

Victim Location 29330
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Male caller claimed to be with PCH. Claimed that I won 2.5 million dollars. That they paid 99% of government taxes. I only had to pay 1% which would be $185. To go to Walmart and get money gram. Helicopter near Greenville area ready to head my way when money gram sent. Of course I knew from beginning was scammer.. so I finally hung up.. the number was calling numerous times. . I finally answered and said I knew this was a scam, I was reporting this and to not call me anymore and goodbye.

Victim Location 33567
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from a Mr. Mike henry, claiming to be the lawyer for PCH and that I have won their $3.5M prize.

he then sent a detailed and official looking email the salient page indicating a likely scam is :

On the behalf of the entire ScamPulse.com (BBB) association, we want to wish you a warm congratulations and a satisfactory welcome on board with your thrilling performance in this grand finale competition. Mr., Snaper We highly approve this certified cashier’s cheque under your name as a prize winner and hope you do find it possible to accept this award granted to you under the terms and conditions of the federal government. We also want to wish you all the best and hope you use your assets wisely when you receive them. Continue playing the various Sweepstakes activities for more chances to win. Please adhere to all rules and regulations as they regards to your prize. We grant you the permission to take care of all your outstanding balances left on your prize as our business is accredited and you will receive quality assurance services from all legal companies’ assigned under your grand prize. Thank you for your cooperation and your precious time.

Financial officer: Stephen M. Kearny

The F.D.I.C guarantees all traditional types of deposit accounts. (Checking, saving, money market savings and cds) up to $3,800,000.00 per depositor and guarantees bank individual retirement accounts (IRA’s) up to $3,800,000.00 per owner. Please note that the FDIC temporarily increase basic deposit insurance on awards $3,800,000.00 and up by 16.5% through May 6 2017 to November 6 2018. The separate FDIC limit on bank IRA’s is not temporary and will remain at $3,800,000.00. You’re required to pay a FDIC insurance fee of $15000.99.to the Federal State Government for approval and before the cheque is cashable by your bank. N.B it will be refunded directly in your account within 7 working days. Thank you for your cooperation.

Victim Location 98225
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Phone call from an "unknown number" on my cell phone. Sounded like a call center in the background. Man said he was calling from the Publishers Clearing House. I interrupted him asking to be taken off the call list. He said I couldn't be taken off the call list without paying a fee to be removed. I said that is not true and asked him for the number he was calling from. He said again I'd need to pay a fee before he would remove me from the call list. I pressed him for a call back number and he gave: 233-4431. I asked for the area code and he said I'd need to pay a fee..I asked where he was calling from and he said "D.C." He said he could not give me the area code. I asked again to be removed from the call list then hung up.

Victim Location 54911
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller with an accent said I won the Publisher's Clearing House and because I was not home on Saturday to receive the money I would need to wire over $3000 to receive my $3,000,000. I told him I didn't have money to pay to win money and hung up.

Victim Location 99705
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

7:pm 3/29/2018. Received a call from a male who said that I won $950,000, but that I needed to go one of 4 or 5 different places, including Walmart or Paypal to get a card or money gram and put $650 on it for processing. 2nd place winner in Alaska.

Victim Location 14533
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from a private number telling me i won the Publishers Clearing House. I would be receiving a brand new 2018 car and a lump sum of 33 million dollars but they would be here in 45 minutes so i needed to go to the closest Walmart and put 400 dollars on a card before they arrived . They said they work with the IRS so that if i paid this money first, i would not have to be taxed on my winnings. I hung up after calling them frauds and they tried calling back again on a private number

Victim Location 54915
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from Brandon Meyers, agent with PCH, USA Direct saying that I had won money. He called last week and wanted me to pay $5,000. Today he called and said he needed $900 for a registration fee. When I said I did not have the money he lowered it to $400. He gave me a tracking number of DPL1844US. They are supposed to pick me up in a limo and take me to Bank of America to deposit my winnings, AFTER I pay the registration fee.

Victim Location 29360
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called and stated I had won 1.2 million dollars. They wanted me to open a new checking account and sent me $2,000.00, which I had earned. After sending me the 2,000.00 I would need to pay the IRS out of my winning. They will call and let me know which office to go and pay the IRS. After sending me money for the IRS, they would send me more money. to the new checking account. Names of person calling Andy Goldberg. Claim Number 0009984. They asked for my social security number. I asked to speak to a manager and was told he was in a meeting.

Victim Location 29609
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A woman by the name of "May Gordon" contacted me saying she was with Winners International Game & Board and associated herself with Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes The phone number was from Novelty, OH (440-557-2262). She said I won 2nd place for a grand prize of $2.9 million, as well as, a 2018 Mercedes Benz coupe. Along with this came a free Geico insurance for a year, a gas card for several months, and a Wal-Mart gift card. I was then asked if I would be interested in a 2 week vacation to a destination resort. I was given a cashiers check number "3060" from Bank of America, winning number "97408215US", and a claim number "0015559999858770USA". I was told UPS would deliver the check, and a tow truck/rollback would be delivering the vehicle and I would need the numbers above to receive them. Then I was told that to transport the money and vehicle I was responsible for 2% registration fee, which was totaled at $550.00. Once I paid this registration fee, I would receive a receipt that would be Notified so I could cash the check at my bank. The lady said this was to transport the vehicle and check to my state. I asked for an address to send the money to but "May Gordon" said she would have to call down to her accountants office to see who was working and find out that information for me and would call me back with the details. I was never asked for any personal information (SSN, account numbers, etc). However, I was asked if I was over the age of 55, if I had good credit with my bank, and my marital status. Knowing this was a scam I tried to get as much information as possible to report this company, person, and scam so others would not fall into the trap.

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