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Victim Location 33511
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called and told my mother in law won publishers clearing house. Was told we had to go to an IRS office and give them 900. The phone number was from Kingston Surrey County, Jamaica.

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

Victim Location 29627
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

This person called my 94 year old mother and asked her to mail them 150.00 to publishers clearing house. That she had won something but needed to send them 150.00 dollars. Luckily she call me and I told her it was a scam. They called me back and cussed me out which I did the same and told them they should be ashamed of themselves.

Victim Location 99224
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

On Feb 6, 2019 at 8am a phone message was left indicating that we had won 2.5 million dollars and a Mercedes.

The call came from a person who identified himself as Michael W***, no organization mentioned. We return the call to (603) 609-0429 on 2/6 at 1pm. A male answered stating he was Michael W***. He said our name was place into a raffle type drawing because we shopped at Walmart, Pub. Clearing House etc. Our name was submitted by Walmart along with 200,000 other names. He also said "this call is being monitored by the BBB." He said check with the BBB and call him back and then gave us a call back code. We don't know if this is real or a scam of some type. PLEASE HELP. NOT SURE IF THIS IS A SCAM.

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 39194
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted by a man going by the name of John Kerry and his Supervisor/Delivery Manager called Baskin White claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House stating that I was a sweepstakes winner of $18,500,000.00 and a Mercedes C class vehicle, I was the winner of a drawing at a Walmart that I didn't even enter into. Now they are asking that I send them $220 to pay for Registration fees with the IRS for an accessors fee and that it should be paid at Walmart. I have contacted Publisher's Clearing House to report this issue with them. They are claiming to be registered with the and the U.S. Department of Treasury and that I would receive a Cashier's Check but I have to have an active checking account in order to receive my prize.

Victim Location 99212
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I needed to have 1500.00$ for to pay for service fee. Told me I should get the prize in a private method. When I told them I was not home, said my wife could sign for prize. Contacted REAL PCH and they said it was a scam.

Victim Location 39183
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Heavy accent male called my cell phone and said I won the publishers clearing house prize. I continued the conversation and found I would have to send $4,500.00 in order to claim a prize of more than 2 Million dollars. I agreed.

I said I would have to go to the bank and would take me about 30 minutes to get ready. He wanted to keep me on the line that length of time, but I said I could not stay on that long.

He is going to call me back in 30 mins which would be about 1:53 CT. I have since blocked that no. it is 1-876-849-1417.

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 75402
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man called saying he was Publisher's Clearing House and I won $2.5 million and a 2018 cherry red Mercedes Benz. He didn't ask any personal information, but gave me codes for security, etc. that I was to write down. It sounded like a legitimate thing until he asked to go to a Western Union and put money onto a card. He insisted that I would be able to hold onto the card until I received my prize. When I questioned about the legitimacy of the prize, he said what's $550 to what you would win. At this point, I googled and read Publisher's Clearing House, while although it is a real thing, they will never call you ahead of time if you actually win. So while it sounded like a legitimate thing, a quick Google search reassured my suspicion that this phone call was too good to be true and I promptly told the man I was hanging up and reporting him. Never give out personal information or pay anything ahead of time, no matter how legitimate it sounds.

Victim Location 35764
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I just got a call stating that I had won the publisher clearing House sweepstakes for 2.5 million plus a 2018 Mercedes car. I recorded this entire phone call if anyone needs it. A Mr. Jon Bennington was the one I spoke with wanting me to stay on the phone until I got to the bank to get a money order to cover 5% of the taxes, $3500 he said.

After I hung up I called my 90 year old dad and he had gotten a call from them saying that he had won 5 million. My dad gave them info that I knew not to. These people need stopped! Elderly people who have been everything PCH think it's for real.

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.

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