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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 90025
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a phone call from what they claimed to be "Publishers Clearing House" asking if I had signed up recently. I said yes since I had quite some time ago. They said congratulation you've won *** Million dollars can we deliver it to you? I wanted to keep them on the line and learn more so I played along and told them I had moved to LA recently. They hung up. Maybe five minutes later I got a call from the same man telling me his name was Donald Franklin and he was the manager of Publishers Clearing House. They then led me down to my car to beep the horn two times in order to verify security for a recording that they were making for "security purposes". I told them, this is a scam and you are doing a terrible job of convincing me otherwise. Donald replied by saying no we are just taking all the necessary steps to make you a happy man and this is when I requested to speak with his boss. I was transferred to, the transfer being him muting the phone until he found someone for me to talk to, a man claiming to be the CEO of Publishers Clearing House named James Kingston. Once he told me this and I asked two more times if he was claiming to be the CEO of Publishers Clearing House I had to break the bad news that the Ceo of Publishers Clearing House is, in fact, Andrew Goldberg. This is the moment that he decided to hang up finally.

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 86403
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller will leave a message "Call Me"

The caller claims to be with Publisher Clearing House and knows the first name of either resident

The reverse search of the callers phone number places the call originating from Wisconsin while Publishers Clearing House is located in NY.

I can only assume that this is a "senior" scan given my parents ages and the fact that they have never submitted orders or contest subscriptions through Publishers Clearing House

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

Victim Location 92626
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Received email claiming I won publishers clearing house. Asked me for personal information. I didn’t respond but wanted to report this. I hope there’s a way for you to catch these criminals. It’s disgusting.

Victim Location 47022
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They contacted me and said I had won 2 and a half million dollars. But I needed to pay 2,950 fee to get it. I knew it was a scam and contacted the Attorney Generals Office and then central Indiana BBB. The company wanted me to call 9143530664 but I did not even try to call. And I don't have caller ID on my house phone so I don't know what number they called from.

Victim Location 96797
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received phone call from Dave Sayer from PCH from 1(315)544-8404 on Sept. 18, 2018. Seemed very friendly n said oh you've seen me on tv. Said he could come to my house or meet me at my bank for a check or money order for $485 in order to get my $1.5M.

Said it was for IRS fee or something. Told him I couldn't leave my house n didn't have any money. Told him to send prize first then I'll have $485.

Insisted I had to pay $485 to get prize. Told him to keep the prize n hung up. Did say 'yes' a couple of times but no other info given.

Victim Location 98908
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Consumer called:

I received a letter in the mail from Publisher's Clearing House stating I won $500,000.00 and included in the letter was a check for $7,800.00. The letter says I am not allowed to deposit the check until I talk to my "claims manager". The check is from American Transport Group and made out to Northern Trust Bank. I get phone calls all the time.

Victim Location 95630
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Received a letter in the mail postmarked from Nashville, Tennessse. No return address on the envelope. The correspondence included a legitimate looking check and a letter from "Publishers Clearing House (PCH)", indicating we had won second prize (2.5 million) in the PCH *** million dollar super cash giveaway promotion. The enclosed check (for $***) was apparently to cover "insurance and attorney fees". The letter included 2 telephone numbers and a security code. We were instructed to contact the "claims manager" BEFORE depositing the check. I called both numbers and reached unmonitored voice mailboxes. I am hoping the number I called from was not automatically recorded so they don't try to contact me. The check is from "Green Dot Corporation" with a Pasadena, CA address. When I googled the name of the alleged sweepstakes, I discovered this was a scam wherein you are asked to deposit the check (which is fake) then wire the sending organization money and/or gift cards because the check was included an "overpayment". Wire transfers, along with gift cards are virtually untraceable once they are issued and/or sent. Please don't fall for this sxam.

Victim Location 99502
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Name given on phone was Brad Anderson to receive $2.5 million plus new mercedes benz. The team would bring check and car to door and take me to bank to deposit the cashiers check into my account. I would need to send $950 through Moneygram at Fred Meyers or Walmart for processing fee prior to bringing me my prize. He said the team is standing by and if I choose to refuse the prize, I would need to sign a forfeiture document the team would bring to the door instead.

Victim Location 44103
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have had several phone calls claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. Contact is Oscar Mendez in the legal Department. Claimed I won $650,000. I believe I had entered last year. He wanted me to fax a Drivers License picture Id with A utility bill connected with the ID. They did not request money. Fax it to 516-953-3503. I did not fax the information. Their phone number is 516-568-5190. I called and they have different departments.

Victim Location 85033
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

His name is Michael Hyman. Claims to be the CEO of Publishers Clearing House. Stated that my mother won 9.5 million and a 2018 Mercedes. I only had to send $800 through Western Union. I researched PCH page, his name isn't listed and it stated that they would show up in person, no calls. The number I have is in Jamaica. When I was on the phone with him, I could hear roosters. I asked if he was in an office, stated yes. I asked why there were roosters in the background, he said it was a clock. Complete scam!

Victim Location 75115
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was called by Jeffery douglas from 1-876-297-5605 from pch to inform me that I had won $1.5 mil. from pch. Told me to call 510-295-0621 to claim my check #772007 &my ticket # TEG1991us10. Called #,no good.

Victim Location 25564
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from Jamaica saying they were with Publishers Clearing House and I had won $2.5million dollars and a pearl white Mercedes Benz. I was told I needed to pay 1% registration fee of $499.00 to have check registered in my name. I was reassured this was no scam. I was given a confirmation number and told to go to Walmart to use my debit card to send the money. I hung up at this point.

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