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Publishers Clearing House Imposter Reports & Reviews (271)

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 26301
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a phone call claiming to be from Publisher Clearinghouse stating that I won and need to ship $7,000 in an envelope via FedEx in order to receive $750,000 winnings. Caller ID said the call was coming from Key West. Receiving numerous calls in the past 30 minutes.

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 43793
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Contacted saying that won the PCH sweepstakes and to send $400 to the above address.

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 21793
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Terry called and ask to me, he said i won PCH 3 different amounts of money 2.5 million and 35,000, 5000 a week for life. I transfer me to another person which i could not understand. Thats when i told them it was scam they said no it not. They said they would call back the next day but didn't. They call 2 days later told me i needed to paid 250 to get my check. 2 day ago i received a call from UPS saying they had a package for me. I told them they are wasting my time with this.

Also recieved email 2 day ago with new amount that i won from PCH. They said i would need to pay shipping and handling cost.

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.

Victim Location 53219
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from Robin Smith of the Publisher's Clearing House stating that I had won 3rd place prize in the amount of $2,500,000. He said that I would need to pay $7500 for taxes by wiring money. He asked if I had that money at home and could I afford that amount. I told him I not have that amount at home and why don't they just take it out of my winnings. He assured me that this was normal and that I would get it back when they came to my house to present the check. He asked if he could check the department of revenue to see if I was trustworthy. I told him go ahead, but I did not give him any personal information. He came back on and told me, yes, I was an honest person. I was on the phone with them for 2 hours. When I got off I called the BBB to see if this was a scam.

Victim Location 26287
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was told that i won 2.5 million through PCH and a Mercedes Benz all i had to do was western union 200.00 dollars. I asked why they couldn't take the 200.00 out of my winnings. They said they werent authorized to take money out of my check and not to tell anyone about my winnings as they would rip me off. Gave me a check# and authorization #

Victim Location 45601
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller named John Peter, told me I had won 2.5 million dollars, 10,000 a week for life, 2018 Mercedes Benz coupe, 1 year State Farm Insurance. All I had to do was pay $499.00.

Victim Location 29671
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They called me up saying they are calling from publishers clearing house. They told me I have won 5 million dollars paid monthly. When I wasn't impressed he tried to tell me I have won a Mercedes too. Lucky for me, I know I have never tried to enter any sweepstakes. Those of you who do, be careful.

Victim Location 45417
Total money lost $1,350
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call from David Hayes of Publishers Clearinghouse that I had won $950,00. I needed to send $350 by Money Gram at CVS but that did not go through. I got a money order at the post office and sent it to Frank Dixon. He told me to send payment to Frank Dixon because he handled that. Then I was told I needed to send $1000 to get a stamp put on the check because of Ohio Law. I mailed the money order to Maryland. After a few days I received another call that I needed to send $1700. He had asked that I pay by American Express. But I told him that my limit was only $200. David gave me a routing number (272481567) for account 000026882254920 to give American Express to pay off the bill. I called American Express to check if my card was paid off. They told me no, the routing number was not legal. They sent me a later explaining the payment was rejected: unable to locate account.

Victim Location 76301
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said he was with Publisher's clearing house and that we was in Wichita Falls, I won 1.5 million and she was going to bring it by if i paid 411 dollars.

Victim Location 76306
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

"David Rosenberg" called and stated that he was the Executive Director of the Southwest PCH Office. He stated that I had won $6.8 million, a $25,000 bonus and a 2018 Jeep Cherokee. He stated the Brinks Armored Service and top executives from PCH would be arriving at my house at 2:30 pm CST with my prizes. Of course, he wanted to confirm my name and address, so I asked him what name and address he had on file. He confirmed my name and where I lived, but NO physical address. After giving me a confirmation number and Brinks tracking number, he stated that I had to pay the taxes for the vehicle. I asked if I had to pay over the phone and he said "No, that would be illegal". He went on saying that I could wire him the money via my bank or Wal-Mart. He asked me to send the money ($725) to "Olando Nicholson" in Appleton Wisconsin. Once I had completed the transaction, I was to call 205-315-4305 to confirm I sent the money.

Victim Location 76308
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers Clearing House scammer said that I won 207 million dollars and a 2017 Mercedes. To claim this prize I need to open a new bank account. Not going to do it.

Victim Location 20002
Total money lost $355
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller named John Watson- PCH Offcier claims desk # 24 called my aunt and claimed to represent Publishers Clearing House. He also mentioned a person by the name of David who is supposedly on his team that we see on tv. The caller told my aunt that she was a grand prize winner, and in order to claim her winnings they only require that she go to Walmart, and pay for the fees by sending $350 via western union/ money gram wire transfer. I called the learn more and to determine if this was real, and I am glad I did. The informed that this is a popular lottery and sweepstakes scam. BEWARE.

Victim Location 77095
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

An individual named Michael Carr called claiming to offer a prize from Publishers Clearing House. The prize was 3.3 million dollars and a Honda CRV. Mr. Carr claimed to be from New York, though the caller ID stated "Kingston, Jamaica." When asked about the location, Mr. Carr said he was on Kingston Street in Jamaica, Queens. Mr. Carr said, to claim the prize, due to fees involved, a spending form would need to be picked up at Walmart and $645 sent back to him. As this request and call was fishy and appeared a likely scam, this payment was not provided. After hanging up the call, Mr. Carr continued to call 7 or 8 more times. Information concerning this scam was also reported to Publishers Clearing House, which stated they do not call prizewinners or request payments to claim a prize.

Victim Location 53140
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from John Michaels of PCH saying that I won $2.5 Million and a new Mercedes & I would need to send $655 for taxes. I was sent 2 checks, from private banking accounts, not certified, totally $4000 to cover this. I then was called by Mark Nelson of Shell Oil saying I had won $750,000 and the check would be delivered the next day. I received yet another call, this time from Lopez on the US Customs saying I would need to pay $800 in insurance as the money was coming from overseas and I would be refunded after sending them the money. I knew this was a scam and wanted to report it.

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