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Victim Location 79763
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Call to say I was sweepstake winner and gave me all information said he would fax inoformation. Gave me a passcode his name and phone and to call him when fax received that check would be delivered to me publicly once the amount US reasury department was paid 1% within 24 hours.

Victim Location 35816
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Says I've won the publisher clearing house money but in order to get it by fed ex I have to purchase a 200 dollar steam wallet card

Victim Location 61415
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from UNKNOWN this afternoon. The man indicated he was in Bloomington, IL and wanted to know how far away I lived from there. He gave his name as Frank Willis and said he was an agent for Publishers Clearinghouse. He said his ID was FW4001PCH. (He had asked me write down all of this information including today's date and time of phone call). He said I'd won 2 place in PCH contest and the check would be delivered to me by UPS. Their attorney is Mary Walker. She would be handing me the check and the keys to a new Mercedes. The check # is 00719676000; the package # 5523655236; the confirmation # 9162370204. He said his company is approved by BBB, Homeland Security, and Chambers of Commerce. He said there would be a Delivery's Invitation that required an ID from me such as a driver's license and I would also need to write a check and photograph this check which was to be in the amount of $199.99. At this point I disconnected.

I will say that for an American-sounding name, Frank Willis had a peculiar accent. Not an accent I could recognize.

If this call was a hoax as I believe it was, I wanted you to know. Thank you.

Victim Location 37830
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I just received a phone call from a man stating his name is David Miller representing Publishers Clearing House. He stated I had won $250,000.00, a 50” tv, and an IPhone 11. He stated PCH would be paying 95% of the taxes and I would need to pay 5% of the taxes for $142.00 to receive my prizes. I told I did not have the money. He said he would email the documents to me to prove this was real. I gave him an old email address to send the documents to. He said he would call me back on July 15,2020 to see if I have the money. He gave me a phone number of 702-850-7619 to verify his information. He also called me on an Unknown number. He gave me a passcode number to state it was ligetimate.

(DM33313US). Can you stop him from doing all this????

Victim Location 43213
Total money lost $36,131
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I am 74 years old. I live alone. On 4.28.20, I got a call from Jim Kingston, saying I had won Publishers Clearing House, I had won 12.5 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz, and $5000 a month for life. He said do not let anybody know what's going on. I began mailing certified checks overnight express thrugh the US Post office and FedEx to Kenneth Williams, 79 Radar Circle Rd, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. I sent $36,131. He said Mr. Williams was associated with the Certified Merchant Bank. He was collecing the money and would release the prize for delivery. He said the fees were to cover the costs of storing and delivering the car as well as its' title, and auto insurance for a year. I told him if it were a scam, I would file a complaint with the government. He said I couldn't do that as he has taken all legal steps. Originally, he said I would only have to pay $2,500 to get it. I paid, On May 26th he said he would $11,000 for fees to get the money. He was calling 3x a day. On June 4th, I paid $9500. He asked me for my Walmart credit card to buy three Android Galaxy phones, when I received the phones I mailed the phones onto NC. Then he ordered 9 more, which Walmart canceled. After paying them the $36,000, on June 18th he said he needed an additional $25,000.00. I said no. He said he'd been doing this for 15 years. I gave him my bank routing number and bank account number. I also gave him my Discover Card number because he said he would pay off that credit card, instead he took out a large advance. On June 19th, he called 17x. I have filed a police report, and reports with fraud department at Key Bank, my CPA, the FBI, Inspector General, OAG, LIfelock, US Senate Committee on aging, and FTC. The Columbus Police said they would subpeona the bank for the checks and the camera recordings. I took out cash advances against my credit cards to get teh money to pay the "fees". 

Victim Location 55014
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was to go to the bank and send 5% of my winning ( a new car and 2.5 million) which was $4,750. Then he would call me again for instructions of where to send it.

The caller identified himself as david Ross.

David Church also called me saying I won 2nd prize in PCH for 3.5 millon dollars and a bonus of $550,000 and a Mercedez Benz.He called on 6/22/20 at 2:25pm from Kansas City.He said this was for real, that he is a church going man who would not scam anyone. He wanted me to drive to KC to collect the prizes and then go to our bank with the PCH people to deposit the check. He said their lawyer was Mary Lee and she would also be there. When I asked how soon is he going to ask me for a check to cover taxes, he said, have you been called before. He then said he needed to get a call that was coming in from UPS.I hunged up,cheked the internet to see he is a scam that's when he called me back. I told him I was wise to his scam and thanked him for wasting my time and hunged up

Victim Location 43204
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publisher's Clearing House $5000 a week for life, call began with non-English speaking lady. She wanted $475. The next call was her "supervisor", saying he was surprised by how I spoke to his employee. I asked him not to call anymore.

Victim Location 76162
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer said I won 1.5 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz. I.had to pay the government $300 before I can get my prize. I told him I did not have $300. He said if I did not believe him, he would the Sheriff to call me. His name was David Dawyer out of Las Vegas.

Victim Location 35768
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

said my mom had won publisher clearing house and would be here tomorrow to give to her

Victim Location 79603
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received fake communication from PCH & IRS stating won prize and owe taxes.

Victim Location 27103
Total money lost $12
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

PCH mailed a notification of second place winning of $450,000 and enclosed a check for $7,850. They asked to be called for instructions on claiming the prize. I called and was told to deposit the check and then call back. I deposited the check but it bounced. At this point my suspicions were confirmed that this was a hoax. I called back to see what further instructions they would give. I informed them the check had bounced and the representative seemed to not know what a bounced check was. After saying the check was not honored by their bank the rep hung up and did not answer any further calls.

Victim Location 45406
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My father-in-law got a call from Publishers Clearing House saying he'd won 2.8 million. He told my dad to go to Walmart or Post Office and buy a $350 Global Express Visa card. He said he would call back to get the numbers. He said they would send an escort to the house to take him to the bank with the check. He told him to keep it quiet because if people find out he has that kind of money they will rob him. They also gave him a tracking number. They told him he would get $10,000 a month. I called 701-343-1465 several times, and he answered. I asked if he was Dave Sawyer, he said yes, why are you calling, and I said because you called my father in law and said he won Publisher's Clearing House and I had questions. I also told him I was going to report him. He hung up. He didn't have any accent, he sounded like a middle age white guy. I work at Rite Aid and we have training to spot this kind fo scam.

Receiving Phone calls from two phones constantly that a claims attorney for PCH. are looking for me they give you claims number that they say is worth $4.6 million. Sounds Fishy to me... David Moore at # 1-518-267-7038 from Hudson NY, also A Paul Anderson #1-631-210-7877, They asked Name, address, phone, bank name, they wanted to go further I said no. Please e-mail me documents with PHC logos and signatures after investigating would return, Said they sent to my e-mail address, still never received, They have left many messages on my personal answering service, they are sure determined... Please advise asap. Leonard F Toepper

Victim Location 35640
Type of a scam Other

Publishers Clearing House, telephone number was blocked. Wanted a check for 5,000.00 to be picked up at my residence by Publishers Clearing House.

Victim Location 17340
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call that I won publishers clearing house and gave me a number to call. I called it and was directed to desk of mr Dan chopper. That said I won $20,500,000 ANd a new Mercedes and texted a photo of the car and a briefcase of money. They wanted me to go to a dollar store and pay an irs few of $200.32. I would need the receipt to give to the driver when he came with my car and money. Later he referred to the winning as $3,000,000. He asked for my address and also for my middle name which is a family name and not spelled like it sounds. He did not ask me for the spelling. He hung up after I said I was checking with the better business bureau.

Victim Location 43055
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from Publisher's Clearing House. He said his name was James Lewis, there is distortion in his voice. He said I won $3.5 million and a 2020 GMC black pick up, and $5000 weekly for life. He gave me a badge number 0032ja, reference number 957608779 and ID number 7654397505. He asked if I wanted to keep it private or have it publicized. He told me I needed to pay $500 for an FDIC registration fee. He told me to go to the Post Office and mail a check. I told him I couldn't. He said I only have an hour to get the money.


Victim Location 56636
Total money lost $400
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A foreign gentleman called stating that he was from Publisher's Clearing House stating that my Grandmother had won $5 million dollars. They asked her for all her personal information including name, address, social security number, and account numbers. He instructed her to go to her local dollar general and buy a Visa Vanilla card for $400 to receive her winnings. She gave them her prepaid debit card number and they used $400 off her card to pay for items online at Nordstroms.

Victim Location 85756
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A person called claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House names Johnathan Harris and then transferred me to his supervisor David Wilber. They claim I won 800,000, 2019 Mercedes Benz, a year of free car insurance from Geico, and 8 months of gas. They asked me to pay a tax fee of $899 through paypal or a credit card.

Victim Location 76088
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Message said: they where with the Publishers Clearing House claims team and that's how they have your name and phone number.(No name was used) Said that: you have won $900,000.00 dollars along with other prizes. Your conformation number is 9475US and to call 1-800-475-5213. We did not call them, just wanted to report it to someone and found this info on the web. Hope they get caught, they where trying to scam my elderly & recently deceased mother.

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