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Publishers Clearing House Reports & Reviews (1421)

Victim Location 76065
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

It was a private message from a friend to sign up for a free grant. I messaged her back and she responded with a link to contract Heather Bowles. I acted immediately as my friend was saying that time and money were limited an I needed to get in touch with Heather ASAP. This was last night. Heather was trying to call me last night and I was unable to take the call. Conversation picked up this morning. I did apply for the grant. They responded in a short time that I had been awarded a $200,000 grant. It would be delivered by fedex with in 7 hours yet today. They sent verification info to show to fedex driver. Less than an hour later, they said I needed to purchase 3 cards, $500 each to go on, blah,blah, blah. I knew for sure I had been had. I finally reached my friend and she has no knowledge of the giveaway. She is new to FB and messaging. I then deleted information, but the bogus friend is still making inquiries of me.

Victim Location 83336
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They called me the number that I filed in this report. Then they gave me the same number to call after I hung up from the first call. It was a Jamaican guy that told me his name was Tony Washington. Watch out for this guy.

Victim Location 85641
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Paul Williams called evening of 5/18/2020. Said I had won 1.2 million dollars in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. I needed to call back at 10:30 a.m. the morning of the 19th. When I did so, Mr Williams insisted I had misunderstood him the previous evening. I had actually won 7.5 million dollars, $350,000 in cash and a New 2020 Mercedes Benz. However, because the total was more than 1 million dollars I needed to purchase a Stamp for the government. This would be $750 and I needed to go to Walmart or CVS to purchase two gift cards, $500 and $250, and call him when I had them. The Publishers Clearing House VAN would come to my house with the winnings and take the gift cards from me. This is the general conversation. I was able to get some of his conversation recorded on my iphone.

Victim Location 43113
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I've been getting calls from Publisher's Clearing House. They don't speak very good English. They are supposed to come today. They need $900 up front for state taxes. They want a money order sent to Donald P****, *** ***** **** *** **** ********* IN 47906. They say I've won $2.5 million, $5000 a week for life. I'm supposed to call Dave Sayers.

Victim Location 75702
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James Cooper called from Jamaica said she "qualified & won $1.2MM" but no car. A CEO grabbed the call when she asked him "who is telling you what to say". When she called back she told him she was a part of the FBI and was recording this call and he hung up. He offered an ID badge #.

Victim Location 52208
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

told me i won 5.5 million dollars, $550,000,5,000 a week for life, and a 2020 mercedes

Victim Location 75703
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

David Parker called and told her she had won $5.5MM and 2020 Mercedes Benz and $5000/wk Tthe more she asked the madder he became. The original call came in as "unknown". The 516# was given to them to talk to the manager because she told him she wanted an attorney to look over the paperwork. He was giving her lots of information but didn't get to the money part so she hung up on him twice. After the first time he asked "What's the problem?"

Victim Location 79508
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call 7:35am on Mother's Day, Sunday. Claimed I had won Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes for 1.5 million. I was to stay on the phone while I got dressed and went to Walgreens to buy $350 gift cards and then they would tell me where we could meet for them to give me my winnings. I knew it was a scam, so I laid the phone down and went about my business, pretending to be doing as instructed. The call was disconnected and they tried multiple times throughout the morning to get me back on the line, but I didn't answer again.

Victim Location 40216
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Robot call gave me another number to call with a claim number to collect 6 million dollar prize. Obviously, I did not call the number and get scammed the toll cost.

Victim Location 98513
Total money lost $1,100
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Posed as my sister on messenger saying they won publisher clearing house and said I could too. I believed it was my sister. The imposter sent my info to a supposed agent with PCH.They requested the tax on the winnings in gift card form. Saying once I sent that I qualified for my prize. I bought cards from Safeway and I sent the receipts through messenger. They wanted another 5k but I told them I didn't have it. I didn't know until my adult children came home that I was being scammed. I spoke to my sister that night and she told me she never messaged me. Her Facebook had been copied and I was friends with two other accounts that used her name. I sent them a copy of my license as they said it was required.

Victim Location 58201
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a call, from Tony McDonald he said he was from Publisher's Clearing House. He said I had won and asked me to call 272-227-8137 with package number 1501501 US Winner before receiving my $2.5 million. I asked if this was a scam he claims that the FBI and IRS recorded his calls. I needed to call back the phone number so that his Supervisor could release funds to me as the package was going to need to be signed for.

Victim Location 45439
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The person name was supposedly,. Billy Ranking. Badge #BR07076. Claims I won $42 million, all I have to do is call the 1st bank of America at 1.480.336.8337 opt 2. You get a recording saying that there is a wire transfer but it has a hold on it. They give you a temp account #. 2960059 and a 3 digit PIN. The recording says that you have to pay 1% about $5500 or a minimum of $1000 to complete the process. I hung up. The 1st person, Billy calls back, asked if I completed the call. They could have my prize delivered to my front door in a brown and white van within 1 1/2 hour.but I have to pay the registration fee first. Told him if it was on the up and up I would give him my lawyers # and he would handle everything for me. I expected him to hang up, but he did not. Still tried to get any kind of money, told him when the certified cashier's check cleared thentheycouldhave their money. Wellyouhave to payfirst. Told him didn't have any . Told him I was going to report him. Didn't seemed phased by it. So I called you guys. The call back #he gave me for him was 1.876.451.4972. he gave a claim# and everything. I should have hung up in the beginning but was bored so I thought I'd play.

The only thing that worries me is I heard what sounded like he dialed 3numbers while talking. Should I be worried.

********** ******* *****

Victim Location 29588
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

the person left me a voicemail saying that I won, it was either $20 million or $200 million. they, themselves were not publishers clearing house directly, but maybe a law firm? or something. the message was a little distorted. and, lol, the caller yawned, yes, yawned, while talking!! I'm not sure if this is on the up and up as I contacted you, the BBB, before calling them

Victim Location 32506
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My mother is 87 years old and has been scammed more times than I care to remember, she is a sweet lady who talks to people and thinks she is being told the truth. She gets calls this couple of weeks from David Greene, Publishers Clearing House says she has won 2 prize but she needs to send $1.99 to get the prize mailed to her. She told them she does not drive and cannot get to bank and they offered to send a cab to pick her up. When I heard her telling someone about her bank I wanted to speak to them. They hang up. I have taken my mothers phone this morning and gotten several calls from them trying to speak to my mother. They then say she won a car, I told them she can't drive and does not need a car. She she won something just mail it as they already know her address. They tell me they are unable to mail it without paying for postage which is why they want $1.99. I have told them repeatedly that if she needs to pay a penny, then we are not interested. I control her accounts for this reason. They want my mother to tell them again to not call her back. I am livid and want something done!. I have blocked every number they have used and most recently they used a local area code but when I answered call was transferred to a number I had already blocked.

Victim Location 44212
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

entered by bbb staff - lj - 4-30-20

I received two phone calls claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. My caller ID showed Kingston Surrey County Jamaica. Phone number 876-465-1021.They would come and deliver prize. I said I'm not home. He asked when will I be home. I said I will call you back. I also had a message from Publishers Clearing House that I would receive $ 8 million or $7000 a week for life. To claim the prize call 469-447-8683. I did not call the numbers back.

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

I got a call from David Washington at Publisher's Clearing House, he said I won $1 million and a Mercedez Benz. I need to pay $1000. He asked who was in the house. He asked for my address, and I gave it to him. I told him I was the only driver. He asked what I drove, and I told him. He said if I could get the $1000, UPS would drop by with a package, and then they would come with a million dollars.He asked if I wanted to keep it private or publicize it. His number is 876-478-7630.

Victim Location 43701
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers Clearing House $15 million and a Mercedes Benz He wants me to wrap $2000 cash in a newspaper and mail it to: **** ******* *** ******** *** Greeensborough, SC 29601. He told me not to tell anybody. He asked if I lived alone.

Victim Location 75703
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call that said I won $2,000,000 from publishers clearing house. I didn't believe them, but want someone to know about it.

Victim Location 79605
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted by a man who said he was representing Publishers Clearing House and I had won 2nd place in their sweepstakes. Since I had entered the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, I thought it was a possibility that I had won. He said they would be coming to my house today to bring a cashiers check for 1.5 million dollars and a 2020 Mercedes. Sounded good to me until he said I needed to have a claimer card in my possession. I would need to go to Walgreen's and buy a Ebay gift card. That is when I knew something was not right! I asked how much and he said $350.00. I told him I would not do that so he gave me a phone number to call to verify that this was legitimate. That is when I looked up the publishers house website and it said they would never ask for money or a gift card. When they called back, I told them I knew it was a scam. He still insisted it was not but I hung up. Phone numbers used 916-237-0204 and 876-544-2545 Kingston, Surrey county, Jamaica

Victim Location 43026
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publisher's Clearing House, $350,000 and a Chevy Malibu, Bill Martin. buy $350 Vanilla Cards from Kroger. He's calling me back at 4pm.

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