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Victim Location 74868
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was trying to check my son out of the hospital from having day surgery when I was called saying I had won publishers clearing house. I don't remember how much money and a truck. I did try to call them back and got a New York number and a number from Jamaica. I was still hooked but thought it was really strange that the man kept asking me if I was at home alone or when I would be home alone. But I always have my youngest child with me. Finally the man was asking me to go to Wal-Mart or some place to get a tax exempt money paper because they wanted me to western union them starting out at I want to say like $1000.00 but it went down to I want to say between $75-100.00. So I tried to call Wal-Mart and ask them about the paper I needed. And they didn't know what I was talking about. So I called a casino and asked them how if someone wins a very large sum of money how it was done with taxes. And as soon as I got off the phone with the casino I called the so-called sweepstakes people and told them I knew it was all a scam and if they ever called me or came by my house the County Sheriff would be called and never heard from them again.

Victim Location 79556
Type of a scam Other

They said I won a sweepstakes and wanted me to send a $500 gift card to prove eligibility.

Victim Location 74804
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Claiming I won PCH sweepstakes. Wanted me to open an account with $750.00 so they could deposit my winnings. Gave me the name Dave Sawyer. Foreign accent.

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call stating I won millions. Never entered or subscribed to any magazines

Victim Location 95991
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called my grandma telling her she won money, asking for information and signatures. Total scam. How sick?

Victim Location 38008
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Call from Publishers clearing house saying i won a car and lots of money. Its a scam, but its the 3rd time in a year that i have "won".

Victim Location 38008
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Fake call from PCH saying i won the sweepstakes of 5 million, i just had to send them $750 dollars first. This is an old scam

Victim Location 38006
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from the Fake Publisher Clearing House. The man said his name was "David Harvey" and that i had won millions of dollars, and that all i needed to do was go get a $500 money order and call him after i got it and he would tell me how to send it, and to think about what color Mercedes Benz i want, as i would also get a car tomorrow when he came to give me a check. Something didn't sound right, and i was skeptical so i started to ask questions. The man knew i was disabled and he had some pretty detailed information on me. That's when i figured it was a scam and called the BBB-

Victim Location 40744
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

said i won 8 million dollars from publishers clearing house, asked for the id number off the back of the envelope, which i provided.asked me how i make purchases from publishers c. h. i said i dont buy from pch. he said there must be a mistake, I had to have made a purchase or he would not be calling. he asked me how close i was to wal mart or could i get an amazon gift card. said i needed to make a transaction to secure the 8 million.I said i would not make a purchase, he said he was in the next town over and was on his way with the money i needed to hurry. I said no, he said i had to or forfeit the money, i said i'm not buying anything, he was angry and said you forfeit then, i said yes. He never asked me my name the entire time.

Victim Location 32401
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Received a check written on First Tennessee Bank in Greeneville, TN 37745 by a company called System Transport, Inc P.O. Box3456 in Spokane, WA 99220 . The total was 7,850.00, supposedly a partial payment of450,000.00 to be cashed and used for income tax protocol before the balance could be disperseFirst Tenne. Security code -PCH-1003.

Victim Location 43206
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter from Publisher's Clearing House informing me I had won $6 hundred thousand dollars. The letter reads in part: "Contact our branch office immediately at 1-518-872-3078 and speak with claims agent Kevin Prince. If you would like the prize patrol van to present your winnings with a camera crew to advertise you on TV or local news papers then simply give claims agent time frame for media promotions. you are required by the International Sweepstakes by law to pay towards taxes, handling and processing fees. Please be advised do not take any further action until you have contacted your claims agent who will assist you on how to claim your cash prize winnings. Please keep this award letter strictly confidential until your cash prize winnings has been processed and remitted to your designated account. Deborah Holland Executive Vice President."

Victim Location 46218
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A Michael Kingston claiming to be with Publishers Clearing house stating I won 2.5 million. And I need to call him when I got to Walmart I needed to call him when I got to the Money Gram office. He didn't even get to give me an amount to send I told him I was going to verify his info first. And he wanted me to pick up a claim ticket at the money Gram also. He also provided a badge number of MLK or MIK 692 for my claim.

Victim Location 17365
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have received calls saying I need to claim my prize. They say it is legitimate and give me a package code of 1711 US. They gave me a phone number for his manager to prove legitimate. The number is (915) 261-0973. Can you tell me if this is a scam or not?

Thank you,

Bryan Holubowicz

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

I received a phone call from "Publishers Clearing House" stating that I had won a sweepstakes, they had my name and date of birth, and I answered yes to a question before I even realized, I tried telling them I wasn't interested. But I'm afraid they have my name, date of birth, and now a recording of me saying yes.

Victim Location 36695
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My 89 mother has been ordering stuff from Publisher's Clearing House as she receives MANY notices that she is in the finals - apprx. 5 pr 6 per day. She has been ordering monthly from them even though I have told her not to, it is a scam. on Dec 20th, she received a phone call from PCH telling her she won and would she like to save the taxes? She said yes and they told her if she would pay $80,000 she would....after being on the phone with them for over 40 minutes, she realized it was a scam.

I then called PCH to tell them to take my mother off ALL future mailings and she is not to receive ANY more info from them, after I explained the situation. They gave a canned answer that they cannot help what scammers do. I told them I do not play PCH and have never received a phone call from them telling me that I won....they disregarded that info.

My mother received another phone call this afternoon telling them that she won from the same guy - she recognized his voice. He also told her that she still owes money for the candy she has been ordering from PCH. How would they know that she has ordered candy if it is not someone who works at PCH. I called PCH and reported this info to them.

This has got to stop as they are taking advantage of elderly people.

What can be done?

Victim Location 77701
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from Publishers Clearing House that I won $880,000 and a new car.  So I gave them my address and other information how to get to my house.  Then they said all they needed for me to do is go pay the 1% of the winnings.  I have to go to the local Dollar General and buy a $300.00 gift card and send them the information once the the money is in and to call them back.  So I didn't go get the card but called back to the number since I kinda figured it was a scam by the phone number.  I use to work at AT&T and new that was a fake number.  But a person picked up the phone asking for the card number.  So I hung up and called BBB. 

Victim Location 59802
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a phone call from Restricted. They left a message that they were Publishers Clearing House and that I was the winner of a million dollars and a brand new car. Instead of just calling the number given, I Googled it first. It said it was RNK INC.. I then Googled that.. nothing looked right, but I called the number to see what happened. No one answered. The voicemail said something about the Techmail subscriber is unavailable and to leave a message. I didn't leave a message. Lo and behold, within 5 minutes they called saying they were PCH again and did I get the message that I was a winner? I told them yes and that I called the number given. They asked if I left a message. I said "No, because it didn't sound like PCH." They promptly hung up on me. Plus, they had Indian accents.

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

I got a call from a man with Publisher's Clearing House saying that I won $2 million and a convertible. I asked how they got my information because I had not ever signed up and he told me that it was because I am an American citizen with good credit. I hung up on him because I knew it was a scam.

Victim Location 65479
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from a "Jerry ***" with an East Indian accent telling me that I had won 5.5 million dollars, and a Mercedes convertible. In order to get the winnings, I was supposed to pay $1500.

Victim Location 43130
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from David Moore with Publisher's Clearinghouse saying I had won $4.5 million, a new car, and $10,000 a week for life. He asked if I was driving, my age, whether I was married or single, and if I was still taking care of my finances. When I said yes, he put me on hold, then hung up. He had an African accent.

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