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Victim Location 67401
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on my cell phone from Publishers Clearing House. The phone number in my caller ID was 876-471-5013. Caller stated I won $1.8 million Sweepstakes and a GMC pickup truck. He requested $500 for licensing through Money Gram. I did not send any money. I realized it was a scam when he mentioned the licensing fee. He gave me confirmation numbers to people who would deliver my prize. I am reporting the scam.

Victim Location 45322
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone message yesterday from Andy Goldberg who said he was the CEO of Publishers Clearing House. He was calling to tell me that I had won 2.5 million, plus a white Lincoln car. He emphasized that I should call him right away at 516-400-6299 so that I could receive the prize quickly. I did not return his call before I checked it out, and I saw on your website that there were other similar calls this week and what they were requesting.

Victim Location 44149
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call today on my home phone from Publishers Clearing House. The caller stated I won $230,000. They said an attorney would contact me. A short time later a man called and said congratulations. I won $230,000. He said to call 202-991-2819 and ask for Andy Goldberg. I did not call the phone number. I am reporting the call.

Victim Location 63116
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from the Publisher Clearing House telling me I had won a million dollars, and wanting to asking me some questions. Then they wanted me to go to either Walgreens or Walmart to make a money order for $250.00. They then wanted me to call them when I was doing that so I could get the address to send them my money. The person who contacted me said his name was John Phillips.

Victim Location 29607
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

called and said I had won a car and 1.2 million dollars. I would have to pay $575.00 to receive prizes. Did not give any money. Jonathan from ScamPulse.com called from 876-378-2514 number. 876-458-4679 stated that the call will be delivered, Beck Jones will be delivering keys to car and money.

Victim Location 65584
Type of a scam Business Email Compromise

Electronic banking barbie. Price fixing accounts stealing and prohibiting online earrings and prizes rerouting benefits and prizes bankers box company electronic chex system and card domination case worked online 5yrs never.collected anything but 20.from one source earnnings blocks.paypal intentional to mule i need possesionof fair money more than anything in the world

Victim Location 44145
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Not sure if this is legitimate or not. I received a phone call today saying I had won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes and by 5 p.m. they would be at my home in Westlake OH. They tied up my phone number and had me write down several names and NY badge numbers and was supposed to meet them at a local Chase Bank. They said they were going to pay 1% of my IRS taxes and wanted me to come up with money for the rest of the tax money started at $1,400. but then it was $5,000. I kept saying I didn't think this was legitimate and they supposedly had me talk to Robert Swan Mueller (FBI) who supposedly assured me it was all legitimate. All individual men I talked had significant dialect accents.

I said I could not come up with any money, I'm a widow, senior, on a fixed income. I did not give my SS #, bank account #s or any pertinent information. So they are supposed to call me back on Wednesday 1/03/18 to figure out how I can come up with the remainder IRS tax money. Plus they want a list of my CC bills to pay them off. They called me several times today with instructions (12/30/17) and then said the 5 p.m. deadline expired today due to the fact I did not have the money. They claimed they were supported by the ScamPulse.com and Homeland Security. This is why I am contacting you to see if this could be a scam or legitimate. I am very leary of this whole thing as I was scammed several years ago through my own fault on-line and lost about $700 to Nigeria. I want to be prepared when they call me back on 1/03/18. I do have names and badge numbers that they gave me which I can give to you. I have no idea how PCH contacts you if you are a winner and if all this is necessary. Why would you have to come up with tax money to win money? Thank you.

Victim Location 72034
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a phone call saying I was second place winner of sweepstakes. Caller knew my ex-husband's name, son and step son's name along with the old land line phone number at time of marriage. Caller took me through several steps of writing down serial numbers etc., they asked no personal questions and sent me an email from what looked like the company at my being skeptical. The caller stated his name as James Fisher. They almost had me and then said I needed to pay a processing fee of $999.00 before delivery of prize by money gram.

Victim Location 86301
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer stated he was from PCH, told consumer she won a car and money. Scammer asked if she would like to accept or decline prizes, consumer declined. Scammer told her to #$%^& herself and hung up.

Victim Location 30720
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Stated he was Dale Washington from Publishers Clearing House, saying I won a Yukon Denali and a cash prize weekly for the rest of my life. Ask me to write down a bunch of numbers and repeat them all back to him at once to claim my prize. When I didn't he got mad, accusing me of trying to take him for a fool. Saying derogatory things, playing recordings with perverse language in them. When I told him i was hanging up, he urged to keep me talking by telling me I was behind on my credit cards and my land lord was gonna kick me out.

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

I received a call on my home phone today. He gave me his name. Peter King. The caller said I was very lucky. I won a million dollars and a Mercedes from PCH. I asked what is PCH. He gave me the name Peter King. He said we are not asking for any money. He asked me a few questions. Do I want this to be public and go on TV. I played along with the caller. He asked my marital status and if I had credit cards. He asked if I live close to my bank. He said they will mail the check to me today. Caller stated it has to be on a new account. I asked why does it have to be on a new account. He replied it is easier if it on a new account. He instructed me to open a new account with a small amount. He said I could take a taxi to the bank. I said I will see if I can find someone to take me to the bank and I can call you back. He gave me phone number 516-331-2819. When I call back I should ask for office manager Deborah Holland. I understood the entire time it was a scam. I know PCH does not call. I wanted their phone number so I could give it to the ScamPulse.com.

Victim Location 76360
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They called and said I had won the PCH sweepstakes and they trying arrange a time to bring your winnings and take pictures and will show up in a UPS truck and PCH vehicle. They wanted me to go to walmart and send money to the above address, they were going to call me back to find out how much money I could send them since I did not have all they were asking me for. They said that they could take the rest out of the check when it was delivered and they would ex court me to the bank to get it. The money was supposed to be 1% of the winnings for a registration fee

Victim Location 44107
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My 70 year old friend is receiving many calls from Publishers Clearing House. The number in my caller ID 876-773-5090. It is an unclaimed prize. He has to claim it. Did not request money. The call did not get that far. I picked up one call from them. call. Caller was aggressive and used profanity. I am reporting this scam.

Victim Location 75201
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call around noon 12.4.17 from some guy talking about I won $950,000 from Publishers clearing house and am I excited about it. I hummed uh-huh. Then I stated since when does publishers clearing house call from Jamaica and that individual hung up immeditlately.

Victim Location 31088
Total money lost $2,050
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received phone call saying I had won $2,500,000 and a Mercedes in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Lady instructed me to send $1,000 by moneygram to cover fees and taxes. Called back later and asked that I go to Walmart and sent and additional $1,000 by direct transfer. I sent money to a ms Lawrence in New Mexico and to a Edward Romeo in Fla. They said they would call me back to arrange delivery of prizes. I decided to call BBB to see if this was true and found out it was a scam.

Victim Location 48413
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Guy Goes by the name James B, Says he is with Publishers Clearing House and that i won a random raffle for shopping at stores like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and a couple other ones i dont remember. Said i won second place this month of a prize of over $10,000, a mercedes bins, a washing machine, a dryer, and a blender. BUT before i can have this shipped to me "tomorrow" i have to help him fill out a form and then i would have to pay 1% of the prize money which came out to $250 to even get it. they have been calling me over thenksgiving weekend and since then. i told them i do not trust them and they keep calling back and i havent picked up the phone for them since. they use UNKOWN NUMBER as well so i just dont pick up. when i did pick up thei first couple times they even had me talk to their "Manager" this isnt the first time I've gotten this kind of a call but eh, i only picked it up cause they first used the washington number. outside the country i'm not picking it up.

i did not play their game, no money lost, no information given out. just being harrassed by a company that "doesnt want to waste their time" looked up how people win PCH stuff and you have to enter, which i didnt. so, no harm done aside from needing the DO NOT DISTURB on so they cant wake me up when im sleeping or have my pocket vibrate through out my work day.

he also told me not to tell anyone i won, said his badge number was 33 33 US, and said they work with the FBI, and the IRS and can get my information through bills, and places i shop.

Victim Location 78055
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Elderly mother called this morning stating she had won $1 million Publishers Clearing HOuse prize. She was told to call this man back with the specific address of the "Kerrville, TX ScamPulse.com" where she was to go and give them a $185 personal check. This money would "seal" the prize money for her and she could then get "$1000 per week" for life deposited into her bank account. The caller which was male left the following telephone number for her to call back for address of the "BBB" office : 210-319-6093. My mother called me and I immediately told her not to call this man back. And not to follow any of his instructions nor answer any more calls from that number.

Victim Location 62626
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Man called my 81 year old mother and told her she had won money and a car from Publisher's Clearing House. He gave her a number to call to verify. I called the number myself and caller id came up as Jamaica. The man called back and asked if I had called the verification number. I told him it had come up as Jamaica. He said that was incorrect and they were out of Las Vegas and proceeded to give me another number to call. I started looking up scams on the ScamPulse.com and found similar things had happened to other people. I had questioned him when he called back the second time and he seemed a little flustered. He didn't bother to call back and see if I had tried the second number he had given me. The phone numbers he had given me were 876-572-1759 and 876-572-1869.

Victim Location 28705
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

He called twice and wanted to know if I had entered the sweepstakes and if I had received notifications of my winnings. I hung up and he called back and my son answered and asked to speak with me and my son said scam and he hung up. Each time it said unknown or private caller.

Victim Location 43515
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

We have received a phone call four days in a row saying we have won from Publishers Clearing. When we say this is a scam they hang up but keep calling back. we are always careful not to say yes to any question. Today they left this phone number 917 900 9230. If you see it do not answer.

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