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Victim Location 76305
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was called by this number and informed that I won the publishers sweepstakes , and he wanted my information, the person was drunk or impaired , had a bad accent, and a dog was barking in the background ... I did not give any information, he got rude with me and I hung up...

Victim Location 46556
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from Dave at Publishers Clearing House and he informed me that I won $850.000,000. He asked when I could be home to accept the prize. Informed me I needed to pay the Publisher Clearing House Board a registration fee of $495. Dave then asked where was the closest Walmart. Dave asked when I could be at Walmart, after I gave him a time, he said to call the office once I got there. The called ID on the phone listed the name JM Kingston.

Victim Location 16201
Total money lost $700
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Victim received call from "Publishers Clearing House" that she won $4 Million dollars and that she needed to pay a $500 & $200 fee to receive it.  Later, the money was still held up, and scammers told her that she needed to pay $35,000 for an Anti-Terrorist Fee to get money from Canada to US.  Victim knew it was a scam by then and did not send the $35,000.

Victim Location 14411
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have recieved two phone call this morning stating that I have won 6,5 million dollars and a 2017 Mercedes Benz. They want aa 725.00 fee for handling the transaction!

Victim Location 37015
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I did not listen to their entire story. As soon as they said who they were I said I would contact the and they hung up.

Victim Location 43211
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call stating I was a winner and I needed $495 certified money order and send it to *** Sycamore Ave Rosewell NM 88203 attn Lucia P S***

They told me once I get home from the Post Office I should contact them at the 202-407-7188 and give them the routing # of the money order.

I took down the info and hung up -

Victim Location 54843
Total money lost $1,529
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

"Mr. Roberts" called me a month ago to inform me that I won a lot of money + a new car. I was instructed to send a money order for $729 for "delivery charges" of my car to John Cook, 15115 Parthenia - Apt. 105, North Hills, CA 91343, which I did do. A few days ago I rec'd. another call from this person stating that Wells Fargo requires an $800 fee to cash the prize check, and that I should send another money order in that amount to Venicia Walcott, 14517 Linden Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11436. I did that also. At first he wanted me to send $4000 for the fees, but I told him I am on SSI and would have to take out a loan for that much money, which I wasn't willing to do. I became increasingly more suspicious of this entire process and called the to ask if it's legitimate, they told me no and I am now reporting this.

Victim Location 46201
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted via instagram by a danielle_lamm123 as well as a davidgreen251 on or about 10/31/17. I was told they were with Publishers Clearing House and I had won a new car along with some money. They even sent a pic of the car with a big red bow on it. I was told that I needed to pay $187.00 to claim the prize, this was supposedly for taxes, and was texted a bunch of personal questions to answer.

The 1st contact was from Danielle and when I wouldn't respond anymore after she asked for money, I was contacted by David who was very insistent that I complete the question portion and remit the money for the prize. I questioned him about all this and he just kept texting saying he wanted to get the prize to me but he needed that info and money first. He was very harassing, even when I told him I would be reaching out to for information about him and to report his activity. He didn't care and kept harassing me.

Victim Location 71328
Total money lost $110.50
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Guy calls says he is attorney James Cooper and has your winnings all you have to do is send $99 by western union or money gram. Make sound so convincing to do this. Talks this real good game of how rich you going to be. Then preceed to say they on there way with your winnings. Then puts you on hold to let you talk to another. Mr. Cooper saying to get check notarized would be $1800 which I did not do. Then James Cooper says he would spot $1000 and I come up with the rest. Then proceeds to ask how much I have in my account. That sent up red flag to me. It is none of his business what I have in my account. He is suppose to call again tomorrow. I just wish we could catch him tomorrow.

Victim Location 78148
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Mr. John Cruz called my mother Mary Ann White Tues, October 24, 2017, said she was a winner of 2.8 million and a brand new car, asked her when she wanted the money. She said right now and he said ok. let me see what I can do. He then proceeded to tell her that the camera crew wouldn't be able to get out that soon, so playing along she said Friday. He said ok. They disconnected with a promise that he will call back. So he calls yesterday and asks if she told anyone and she said no, because she thinks its a scam and he told her that it was legitimate. And that God has blessed her. He had called her all day distracting her from her own job, to tell her the specifics, 2.8 millions dollars and a 2018 Mercedes with 5 years of paid Geico Insurance, 2 years free gas from any Shell gas station, 2 years of service and any color she wanted, that the car would be delivered by flatbed and there would be an armor truck with two men and women with flowers and big check. This scam is very elaborate and vindictive. So the last call was last night at 9/9:30 pm saying everything was good to go for Friday (today) and that he would call in the morning with a time that the camera crew would be here. He called all right, to tell my mom she needed to pay $750 for a registration fee. My mom said take it out the winnings and he said that could not be done. Then proceeded to get upset when my started asking all these questions and my sister was in the background talking too which he was upset that someone was in my moms ear. My mother is of retirement age and this is happening to this demographic. My mom has common sense and family to protect her but what about those who don't have either? Please help so these people do not get away with what they are doing!

Victim Location 33810
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes


Victim Location 99623
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Just received a phone call at my home saying I won 3.5 million dollars from Publishers Clearing House. The caller said is name is Billy Jones from Publishers Clearing House. Gave me his badge number: #476321BJ. Told me that my call was being recorded by the and also by Homeland Security. Mr. Jones' gave he his phone number : 1-876-457-9380. Extension # 601. He said that he was getting ready to fly in a heliocopter from Fairbanks this evening to my address to deliver the 3.5 Million dollar check! But first, he stated, that the International Gaming Commission needed 1 percent of the winning amount as their share of the winnings before the money could be handed over to me. The amount was $699.99.

I explained that I cannot come up with $699.99 at the moment. Mr Jones then responded that he has a group of 'sponsors' that would cover any amount that I could not gather this evening to insure that I get my prize promptly.

I told him that my husband is at work and I could not come up with any amount at all UNTIL I talk with my spouse.

My husband is now home from work and we've decided to contact first and foremost before getting back with this 'supposed' P.C.H. representative. We are not giving this Billy Jones ANY money. Cannot afford to. (Hopefully, this is actually a scam and I'm not refusing an actual cash prize!)...

Victim Location 37931
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Today I received a call from a Dave Sawyers, 865-264-2372, representing Publishers Clearing House. He told me I had won $25 million dollars and a new Mercedes Benz. I asked how do I know this real? He gave me a #805-262-6034, claiming to be the Bank of America. I called the # and it was answered Bank of America and I pressed 3 as directed by Dave and was told $20 million was transferred to them for me. They gave me a transfer #20560772. The number also said that my telephone no was verified! Dave wanted me to call him back after the BOA call. I did and he wanted to stay on the phone while I went to the bank and then to Krogers for a Western Union transfer. I was advised by BOA recording that I had to pay 1% of winnings, which was $2000 or $850 or make pmt plan. Money would transfer after money paid! I almost fell for it. He even claimed to be a godly man!!! Please don't fall for this very elaborate and thought out scam!!!!

Victim Location 61611
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The scammer called my WI cell phone to inform me that I had won the PCH sweepstakes and would be receiving 1.9 million dollars. I asked him twice how I was chosen as a winner when I have never signed up for a lottery. The first time he repeated that I had won $1.9M. The second time he hung up on me. The phone call was from a restricted number.

Victim Location 60302
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said I had won $850,000 and a Mercedes-Benz. Asked if I had a pen and paper; I said “yes” and caller hung up. I assume this is the “yes” scam.

Victim Location 37356
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

called numerous times , finally answered he said he was from publishered clearing house and informed me that I had won a check for 9000.00 dollars plus a 2018 Mercedes ,ask if I had a credit card , I said no. ASKED IF I had bank card, checking acc. savings acc. I said no. Asked if I could get 750.00 dollars so they could deliver the car & check today, I said no, he asked why not, I said I don't have 750.00 dollars, he asked can you get it from your husband, I said no, he said why not, I said its none of your business. scarey stuff here, don't know how he got my cell phone number it is a fairly new number

Victim Location 48801
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man named John Green called me from this number claiming he was with Publishers Clearing House. Said I had won 10 million dollars and a new Mercedes which was on its way from New York to my house. He was quite convincing saying that all I had to do was pay $500 to cover the expenses of the getting the car here and that was it. He instructed me to go to Walmart which I'm guessing he was trying to get me to Western Union him the money. Sadly so many people fall for these scams but I'm not one of them.

Victim Location 66614
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes


Victim Location 50312
Total money lost $250,000
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My parents have lost over $250,000 due to Jamaican Sweepstakes Scammers.

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

Called and left message on my answering machine. His name is John Henderson and he is from Publishers Clearing House. I have won money and prizes and that I needed to call him immediately or lose my winnings. I checked his info on and found a complaint from another person. I never called him back. 516-323-5651

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