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Victim Location 28470
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call on my cell phone, from a John Anderson, said he was a representative for Publishers Clearing House and that he had been trying to get in touch with me by mail to let me know I was a 2nd place winner of 1.8 million dollars and a bonus prize of a 2017 Mercedes Benz s series. Gave me a lot of information, including, The Winning # the Pkg. # the Serial # and a Ticket #. Said my prize was being held in Charlotte, NC, about a 3.5 hour drive from me and they would be delivering it today, but needed the registration fee for the car before they could release it in my name. This had to be done before it could be on it's way. He wanted me to go to Walmart and do a Walmart to Walmart transfer in the amount of $754.00 for the registration fee. And have the receipt with me when the prize team arrived. Said the would arrive in a Red, White, and Blue truck with my new Mercedes on the back. He ask me what color I wanted... which is a little fishy since my prize is already waiting for me in Charlotte. I am not biting, He is very convincing, please be careful, I was almost convinced but I put him off by telling him I had to wait for my wife to get home, which gave me time to contact the and found very, very similar stories. Thank you BBB... Hope this helps someone else, none of us have money to put in scammer's pockets.

Victim Location 79423
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on Saturday from someone saying they were with Publishers Clearing House and I had won a substantial amount of money but I needed to send them $195.00. I was told to call 876-456-3379 to get instructions on how to send the money. They are supposed to call me back today at 1:00.

Victim Location 15044
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

David from Publishers Clearing House (using a Jamaican phone number - 876-893-1725) called the victim to say he won $5 million and a Mercedes. They would come to their house at 10 pm to drop the check. The victim hung up before caller could go into more detail.

Victim Location 47304
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The number called me twice in 2 day. I called the number back and they indicated I had won $850k and Mercedes. They said I had to pay a shipping fee and I could do that at a local Walmart. When would not tell them my current location they hung up.

Victim Location 54157
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller stated I won $2.5 million and said I needed to send $1295 up front. I then hung up on him.

Victim Location 01104
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call today from a man named William Anderson, who claimed to be from the Publisher's Clearing House. The number was 409-213-6512, from Port Arthur, Texas. He told me that I was the winner in Springfield, and that they pick a random winner in the area who has entered the sweepstakes. I have entered the sweepstakes before, so this is why I didn't immediately think that this was a scam. I was told that I won $35,000,000 and a 2017 Mercedes Benz. He gave me a lot of convincing information, such as a claim number, a 6 digit confirmation code, a prize ID, and said he had clearance from the He asked for my name and address, and said that "the crew" would be at my house in a half hour with my check and my new Mercedes. He then told me that I needed to go to either a Walmart or Home Depot and pay $699 at the Western Union for "taxes and fees" before the crew arrived at my home. This was the first red flag, and the next was when he asked me what color I wanted my car to be. I realized that they couldn't just get any color that I wanted in only a half hour. I then began to ask him questions about why he needed me to go to Western Union and also why he would ask me what color I wanted the car to be if they were already on their way to my house. I told him that I would be calling the to check up on all of this and he told me that I didn't need to do that and that he will just pick another winner if I wasn't being cooperative. Eventually, he did hang up the phone on me.

Victim Location 87123
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Disguised voice. Claimed 54 years at PCH. Said I was a second place winner of $550k per week and a new car. PCH does not have 2nd place winner. Verified with PCH.

Victim Location 53219
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called with a thick foreign accent supposedly from Publishers Clearing House to advise me I've won $2.5 million + a car. I was instructed to send $925 via voucher from Walmart and to wire it via Western Union. I did not fall for the scam. The other phone # they called me from is 876-259-8529.

Victim Location 46368
Total money lost $200
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The Name was under Shamori Scott, i have found someone else online speak with him, He stole over 200 dollars from others more than once lying about Publishers Clearing House. They have called me personally requesting I give them Money for Guns and Ammunitions... ! They are from FL . The Address might already be known by the complaint section. My receipt states it was on 04 - 02 - 2016 from a simple Money Gram in CVS or they used Walmart before. Its illegal to use someone elses name.! also lying about what Company he is under.

Victim Location 92651
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

A legitimate looking letter arrived in the mail saying we had won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Enclosed was a check for $6780 to cover legal fees for the prize of $2.5 million written on a Chase bank check. The local bank accepted and deposited said check and gave a $200 advance on the money with a 10 business day hold. Called after 10 days, the bank reported it was counterfit. The persons from PCH called saying we were splitting the amount with 3 others so they cancelled the check...Now a Michael Roberts with phone number 818-600-1929 is calling saying the amount is $750,00 and to cover taxes we must deposit $1850 in a Bank of America account. He mentioned IRS and Customs to bring the cash and accreditation and the $1850 was according to FBI. Don't tell anyone until after you received the winnings!

Victim Location 53705
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called to say I won $1.5 million + a Mercedes. I was to go to Walmart and get a shipping and receive slip for $199.99. I did not fall for the scam. Imposter - publishers clearing house

Victim Location 79423
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from a person in India saying that I had won the Publishers Clearing House Lottery and I won a new car and a substantial amount of money that would be awarded in a cashiers check. He gave me a claim # 3269592X and told me to call 806-300-0057 extension 005 and speak to John Mason. When I called the number, the same voice answered the phone and when I asked if he was in India and I was going to need to send money, he hung up.

Victim Location 54935
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said I won $2.5 million from Publishers Clearing House. I was instructed to wire $500 for taxes due via Western Union. I did not fall for the scam.

Victim Location 84070
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Consumer contacted the BBB regarding multiple phone calls of two men claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House with a sweepstakes prize. One claimed to be a delivery man and the other just an employee requesting personal information such as a Drivers Lic # and full name to confirm her delivery and prize. They then requested she send a Western Union moneygram of $285000 to a Mr. Patrick Swift at 129 Main Plaza, St George, UT so that this man could pay the IRS. The original man, Mike Moore, called multiple times for personal information using the number 615-900-2170 and referred to another individual named "Peterson." The scammers also insisted they were on "good terms" with the BBB, Dept of the Treasury, and IRS, but could provide no more information when the consumer questioned.

Victim Location 27217
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call on cell phone stating that he was Mike Miller a representative for publishers clearing house and I had won over $900,000.00 and Mercedes. I needed to take down information. Told I could not due to driving. Asked when he could call back, told him in 2 hours. He called back and gave me the name of John Mason to call at 1-876-489-6201 and my claim #550660. All three "different" people I spoke to sounded the same and I told him this when I was supposedly speaking to John Mason. Told me I did not sound excited for having just won and I told him that I was pretty sure I was trying to be scammed. Asked why the call was showing up from Jamaica and he tried saying something about cheaper rates when calling different places. He denied and asked status if I was married, single, divorced or widowed. I told him that would not answer questions cause if he was with Publishers Clearing House that information did not matter and what he would need would be on my entry form. I told him if this was legitimate then I would expect to get something in the mail. He then started breaking up some and I then I was just hearing feedback of my own voice. Stated that I would be informing BBB.

Victim Location 29556
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Was told I had won a certified cashiers check of $139,000 and a 2016 classic Mercedes Benz. All I had to do was go to western union to pick up a government receipt but I had to pay $200 which would be reimbursed when I was presented with my winnings. They asked for no personal information and I did not follow through with any of the directions they gave me. The name given to me of the person I spoke with was john richardson. His extension was 3. The carrier names given were Steven Micheal, Betty Jones, and Frank Miller. I was also given a package number 77542US.

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Got a call saying I won 2.8 million dollars through publishers clearing house sweepstakes. Said the draw was in Las Vegas and I could either fly down and have 3 nights free at the Golden Nuget hotel or have the money delivered to me via brinks security. All I needed to do was to go to the post office and get a Money Gram senders form and send $25 to an insurance agent that will be insuring the cheque Her name is supposedly Mary Wallnut and the addess was westgate Campbell River BC. He instructed this had to be done right away and I was to call him from my cell phone when it was done. He took my cell number and said he would call back with his contact info. I asked for the phone number for this Mary Wallnut a couple of times and he kept assuring me I didn't need her number, I asked for the insurance company she worked for and he wouldn't give it to me, he assured me this $25 would be returned to me once I got the 2.8 million. Then he said because I seemed like such a nice person my winnings would be increased. He said he would call me back with his contact info and we hung up the phone. Did not answer the call from him on my land line or cell phone. He was getting very aggressive about me going to the post office right away to send this $25.

Victim Location 50644
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Told her she had one $8.5 million, Plus $7000 at Walmart, and a new 2016 car. She asked if this would cost her anything, and they responded that she would it would cost her $750. She didn't get as far as asking them how they would need to receive the money. She said she would think about it and they gave her the phone number to call them back.

Victim Location 40456
Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

Called and asked me if I had ever heard of Publishers Clearinf House. I said "yeah sure" and he immediately hung up on me. Concerned they've recorded my voice for use fraud activity.

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

I have received a phone call on my home phone from Publishers Clearing House. Contact is Tony Washington. He had an accent. Said it was Publishers Clearing House. He gave me claim number 363JF. He said I won $2.5 million dollars. Plus a 2017 Mercedes Benz insured by Allstate for one year. Gave me package number US70005P. Deborah Holland and Dave Sawyer would be coming to my home. An attorney would be coming to my home with Deborah Holland and Dave Sawyer. Attorney Shamarri Williams. His address is Mount Vernon NY 10550. Did not give me a street address. Wanted me to Walmart or Walgreens and get a Money gram $775.This is 1% of the tax. Publishers Clearing House would pay the rest. This is to register money with IRS. Wanted me to call them back when I got back with Money Gram. He asked me for my cell phone number so they could track me so I got safely back home. I did not give my cell phone number out or send any money. I knew when I had to send money it was a red flag. He gave me phone number 876-878-5004

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