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Victim Location 36091
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Said I had won 850000.0 0 and a Chevy Malibu. He said he was on the way to my residence. But first I needed to go to the local Walmart and get a money order for 257.00 to apply toward taxes. He said to call him back when I was on the way to Walmart. He hung up when questioned about who the Vice President of PCH was. But he did try to call back. I hung up.

Victim Location 15220
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Customer received call stating the won $7,000 a month for life. All the customer had to do was give them 200.00 to get started. Caller stated they were a good company just to check with the ScamPulse.com at 876-489-1098 ( jamaican) number, Customer hung up on called and called BBB.

Victim Location 68105
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

On April 12, 2017, I received a plain envelope addressed to my previous address and the PO put the forwarding slip on it so it was delivered to me. Inside was a letter dated March 30, 2017, and enclosed was a check made payable to me in the amount of $6,404.00 written on Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. North Carolina. The account name on the check was VIN Distributors, Inc. 5656 South Flamingo RD, Copper City, FL 3330. I think the signature on the check was Robert A. Whalf (It was rather scrawled.)

The letter stated that I was a second place winner in the 100 Million Dollars Super Cash Giveaway Promotion sponsored by Readers Digest, Mega Millions and Multi-State Lottery Association. The total amount to be claimed by me was $2,500,000.00 ($2.5 Million).

The check enclosed is to cover insurance and attorney fees.

Instructions in the letter were for me to call the telephone number 416-451-3812 and to refer to Security Code: PCH/186723. This was to be done before depositing the check.

I called the number on April 12 and Claims Manager Steve Velda spoke with me. He assured me that this was a call from Publishers Clearing House. When I asked about VIN Distributors, Readers Digest, etc. he said they were sponsors of the promotion. He asked for the check number (158331) and said that I should deposit the check and call this number back when that had been done.

After searching the internet for scams from Publishers Clearing House, I felt sure that this was one.

I did not deposit the check, but called back on April 13 and was again speaking with Steve Velda. I told him that I had deposited the check (which was not true) and asked what I was to do next. He said that the Prize Patrol would deliver a check to me at my home on Monday, April 17, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. I asked how the $2.5 million would be delivered and when. He said that there would be checks in the amount of $9,750,00 and they would be sent over a 2 year period until the total was paid out. He went on to say that I would need to have a check in the amount of $4,300.00 to cover insurance. I asked what was being insured and he said the certified check was being insured. I said I had never heard of such a thing. He said that was what the check was for that was included in my letter and the balance would be mine. I then asked who to make the payment to and he said I would need to call back to get a code to send the check. I said I had never heard of Publishers Clearing House calling winners before the Prize Patrol arrived at their door. At this point, he hung up on me!

I tried calling back 3 more times during the afternoon and each time I got a recording saying the call was being sent to a voice mail service which had not been activated; therefore I could not leave a message.

Victim Location 97232
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from someone named David Cooper allegedly from Publishers Clearing Houser say I won $3,000,000 plus a new red Mercedes Benz 270D. He then gave me the confirmation number 206779812077 and said I could receive the check when I paid a fee of $1,500. That is when I hung up my phone

Victim Location 38654
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received an email stating that I had won $1,000,000.00 USD.

To claim I must send them my Full Name, Street Address, Occupation, Sex, Age, Phone Number, State, City, Country, email address, and verify that I have not won before.

I assume it to be a scam, because it came to my email address, yet they want me to provide my email address in my response.

I have not responded.

Victim Location 53220
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called to tell me I won $3 million + a Mercedes Benz auto. Told me to write down the Badge # of Mary Johnson as well as the confirmation # and the prize #. I should then have $255 in cash for my registration fee to give to the person from the Prize Patrol who will deliver my prizes in person. I told him I didn't have the cash. He instructed me to then wire the money via Western Union to "Bill Payment Store". I then told him this all sounded very fishy and that I was going to call the BBB. He said that "because you are a skeptic, I will call back later." I then hung up. Phone is a JAMAICA EXCHANGE

Victim Location 84118
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said he is with publishers clearing house and said I have won $1,225,000 and a 2016 s class Toyota Camry. He said the verification number is DT 4123 u.s and said the checking number is 0010F3 then said the companies attorney is named Deborah Collins. Then he started asking me questions about if I am married and how I am a US citizen. I then said I am not interested in getting scammed so he said, [censored] you [censored]... so I hung up. (Sorry for the language, just stating what he said)

Victim Location 44108
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have been receiving many phone calls from Publishers Clearing House. Started last week. I received a call yesterday but I did not answer. The phone number on my caller ID is 601-822-1328. Callers name is David Goodman. Told me I won $750,000. Wanted me to send $500. Registration activation fee. I questioned him and he said I do not have to send it. I told him to send me something in writing.I did receive a mailing. Also won a car and a trip. Won 1.5 million. I know it is a scam. The letter looks fake. Like it has been copied. I am sending this letter to the Cleveland OH ScamPulse.com.

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

Received a call from John Hernandez who claimed to be with Publishers Clearing House, he gave me an employee number to reference and I needed to send $395 via Western Union. He gives me a town of Newport, Jamaica to send the wire to. I went to Wal Mart and they told me that they do not send wires to Jamaica. John called back and I told him that I cannot send him the wire so he gives me another name and location in Florida to send the payment to. He is calling me up to 45 times a day.

Victim Location 49415
Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan

called and wanted me to go to Walmart and trans $250.00 for an IRS fee so i could get the $7000. a week for life and a new car,876-885-9385

Victim Location 22203
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call labeled 'Jamaica' from a gentleman who identified himself as 'Dave Sawyers'. He claimed I had won second place in a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes drawing of 2.5 million plus 7,000 a week for life. I avoided saying yes so successfully that he ended the call with F--- You. He had my name and address. Clearly a scam, I assumed that PCH is not headquartered in Jamaica (I may be wrong and may rue not agreeing) and the prize enumerated is advertised on TV as the first prize. He was polite enough to enquire whether I wanted to get the prize on TV or privately. I replied privately, which again I presume is not an option with PCH, as their whole reason for being relies on publicity. It didn't get any further than that as I revealed nothing verbally regarding e-mail, web address, or other identifying information. I assume this was a "Yes" scam. I will be monitering my accounts over the next few days.

Victim Location 47601
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man with an accent called from Publishers Clearing House. I had won millions of dollars and a new Mercedes. He asked me to open a new bank account at my current bank and deposit $5. He kept asking if I was 86 years old. I said, "yes". I gave him my address and email address. He said he would send me information about depositing the millions into my new bank account and that he would need my Social Security number at that time. Is this a sham? I haven't seen anything on TV about it.

Victim Location 70549
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A MR MCKINSEY CALLED SAID HE as pub clearing house and i won 3rd place prize of 8.6million dollars to be delivered.gave idenity code,pw etc,called agin tues,Then inForms me pbs takes out taxes,but iI have to send them $900. first.Phone # was answered by them.That number is 12532545182.I told the PCS does NOT ask for moneys,I only lost my excitement

Victim Location 70094
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

WHEN THE PERSON WOULD CALL, HE SAYS HIS NAME IS DAVID FROM PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND THAT I WON A PRIZE AND IN THE BACKGROUND I HEAR KIDS SCREAMING HE HAS CALLED MORE THAN ONCE AND WHEN I CONFRONTED HM HE GETS MAD AND SAYS" WHO YOU TALKNG TO AND CURSES ME OUT"

Victim Location 01602
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Another series of publishers clearing house scams. I keep receiving these calls claiming to be from the Publishers Clearing House. They request that I send in money to collect my supposed '$3.5 million winnings.'

Victim Location 76052
Type of a scam Phishing

Caller called and asked if I had signed up for Publishers Clearning House. I said No. He said, "Are you sure?".

I said, "yes". He hung up right after that.

Victim Location 44112
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on my cell phone. The phone number on my caller ID is 876-810-3026. The man said he was with Publishers Clearing House. I am a second place winner. Would I like it private or be on TV. Said his name is Peter Anderson. He said I won $750,000. He is the prize director. He gave claims and code numbers that say USA. He asked how I would like my money Federal Express or UPS. Said I have to pay $375 insurance money to make sure I receive it. I told him I'm not sending them money. I said I won't pay insurance, He asked my age and marital status. I said this sounds unbelievable. He asked how I would use money. I told him I would not pay and he hung up. I knew it was a scam.

Victim Location 38053
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

caller told me the paperwork they had mailed to me was sent 3 times to the wrong location. They then had to contact me by phone. They were going to deliver my 2 million dollar price that same day Tuesday 3/21/17. After giving me a reference number and "bar code number" for the check, they advised I would have to provide photo ID and send them a fee of $250. At that point I told the caller I don't send money to win a prize and hung up the phone.

Victim Location 15767
Total money lost $400
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer called from 206-596-0950 saying victim won $7,000 a week for life. All she had to do was buy $400 worth of iTune cards and give scammer the numbers on the back. After Victim paid $400, scammers said victim had to pay another $700 for taxes before they could release the money through Western Union. Victim did not pay this. "James Lee Senior" said he was from Federal Bank at phone # 347-349-1363 and also named was "Steven Jones".

Victim Location 35476
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The person called and leaves his name Michael Bernard and tells you you've won the first prize. He then ask you to call him back at the number on your caller id. I did not call back.

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