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Victim Location 36750
Type of a scam Phishing

The gentleman claimed to be calling from the Publishing Clearing House he stated that his name was Dave Sawyer and that I had won 2.5 million dollars and a new Mercedes Benz and I can select the color that I wanted however I need to pay $750 processing and handling fee and I had to give the receipt to the person that delivered the goods on the next day. He also stated that I need to fill out a form once the person arrive the next day but I had to call him back in order for him to give me the license Merchant Banker's number in order for her to except my required $750 fee. I knew it was a scam so I said I need to report this and I called The Better business Bureau to report it.

Victim Location 73107
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Frank Peterson called to say I was a Third Place winner with Publishers Clearing House. They would meet me at my home or at my bank. They would bring a certified check. Two attorneys would be present. there would be a 2.5 million and a Mercedes Benz vehicle. This could be made Public or remain Private. Gave call-back number in case we were cut off. They are approved by the Better Business Bureau. I was to have some sort of ID registration-one day insurance. This was to be obtained at Walgreen or CVS. I would bring an Amazon gift care if the amount of $199.99 and my Driver's License to the bank. They would refund me the $199.99 at that time. Because the party was still on my phone, I went to the neighbor's house. We called Walgreen and they never heard of Identify registration cards. My neighbor checked on-line and PCH never calls and requests money. I tried to recall the number they gave me but could not reach them. And that's my story.

Victim Location 44105
Total money lost $350
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from Publishers Clearing House that I won $75,000 on my home phone. They have called several times and are calling me now. The caller instructed me to buy two eBay cards at Walgreens. I bought the two cards. $150 and $200 today. I called them back as instructed. 876-358-6068 I read the numbers. They continue to call me. I am reporting this to eBay.

Victim Location 43443
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have been receiving calls from a man stating he is with Publishers Clearing House. Officer Dave. My caller ID showed 866-336-5748. He also gave me phone number 516-699-2354. He said I won $2.5 Million. He wanted me to send $122,000 for taxes. I sent no money. He said I could get a reverse mortgage. I did tell him where I banked. I do play Publishers Clearing House.

Victim Location 79121
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from David Horn who said I won the PCH and to send $3855 to Ondrej Coleman at 10451 Bells Ferry Rd in Canton GA 30114.

Victim Location 43701
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from Publisher's Clearinghouse saying I am the grand prize winner of $1.5 million, $5000 a week for life. I need to pay an $853 refundable fee up front. They wanted me to go to the bank and have a certified check done. I told them I don't want the prize. He tried to convince me it was legitimate. When I said I don't have the money, he said he would pay half, and I would receive the full amount for the reimbursement from my bank. He said things were set up so that if I came up with the $853. He had an accent. He said his name was Shane. His number is 866-311-2192. My package code selected for me personally was US1987.

Victim Location 44907
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call this morning from David Blake. He gave me a number to call to make arrangements to have the money delivered is 419-458-3829.

Victim Location 79106
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from Jonathan Morales who works for Homeland Security and he said I won $450,000. He said in order to secure my winnings I need to wire $2,250 to Wells Fargo Bank at 1900 SW 9th Miami FL and he gave me a routing and account number. I knew this was a scam and he said if I had any questions to talk to Susan Maloney at this same number as she is the attorney. My claim # AW17389.

Victim Location 79007
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man called and said his name was Michael Wallis with Publisher's Clearinghouse. He said I won 2.5 million dollars and a new car if I sent $250 through a Walmart grant. I called the who said this was a scam

Victim Location 65201
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Danny Cooper called from this number and had me call another number and then also their website. They said I had won money for life.

Victim Location 44004
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have been receiving several calls on my landline from Publishers Clearing House. The phone number in my caller ID was 315-565-1025 X7. Don Freeman. He said I won $112 million dollars. It sounds like it may be a recording. They requests 1 % of tax of winning. $25,000. They want me to get some type of tax form from bank. I have no idea.They gave me a verification code 775005TA.. They also mentioned a tax form. I sent no money.

Victim Location 35747
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on my cell phone this morning. I did not catch what the "person's" name was. The voice sounded mechanical. He said that I had won $2.5M and a 2019 Mercedes. He kept asking me questions which I could have answered yes to, like have I ever heard of Publisher's Clearing House. I had heard of another type of scam that takes your yes answer and uses it in identity theft fraud. Finally, I told him that I had not entered his sweepstakes, so I doubted that I had won anything. Then I just hung up on him.

Victim Location 43227
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers Clearing House imposter. Telling her she won a million dollars but to send $ 700 and another call was $300 for taxes. Calling with foreign tongue.

Victim Location 53504
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Claiming to be the legal representative for Publishers Clearing House. Asked for homeowner by name - told her she was a 2nd place winner. Anytime homeowner asked question they would hang up. Called back three times. Verified home address - said they were going to come to her house at a certain time on a certain date.

Victim Location 14618
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The scammer evidently hacked my friend's Facebook account and sent me a fake FB message, which originally I thought was from her. The message said she had won a $150,000 prize from Publisher Clearing House and she saw my name of the list of winners too. My friend is 82 and is in the hospital. I thought she was the target of a scam, and tried by FB messenging back and forth with her, to convince her not to claim the $150,000. Then it dawned on me that I really was the target, that this message was not from my friend in the hospital at all, and that someone had hacked into her FB account. Fortunately I did not take the bait and try to claim "my prize" on the "winner's list." I took four screen-shots, documenting the fake FB messenger conversation. I will try attaching them here. (Only one would attach, so I chose the one with the phone number supplied for texting.) I have no doubt that if I had texted the number provided, they would have tried to extract money from me for "claiming" my supposed "prize" on the "winner's list."

Victim Location 79114
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A woman named Deborah called me and said I won $10,000 a week for life and asked me not to tell anyone about it. She said that PCH would be here on Thursday at 9:00 am. She also wanted me to send $495 to her. I called the BBB who told me this was a common scam

Victim Location 60021
Total money lost $7,000
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter and check that instructed me to call *** *** for instruction on how to claim my prize from *** *** ***. He told me to deposit the check in my account and then call him back once it was done. I did as he instructed. When I called him, he told me that in order to get the rest of the prize, I would have to send $7,000 to pay taxes and fees since money was coming from Canada. I pressed him to ask if this was fraud, but he assured me he was an attorney for *** and this was just necessary so I wouldn't be charged double taxes by Canada and the US. My husband took out $7,000 and sent 7, $1,000 money orders to *** ***, *** *** *** *** ** via UPS. The package was received on 2/27/2018 per UPS tracking. On 2/27/2018 my bank notified me that the check was no good. I tried to call *** back, but the number didn't ring. I've notified the *** *** *** ***, my bank and credit cards of the fraud.

I would like to get a refund of the $7,000 as well as for all expenses I incurred. I realize this probably won't happen but wanted this to be made public in case others get the same letter.

Victim Location 79057
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man called me from Kingston, Jamaica and told me I won $2 million and $5,000/month. He told me that I could give it to a church if I wanted to. I called the who said it was a scam.

Victim Location 65588
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes


Victim Location 44052
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a number of voicemails and text messages from a company claiming to be Publisher's Clearinghouse claiming that because I have been entering into the sweepstakes for so long, and that I live in Ohio, I qualified to win one of three prizes, I choose which of the three I would like. They said all I had to do was pay $3.99 a week for a magazine subscription to be eligible for the prize, which was $25,000 cash, a new Ford Explorer, or a plasma TV or $2,000 cash, or the third prize, was free food. They said People Publisher magazine was the one that they advertised in, and they also said they were affiliated with the BBB. The man I spoke with said his name was James. I told him I had to talk to my husband about it. He told me that they would just go to the next person and take me off the list if I wasn't interested. He also told me my claim reference number is 0172.

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