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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.

Victim Location 28214
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said that I won 2nd place in publishers clearing House prize and that my check would be delivered in one hour. I would have to pay 1% of the prize upon receipt of the prize which was $550.000. I hung up.

Victim Location 69147
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Left message that he was Peter White with Publishers Clearing House. Call back and speak with John Wellington @769-208-2330. Then call the Federal Bank Commission of New York @ 929-268-1974. Would be given final instructions.

Victim Location 67218
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Told consumer they had won millions in the sweepstakes. In order for them to collect the money they needed to go and buy I-Tune cards in the amount of $2,500.00. The consumer told them if I won I shouldn't have to send you money in order to collect it. The caller hung up.

Victim Location 67220
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Told consumer they had won but needed to send $2,100.00 to get it. Consumer told them this is a scam and hung up.

Victim Location 70726
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes


Peter called and claimed to be from Publishers Clearing house. Peter said that I won third prize which included $3.5 million, a car, and a shopping spree at Ashley furniture. He did a long spiel about winning and that this was real and not fake and would I be home so the camera people and he could come to my house, etc., etc. He said he was in the Hammond, LA office. I finally asked him, “Peter, What do I have to do to get this prize?”. He fed me a story that the US government FDIC Department required the recipiant of the prize to pay $699 for a receipt enabling PCH to release the money and prizes to me. I told him he was full of… ! I told him that I was not going to pay a dime for a prize. I told him that he was lying and that he was tring to scam older people. He swore to me and brought Jesus into the conversation to try and get me to believe him. He didn’t want me to think he was a liar, so he told me that he would get with his supervisors in a meeting and see if he could get the amount waived. He called me every day last week and told me finally on Friday that they agreed to waive half of the cost. I laughed at him and I said “Peter, I told you I’m not paying a dime for prize money. Don’t call me again because you guys are trying to rip off elderly people in the United States and you should all be either shot or hung.” He has continued to call me daily at least three times a day. Today he has called me 13 times. I don’t answer the phone. He calls from the same phone number every single time. I don’t understand why these people cannot be stopped. 876-297-8538, Kingston, Surrey County, Jamaica. I have called this number back and I reach Peter on the phone. You should be able to do something about this because you can actually trace the number. I called Peter back just now and asked him to stop calling me. Now he is going back in his meeting to tell tell them that I want my price money to go to a charity. He said he’s going to call me back and let me know when the FDIC is going to call me so they can advise the PCH that it’s OK to release the money to a charity. I have no idea why this man has called me so many times and is adamant that I believe that he’s not a bad person.

Victim Location 79339
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Asked for the consumer to pay for the 5 million dollar prize and truck by sending something from WalMart.

Victim Location 15137
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Victim contacted by a "John Day" claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. Victim supposedly won $1.5 million and a new Mercedes. He would need to send $3600 for "taxes" to claim the winnings.

Victim Location 45895
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from Publisher's Clearinghouse Winners Circle saying I had won $250,000 and Mercedes Benz and it was approved by BBB and FDIC. I told him I would use the house to remodel my house. He said I would have to pay $40,000 in taxes because I was not a senior citizen. He said he was from Arkansas, his name is David Goodwyn. He wanted me to get with my bank, and check the FDIC. He said he would contact the governor, adn a state marshall would deliver the money.

Victim Location 95695
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My wife who is 83 was called on her cell phone by a man, later identified himself as Andre Coleman, claiming to represent Publishers Clearing House and that she had won a significant amount of money. Attempted to set up a time when someone would come to the house. This was set for 3:00 p.m. as she had a doctor's appointment at 12:45. He then began to tell her what she needed to do as our state has a tax requirement prior to the receipt of the award. He gave her a Bank of America branch number, 223024506121, to which she was to deposit $2,555. Unfortunately my wife believed him and was ready to go to her bank as he continued on line to direct her through the process. By that time I had contacted Publisher's Clearing House and read their procedures and information on fraud. No money was ever to be sent. The man sent an email with attachment to verify that he indeed represented PCH. The materials included a letter alleging to come from the FDIC endorsing the need to deposit $2,555.00 to the FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CO. The materials included a congratulations from Accredited Business, Finance officer, Stehen M. Keamy. My wife is a trusting woman and vulnerable to such scams. Fortunately we were able to stop this one, but the affair took over and hour as the man became increasingly forceful. Publisher Clearing House took some of our information and said they would be referring it to the FBI. One of thousands of such scams I am sure.

Victim Location 44105
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on my cell phone from a Jamaican number. My caller ID showed phone number 876-348-0671.The caller stated it was Publishers Clearing House. Callers name was Mike Lester with badge number 9374. I had entered a contest twice online for PCH Dream Home. Win $5000 a week for the rest of you life. He said I won fourth place. $350,000 . I also won a 2019 Lincoln Navigator. He wanted me to send $270 to receive my prize. Registration fee and cover taxes. They would cover most of the taxes. He said I had to be at home today by 1:00 so they could present me with their check. He gave his name Mike Lester with badge number 9374.He did not say how he wanted the money. I started to ask a lot questions. I knew it was a scam especially when they asked for money.

Victim Location 74728
Total money lost $900
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted by someone impersonating my friend. The impersonator gave me the contact information for the scammers. The scammers were relentless in calling me and contacting me. The impersonator still contacts me through messengers as frequently as last week...Jan 20, 2019.

My friend, who was impersonated, has confirmed she did not write or contact me through Facebook messenger. She has cancelled her Facebook account and no longer communicates through Facebook or Facebook Messenger.

Victim Location 43213
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call today from 202-350-9032 Ryan Myers. He said he was an officer. He said his badge number A1855701. he said I had won Publisher's Clearinghouse for $505,000. He said my claim number is RA10221964. He said I would get 2 checks: one for $565 which I could use to pay the taxes. He told me to contact a lawyer named Peter Miller who is with the Treasury Dept 202-866-7115. He asked me what I would do with the money. I said pay my bills and move out of Ohio. He said President Trump said we have to pay taxes on the money, specifically $1300 so they can do a background check on me. I asked why do I need a background check? He said why, are you worried what it will say? I said no, I dont have the money. He put me on hold. I could hear music in the background. And I hung up.

Victim Location 87420
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Person called my mom and claimed she had won a vehicle of her choice, that was all paid for and $995, 000,000.00, tax free. From publishers clearing house. They asked for address, phone and asked for her to only pay for the shipping price of $495.00. They wanted to send her pictures of her truck. They hung up to send the pictures and i called the number they provided and someone named john answered and said the same thing to me that i had won. He stated that they had called me earlie

Victim Location 44021
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

We received a call on our home phone today. The caller stated they were with Publishers Clearing House. He said I won 2.5 Million. $5000 a week and a Mercedes Benz. My wife spoke with a lady named Danielle Williams. Another representative was John Garth. We were to go to Wal Mart and send the $890 . We were to get a receipt. They did not say specifically how to send the money It is a requirement by IRS. We would get a refund when they brought us the money. They would personally deliver the prize money with their personal attorneys to make sure the paperwork was correct. The caller gave me two phone numbers 1-815-491-6716 and 1-876-868-7713. He said the US Marshall would be here when the prize was delivered. I knew it was a scam. I was skeptical. I'm not that lucky. When they asked for money I knew it was a scam. They also asked if we were seniors and if my wife was over 65. That tipped me off too.

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