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Victim Location 53132
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

A James Wilson representing Publishers Clearing House Company indicated he would visit with a 4.1 million $ check. But a $2500 check needs to be made out to a Merchant's Bank where it would be held as a one% tax for the IRS. They are in Madison and will visit in about 1-1/2 hour.

Victim Location 38671
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I recd a phone call at 12:25 this afternoon and I spoke w/Christy who stated I won 3.5 million dollars but I had to send $800 to Kimberly Daniel at 7821 NE 21st st, Gainesville, FL 32641. Christy told me it wasn't going to be public; it was going to be private. If I did it tomorrow, I would have to FedEx it. I told her I would have to make a few calls and hung up.

Victim Location 28104
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a letter from Publishers Clearing House saying I was a second place winner and had won $75,000. They enclosed a check for $4,823.11, and said must be deposited into my account only after speaking to the claims agent. I am suppose to call a Mr. Michael Austin at 877-315-6071. He would then process my prize. After looking at several similar situations on the website, I never made the call. The stamp on the envelope was Canada with no return address. The check Total Fina Elf ESPP Shareholder services, Troy, Michigan

Victim Location 35748
Total money lost $10,000
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammers name is James Anderson and he claims to be with Publishers Clearing House. He claims that the person he is calling for has won a prize car and an unspecified amount of millions in prize money. That seems to change with every call. In order for someone to claim prize money, they have to “pay” for the prize money. 

Victim Location 76123
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They contacted me through my friends Instagram account stating that they just received money. They gave me the number to call and information to give them. They started all you have to do is pay the deliver fee.

Victim Location 49504
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man by the name of Jack Summers called stated I won $525,000. Had to call a 702-979-1757 to claim check. Needed to send in money to insure the check. I hung up.

Victim Location 99352
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called at 5am pacific time and woke me up. Told me I had won 5.1 million dollars and a Mercedes car. I told him it was rude to call so early and he said that he would call me back in a half hour. It seemed like he was trying to get me to say yes. I did not. I called the Jamaica number back and expected no answer but that same person answered. It has been over half an hour and no call back.

Victim Location 03842
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Man called and said he was John Anderson from the Publishing Clearing House, and that I had won 10.5 Million Dollars and a new Navigator Cadillac. Said I needed to send $495 to Atty Lavonne Murphy in Arizona City, Arizona, before 2:30 pm, because Publishing Clearing House will be at my door at that time.

Victim Location 71222
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Mike Freeman called said I won 8.1 million and a mercedes car gave ticket 770336182LA from John Davis need to get an Amazon card per Thomas Murray and given prize confirmation 35444555US but did not wait to hear how much they wanted just hung up.

Victim Location 32208
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

On FB/Messenger Harry Walker ask me about Publisher Clearing House then said he saw my name on the list & contact Sheryl @

1-909-389-6622 or messenger her @ Deliveryagentsheryk2018 ask her if my name on list she advise me yes Sheryl told me to write this info on place to keep Ref#990078567 Batch#9056490602/33 Ticket#85430000 Serial#7755551111/216

Lucky #(FB-225-7736)

Batch #(FB-0281/544)

Serial #99352748-2015

After she ask for name, Full address, phone#, date of Birth, then she sent me a list of amounts of I send her from $500 I would get $10,000, $1000 I would get $100,000 so & so I explain to her I didn't have the money she kept messenging me on & on when I can send the she showed me a video on her giving away the money I mentioned in TV people seem so surprise it's as though they were actually surprise w/o knowing about giving them money...she said they did. I thought maybe I need to check with the

Victim Location 31052
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The consumer received a phone call from someone saying he was from Publisher's Clearing House and that she had won 7,500,000. He said she had to send 699.00 for taxes, in advance, and they would bring her winnings to her.

Victim Location 77657
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

On my phone texting my friend and I got this message saying I won $200,000.00.  His name was Alex, please call him at 727-247-9858.  Called him immediately wondering how could I have won any money, I didn't purchase anything from Publisher's Clearinghouse.  Alex told me it was my lucky day, all I had to do was send him $400.00 either by purchasing a gift card or itune card.  Within 12 hours I would get my $200,000.00 by Brink Truck, Mercedes Car, he would deliver them personally.  Once he receive my $400.00.  That sound kind of fishy to me, so I call the BBB.

Victim Location 53216
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a random phone call on my cell phone from 876-316-8119 he said his name was James Wilson and said that I won 14.1 million dollars keep it to myself don't tell anybody in our family members he want me to write down all this information and how he didn't want to waste my time and I shouldn't waste his time and he gave me my winners number was 115593USA. And how Uncle Sam and the FBI see you were coming to my house with balloons and a whole bunch of gifts for me and my family and they were going to insure it for one point they are insurance for 99% and I had to do the 1% which came to $2,500 make sure I have the $2,500 before they would bring me the four point million dollars. They wanted to know if I was at work or at home.. And when the time would not work out he said he had to talk to Uncle Sam about meeting me tomorrow there in Madison Wisconsin and this money was going to change my life and he was so happy to congratulate me.

Victim Location 32218
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The scammer pretended to be an agent of Publishers Clearing House. A fake letter was sent along with a request to send $2,000 to receive the prize. The person followed up with an email and several phone calls

Victim Location 65438
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on my cellphone from a guy claiming to be with the Publisher's Clearinghouse. He said I had entered with my telephone number and that I was 1 of 149 people selected to win. I was told I had won 1.5 Million dollars and a 2018 Mercedes convertible. I was asked to stay on the phone with him and go to Walmart to pay the $400 processing fee. When I asked the guy where he was calling from he told me New York, New York but his number show's as Jamaica and he had a thick Jamaican accent. I explained to him that I never entered the sweepstakes and hung up. A few minutes later he called my husband's cellphone with the same offer except this time he wanted $500 as the processing fee. He is very convincing. When I said I would need to confer with my daughter he tried to urge me to just surprise her with my winnings and new car and that I should be independent and self reliant.

Victim Location 65803
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Publishers Clearing House is please to officially announce you as a second place winner in the 100 million dollars super cash giveaway promotion sponsored by Readers Digest, Mega Millions and Multi-State Lottery Association. Enclosed in this letter is a check of $7,800. which is part of your winning. Please contact your claim manager without any delay before depositing this check at your financial institution and for further information on this prize. As required by federal and state laws, your security code and prize information must be Kept strictly confidential which means you are precluded from discussing your win with third parties. This is to reduce risks of unauthorized access to your claims information.

Victim Location 63090
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said to go to Wal-Mart and send $485 to claim sweepstakes prize of 5.5 million dollars and a free car. Asked the caller to call back at 6 p.m. when daughter would be home from work and they called numerous times prior to 6 but did not call at 6 p.m. Around 9 pm Central time they called repeatedly for about 15 minutes but have not called back since and no money was sent. Names mentioned were *** *** ***?), and *** ***

Victim Location 44125
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from someone claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. Stated I won $2.5 million. They pay 99% of taxes through the gaming commission. Requested $399 upfront payment to pay 1% taxes. I would receive my check. Wanted me to send the money by credit card debit card or money order. Their phone number is 888-260-6811. My caller ID showed Publishers Clearing House. Phone number 800-542-9453. I did not send any money. I did not think it was right to send money to win a prize. Want to warn the elderly people.

Victim Location 38016
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I recd a call at 1:10 PM today from Mary Sider who stated I had won the lst prize of 2 1/2 million dollars. She gave me check claim no. 850077PC and pkg code no. US10000. She wanted me to pay a fee of $345.38. I questioned her about the fee and requested she send me information that prove they were legitimate. Mary wanted to send me info on my cell phone or computer or fax but I did not have any of those.

So she wanted to meet me at the bank that use and she would meet me there in an hour. She had accent and I could hardly understand her.

I decided to call the and found out the 876 area code was in Jamaica.

Victim Location 94608
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from a Man, saying I won $750000 from a sweepstakes. But I had to send $7500 to get the money. Lloyd of London needed to insure the money while in transit to me, and I needed to send blank money orders.

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