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Victim Location 53711
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer called to advise me I've won $2.7 million. I recognized the 876 area code as Jamaica, but they called again from 876-491-0064. I just disconnected the call each time.

Victim Location 77521
Total money lost $3,200
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Told me he was from Publishers Clearing House and that I won 5MM .

I was told to send a money order for $3200 and I did. I am 96byears old and used money for my funeral thinking I could do something great for my children. My daughter contacted PCH and they confirmed it was not legitimate.

Victim Location 35803
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A guy called said his name was Michael Anderson. He said I had won 3 million dollars but that I needed to pay $150.00 in taxes. He said it was a senior prize. Asked if I had credit cards, my bank name, and if I had a car. He said I also had won a 2018 MB Pearl White. I gave him no information. I asked if this was a joke, he stated that it was not. He said I would receive the money in the mail and I was to go to the bank and cash it, then have the money when they brought the car out on Friday. He called back a second time to give me a security code. "Honesty is our best policy, Better Days." I have not received any thing and don't expect to see him.

Victim Location 78613
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 6:18 AM I received an email from [email protected] with an invoice to pay Total Account Balance Due: $17.95 for a 60 minute timer. It has an order number of 305895586990 and says the Order Date: 02-21-2018, but I am just now getting the email confirmation of the order that happened over 9-Days ago!! When calling customer service, the prompts ask for a customer number, which is rejected becasue it doesn't exist in their systems. Fact is, I never placed this order! I have only been playing the games and building up tokens just for the fun of it because their official rules state "ALL PRIZES ARE GUARANTEED TO BE AWARDED AS OFFERED NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER BUYING WON’T HELP YOU WIN". So I called today to cancel this order, and after being transferred to a call center, I asked the rep how are orders placed and she explained the whole pick, click to place in basket, review order, then submit - which I explained I had never taken any such steps. The rep did say she cancelled the order and I all had to do was refuse the shipment, but in reviewing FedEx shipment 9274892701035742456197, it says they have only received shipping information and a label was created. So I called back again to try and stop the shipment because it hasn't gone anywhere and again called them out as a scam as I explained I don't feel I need to go through all the hassles of having to drive to FedEx and waste my time - so this rep tells me I don't even have to send the item back and to go drop it off at a Goodwill center.

So I am reporting that is a scam in that the company will auto-generate product orders on your behalf without your permission and ship you unauthorized products in hopes that you will pay money. If you call to inquire as to why this happened, they are quick to cancel your order claiming not to return anything. Most people will accept the package and open it and then be on the line for payment (extortion by proxy). I just feel this is shady business at best and would like others to be aware of the facts, check your email constantly if playing, and call to inquire immediately if you did not manually place any orders.

Victim Location 99517
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a phone call from a male stating that he was with Publishers clearing House. He said that I had won second place from a form I had filled out back in 2012. I asked him why his phone number said he was from Jamaica, he claimed his phone number was from New York. When I said I was done with the conversation and was going to hang up, he stated ‘[censored] you’.

Victim Location 63026
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from this number saying they were from the Publishers Clearing House. They said I had won a package prize. They wanted me to go send them a money gram for $250.00. I was starting to do it but then didn't want to send all of that so I asked if I could send a lower amount. They said that's ok and told me to send $50.00. I went to Wal-mart and tried to send the money gram, it did not go through so I got the money back. I contacted them again and they told me to western union the money to them. I had a feeling this may be a scam from the start (which is why I would only send $50 in case it was and I couldnt get my money back), but when it got to this point I really thought it was scammy especially when they started getting push and irritated when the first attempt at paying them did not work. I did not end up sending them money. I believe this to be a scam.

Victim Location 31201
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call that she had won a large amount of money and were on their way to deliver to her home. She hung up the phone without giving them any information.

Victim Location 65605
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My brother, who is handicapped, received a call telling him that he had won $2 million through their sweepstakes. They asked him to send a check for $470 to: Lola Wright at 700 N. Franklin, Pleasantville, NJ 08232. I called them back on my brother's behalf and they hung up on me.

Victim Location 63141
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a "check" from Publisher's Clearing House in the amount of $8995.75.

Victim Location 78621
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Elderly father (age 92) received letter stating he had won $600,000.00. Enclosed was a very real looking "check" for $8,995.75 which letter stated was for "out of pocket" expenses required to pay towards "customs taxes & processing fees". Instructions were to call claims agent mr Martins Webber @ 1-347-985-7419 to discuss "payment arrangements". In another paragraph - instructions were to call claims agent Mr. martins coles. Said to keep award letter "strictly confidential" until winnings had been remitted to "your designated account". Letter signed by "Deborah Holland - Executive Vice President". At first glance, it all appears very official. On second reading spelling on "claims agent" names is a bit suspicious & phrasing is not from an English speaking person. BEWARE if you receive something like this - IT is a scam to get money and/or identity information!!!

Victim Location 92109
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received phone call but did not answer. He said he was Dave Sear from Publishers clearing house and I had won 2,500,000. and a 2018 Mercedes. The call came from Jamaica 876-854-2186 and the number left to call Barack was 516-252-6404. When I called I asked what information I needed to know and he didn't answer me. He said he wasn't going to force me to take the offer. I told him it was a scam and he said you believe it is a hoax. When I said yes he said you have a nice day and hung up.

Victim Location 28714
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

He said his name was Berry Allen. And that I had won 2nd place in the amount of $1.5 million dollars. And $5000 every two weeks for life and to claim it I needed to go to dollar general and pay $187.00 registerstion fee and then I'd get the money they're every two weeks

Victim Location 44076
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on our landline last Sunday. The caller claimed to be with Publishers Clearing House. My caller ID showed phone number 876-468-6186. Callers name is David Fayer. Said I won $4.5 million. A briefcase containing $350 in cash. Also a 2018 Mercedes Benz. I asked for the phone number to Publishers Clearing House. He gave me the corporate number for PCH 876-474-6834. He wanted me to go to Western Union and send $580 to register. Would show they had contacted me. Send to Devon Barker in Baldwin NY. I asked or a zip code. He said I dont need one. Then he gave me 11510 Wanted me to send the money same day delivery transfer. I did not send any money. I was not sure it was a scam in the beginning. He also advised me to go to Walmart. I knew it was a scam when they wanted me to wire money. I did not send any money. Sunday they called nine times in five minutes.

Victim Location 77662
Total money lost $150
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Was called by a guy . Said he was with publishers clearing house. I won 2.5 million and a new 2018 Mercedes Benz. I needed to register at Walmart to validate the prize. I sent 150 Walmart to Walmart in Christopher IL. Then told it wouldn't go through. So I was instructed to go pick up money and mail. But it is holiday so they are closed. Finally I had to go to Western Union and send to Reno Nevada. After completion. I was told I was registered my name was on check.. He gave me code to unlock breifcase with cash. Then he called and said they paid 99% over taxes. But I had to pay one percent 750. I said I couldn't come up with that do he dropped to 350. The balance of 400 would come out when case was delivered. I'm expected to get 350 and will be contacted by phone on where to send. Twenty minutes later I will have 2 million in check. 500,000 in cash and new car.

Victim Location 53110
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I won PCH sweepstakes. Calls from Jamaica from other numbers also such as 876-788-3998 and 876-423-2186. I was to send $500 via Walmart money gram to Ann Esha Jolly, 272 Robert Parkinson Dr., Bramton, Ontario, Canada. I did not fall for the scam.

Victim Location 83201
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Calls as publisher's clearing house and state I have won $2.5 million. I need to go to Walmart and buy a gift card. I need to give them $800.59. They give me a check #0101123237395 and a reference #91990918.

Victim Location 77418
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A person "David Allen" called informing that my mother had won $2.5M. He asked her for $5000. Go to bank and make check out to David Allen. Claim# 009506. THey were to arrive at 11:30 today. Also winning a Chevy Malibu.

Victor Passeo from Mumver, South Carolina.

910-888-4290 .

Victim Location 35674
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Friend request on Facebook, claiming to be Publishers Clearing House with check for $1 Million & 2017 Mercedes. Left these numbers to call: 810-208-3691 or 810-454-8679 then messaged me pretending to be Howie and asked me to text my full information. I informed them that website admonished NOT to put info out there. Have not heard anymore from them. Knew it was a scam.

Victim Location 44140
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My husband plays Publishers Clearing House. We received a call on our house phone. Caller leaves a message that we won $4.7 million. The caller is Michael McQueen. Requested we call back 864-633-5485. I called the number back. Recording stated your party is not available. I left a message and he called back. He wanted me to send $499.99. at Bank America or Wells Fargo. Then he wanted me to to to Western Union. I said I don't do wire transfer. He told me to go to Walgreen's. He kept putting me on hold. Wanted to know if I wanted them to deliver the prize publicly or privately. We know this is a scam.

Victim Location 75501
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Robert Thomas 876-468-4546 call said I won 3.5 Million + 2 000.00 + car cause I play on the Publish Clearing House wed site. I told him to just deliver it. I ask him to not call any more. I hung up phone. Second later he calls back. He ask my I hung up. Told him it's a scam. Don't call me any more. Hung up.

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