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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.

Victim Location 43760
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publisher's Clearinghouse has been calling me for two weeks. They said I won 2.5 million dollars and a Mercedes. He had s Somalian accent. They knew my name and address.

Victim Location 96712
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Phone rang.. I answered because I was expecting a call.. 2 seconds of silence... then a male who had a distinctive Caribbean accent politely asked me how I was (referring to me as sir) then proceeded to tell me I had won a $480,000 dollars with publishers clearing house; He went on to say that there representative was in Hawaii... I asked him questions to keep him on phone... he said I should have received a notification in the mail.. I asked him why his Caller ID didn't show Publishers Clearing House? He said they used mobile phones... Then I told him I don't subscribe to Publishers Clearing House and he hung up... Call was from (876) 296-6052.

Victim Location 78413
Total money lost $325
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called by person saying they represent Publishers Clearing House and that I am a winner of $25,000 and a car. Was told that I had to provide funds to clear the money transfer and pay for storage of car. The caller id showed the caller is using a Jamaica phone number.

Victim Location 46219
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man called and said I had one 8,500,000 and they wanted me pay them $799 in taxes. They said they had merged with They actually wanted me to get Attorney and FBI agent and they gave me a number to call him back.

Victim Location 66512
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from a gentleman stating I won the $10Million Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. He asked me to verify my name and wanted to send me some information in the mail and the check. Something didn't sound right so I ended up hanging up on him. He never told me if I owed any money but I assume that's where the call was headed.

Victim Location 70809
Total money lost $100,000
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was changing out my annuities to buy gold and silver using my credit cards. I received a phone call saying I won an 8 million dollars lottery and a BMW custom made in Germany. I felt like I was drawn to a flame. All reasoning went out the window, He said I had to have 20:000 in my bank account. I was paying off some of the coins and he needed money to pay off expenses. I wrote three chech to his “agent”. I wrote one fo $8,095. The second one for $28,500 and the final for $25,000. Sent UPS overnight. Also $9,600 in cash wrapped in a magazine and set UPS. And another $2,400 wrapped in a magazine, he also wanted wire transfers through the bank.The man was James Carter, his agent was Norman Ratka. He got the checks. The wire transfers were to Karen Alexandra Brown. They did not go. Bank would not send them. Then James wanted two bank accounts. He then said he would get sponsors to help me get the 20,000 in my account. So I started receiving small amounts to put into my accounts. Then got two $8,000 checks. Deposited them one in each bank and they bounced. Both banks calling about being scammed. I did not want to admit it. Also as I bought coins on my credit cards and was getting coins. One of the final a credit card was 84,000. This is the one with the most problem, Other card $16,700. Mike C. From Chase Investigations called me and I told him the truth. He sent me to the police. I am still getting calls from James. Want me to open 2 more accounts. There was $1,500 transfer to my bank account. Yesterday the bank said the person wants it back. I told the bank no, that it is all a scam and I will not return it. I had gone to another bank and wire transfer to Lamar O. Duncan. One of the persons to get magazine money was Michael Webster, 11861 Summer Oak Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Karen Alexandra Brown, 3635 Dominy Lane, Apt 512, Fort Worth, TX 76116. Bank of Texas. Alex Grant 1717 Mason Ave, Apt 435, Daytona Beach, Fl 32117. I got some more cash in the mail and I called the sheriff and he said do not go to new banks and hang onto the money. It is all a scam

Victim Location 46319
Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

Called said won a prize of car and $1,000,000. Then said would call back at 3:00. They called back asking for info lost connection called back then all of a sudden realized we were on to them and we were diconnected

Victim Location 19046
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A guy called my cell phone and identified himself as Angelo Miller from Publisher Clearing House. He said I won 2 million bucks. Asked me to write down some numbers:

package # 000 925 7392

ticket # 3

code: 779842

Told me I had to get to a walmart and pay $500. to get a reciept which I would use to collect the prize money. He asked me to hang up and call him back. I did hang up but didn't call him back so he called me a 2nd time. I hung up.Have not heard from him again.

I knew it was a scam but I am reporting it to help others.

Victim Location 83221
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Phone call from "No Caller ID" Said I had won $850,000 but needed to do a Walmart to Walmart to Frances Pressley in Carry, North Carolina. Wanted $285. Gave me a cell number of 1-876-464-1852. Lots of other talk but that was the basics to convince me he was legitimate. Lots of "wanting to notify me of" different items. Good an explaining why. I asked several times for him to verify who I was with any info but he could not provide anything. Explained that he was separate from the delivery crew. Never asked for my personal info and seemed very professional and legitimate. Did mentioned that time was of the essence and wanted to get the process going and done. Said that I had been notified of this before but they had not heard anything back from me. Could not give me any details on this..... Has called me back a couple times but I have not answered. See below for all the info that he gave me.

Name - David Peterson

Prize conf number - 5581351

Ticket - 3870111

Conf - 88415

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