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Victim Location 63123
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call saying they were Publisher's Clearing House and I had won 950,000 and a Mercedes Benz. They told me I needed to go to Walmart to get a money order to send to them for a specific fee. I knew at this point it was a scam

Victim Location 32409
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes


Victim Location 46507
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I just received a call from an unknown number. "No caller ID" he left a message

"Hello this is George Cooper from publishers clearing house. Please get back with me at my direct line @202-239-5066 thank you"

Victim Location 83619
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was told to pay 665 dollars for taxes for them to release my money. David Washington is the name they gave me.

Victim Location 28470
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call on my cell phone, from a John Anderson, said he was a representative for Publishers Clearing House and that he had been trying to get in touch with me by mail to let me know I was a 2nd place winner of 1.8 million dollars and a bonus prize of a 2017 Mercedes Benz s series. Gave me a lot of information, including, The Winning # the Pkg. # the Serial # and a Ticket #. Said my prize was being held in Charlotte, NC, about a 3.5 hour drive from me and they would be delivering it today, but needed the registration fee for the car before they could release it in my name. This had to be done before it could be on it's way. He wanted me to go to Walmart and do a Walmart to Walmart transfer in the amount of $754.00 for the registration fee. And have the receipt with me when the prize team arrived. Said the would arrive in a Red, White, and Blue truck with my new Mercedes on the back. He ask me what color I wanted... which is a little fishy since my prize is already waiting for me in Charlotte. I am not biting, He is very convincing, please be careful, I was almost convinced but I put him off by telling him I had to wait for my wife to get home, which gave me time to contact the and found very, very similar stories. Thank you BBB... Hope this helps someone else, none of us have money to put in scammer's pockets.

Victim Location 99203
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

He said I won $2mil and I need to send $499 through Western Union to Sandra Wod

Victim Location 29624
Total money lost $335
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called me on the phone and stated I had won $3.5 million and a car. Told me to send 580.00 to Herbert Williams in Riverton, Utah. Michael Price, some type of agent told me to send the money. Send money by money gram at Walmart. I could not get $580.00 together so I called and told Mr. Price that I could not get the money together, so he told me to send $335.00. Mr. Price called and stated that he did receive the money but he needs the tracking number. I gave Mr. Price the tracking number. Mr. Price called me back later and stated that he needed $6,000.00 more. I told Mr. Price I was not going to send any more money. Mr. Price continued to call me and ask for more money. I have not talked with him anymore. He has been calling me but I let the ansering machine take the message.

Victim Location 64114
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Foreigner with thick accent asks have I heard of Publisher Clearing House. My response is "No, I have not. please do not call this number, it is for work." He asks if this is a mobile number. My response "This is a work number please do not call" an then I hung up.

Victim Location 79423
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on Saturday from someone saying they were with Publishers Clearing House and I had won a substantial amount of money but I needed to send them $195.00. I was told to call 876-456-3379 to get instructions on how to send the money. They are supposed to call me back today at 1:00.

Victim Location 62286
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Call from Jamaica saying I won $1000000 through publishers clearing house. Hung up after I said "yeah"

Victim Location 97913
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller (identified himself as Martel Moore) advised I was the Oregon winner in Publisher's Clearinghouse. Told me he needed to hang up and call me back in 9 seconds, which he did. Caller again advised I was Oregon winner. Asked me how I felt about that. I was skeptical and told him so. Asked how I could win when I did not enter. Caller gave me 4 scenarios for how I could be entered. Two of them were plausible, the other two were not. Caller gave me package code # and coupon winning #. Advised not only did I win $3.5 million, but also a bonus prize of a 2017 GMC Denali and 1 year insurance through Allstate and asked what color car I wanted. Reassured me this was not a scam. Asked if I wanted to be on TV, in the NY Times or a confidential delivery. I told him confidential delivery. Caller set time for Prize Patrol to be at my home for 3pm that day. I told him I would not be home and asked for 8pm delivery. Caller agreed. Gave me the names of manager (Dave Sayer), driver (Susan White) and PCH CEO (Andrew Goldbuge) who would be there to present me with my prize. (I later checked PCH website and learned that the CEO is Andrew Goldberg. Caller spelled the names for me). Caller said I needed to go to Walmart and make a purchase in order to have a barcode to present when my check was delivered. I told him I was not going to do that (it is a 30 mile trip to the nearest Walmart). Caller did have an accent (India/Pakistan??), was calm in his demeanor, never pressured me, did not ask for any banking info or my SSN. He had my name, my husband's name, our address and of course our phone number. When I told him I wasn't going to go to Walmart I also said that I had spent enough time with him, if it was a scam I've wasted my time, if it was not I would see him at 8:00 and I hung up.

Victim Location 38127
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted by a Mr. Leo Johnson. He stated that I had won 2.5 million dollars, plus $7,000 a week for Life in the Publisher's clearing House Contest. I was told that I would have to pay $387.99 to register the prize check. He said that the check had to be registered in order for me to cash it, because it was coming from another state. He said that I needed to send the money by Western Union immediately. He became upset when I told him I couldn't send the money. At this point I hung the phone up. The phone number was 1-876-503-2767.

Victim Location 38382
Total money lost $3,900
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My friend was scammed out of $3900 by a man calling himself . He told her that she had won a 2017 Mercedes and a check for $1 million dollars from Publisher's Clearing House. She had entered the sweepstakes before and thought it was legitimate. She sent funds to individuals by the name of Tyesha Jones that was paid in Colorado and Tami Duke in Oklahoma with Western Union and Michael Blancard with moneygram services.

Victim Location 15044
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

David from Publishers Clearing House (using a Jamaican phone number - 876-893-1725) called the victim to say he won $5 million and a Mercedes. They would come to their house at 10 pm to drop the check. The victim hung up before caller could go into more detail.

Victim Location 47304
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The number called me twice in 2 day. I called the number back and they indicated I had won $850k and Mercedes. They said I had to pay a shipping fee and I could do that at a local Walmart. When would not tell them my current location they hung up.

Victim Location 54157
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller stated I won $2.5 million and said I needed to send $1295 up front. I then hung up on him.

Victim Location 38019
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said I needed to sign a form and they would give me $1 million. Only after I pay a $500 fee.

Victim Location 01104
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call today from a man named William Anderson, who claimed to be from the Publisher's Clearing House. The number was 409-213-6512, from Port Arthur, Texas. He told me that I was the winner in Springfield, and that they pick a random winner in the area who has entered the sweepstakes. I have entered the sweepstakes before, so this is why I didn't immediately think that this was a scam. I was told that I won $35,000,000 and a 2017 Mercedes Benz. He gave me a lot of convincing information, such as a claim number, a 6 digit confirmation code, a prize ID, and said he had clearance from the He asked for my name and address, and said that "the crew" would be at my house in a half hour with my check and my new Mercedes. He then told me that I needed to go to either a Walmart or Home Depot and pay $699 at the Western Union for "taxes and fees" before the crew arrived at my home. This was the first red flag, and the next was when he asked me what color I wanted my car to be. I realized that they couldn't just get any color that I wanted in only a half hour. I then began to ask him questions about why he needed me to go to Western Union and also why he would ask me what color I wanted the car to be if they were already on their way to my house. I told him that I would be calling the to check up on all of this and he told me that I didn't need to do that and that he will just pick another winner if I wasn't being cooperative. Eventually, he did hang up the phone on me.

Victim Location 87123
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Disguised voice. Claimed 54 years at PCH. Said I was a second place winner of $550k per week and a new car. PCH does not have 2nd place winner. Verified with PCH.

Victim Location 53219
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called with a thick foreign accent supposedly from Publishers Clearing House to advise me I've won $2.5 million + a car. I was instructed to send $925 via voucher from Walmart and to wire it via Western Union. I did not fall for the scam. The other phone # they called me from is 876-259-8529.

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