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Victim Location 80910
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from an individual claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House stating that they were out of California but had a person in Denver that can come meet me with my $10,000 a week for life and my new Mercedes but I had to send $950.00 for them to deliver.

Victim Location 65656
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Just got a call that would give me 3.5 million and a new Mercedes Benz. They only wanted me to bring a 300.00 check to Walmart and send it to them. SCAM?

Victim Location 95118
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Two packages were sent from this company with a bill attached demanding the items be payed for.

Victim Location 99591
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer gave his name as Mike Collins. Said I won Publisher Clearing House sweepstakes. I think he said I won $750,000 and a 52" TV. He wanted to meet at Walmart. I believe that would have been where he would have asked for money, if I had agreed to meet. He spoke very fast.

Victim Location 93536
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Today, 2 Aug 2017, at about 9:43 a.m. PCT, I received a call. I didn't recognize the number so allowed the answering machine to pick-up. The male identified himself as Dave Sawyer and indicated that I had won a Publishers Clearing House prize of 2.5 million dollars or $10,000 a week for life. He informed me to contact the Claims Department to receive my money. Prior to hanging up, he again reminded me to call the Claims Department at 518-299-8565, the same number listed on my phone ID. I did not return the call.

Victim Location 85705
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was called today by someone saying they were calling me from Publishers Clearing House and I had won 2.5 million dollars and a new car (I think it was a Mercedes) All they had was a first name, Mary. That is not my name, but it is the name of one of my best friends and we tend to share everything, so it wouldn't be too surprising that she would put my phone number down on something in case of an emergency or as a back up contact phone number. And she does order magazines once a year for my niece. At first they said all the right things, "Are you dressed?" We will be coming with a van and is there room to park your new car where you are? You need to be a United States Citizen and have a bank account. Your contact persons name is James Anderson, you will be meeting with Betty (or Debbie) Right." But then they started talking about all winnings being tax free and I started to get suspicious. They didn't have a last name and they kept asking me to verify who I was. I kept asking them who had signed up for the sweepstakes and they kept saying they couldn't tell me if I couldn't verify who I was. They kept me on speaker phone while I got dressed (I tend to mostly work from home in my PJs) and then transferred me to a "manager." The managers "secretary" sounded a lot like the person I had already been talking to. The "secretary" asked my name if I wanted to be transferred. I said, "You all called me. Please transfer me to your manager." He talked to me for quite a while, threw in some "Trust in God" lines, which made me even more suspicious and then asked me to go to Walmart and get a money transfer from Walmart to Walmart in the amount of $285 as some sort of shipping fee or something like that, and to make sure I kept my receipt so that I could give it to the driver when they brought me my check and new car. They asked me to make the payment out to: Flora Johnson, Garland City, Arkansas, 71839. They also wanted me to stay on the line while I went to Walmart. They also asked me if I wanted to keep my winnings private or if I wanted a public display. Once they asked me for my address, but didn't ask again. They encouraged me to keep my winnings private, I said if this is legit I want all of this public, the TV cameras, the News media, everything. Finally they let me off the phone and said they would call me back in an hour after I got the receipt for the money transfer from Walmart to Walmart. They were calling me from a phone number in Jamaica. I immediately called the, where I was transferred to a Royal Seas Cruse's hot line trying to get me to pay a bunch of fees for a free cruse. Wow what a day!!! The phone number for the came up as 1800-696-2827 and came up with an address to an old Tucson Location from about 10 years ago. I know this because I dialed the other local number 1-520-888-6161 and talked to a real person. I talked to her about the warning signs of this phone call and she confirmed my fears that this was indeed a scam. Thank you BBB.

Victim Location 68111
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publisher Clearing House letter received in the mail congratulating individual on winning $600K.

Next day a check came in amount of $9K.

Took to tax/financial advisor who called all the phone numbers listed in the letter. They worked one time.

Check issued from Focus Design Interiors - indicated this was a sponsor used to pay fees. Called the company and the referred immediately to their bank, Bank of Georgia to a specific person who confirmed the scam.

Bank account had already been closed.

Tried calling original numbers back and all had been disconnected.

Mail address from NY, postage mark was from Indianapolis, IN.

Individuals over the phone were difficult to understand.

Recipient of the "winnings" was 90 years old.

Victim Location 31525
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted by a David Anderson about a 1.5 million dollar prize winning from PHC. He gave me a check number, ticket number, bar code number, and a check security number. The call dropped and later in the day I received a voice mail to contact his manger Michael Cooper well when you call the number it goes straight to voice mail. They claim the check would be from Bank of America and that I would also have to speak with and sign paperwork for their attorney John Brown. Asked if I would like the check in private or with the media. And some of the crew would have to accompany me to my bank.

Victim Location 83686
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man called my cell claiming to be David from Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes. He said, I had won $3.5 Million Dollars in the sweepstakes, however, he didn't know where I lived except Idaho and he was trying to disguise his voice. The Jamaican Accent is hard to miss. He didn't get far enough to con me out of money and got a little testy when I called his bluff.

Victim Location 45601
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

It's 7.20.17, and I got 6 calls from a Jamaican phone number 876-476-5037 telling me I won The Publisher's Clearinghouse. He told me I needed to pay $500 for a fee to release the funds from Ohio. He said go to your nearest Western Union. He said I could call your bank and deposit $500 into your account so you can pull the fee from that. He said he would deliver the $5,800,000 by 3:30 pm today. He said I wouldn't get the whole thing because of Trump and taxes.

Victim Location 44120
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

the person called saying they're on behave of pubish clearing house so i can receive my prize and that that have been out to my house to attemp to get in contact with me to collect my winnings and that i was not at home so now they calling so i can receive 2.5 million in cash and awhite mecedes bez and in order for me to receive it they need to fill out the form over the phone with infor. about me the caller said that he is calling from washington but when i look up the number 1-575-936-5856 the info give me Demi, NM

Victim Location 83404
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The person on the phone said I won Publishers clearing house 2nd prize. 2 million dollars and a new car. He gave me information that I would need to give to the people that came to the door and then said I would have to go to the bank and get money from an account that he gave me the number for and get money in 50's and 100's to pay for the taxes.

Victim Location 78664
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Answered call, person introduced themselves as "John Green," said they were with Publisher's Clearing House and asked "are you familiar?" And I said "Yes, and I actively don't participate." The caller hung up before I was able to finish my sentence and I realized I had said the word "yes," which I assume they recorded for malicious purposes.

Victim Location 46307
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Publishers clearing house for millions of dollars, they just want a "yes"

Victim Location 78154
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was called by someone with a very thick accent and using a phone number similar to the one my husband calls from (he's stationed in Afghanistan). The man claimed his name was Jack Miller, and that he represented Publisher's Clearing House. He claimed my phone number was found through one of the many stores I frequent, and I'd been randomly selected as the winner of a $5.7 million prize. He gave me a badge number, check number, confirmation number, and the name of a lawyer, Mary Lee (no phone) who'd already been assigned to me.

They told me I needed to go to Wal-Mart and pick up a store-to-store form, stayed on the phone with me for the entire drive, and insisted I not let on to anyone why I was there. Since they hadn't asked for any personal information or money yet, I agreed. Once I had the form, they finally mentioned they needed me to first send them $255 as a processing fee before I could receive my invitation receipt. They tried everything: do you have cash, a debit card, an ATM card, is your bank nearby? At this point I hung up.

The next morning, they called again three times. I didn't answer my phone, and by the third time I blocked the number. I thought that was the end of it, but later that day I got a call that came up on the caller ID as "Private." I answered, and it was them again, asking if I'd gotten the invitation receipt. I informed them that Publisher's Clearing House does not do business this way (I'd looked at the official website since the last call), and the caller still insisted I needed to get that receipt, the one I was supposed to pay nearly three hundred dollars for, right now. I hung up on them again, but this still may not be the end of it.

Victim Location 35007
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received e-mail from PCH yesterday did not open. Today received Private call on cell phone and was told I had won and to call 876-454-9433 and ask for Prize Team in Birmingham, AL. Was told to be home within 45 minutes for them to deliver prize to me. Did not call or go home. Wanted to report this scam to you.

Victim Location 28804
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a phone call stating I won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstake for $100,00 (first amount given) said I didn't have to purchase anything however I need to go to Walmart and get a money gram for $290(first amount) and place it under a camera at my house and give him the numbers off of it. Said they were 10 miles from my house. Then said they needed $300 something dollars before they arrive to give me my prize of $225,000 or the money would go to charity. Called back several times demanding I send the money or sign it over. Gentleman was very angry when I put him on three way with my sister. He did sound believable, talked about God and miracles also. Be very careful as the people will make you believe everything but Publishers Clearance House does not call nor do they request money, they don't even contact you prior to their arrival to your home.

Victim Location 67337
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call on my cell phone and the guy (he had an accent) told me I won 2nd price in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. I supposedly won $350,000.00 and a Mercedes Benz. So I asked what I needed to do. He said I needed to register with the Federal Trade Commission and would have to pay a fee to do that. I asked how do I pay? Well, I could go to WalMart, etc etc to wire money to them. I reply, no, this is a scam and hung up. He called from Jamaica Phone# 876-356-6348.

Victim Location 98001
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

got a call saying i won 3.5mil and a benz from PCH. gave me a number, name Robert Johnson, #FB-305 and i need to send $820 to them for the state attorney and will get that money back once they come to my house. they wanted me to go to walmart to get a gift card. the phone they gave me is disconnected. When they called me back, i told them about the disconnected number. Gave me an excuse about carrying so much money. They told me again to go to Walmart and get the money for them. They will give me the prize and my money back. I said that this is a scam and why do i have to give you the $820.

My husband also called the phone # but it goes to a Jamaican location.

Victim Location 63118
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call (from Jamaica) saying I'd won 4.5 million dollars and a car. He gave me a package # and asked if I wanted to be a private winner or a public winner. I just had to buy a gift card from Amazon for $399. I said I couldn't afford it. He said he would talk to his supervisor. Seconds later he was back on the phone and said maybe $150 or $200 would be okay.

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