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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.

Victim Location 53214
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller stated I won $2.5 million and that I need to first pay 1%. I told him I don't have that kind of money, that my husband died and I only have Social Security for income, along with my life insurance policy. The caller then told me I could cash in my life insurance policy to pay the fee. I then reported the call to the BBB. Call is coming from Jamaica phone exchange

Victim Location 79109
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted by phone informing me I had won 3.7 million dollars and a new car from Publisher Clearing House.

Victim Location 76705
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They'll say you won a large amount of money, have you take down seemingly necessary information, like a badge number. Then they'll say that the IRS is holding your winnings, and you need to pay a holding fee of .1%.

Victim Location 56377
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Someone called stating I won 1.8 million dollars and a 2017 Mercedes.

Victim Location 54143
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a phone call from someone representing publishers clearing house. They said I had won 2 million and a 2017 new car. I did not believe him and asked for a manager. Another guy comes on the phone and tells me my prize is in WI, and all I have to do is send $$ in the amount of $350.00 for shipping and handling. Then I would receive my prize. I told the guy to send my prizes and I will gladly pay him for their services when I get the stuff. Well. they didn't go for that! I hung up.

Victim Location 53959
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

When I answered my phone, they asked for me. I asked who was calling, he said his name was Davis Sears, and then went into the dialog about being selected as a winner in the Publishers Clearing House for 1.7 million dollars. He spoke in a monotone like he was reading off a script, and asked at least 3 times if I had ever won from them before.

He had me write down some information, including a claim number, then asked me to go to an area convenience store to complete a form and pay $850 to register my winnings with the IRS, Chamber of Commerce, etc. He told me he'd wait on the line while I changed (I was painting at the time, and had old clothes on). So I checked PCH scams on line, relaized the number he was calling from was a Jamaica phone number so I hung up.

They have tried calling me back at least 4 times now even thougth they told me that if I lost connection with them, i would lose my prize money.

Victim Location 71118
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer will say that their name is David Greyson, but the name JM Kingston will show up on your caller ID. conversation is that he is from publisher Clearing house and your phone number has come up as a winning number, ou have won 1.5 million dollars plus a new car. We are in your area today and will be coming to your house! THIS IS A SCAM!!!! DO NOT OFFER ANY INFORMATION TO THIS PERSON!!!!.

Victim Location 44146
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have received several calls to my cell phone. Caller states it is Publishers Clearing House. Said I won $ 2.5 million. They told me I would need to go to Moneygram and send $100 for processing. I know it is a scam. I told them to stop calling. They call right back. they called from phone number 517-910-6793. They gave me a number to call 914-888-2431. I called the number. It was an automated system. They wanted me to enter an account and pin number they gave me. I did not enter any numbers. They gave me account number 852456 Pin number 6864. Callers name was Mr. Goodman.

Victim Location 95965
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

This man called me and said he was with the Publishers Clearing House. He stated I had won 2.5 Million dollars. I only had to pay 150.00 to their lawyer to process the winnings. He said his name was Jefferey and I would need to call and pay the 150 to his lawyer who will then deliver my winnings.

Victim Location 27529
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My mother received a phone call from someone, by the name of John McWell, who represented Publisher's Clearing House, and that she had won 13 million dollars, and that Oprah Winfrey would be delivering her prize. She had to withdraw $7000 from her account and take it to a bank of America to receive a receipt that she would need to present when the van arrived to "surprise" her. The money would be used to process the fees that applied to the Mercedes car, that she also won.

Victim Location 19525
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Ms. Mary Hudson, badge #1702, called to inform me I had won $1.7 million, a new 2017 car with insurance coverage for 2 years. I also won a $3500.00 gas card plus various shopping sprees totaling $140,000. I was also given a Service code. I was asked for $375, when I informed them I did not have the money she dropped the price to $175.00. She told me this was the fee to get the process started. I informed her I did not have any money to spare. That was when she gave me her phone number and told me to call when I did have it.

Victim Location 78387
Total money lost $38
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My elderly in-laws received a letter from Publishers Clearing House stating my father in law won $600,000.00. With the letter was a sponsorship check in excess of 9,000.00 to cover taxes and processing fees. A number was provided to call before depositing the check. My father in law called, he was instructed to deposit check. That once he deposited check they would know where to deposit the rest of his winnings. He took check and letter to local Teachers Credit Union. The credit union personnel congratulated him on his winnings and stated the check looked legitimate. They would hold all monies from that check for 10 days, before he would be allowed access to funds. My in laws then came to my house to tell me of their good fortune.I immediately checked the PCH website and determined it was a scam. The next day I called the number at PCH. I was advised it most likely was scam. I was asked if the check had PCH printed on it.

I could not answer that since the check was deposited. The next day my mother in law called the credit union. They said the check was from a construction company not from PCH, but again that it looked legitimate. For her to wait 10 days and then check her balance. Tuesday,June 14th, she received a call from credit union stating the check had been returned. Today she received a copy of the check with a letter from credit union stating they have charged her account $38.00 for returned check fees.

I believe the credit union is also at fault, for taking the check and then after mother in law calls, they tell her to wait 10 days, as the check looked legitimate. I am sending a copy of the scam letter. I do not have the copy of the check or the letter from the credit union, however, i will get a copy and if needed will provide to this agency.



I'm not certain at this point what are the scammers intentions. Do they now have access to my in-laws checking account? Should they immediately close the account and open a new one? In laws seem to think nothing else will transpire. They hesitate to change their bank account, as this is where they receive their monthly social security checks, and can not afford any delays in receiving their monthly funds.

Please feel free to call me at *** ***  or email at *** if any further discussion or information is required.

Yolanda Arevalo

Victim Location 19104
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Person called asking if I had heard about Publishers Clearing House and if I was over 18. UPS was going to be delivering a check from PCH. Just waiting on me to say yes. Will be watching my phone bill for potential charges that I don't want.

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

They stated they were from publishers clearing house and that I had won the 2nd grand prize or 2.5 million and asked if I had received their letter in the mail. They were really hard to understand and hear, then they asked another question i couldn't understand and the phone cut out.

Victim Location 43230
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Called saying I won millions In PCH lottery.

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