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

repeated phone calls over 4 hour period; both home and cell phones.

assured us that we had won $ 2.5million and 2016 Mercedes! conversations were quite lengthy.

did not stop until we asked them contact our financial consultant to verify location we were to deposit

delivered check which would be accompanied by local law enforcement.

Victim Location 01501
Total money lost $40.41
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers Clearing House offered a lottery with no purchase required. After entering the lottery they offer 2 free gifts with no obligation. After receiving the free gifts they sent a bill for the full retail price for the free products.

Soon after entering the lottery I received postal mail requests on a weekly basis telling me I had to send money to claim my winning numbers.

There advertising is deceiving and they threaten to hurt your credit if you do not comply with their demands. I was forced to sent them $40.41 to keep my credit rating from getting a false non payment reported.

Victim Location 63537
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said he was from publishers clearing house and that I had won money and a car.

Victim Location 39208
Total money lost $350
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Mr. Jack (876-362-7429) called me on Sunday telling me I had won Publisher Clearing House sweepstakes in the amount of 950,000. he said all I needed to do was go get a western union and send Mr. Thomas Archuleta 175.25 so I did. He said I was paying that fee so my winnings would be tax free. Mr. Thomas got that money and then they said they made a mistake that I was suppose to send 580.00 originally, but because they didn't tell me the would go half on the difference and all I had to send in was 185.00 more dollars so I did. Then they called me and said that I needed to pay to have it federal sealed and it would cost me 650.00 more dollars I then told them I'm not sending other dime then they said they would loan it to me if I had a card they could get it back on they was going to provide me a routing number and bank account to have it put into my account. I did not give them no card nor bank info I just stop answering the call they are still calling me... The guy Mr. Peter Green is saying he is with the IRS he is a customs manager he called me from 769-218-0505 and 801-921-7250. I had been scam and I have both western union receipts totaling 350.00 can you please help catch these thieves...

Victim Location 27320
Total money lost $950
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Consumer reported that she was contacted by several individuals by the names of Dr, Jon Malone, Mr. Cooper, Mr. David Dash, and Torrey Knight.  These individuals were claiming to be with Publisher's Clearing House.  They told the consumer that she won $950,000.  In order to collect her prize, the consumer was told that she needed to send money via Western Union to pay an IRS fee.  The consumer sent the money and was then asked to send additional money for various fees via Western Union and Money Gram.  The consumer complied.  The fees totaled $950.  

Victim Location 71291
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The number was 876-862-0034. Caller said his name was David Blackwell with Publisher's Clearinghouse. He said I was the 3rd place winner from Louisiana and he would be at my house in an hour and 1/2 to bring me a check for 2.5 million and a new car. He told me to write down his badge number (DB0040) and another number which was 299450. He then wnated me to repeat these numbers to him to make sure I got it right. I assured him I had it right and I was not going to repeat it. He hung up.

Victim Location 28306
Total money lost $1,100
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called consumer and indicated she won money but would need to send $1100.00 via Western Union first.

Victim Location 01108
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a phone call today from: 876-282-2763. Caller (Peter Johnson) stated that I had won the second place prize for Publisher's Clearing House. I was asked to send $250 to pay for processing fees.

Victim Location 15344
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Claims they are publishers clearing house. Asks for 200 wired. Continuously calling, asking for address claims they are shipping a package, asking for account numbers

Victim Location 46545
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

2/12/16 9:42 am received a "no caller id" call on my cell phone. He said he was Don Peterson, a driver/deliver for Publishers Clearing House & that I had won $millions & a new 2016 Convertable. He wanted to know if I was home or could be home in the next 4-5 minutes. He gave me the phone number of his Boss Mark Anderson, 876-586-5322 ext 5, to make my arrangements to meet his delivery & that my winning # was 995PCH. When I called the boss I told him it was so strange that his delivery driver sounded just like him. he said it was a coincidence. This guy went on to tell me how luck I was & who might I leave my winnings to, IF something should happen to me. Them asked if I wanted a Public or Private delivery. I told him Public. He then asked what Bank I would be depositing or cashing my check into. I told him I did not use banks. He then put me on Hold while he checked with his Government Representative how much the Taxes would be. I Hung up & he called back 3 more times. Finally I blocked his calls. I do wish I would have let him tell me how much the taxes would be.

Victim Location 29853
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from 876-419-2566. It was a guy who said his name was Mr John Moore and he was calling from Publisher's Clearing House to let me know I had won a White Mercedes Benz and $1,000,000. He gave his badge number as 1998, the claim number of 29610642 and the check number 83115845585064. I was supposed to call James Jefferson (the claims officer) with this information on 1-876-894-5732 to claim my prize.

Victim Location 63049
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I keep getting calls from 876-596-4995 telling I've won the publishing clearinghouse. I know it's a scam.

Victim Location 41822
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man named Peter Hendrix called and said he was from publishers clearing house. He said I had won $885,000. He said I had to pay some kind of fee that came to a total of $200. I didnt have $200 so he told me to pay what I could and he would get me a sponsor for the rest. I was able to pay $100. He told me to go straight to walmart to a western union center and send them the money. I went to Wal-Mart but they only had money gram so I used that. He tried to get a taking number from my receipt but it didn't have one. We figured it it was because it wasn't from western union. He made me go back in and get a refund and find somewhere nearby that had a western union center. So I went to the local rite aid. I used the phone they had connected to western union and on the recording it said if you are sending money to someone you don't know then report it because it was probably a scam. So I talked to another man from western union and he told me not to go through with the transaction because it was a scam. So I went back to my vehicle and I hung up my phone because the man wouldn't let me disconnect our call while I done all this. So as I was on my way home this man called around 25 to 30 times. When I got home the man called again and I let my boyfriend answer it. My boyfriend told the man if he didn't stop calling, we would report him to the police. The man very quickly hung up. No layer than an hour or two the same man called my boyfriends phone and tried to get him with the same scam. If you have any questions please call.

Victim Location 41822
Type of a scam Other

I as well as my girlfriend was contacted by a gentleman saying that he was part of Publishers Clearing House. He said his name was Peter Hendrix. He called us both on our cell phones and the phone number was blocked so we couldn't see it. He told us both that we had won 885,000 dollars but in order to receive the money we would first have to send 110 dollars via Western Union. My girlfriend almost fell for the scam when I immediately did not. Needless to say he said we had to send that money to Jamaca.

Victim Location 49024
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Michael Collins 876-467-1176 claiming to be from Publishers clearing house attempts to get an account $ to send the prize to elderly people.

Victim Location 59401
Total money lost $1,460
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Said I won a large amount of money and a new car from publishers clearing House but said I needed to send money through western union they need to convert the funds from Australian currency to US currency

Victim Location 99501
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I answered the phone & he goes "good morning, how are you" I didn't recognize him & asked who he was. He immediately went into a dialogue about FedEx delivering my prize to me. I asked what prize & he asked if I remembered ever signing up for Publisher's Clearing House. I told him I'm sure I had at some point, but not any time recent. That made him happy, he responded "Very good, very good, I have good information for you. You have won I have a check for you for $900,000 USD and a brand new Mercedes." He continued that it came with $5,000/wk for life & he wanted to be the 1st to congratulate me. He asked if I would be home for delivery today, I said yes. He asked that I call a # to claim my prize. I was to call John Malone at 1-876-580-7681 EXT 5. He gave me a prize claim number MT899MCH. At no point did he bring up money or delivery fees, I kept waiting for him to give himself away. He strongly urged me to call so I could take delivery today & congratulated me but still did not know my name. I thanked him for "making my day" & ended the call.

Victim Location 76310
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers clearing house said I won 975,00 dollars and new car. Wanted us to pay the taxes and pay at Bank of America

Victim Location 39564
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted today, 2/2/2016, by a person declaring I had won $500K in a "publisher's clearing house" drawing. The person told me I had been selected No. 2 in a drawing. He confirmed my home address and said that a representative would come to my home this Thursday, 2/4/2016, to deliver the check. I was not asked for personal information regarding my credit or bank account nos. or that I was required to pay any money up front.

My question is: Do they contact you ahead to tell you that you won an amount of money? Also, have you heard of any home invasion attempts by this apparent "scam"?

Victim Location 31030
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

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