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Victim Location 74557
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I had a person claiming to be Dave Sayer from PCH contact me on Facebook and then supposedly switch me to someone via text who claims that I need to send money through western union or money gram to Sharon Bradley from West Virginia.

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My daughter was phoned by people who said they were from Publisher's Clearing House. They told her to open a bank account, and then she would deposit a cheque they gave her. With that she would pay insurance fees to get the winnings. The phone number they used was 876-802-1186. The number showed up as being from Jamaica. 

Victim Location 02740
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a check for 7204.55 in the mail claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. The check had the name of an insurance company. Said I need to call to activate the check. I called because this is a scam. security code PHC-WE9-DD7 *** *** is the name of the person who supposedly sent the check to me. I did not call because I knew this was fake.

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

Cold call at 8:30 in the morning. Said he was from Publisher's Clearing House but did not give his name. Asked pointed questions and agreed with the answers given. However, he never offered specific info that only a legitimate representative would know. My wife took the call but recognized the scam appearance and ended the call.

Victim Location 35903
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man claiming to be a James Nelson, from publishers clearing house, contacted me and told me I won 650000 and a new Mercedes. Long story short he needed a 1% fee to cover a money transfer. The phone number is 1876 842 8730. When I hung up on him he left a vey vulgar message. He was obviously a non native English speaker so I don't expect him to be caught, just thought you should know

Victim Location 30909
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller informed that we won 2.5 million dollars and a mercedes Benz. They wanted us to send them money in order to receive the prize. Caller was Debra Holland. 8765440343. Send 108 Irwinton road, Toomsburough GA 31090

Victim Location 35218
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I happened to answer my elderly mother's phone and was informed by a person who said his name was Paul Anderson and he was calling from Publisher Clearing House with the good news that my mom had won a monetary prize of $265,000. He was very convincing and I spoke to him for over 30 minutes as he gave me detailed instructions on how to receive the prize money. He told me to call this number to confirm. The number was 1-866-996-5997.

I was also give a confirmation code. He sounded very sincere and I was nearly convinced that he was telling the truth. After I called the number, he called me back to further give me more instructions on how to receive the cash prize. He told me that I needed a invitation and the way to get it was to go to western union to fill out a sender's form with my mother's name and address. He also gave me the name of the merchant banker (Orvett Williams of Brooklyn, New York) to put on the form. At the very end, he let me speak to the CEO James Carter who casually mentioned the fact it would cost $386 to get this done and that it would be reimbursed to me. Of course a red flag went up to let me know that just maybe this was a scam. I became skeptical at that point and asked Paul for phone number to call him back on. He gave me this number #424-235-1261. Paul also informed me that three people would personally come to my home to deliver the check.

The names were Mary Schmitt, James Green and David Williams. He also said that they would be at my home that same evening around 4:30pm. He then asked me what time my bank closed, I told him @ 4pm.That seemed to be a problem for him and he mentioned something about rescheduling. Needlessly to say, I have the phone numbered reversed so that I found out it was a scam. They waited my time listening to them and they were very, very convincing. I'm glad that I answered the phone instead of my elderly mom and by the way, since Paul was unsure as to what I would do, he called back later on that night and spoke to my mom. She told him that I had done some fact checking, needless to say he hung up on her. Never send money to receive money!!!!!

Victim Location 75605
Total money lost $400
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from "Mr. Scholl" saying he was from Publishers Clearing House out of Jamaica, New York and I had won a large cash prize. They had my name, address, banking information and last 4 of my social security number, so I thought they where genuine.

They said that the IRS needed $199 in tax for my prize to be released. I paid them the amount and the said someone would come to my house with the check. They called back the next day and said there had been an error and they needed and $200 as they had misjudged how much tax the IRS was taking, so again I paid them the $200.

They came back again 2 days later asking for another $900 and at that point I knew it was a scam and I asked for my money back. They become very unprofessional and abusive and told me they would do it, but it would take 90 days. They also gave me the number of the supervisor who was called Milton Johnson.

I realize now I was scammed and I lost $400.

Victim Location 36703
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Individual called and statedbhe was calling on behalf of pch, publishers clearing house, and stated i had won 7.5 million. The rep then gave me a phone number for the federal reserve bank, an account number and instructed me to call the bank to have the funds released. After telephpning him, he called me as soon as i hung up. I asked who the individual was that the bank, automated, stated the acct belonged to. The rep stated thats who pch uses to depoait all monies. The rep then informed me that all fees had been taken care except for the delivery fee which i could wire the money or send a money order on amt of $486.00. The rep then asked when, the sooner i could, the 7.5 million could be released to me. I ibformed him it would be after 6 pm, at which time he stated he would call me back to confirm the money had been wired.

Victim Location 65063
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from Publisher's Clearing House saying that I won money and a car. They argued with us for 20 minutes trying to convince us it was legitimate. I was to pay a $275 MoneyGram to receive the prize of $100 million check and a Dodge Journey. We told them we would call them back.

Victim Location 47712
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received phone call stating I won $3.5 million and a bonus prize of a Mercedes Benz. Against my better judgment, I called 866-996-5997 to receive a confirmation code. They said I need to pay a processing fee of $399.95.

Victim Location 62864
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call last night. They offered me 1.5 million dollars and a car and said I had to pay $200 up front using a Western Union Money Gram.

Victim Location 54937
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call stating I had won $2.5 million and a car from PCH. I was to go to the bank and get $2500 and overnight the money to 7201 N.W. 59th, Tamarac, FL 33321. The check was to be made out for taxes to Stacy Brown.

Victim Location 45402
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Peter Duntin called from Publishing Clearing House and said we won $250,000 dollars and silver 2015 BMW. He told us to call Federal Reserve Bank 404-458-0905 and give them the account number 4398732878 option 2. The call came from 256-275-8133.

Victim Location 35175
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A Publisher's Clearing House rep called me and told me I had won $1,000,000 and a new car, Had me call a Frank Malone ext #5 at 1-876-817-2384. Mr. Malone asked if I wanted a public dispersal with TV coverage or private. I chose private. He asked me to confirm my name and address. He added more information, it was a cashiers check for $955,000 and $45,00 cash and a Mercedes Benz C class with Geico insurance for a year. Plus two State Troopers for my protection. He wanted me to go to Western Union and pick up my receipt, at that point he said I needed a $1,000 and a cell phone for him to work me through the paperwork. I was fairly sure this was a scam from the beginning but this was the definer. I hung up as i told him it was a scam.

Victim Location 36203
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Person received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House. In order to claim the prize and car, the person would have to wire the caller money.

Victim Location 36610
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call saying she had won $800,000.00. Caller claimed she had been to Walmart and spent $20.00 and it was showing on her credit card statement. Started asking him questions about how he knew about her spending money at Walmart and was going to let Walmart know of this and he started cussing and she hung up on him.

Victim Location 02368
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a phone call stating caller represented Publisher's Clearing House. Notified consumer that she had won $2.5 million dollars. All she needed to do was send a western union money order in the amount of $695.00 (she had the address where to mail, but through it out).

Victim Location 70583
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I, *** ***, got a phone call on my, what's suppose to be private government, phone from two different numbers. The first is (876)2599167 and the second (239)3494983 from a guy claiming to be Tom Tavares the head dog of PCH (Publishers Clearing House) stating I won 7.5 million dollars. He then wanted me to go to the nearest Western Union and get a government receipt of $175. Then, call him back and they would come to my house and give me my check and escort me back to the Western Union place to get the $175 back. I asked why the area code was from Jamaica. He then stated it was Jamaica New York and he was a God abiding man who wouldn't scam anyone. When he told me I had to trust him and not the scam sites, I told him I was always told to trust my gut. In which I did. He got upset and told me so you don't want the money. I said it's a scam and he hung up. He gave me an ID number to use at the Western Union store; the ID # is TT9698US

Victim Location 27559
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Consumer reported that she received a call from someone claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. She said he had a foreign accent. He told her that she had won a 2016 Lexus and $1.8 million. All she needed to do was get a money card from WalMart. Consumer told her that she couldn't drive to WalMart. They asked her if she could phone a friend for a ride and she told them that she could call the police and maybe they would give her a ride. They said good! After she got the moneycard (no amount given) she needed to call 876-505-2804. Once they got the money, they would meet her at the airport with her car and prize money.

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