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Victim Location 43443
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have been receiving calls from a man stating he is with Publishers Clearing House. Officer Dave. My caller ID showed 866-336-5748. He also gave me phone number 516-699-2354. He said I won $2.5 Million. He wanted me to send $122,000 for taxes. I sent no money. He said I could get a reverse mortgage. I did tell him where I banked. I do play Publishers Clearing House.

Victim Location 44004
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I have been receiving several calls on my landline from Publishers Clearing House. The phone number in my caller ID was 315-565-1025 X7. Don Freeman. He said I won $112 million dollars. It sounds like it may be a recording. They requests 1 % of tax of winning. $25,000. They want me to get some type of tax form from bank. I have no idea.They gave me a verification code 775005TA.. They also mentioned a tax form. I sent no money.

Victim Location 43227
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers Clearing House imposter. Telling her she won a million dollars but to send $ 700 and another call was $300 for taxes. Calling with foreign tongue.

Victim Location 53504
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Claiming to be the legal representative for Publishers Clearing House. Asked for homeowner by name - told her she was a 2nd place winner. Anytime homeowner asked question they would hang up. Called back three times. Verified home address - said they were going to come to her house at a certain time on a certain date.

Victim Location 60021
Total money lost $7,000
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter and check that instructed me to call *** *** for instruction on how to claim my prize from *** *** ***. He told me to deposit the check in my account and then call him back once it was done. I did as he instructed. When I called him, he told me that in order to get the rest of the prize, I would have to send $7,000 to pay taxes and fees since money was coming from Canada. I pressed him to ask if this was fraud, but he assured me he was an attorney for *** and this was just necessary so I wouldn't be charged double taxes by Canada and the US. My husband took out $7,000 and sent 7, $1,000 money orders to *** ***, *** *** *** *** ** via UPS. The package was received on 2/27/2018 per UPS tracking. On 2/27/2018 my bank notified me that the check was no good. I tried to call *** back, but the number didn't ring. I've notified the *** *** *** ***, my bank and credit cards of the fraud.

I would like to get a refund of the $7,000 as well as for all expenses I incurred. I realize this probably won't happen but wanted this to be made public in case others get the same letter.

Victim Location 65588
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes


Victim Location 44052
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a number of voicemails and text messages from a company claiming to be Publisher's Clearinghouse claiming that because I have been entering into the sweepstakes for so long, and that I live in Ohio, I qualified to win one of three prizes, I choose which of the three I would like. They said all I had to do was pay $3.99 a week for a magazine subscription to be eligible for the prize, which was $25,000 cash, a new Ford Explorer, or a plasma TV or $2,000 cash, or the third prize, was free food. They said People Publisher magazine was the one that they advertised in, and they also said they were affiliated with the BBB. The man I spoke with said his name was James. I told him I had to talk to my husband about it. He told me that they would just go to the next person and take me off the list if I wasn't interested. He also told me my claim reference number is 0172.

Victim Location 28214
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said that I won 2nd place in publishers clearing House prize and that my check would be delivered in one hour. I would have to pay 1% of the prize upon receipt of the prize which was $550.000. I hung up.

Victim Location 69147
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Left message that he was Peter White with Publishers Clearing House. Call back and speak with John Wellington @769-208-2330. Then call the Federal Bank Commission of New York @ 929-268-1974. Would be given final instructions.

Victim Location 67218
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Told consumer they had won millions in the sweepstakes. In order for them to collect the money they needed to go and buy I-Tune cards in the amount of $2,500.00. The consumer told them if I won I shouldn't have to send you money in order to collect it. The caller hung up.

Victim Location 67220
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Told consumer they had won but needed to send $2,100.00 to get it. Consumer told them this is a scam and hung up.

Victim Location 70726
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes


Peter called and claimed to be from Publishers Clearing house. Peter said that I won third prize which included $3.5 million, a car, and a shopping spree at Ashley furniture. He did a long spiel about winning and that this was real and not fake and would I be home so the camera people and he could come to my house, etc., etc. He said he was in the Hammond, LA office. I finally asked him, “Peter, What do I have to do to get this prize?”. He fed me a story that the US government FDIC Department required the recipiant of the prize to pay $699 for a receipt enabling PCH to release the money and prizes to me. I told him he was full of… ! I told him that I was not going to pay a dime for a prize. I told him that he was lying and that he was tring to scam older people. He swore to me and brought Jesus into the conversation to try and get me to believe him. He didn’t want me to think he was a liar, so he told me that he would get with his supervisors in a meeting and see if he could get the amount waived. He called me every day last week and told me finally on Friday that they agreed to waive half of the cost. I laughed at him and I said “Peter, I told you I’m not paying a dime for prize money. Don’t call me again because you guys are trying to rip off elderly people in the United States and you should all be either shot or hung.” He has continued to call me daily at least three times a day. Today he has called me 13 times. I don’t answer the phone. He calls from the same phone number every single time. I don’t understand why these people cannot be stopped. 876-297-8538, Kingston, Surrey County, Jamaica. I have called this number back and I reach Peter on the phone. You should be able to do something about this because you can actually trace the number. I called Peter back just now and asked him to stop calling me. Now he is going back in his meeting to tell tell them that I want my price money to go to a charity. He said he’s going to call me back and let me know when the FDIC is going to call me so they can advise the PCH that it’s OK to release the money to a charity. I have no idea why this man has called me so many times and is adamant that I believe that he’s not a bad person.

Victim Location 79339
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Asked for the consumer to pay for the 5 million dollar prize and truck by sending something from WalMart.

Victim Location 15137
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Victim contacted by a "John Day" claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. Victim supposedly won $1.5 million and a new Mercedes. He would need to send $3600 for "taxes" to claim the winnings.

Victim Location 95695
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My wife who is 83 was called on her cell phone by a man, later identified himself as Andre Coleman, claiming to represent Publishers Clearing House and that she had won a significant amount of money. Attempted to set up a time when someone would come to the house. This was set for 3:00 p.m. as she had a doctor's appointment at 12:45. He then began to tell her what she needed to do as our state has a tax requirement prior to the receipt of the award. He gave her a Bank of America branch number, 223024506121, to which she was to deposit $2,555. Unfortunately my wife believed him and was ready to go to her bank as he continued on line to direct her through the process. By that time I had contacted Publisher's Clearing House and read their procedures and information on fraud. No money was ever to be sent. The man sent an email with attachment to verify that he indeed represented PCH. The materials included a letter alleging to come from the FDIC endorsing the need to deposit $2,555.00 to the FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CO. The materials included a congratulations from Accredited Business, Finance officer, Stehen M. Keamy. My wife is a trusting woman and vulnerable to such scams. Fortunately we were able to stop this one, but the affair took over and hour as the man became increasingly forceful. Publisher Clearing House took some of our information and said they would be referring it to the FBI. One of thousands of such scams I am sure.

Victim Location 44105
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on my cell phone from a Jamaican number. My caller ID showed phone number 876-348-0671.The caller stated it was Publishers Clearing House. Callers name was Mike Lester with badge number 9374. I had entered a contest twice online for PCH Dream Home. Win $5000 a week for the rest of you life. He said I won fourth place. $350,000 . I also won a 2019 Lincoln Navigator. He wanted me to send $270 to receive my prize. Registration fee and cover taxes. They would cover most of the taxes. He said I had to be at home today by 1:00 so they could present me with their check. He gave his name Mike Lester with badge number 9374.He did not say how he wanted the money. I started to ask a lot questions. I knew it was a scam especially when they asked for money.

Victim Location 44021
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

We received a call on our home phone today. The caller stated they were with Publishers Clearing House. He said I won 2.5 Million. $5000 a week and a Mercedes Benz. My wife spoke with a lady named Danielle Williams. Another representative was John Garth. We were to go to Wal Mart and send the $890 . We were to get a receipt. They did not say specifically how to send the money It is a requirement by IRS. We would get a refund when they brought us the money. They would personally deliver the prize money with their personal attorneys to make sure the paperwork was correct. The caller gave me two phone numbers 1-815-491-6716 and 1-876-868-7713. He said the US Marshall would be here when the prize was delivered. I knew it was a scam. I was skeptical. I'm not that lucky. When they asked for money I knew it was a scam. They also asked if we were seniors and if my wife was over 65. That tipped me off too.

Victim Location 67401
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller told consumer they had won the Publishers Clearing House. The consumer hung up before the caller could say anything else.

Victim Location 15220
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Victim was contacted by Richard Greene from Publishers Clearing House say she won $2.5 million, $5000 a week for life and 2019 GMC SUV. 2.5 million, 5 thousand weekly. Scammer instructed her to go to Walmart and purchase $650 in gift cards. Victim went to her neighbor's house to find out if its a scam, the neighbor said yes so victim hung up.

Victim Location 85711
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Fake check offered.

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