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Victim Location 45769
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My 75 year old father received a call yesterday from a man who said he was from Publisher's Clearing House. He told him he had won $2.5 million. He had to pay the IRS 1% or $925 in cash. He gave him a confirmation code. He told him to call 516-499-5512. My father called and spoke to Andy Goldberg, who had an accent. They have called back.

Victim Location 43232
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call this morning from Publishers Clearinghouse notifying me I had won 2.5 million and a Mercedes Benz. He asked What time would I be home because a lady from UPS will be delivering mail to me today about the prize. He said you know who PCH is, well you've won. He had an accent. He said something about not telling anybody until they got there. I told him I would see him at my house at 4:30pm.

Victim Location 43229
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I'm 72 years old. I got a text today from Publisher's Clearinghouse. I won 7.5 million and a BMW which is $7000 a week for life. I needed to pay $4988 for state taxes. He sent me a picture of the car, and of himself with an ID card. He said to call 203-864-3445, a foreign guy answered and said "Yes, you've won Publisher's Clearinghouse!". He said he would email me the steps. He said, "This is legitimate. Do you think Publisher's Clearinghouse is a fraud?" They had my address.

Victim Location 43080
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call today from Albert Johnson w/Publishers Clearinghouse today. He said I won $4 million and Mercedes Benz. He asked if I wanted it to be public or private. I said public. He asked me if I really wanted people to come out and take pictures. He said it would be better to keep it private. He said not to tell anybody because he didn't want his men to be injured with all that money on them (when they deliver the money). He said "Aren't you happy to have this gift from God?" He assured me it wasn't a joke as he was a minister at his church. He said I needed to pay a one percent tax. He asked if I had a credit card, I said yes, but didn't give him the number. He told me to go to Walmart in Mt Vernon. He asked if my spouse was home and what he was doing today, and how many other people were in the house. He told me to call him back at 775-297-4449. He had an accent. He kept me on the phone for 20 minutes.

Victim Location 65233
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Someone called claiming to be PCH told me I won $ 5M, and $5,000.00 and a 2019 Mercedes Benz. Told me I had to send a $100.00 gift card.

Victim Location 79079
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from someone who said they were with Publishers Clearinghouse. The man said his name was John McKay and said I won $2.5 million dollars. The caller said I just had to send in 4 money orders, 3 of $1000 and 1 of $500. He said that this money was for federal state taxes in order to receive the million dollar winning. I called who said this was a scam

Victim Location 77630
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Mark Golden call me statin I won $2.5 Million Dollars, go to Walmart and pay $250.00 by doing a Walmart to Walmart Transfer. It like a wire transfer, I a like I was at Walmart sending them the money. Then they said they will send me my $7000.00 right-Away, they will be coming to my house. That's when I hung-up on them.

Victim Location 43228
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Billy Bradshaw called from Publishers Clearinghouse. He was Indian. He said I had won 3rd place: 6 million and a Mercedes Benz. He said I would not have to pay anything. He said I would need to insure it before they bring it because they don't want to have any concerns about them touching the money. He wanted me to open a new checking account to pay the $1500. He had my name, new address. phone number and my age: 65. He said their head office phone number is 816-542-5440. He gave me a confidential code which I was not to share: "We give it to you so you know it's us". He called back, and left a message "Hello, this is Billy Bradshaw, are you there?"

Victim Location 63801
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Some foreign scammer called me and emailed me this week stating that i had won the sweepstakes and would receive $1.5 Million. They asked me to go to a local retailer like Walgreens or Walmart and get a moneygram for $485 and send it to a lady in California.

Victim Location 44141
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

 Consumer received a call from "Publisher's Clearing House" stating that her husband won the big sweepstakes prize (cheering in the background was created over the phone). The consumer was apprehensive about acknowledging their "big win" and continued to ask the scammers how they obtain their winnings. The scammer proceeded to ask the consumer for their bank account information. The consumer advised the scammers that they can send the money via certified check. The scammer insisted that the money would be less if she opted for a certified check. Consumer advised scammer that she knew that she was being scammed. Scammer continued to call the consumer for several months after and repeated the same information as in previous phone calls.

Victim Location 68310
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Contacted by "Albert Davis with PCH". He said I had won a prize to be delivered and asked if I was at home. When I told him I was at work he gave me a confirmation number and told me to call when I got home. The phone number showed up on my caller ID as a United States number. I suspected a scam, but wanted to make sure, so I called the number and almost immediately received a text from my phone provider that my plan does not include international calls. Turns out, the caller was from Jamaica...a man with a different name answered, but sounded a lot like Albert Davis so I suspect it was the same person I spoke with the first time. He again said he was with PCH and I had won a prize. He asked my name, which I did not give, and when I questioned him about contacting me by phone and asked him to send a certified letter if I had won something, he hung up on me.

Victim Location 43055
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publisher's Clearinghouse called me. William Crawford, GM, PCH. Badge #00135. He said I won 3.5 million. He gave me a claim number and a control number. He wanted my ID. He asked if I wanted it kept private or if I wanted them to come to the house with photographers. He told me to buy an $800 Amazon gift card to pay the taxes on the prize money. He said, "God Bless You". He became upset when I said I don't believe you. He said "Well I go to church and I take my kids to church. God doesn't like a liar." I told him I don't have $800. He said how long would it take to get $400? I said a month. He was very polite and very professional. He had a slight Asian accent.


Victim Location 43008
Total money lost $400
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

We got a voicemail from Robert Banks, Publishers Clearinghouse, congratulating me on being a $950,000 winner. I wired $400 yesterday through Western Union at Kroger in Hebron. Today Robert Banks called back and wants $500 to transfer the money from Bank of America 716-727-2816, they answer the phone as Bank of America. Sheila Lewis said she was the Bank of America bank manager. I called Western Union, and the money was cashed at 7:47 pm EST in Panama. The receiver was Kevin Covour Tomlinson.

Victim Location 43223
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Vin called from 916-546-5663, he said I won Publishers Clearinghouse, a Mercedes Benz and 1.5 million. He said I had to pay $800 for licensing and insurance on the car. He said he would show up at the house at about 1 pm. He asked how long it would take me to get to the nearest Walmart. He wanted me to get an Amazon gift card.

Victim Location 32413
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They claimed I won $3.5 Million and a 2019 E Class Mercedes. I asked for proof and to text me pictures to my phone. The number he (Mr. Schneider) just called. And hung up.

I called back using the number on my phone. Listed in Jamaica.

I got someone else. Said I needed to go to Walmart and contact a Nick Mason ?? Merchant credit services and get a certified receipt for shipping and handling of $60+ that would be refunded to me.

I told them I don’t want it shipped. I could pick it up. They said I have to show proof of payment first.

I asked why they didn’t show up at my door with my check like they do in the commercials and they said they will. I asked for proof of the award first. They said they would email it to me. I didn’t give out my email address. I said don’t you have that information? Mr JAMES said he didn’t have that information inky my name ohone and address. I asked him to verify my address and he hung up on me.

Victim Location 77632
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

John Brown call me stating I won, a Mercedes Benz and $2.5 million dollars.  Get in my car go to Walmart and send them $550.00.  Call them the every minute I enter Walmart and they will give me instructions, on how to send the money with credit cards or gift cards.

Victim Location 43229
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers Clearinghouse, Peter Church, I've won a 2019 Mercedes Benz and 2.5 million. He asked me to call them back at either 876-345-5654 or 919-777-7548. The taxes would be $25,000 from the state of Tennessee, but that I needed to pay $3550.00. He said they were listed with BBB and FTC.

Victim Location 43219
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

John Davis from Publishers Clearinghouse called today. He said I won 2.5 million in the Mega Millions. He might have said it was for taxes. He gave me a pin number. He asked if I was married or single. He asked if I wanted it kept private or publicized. He told me I would have to pay a processing fee of $650. He also gave me the phone number for the Columbus, OH and told me to choose prompt number 3, which I did.

Victim Location 43224
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I'm 71 years old. PCH called and said I won 5 million, $7000 a week for life. They want me to open a new account with Bank of America, privately/confidentially and call them back at 917-936-3585 for the routing number. The man said his name was John Kingston and said he was calling from NY. He said if he couldn't be reached, I should talk to Peter Wallace.

Victim Location 43213
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Dave Sawyer called from Publisher's Clearinghouse to say I had won my 2.5 million and Mercedes. He said I could have $550,000 in cash. He said my confirmation number was pu ei43296 US. He said I had to pay $500 to govt for taxes on winnings. He said he was calling from his car, on his way to deliver it to me. He asked if I wanted to keep it private or published, if I was married or single, if I live alone. He said they already paid 99% of the taxes, so I just needed to pay one percent. He said they banked w/Bank of America. Sounded like people in the background. The number that appeared on my phone was not the number he asked me to call him back on. He wanted me to put the phone down and leave the line open. He told me to get a MoneyGram. He had an accent.

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