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• Nov 27, 2023

Guy named David Anderson said I won 1.5 million and a brand new car and $5000 a week for two years told me that I have to get a gift card and give them the info . Luckily I called the gift card company and cancelled that and they will send a new one the card was $250 . Please help , I’m not sure if I’m being scammed

• Nov 25, 2023

Some guy named David Anderson messaged me and told me I had to pick up a gift card that I won 1.5 million . Is this true ? Did I actually win because I am so vulnerable right now, low income single mom of 3 . He made me give him the numbers on the gift card .

• Apr 17, 2023

The caller advised I had won 2.5 million dollars in the Readers Digest sweepstake and he would come to my house to give me the money. I knew it didnt feel right. I did not provide my personal info but they had my phone number which I know could be in any directory. I was asking him for his details and he kept pausing. I may have said ok or Yes at some point and I know that the recent scam is to have you say those words and they record them. I hung up and did the *69 to get the number called from. It was 587-883-6897 and when I googled it, it did come up as a scam number. I just wanted to provide this information so there is a record. I have notified my bank and my phone company in case they try to use my words to use my banking or to make long distance charges.

Hi there,

I was phoned Friday March 11 by a person named Dave Anderson. He informed me I had won a car in the Reader's Digest monthly draw. I told him I couldn't talk to him because I was shopping at the time. He asked me where I was shopping. He got really excited when I told him I was at Walmart. He said I needed to purchase a Vanilla gift card in the amount of $499 so I could claim the car. I could purchase a gift card at the checkout on my way out of Walmart. After asking me to purchase the GC, he gave me his phone number and said I had to call him as soon as I got home and give him the number on the card. Then they would deliver my car. He phoned me again in about 10 minutes and asked if I had purchased the card yet. I told him I was not finished shopping yet but I would get it at the checkout. He phoned me again after I got home and asked if I got the card. I told him my credit card was maxed out and it wouldn't let me purchase it. He said he would phone me Monday and told me to go to my bank to make sure I could get the money to purchase the card He phoned again Monday and I told him my card was maxed out and I couldn't get the money. Meanwhile, I emailed Readers Digest and informed them of this scam. I received a reply from them telling me that it is a scam for sure. I knew it was but wanted confirmation. I was told Readers Digest doesn't charge people to deliver prizes. So I told David Anderson (probably not his real name lol) that I contacted Readers Digest and he said they wouldn't know about this giveaway because just a few high up people know about it. I told him this is a scam and I reported him. I just wanted you to be aware of this scam. This is the phone number he gave me if you need to follow up. 904-600-4730. If in fact I have really won a car from Readers Digest, I will only deal with Reader's Digest directly and will not send money LOL

Mark Walton, claiming to be from Readers Digest, advised that my mom won $1.9 Million dollars or $5000 for life. However, to claim the prize we would have to pay, $4000, and go to Western Union.

Consumer received a call saying her husband won a readers digest prize. 1.5 million and Mercedes Benz car of any color. The caller wants $5500 dollars for legal fees to release the prize. The caller gave the name Sam Cooper Badge # 5150 Sam Cooper. Security Code 1987sk. The caller provided the following numbers.

4195400577 Supposed to be the

3065183150 Supposed to be local office

18765100886 Supposed to be roaming number as they are in Canada and Us

18762139665 Direct number to be used after calling number provided.

Consumer was to mail a cheque to a private bank merchant.

William Henderson from Readers Digest called today. His number us 866-341-4699. He had a foreign accent, maybe Arabic. He said it was the 100 year anniversary for Readers Digest, and my name was drawn to win $850,000. He asked if I still get the magazines. He said they had written an article in the magazine about scams. He asked what my income was. I said I was on disability. He asked if I wanted the money sent to my house or direct deposited. He asked if there was a CVS near me. I said yes. He said go to CVS and buy a $200 Vanilla Card. He also emailed an official notice through email which I am supposed to sign (don't know how to find the email address it came from). They look so real.

Had a call saying won a Chevy Malibu and $275 000 cash from Readers Digest.. . wanted to arrange a place to present same... was gonna call back later for more info. John Anderson

Used badge #Ja44041

Claim #058676008174CA

- Peoria, IL, USA

I received a call and said they were with readers digest and they said I won a cashiers check - and that I would need to go pick up a $100 gift card. I believe this to be a scam

told i won 17 million.have to call3233425322 pressoption 2.wii be asked for a bar code that was supplied 888 009921 additional pg289 827 654 001ca name given of caller John Mason would receive money from wells fargo


David Cooper called and said that I had won a a prize from readers digest. I never was asked for any info. I asked him to email me the info but never received anything. He said he did. I hung up. He called back a couple of days later. I asked to talk with his manger and I was passed to Benjamin King, badge #BK6160. I still never gave them any info. In the end I called in Saskatoon and was told it was a scam..I guess I have to cancell the helicopter, lol

- Heath, OH, USA

I got a voicemail today from a woman w/Readers Digest saying that I had won $8millionfive hundred thousand, and if I didn't call back, the money would be turned over to the state.

- Newark, OH, USA

Charles Wilson, badge number 132 US, from Readers Digest called, said I had won $2.5 million dollars because I pay all of my bills on time. It didn't really sound like it was Readers Digest. He asked if I was close to CVS and to pick up a Vanilla Card for $100. Then call him back at 516-268-1572. He had an accent.

I received a phone call from this number +1-585-386-1831 at 9:16am Jan 6/21. The guy questionably said my name then so stupidly I said yes at which point I suddenly remembered reading or hearing about a scam awhile back where when they say your name, you are NOT to say yes as it seems they can do something when you say yes by using my voice somehow, whether its about using my phone for charging calls, buying goods, or doing other nefarious things. Then he said he was from Readers Digest at which point I said there is no one here by that name, he said again he was from Readers Digest so I hung up the phone without saying anything else. Although his English sounded good I believe this was a scammer from India or a similar country on the basis of his accent. I know Readers Digest does have some kind of contest which they advertise stating millions of dollars as the prize, this person likely wanted to get bank & other info from me to scam me, do other scams, etc etc. I can tell from the phone number it is from overseas someplace.

I got a call from someone saying they were with Readers Digest and I had won $2 Million Dollars and a new car. They told me I had to go to Dollar General and buy 2 $500 Visa Vanilla Gift Cards and then they would meet me with my prize.


Callwd on phone said I won 2.4 million and had to send them 2000,00 processing fees through Bank of Montreal He said he was CEO of Publishers clearing House his name was Richard Greene. Can you tell if this is legiment.


Damian Cassidy & Jody Smith (800# & mgr at Readers Digest) called claiming he won $1.2MM and 2020 GMC pickup (any color he wanted). They are using First National Bank of Paris TX as their bank. Pkg code# 1331 + 1st & last initials of his name, Claim# 53769 + Paris TX, Approval # 639099 + USA

Our caller could hear Damian in the background telling her what to say and he let her know & then hung up. Jody asked if he received their package they sent 4 wks ago and he told them no.

Consumer was contacted by the a man named Michael. They claim consumer entered a lottery in 2008. They claimed consumer had $1,000 in winnings but to collect said winnings consumer would need to send business $760.

First call from "Ohio Lottery Commission" verifying it was me who once lived in S Carolina, said I won a Ford truck and gave me a claim number

and a number to call Readers Digest special number

Called and spoke to James Cory Carson who said he was Johnny Carson of TV fame, son. Said I won third prize a Ford Explorer and $150,000

They would take the 1% state tax out of my winnings leaving me $138,500.

Said I would be in NYC August 3 and would stop by their office to pick up my winnings. In conversation he said the office was in Time Square, when I asked for a physical address he gave me 60 W 23rd, this confirmed it was scam, the address was not close to Time Sq.I also requested mailing my check. When he asked for information I gave only my PO Box address and of course he had my cell phone number.

When he began to talk about other taxes etc I said he needed to speak to my accountant who handles all my financials and asked if he wanted his phone number, the conversation ended quickly.

My elderly mother has been repeatedly targeted over the last few weeks by a male caller identifying himself as affiliated with the Readers Digest sweepstakes.

He asked an initial series of questions to "confirm" her identity which resulted in her address and other details to the caller.

He then provided details of a prize package including a Mercedes and multi-million dollar award, and said she needed to pay $250 to claim the prize.

When she told him she did not have the money, he asked when she would have it, and if he could come to the house to collect a check from her.

He has targeted her multiple times, with multiple phone calls per day to the extent that she has had to avoid answering her phone.

I am sharing this information to prevent other elderly residents to avoid falling victim to these types of scams.

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