Publishers Clearing House

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Jose – Mar 01, 2021

Victim Location 75937

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James Morgan called claiming that that the consumer had won $40,000 to enter into a new bank account and was asked to pay 1%. Plus annual winnings and a new Mercedes. Badge # JM015933

Mitchell – Mar 01, 2021

Victim Location 55113

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

PCH cash reward 2nd place winner. New car (Mercedes E class, plus 5 million cash) enticement. Gave out package ID number plus confirmation number. Required purchase of a One Vanilla card for amount of $999.00 in order to "register with IRS". Went to Walmart and then to CVS in attempts to make purchase. Turned away @ Walmart and warned against @ CVS. Told phone contact that situation reminded me of movie Matchstick Men when he wanted me to go to my bank and then to the post office for another purchase angle. Contact was age related in my opinion.

Kurt – Mar 01, 2021

Victim Location 78155

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received letter saying I had won $2.5 million. They enclosed a check to cover insurance & attorney fees- $6,569.25. ???? I was a 2nd place winner in the Publishers Clearinghouse 100 Million Dollars Super Cash Giveaway Promotion. Never mind that I never entered. SCAM!!!!! Said you had to contact your Claims Manager before depositing the check. Also said that according to law you are not allowed to discuss your win with 3rd parties…. WooHoo!!! I’m a WINNER! Seriously- don’t waste your time.

Luke – Feb 28, 2021

Victim Location 84062

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A phone call from Florida man claiming to be the General Manager from the ScamPulse.com (Michael Anderson). Claiming I won a Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes check of $3.5 million dollars and a 2020 BMW. He gave me a secret code to identify the prize. Said he had to call the IRS to confirm no delinquent taxes owed first. Not sure what information he is trying to obtain…

Brandi – Feb 24, 2021

Victim Location 38002

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

sweepstakes publishers clearing house imposter call

Ronald – Feb 23, 2021

Victim Location 76705

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I sent the following message to your email address before I saw your "Scam Tracker."

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I believe I was just contacted (10:00 AM) by a scam artist. He said he was with Publisher’s Clearing House and I am the newest winner of 2.5 million dollars. It was a twenty minute conversation and I continued to tell him I was skeptical. He was trying to get information from me–which I did not provide. He wanted $3,500.00 as the "registration fee" and that needed to be paid before "the Prize Patrol" would arrive at my door. ~~~ I can provide additional information if you are interested. * **** ** *** ******* ******* ** ***** **** * *** *** **** ***** ****** ** ***** ****** ** ************* ** ***** ******** ~~~~ ************ ********* ** *********** ******** *******

Bryan – Feb 22, 2021

Victim Location 46268

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

John Bigley was who I was talking too. They provided my address. I had won $500,000 and a Silver titanium Car convertible. I was to pay $3,500 and as soon as I got the money I was supposed to contact Bernard Smith and he would advise what I was to do with the money.

Diane – Feb 17, 2021

Victim Location 48356

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Stated I won 5 million dollars. Kept asking questions to get me say Yes

Kept asking if I understand….

Andres – Feb 11, 2021

Victim Location 75426

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Jack Lawson ask to send $2,000 in Money Order to Clarksville, TN

Marisa – Feb 11, 2021

Victim Location 32234

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A Mr. David Miller called said I’d won $8.5 million dollars, thru a random phone number selection that I had to write down first my winnings # 0007577275 than my claims # 838484859 than I believe he called it the package # 9905505290015….. Mr. Miller than said I have an account now because of Publishers Clearing House at Bank of America & have me this # to call 1(800) 706-6546…. and an account # 41629569 to enter in after pushing option # 2 when calling, than when prompted to enter the pin # 25640. When the automated female voice said “welcome” after each # I was given to enter, I definitely knew this was not real winnings. She said I would need to pay$4,000.00 dollars to receive this $8.5 million dollars!!!! Mr. Miller has not called me back yet and God Willing he & All Who Are involved in scamming will be stopped!

Craig – Feb 10, 2021

Victim Location 75605

Total money lost $200

Type of a scam Phishing

Janice (wife) has had multiple calls in Feb 2021. She gave him a prepaid $200 card. Last time he wanted her to send $3500 to get the car out of where it’s being held. (903) 553-1920 (Landline) & (903) 530-3774 (cell) Scammer then asked for a check or money order when she refused to get another pre-paid card for $3500. His name is "James" but she can’t remember his last name. The supervisor (Jim Thurston) then called and she could hear him in the background saying "send her the email that has all the information from PCH".

A David Miller sent her an email on Jan 30, 2021, with a picture of 2 men & a woman standing in front of a van that says Prize Patrol, etc.

Douglas – Feb 10, 2021

Victim Location 75757

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Frank Anderson called, claimed that she won 2.5 million and a Mercedes. Requested $500 in prepaid cards for the taxes owed.

Martha – Feb 09, 2021

Victim Location 79045

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man with a foreign accent called, said his name was Patrick Anderson and said he said you are familiar with Publishers Clearing House. I said I was but had not entered in a number of years. He said I had won $850,000.00 + $5,000 per week for life. What he wanted to know how I wanted to get the money quietly or come and act like it was a surprise. He then wanted me to go get a vanilla card from CVS for at least of $150/dollars. I told him I wasn’t going to pay to win anything. Then he hung up on me. I gave him no information. He did have my address.

Amber – Feb 08, 2021

Victim Location 89523

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The scammer said he was from Publishers Clearing House and that my husband (he did not know is deceased) won $5,000/month for life. I told him I am a widow and he said it was mine. He wanted me to send all of my personal information over a scheduled phone call the next day. I talked to my daughter who said it was a scam. So I did not call him. Tom Turner was the name he used.

Ruth – Feb 04, 2021

Victim Location 75631

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Consumer bought vanilla gift cards at a Dollar General after receiving a call from Publisher’s Clearing House. Claimed that the prize was a brand new car plus cash winnings in the amount $4 million.

Mario – Feb 04, 2021

Victim Location 38242

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

fake PCh call saying I won.

Raquel – Feb 04, 2021

Victim Location 38058

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

fake PCH call-  

Hector – Feb 04, 2021

Victim Location 76180

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received voice message from individual claiming to be with the publisher’s clearing house, the caller claimed to be with PCH that they have been a winner. The only thing the consumer had to do was to call back with confirmation number 369, and provide their routing and account number for the funds to be deposited to their winning.

Kara – Feb 03, 2021

Victim Location 43232

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I’ve gotten 15 calls from Publisher’s Clearing House in the last two weeks. They are foreigners: Mike Henry and something Moler. They say they work for the US Treasury Dept. But they are also CEOs. They said in 2019 I had won $5.5 million and 2021 white Mercedes Benz, with 6 months of Geico insurance, which will be delivered on a flatbed truck. They said they’d been looking for me for two years. They said they paid the Better Business Bureau $150,000 to find me. I said the ScamPulse.com doesn’t do that. They said the Better Business Bureau wouldn’t tell me if they were. They said the IRS told them to drop it, but they were determined to find me to give me my money. They want me to go to Walmart and buy a $500 Vanilla Card. The card is for the people who will come. I said I don’t have $500, so they said they would pay $200, so all I would have to pay is $300. I’m also supposed to get $100,000 cash in a locked briefcase. They said they would not scam me out of money as they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who died to deliver us from our sins and they go to church every Sunday. They said they could see that I had been scammed before. I told them they are the scammers.

Chelsea – Feb 02, 2021

Victim Location 75707

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Frank Miller gave a package confirmation number

Carolyn –

Victim Location 75757

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Danny Baxster (agent #010)- claimed the individual won the sweepstakes and asked for vanilla gift card in the amount of $100 before they would arrive with balloons and champagne to award her the prize. Danny gave a number to give to the agent upon arrival 925-376-409USA.

Hector –

Victim Location 43023

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I’m 79 years old. I received a letter in the US Mail from Publisher’s Clearing House with a check for $7785.50 for covering insurance and legal fees. I am not to cash the check until I call them at 365-833-1071. It’s signed by Chief Financial Officer Richie Jenkins. The check is written against Wells Fargo. OPTUM RX is the company name on the check.

Diane –

Victim Location 43623

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call, that I was a 2nd place winner 2.5 million dollars and a 2020 Benz. A Phil Peterson from Publisher Clearing House

would call back 10 minutes to go to Cvs, or Dollar General, and get 2 Vanilla ice prepaid cards for 500.00 a piece . That a crew would arrive in 1.5 hr to present my winnings and the car. The person keeps calling me several time, that same day and the next day.

Sabrina –

Victim Location 43338

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from Taylor from Publisher’s Clearing House, saying I had won $1.8 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz. He said the car would be delivered on a flatbed truck. He asked if I was marrid or lived alone. He asked my boyfriend if we had a checking account so we could deposit the check. He said it wouldn’t cost us anything but I should buy a $100 Vanilla Gift card to give to the lawyer when he came to the house to register my winnings with the government. He asked if I wanted it kept confidential or put on the news. He kept saying: "this is no joke. how does it feel to win a million dollars, this is for real. this is not a scam. stop wasting my time. I want the number off the card". He told me to buy the card from Family Dollar Store or Walgreens. He offered to say on the phone while I went to get the card. I said it’s a landline, then he wanted to know how long it would take to get the card and how many miles to the Dollar Store. He asked that 3x. I asked where are you calling from, but he wouldn’t answer. He was very upset when I hadn’t purchased the card. He called later and talked to my boyfriend. He said, "I guess it’s between you and me. Do you want this money or not? You could quit your job." He had an accent. His tone started out friendly but became more hostile the more times he called. The caller ID said Jamaica.

Lacey –

Victim Location 79007

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man named Robert Bernard called and said I had won $2,500,000. He gave me an ID badge number and said he was a prize director. He gave me a package number and a claim number. He told me to go to Dollar General and buy a Green Dot Money Pack Scratch card for $200 and he would call back to tell me what to do with the information on the card. I called Publishers Clearing House and reported him. They said I should also call the Better Business Bureau. He keeps calling repeatedly. He asked how much I had in the bank. I know better than to tell him.

Cassie –

Victim Location 45658

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

John Goldberg called from Publishers Clearing House. He said he was at 100 Circle Dr NY. He said my package number is 399191200. He said his manager is John Tony. He said Bob White from the Federal Reserve approved the winnings. He said I had won $5.5 million and a 2020 C class Mercedes Benz with 4 wheel drive. He had an accent. He asked if I was married or lived alone. He asked if I wanted it to be public or confidential. He said the were coming today from Cleveland, OH to deliver the check, and the car would be on a flatbed truck and would arrive at 4pm. He also asked me to send a $785 money order to Ona Wilson, 716 First Ave, Selma AL 36701. He said the taxes would be $825 and I would need to buy a Greendot Go2bank card from CVS in Gallipolis, OH. I bought the cards but did not give them the numbers from the back. He also said his manager was Deborah Holden.

Adrian –

Victim Location 45373

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Robert Banks from Publishers Clearing House wanted me to go to Walmart (near South Salem,Oh) & give their attorney Mary Ellen $780 for a gold stamp for the Check I will receive for winning over a million dollars. The $780 is for the government. The attorney will be driving a truck with Publishers Clearing House logo’s all over it. Then I am to buy gift cards at Walmart & various other stores.

Marco –

Victim Location 31036

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call at 4:20pm on Dec 30th regarding my winning the PCH sweepstakes of a million dollars and a free car. I asked him how much I had to pay up front in order to claim my winnings. He said "nothing". I said "I don’t have to get a green dot card to send money? He said "no". He then started giving me my address and phone number and my full name. He had a lot of the info of my identity but when he got to needing my SS number in order to complete the paperwork and told him I don’t give my SS number out to anyone especially on the phone. Before we got to the SS number request, I asked him for his phone number so I could call him back to verify his legitimacy and he gave it to me and I called that number back and he answered. I have forgotten his name but he did give me a name.

Martha –

Victim Location 79107

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They play like you win and give you information an then try to get ur information till you start talking about ScamPulse.com and the police then they get disconnected…I never gave him my personal information and I never said yes to anything I repeated anything they said

George –

Victim Location 43215

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James Wand sweepstakes rep from Publisher’s Clearing House called from 516-268-9102. He’s called many times. He’s said I’ve won from 1 -7 million. He wants $300 to process the claim.

Walter –

Victim Location 78254

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Letter from Publishers Clearing House in all black and white letter. The letter included a check for $6,769.25 addressed to my mother-in-law from OPTUMRx P.O. Box 6104 Cypress, CA 90630-0605. The check also has Wells Fargo Bank N.A. 115 Hospital Dr. Van Wert, OH 45091 on it. The routing # on the check (041203824) Acct # (29600120556). I called the Wells Fargo Bank in Van Wert and gave them the routing number they said the routing number was for Flagstar Bank. So I called Flagstar Bank and they said this was not their routing number. So I called my local Wells Fargo branch and they said it is definitely not a Wells Fargo routing number.

The letter instructs the person to "Please contact your Claim Manager without any delay BEFORE depositing this check at your Financial Institution and for further information on this prize." The total amount of the prize is $2,500,000.00 ($2.5 Million). It gives a security code – PCH-012021-WIN.

Amy –

Victim Location 43026

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from John Green with Publisher’s Clearing House. He said a lady in Toledo won the first prize for $8 million but I had won the second place prize of $2.5 million and a pearly white Mercedes Benz and $5000 a week for the rest of my life. He said they would deliver it on a flatbed truck.He said I had won on 11.28.20, and they had sent me a letter. He asked if I was married or single. He asked for my age and occupation, and what I lived on. He said an attorney named Ezoy Clark, 145 N Frontage Rd W, Ste C 716, Vail, CO 81657 would be taking care of the legal paperwork. He asked me to mail a money order from the post office to $5000 to Ezoy. I said I didn’t have it. He asked how much I had, and I said $3000. John said he was a Christian, and his father was a preacher. He said I was not to tell any of my family or friends becase God is giving me the money. I could hear someone in the background. He said he was only talking to me. He offered to let me speak to Deborah Holland, the head of Publisher’s Clearing House. He said they would be coming tomorrow, and I should give my receipt Steve Harvey. He keeps calling. He makes me feel stupid when I ask questions. His voice was weird when he called, I thought it was a drunk call.

Kara –

Victim Location 43232

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

David Welch called from Publisher’s Clearing House. He said I had won $2.9 million, a 2021 Mercedes Benz and a 6 month gas card. He asked if I was over 75 years old. He asked me if I wanted private or public. He gave me package and shipping codes, 933145 and 0708. He said three people would be coming: Dave Sawyers, Mary Lou Miller and Linda Allen. He told me I would have to pay shipping and handling. He asked if I was close to a grocery store. He told me to go to Target and buy a $495 Vanilla giftcard. He told me to just lay the phone down while I went to the store. I used my cell phone to call BBB.

Jacob –

Victim Location 43055

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I’m 80 years old. A man calling himself Frank Nelson, with an accent called to say I had won $7 million in the Publisher’s Clearing House. He said I had also won $5000 a week for life, and a Mercedes Benz, a refrigerator. He gave me a claim number and an entry number. He asked if I had a computer. He told me to go to Walgreens or CVS and buy a $200 eBay giftcard. He told me they would be at my house within 2 hours. I asked why he was calling from Jamaica, he said it’s Jamaica, NY, but it’s not, it’s Kingston, Jamaica. I told him PCH doesn’t call winners. He asked if I wanted to give the winnings to charity. I asked him for proof in writing and he replied he had already withdrawn all the money from my checking account. He called back 6 times this morning before 7:45 am. He said he’s using a Verizon cell phone.

Laura –

Victim Location 79403

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Someone named James Anderson stating he is from Publishers Cleaning House called stating my Grandmother won 2.5 million dollars. Wants to set up a time to deliver the check and accompany her to the bank to cash the check.

Alan –

Victim Location 29526

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

A guy claiming to be James Winters, from Publishers Clearing House, on a recorded line, credited by the Better Business Bureau, with three FBI Agents, claimed I won the 2nd place monthly give away of 2.5million dollars and Flat bed truck will bring my New Car, All I have to do is get a money pack green dot card and give the person contacting me the $500.00 money pack card, which will take care of the taxes and paper work and give them my ID information, and they will show up today, with my Cashiers Check for $2.5million and a flatbed with my new car. I asked why could they not take the taxes and fees out of the winnings? "No, no, this is your lucky day, you are a winner, just give us the money and you are so close… If you do not have the money, borrow it from someone…" No… Not enough credentials, taxes are taken out of any winnings you earn. Not sending money to a random person. Bring over the Paperwork, let me cash the check, and we can pop open the Champagne after.

Susan –

Victim Location 43130

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from Dave Sayer of Ft Washington, NY saying I had won Publisher’s Clearing House. He said I had won 3rd place, and a 2020 Mercedes Benz. My caller ID wireless jm 876-263-2912. He said his number was 202-855-9475. He said there would be a processing fee of $9500 which he said would have to be paid before the prize would be awarded. He asked if I was still working. He was foreign, maybe Jamaican. He became beligerant when I said it was a scam.

Matthew –

Victim Location 43315

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James Manrow from Publishers Clearing House called. He said I had won $250,00 and Mercedez Benz and Geico insurance for a year. He had an accent. He gave me an authorization number. He asked me to pay $995.22 for a registration fee. He asked if I could pay the fee and I told him no. He asked me to borrow it from my husband or a friend. I said no. He said I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to send you a check for $1000. You deposit that check into your bank, and send me the $995. He said if you are an honest lady, you’ll know what to do. I said you are a scammer.

Christian –

Victim Location 43605

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

12/27/20 Received a [home] call from a man (foreign accent) introducing himself as "George Freeman" informing I had won an enormous PCH jackpot. I did NOT release any personal info although he was trying to get me to do so. Told me Monday 12/28 was going to be a BIG day for me and to stay by the phone. I refused to give any additional information citing I was skeptical. He assured me it was "real and that no one could mess it up for me" but we needed to be on the same [secret] page. (In this conversation he said a lot of other stuff including he was working with the FBI to secure my safety. Told me I had two (2) options to claim my prize – 1) bank info for [faster] electronic transfer; and 2) UPS delivery to my home by PCH Team and FBI agent. He insisted option #1 was definitely better. I told him I refused until I could verify his identity on Monday a.m. That’s when he warned me about calling PCH saying if I did, I definitely open myself to be swindled by “fake” PCH employees.

(On Monday, 12/28, I emailed PCH and response I got confirmed contact by Mr. Freeman was a fraud.)

1/1/21 – Received another [home] call from same man today at 11:05 am ET reminding me his name was "George Cooper" and that we somehow missed each other on 12/28 and he was calling to reconnect so I could claim my winnings. (My 2nd Place Publisher’s Clearing House Prize is: $3.8 million + $958,000 Cash Bonus + 2021 "Pearl Red" Mercedes Benz.) He re-iterated he has been with PCH for 17 years and his Agent ID# is USA-4990. Mr. Cooper gave his phone number as 1-876-856-9854 and assured me PCH would not employ him for 17 years if he was not the real deal. Anyway, he told me to “relax my brain,” enjoy New Year’s Day and he would get everything ready for me on Monday, 1/4/21, re-stating this was going to be a BIG day for me and no one can mess it up as long as we’re on “a two-lane road” of sharing information. Conversation was recorded and I have no intention of releasing any personal information. I hope to prevent myself or anyone else from being scammed.

Sarah –

Country United States

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Initial means of contact Social media (e.g., Facebook)

Receiving messages from a random person in mutual friends with

“I meant the cash donated randomly to selected people by the Publishers Clearing House from the PokerStar Mega Bonus Association to help and support people financially.”

Sara –

Victim Location 75701

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Initial contact was through mail advising to contact via phone. Consumer spoke with Michael Sanders. They set up an account with Bank of America for her to send the money to. To pay for Federal Trade Commission stamps Cash prizes and Mercedes car.

Jodi –

Victim Location 38134

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Got a call from someone claiming to be from the PCH. Wanted me to go to CVS and get a gift card to claim the money. My wife laughed and hung up but the guy called back making more attempts at getting us to claim the money.

Jessie –

Victim Location 48223

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Someone called me saying I won 5.5 million dollars from publishers clearing House.

They wanted me to buy a $200 vanilla gift card, and they were going to come to my home to present the he check, and take a picture with the receipt on the check.

I haven’t done this yet, but am looking for help catching the crooks.

Kathleen –

Victim Location 68434

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted via phone by a Robert Morningstar claiming that I had been the winner in a random drawing for a runner-up prize in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. I was to receive 5K per month for life. Catch was that I first had to send a money order in the amount of $520 to a Willa Stewart, 4710 Middlecoff Road, Apt. B55, Corpus Christi, Tx. 78413, prior to be presented my winnings. I checked the Publishers Clearing House website and they specifically state that winners are never notified by phone nor is any money ever required as a precondition for being awarded a prize. Morningstar provided a phone #573-557-5973 that I was to use to contact him before placing the money order. The personal address I was given for the money order triggered my suspicion that this was indeed a scam. Please follow-up before any other individuals are scammed. I will not return his call. If there is anything I can do to assist in prosecuting Mr. Morningstar or Ms. Stewart, please advise.

Rebekah –

Victim Location 43558

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

He claimed to be an employee for Publisher’s Clearing House and said his name was Michael Collins. He told us that we won three million dollars and that due to COVID-19 they had to call before going to your residence. He had our address and first name. He gave us fake names of people who were allegedly going to come with him to our residence, but we looked up the names and saw that they were either historical figures’ names or actors and actresses names. My daughter called Publisher’s Clearing House’s customer service and looked up my account. It had showed that I hadn’t won anything yet.

Darren –

Victim Location 45601

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Dave Sayer, badge no. d3824pch, from Publisher’s Clearing House called today. He said I had won $2.5 million and a 2020 Mercedes Benz, free auto insurance for a year, and six months worth of Shell gas, $10,000 worth of Walmart gift cards, and $7,000 a week for life. He asked if I was married, widowed or single. I told him I was a widow. He said I would have to pay to register. He told me to go the bank and withdraw $3500. I told him I didn’t have it, but I could get $1000. He told me to call them at 509-902-7088 when I get to the bank. He told me he would meet me. They’ve called twice since then. I’m 90. I went to my daughter’s house and she helped me report it to BBB.

Shawna –

Victim Location 92243

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I first received the letter in the mail. It said in the letter to call them. I called them.

The person that I spoke to said his name was Steve. He told me that I won the sweepstakes. This included 6.5 million, and 4 Mercedes Benz.

He then asked for my banking information, I told him no. He then wanted me to go down and cancel all of my accounts and only bank at Bank of America.

He then gave me an account number and a name of a person in a specific town and state. I was then instructed to get a money gram. Your initial amount wired was $16,000. I borrowed this from my dad. Every pay period they are taking my disability social security. They’ve been taking money out of my account for 2 years in the amount of $900 to $2500 at a time. I would have to borrow money from my dad and my brothers.

Sharon –

Victim Location 77836

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The CEO Andrew Goldberg of publishers clearing House called me. Spelled Goldberg wrong… I knew it was a scam from the beginning but went along… I had won 3.5 million, A Cadillac Escalade cherry red and $7000 for the rest of my life each week. All I had to do was keep this a secret and surprise my husband. He wanted to stay with me the whole time on my cell phone. I told him I did not have one because he called me on my landline. I told him I would get my husbands.

But after it was taking so long he told me to go without the cell phone and he would give me instructions on what to do. I was to purchase two prepaid warm visa vanilla cards for $500 each. When I return home he was to call me or I was to call him and then he would give me further instructions on how to go to Western Union and pick up my $7000. Then after all this was done Steve Harvey and two other name people were coming to my house to award me the 3.5 million and the red Cadillac.

I called the FBI and they said until they have several complaints about this number they won’t investigate. I called the local news station here and they forwarded me this website to fill out this information. I intend to go to the dollar store and other stores here that sell prepaid visas in town in Caldwell Texas to notify them anyone purchasing visa cards to at least say something just in case somebody’s doing this and don’t know better. I played the game hoping that I could figure out something and would love to have these people caught. Waiting on my call. Hope you can get this out. Thank you

Audrey –

Victim Location 96789

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a text message 11/25/2020 saying I won a prize. I had a feeling this could be a scam because there were some typo-errors like ‘are’ for "or" and "my" for "may". So I talked to a guy name Tony Whiteside (but the guy has an India or indian accent) he said I won 3.5 m dollars, a brand new Lincoln Continental plus $5000.00 a month for life. He instructed me to go to Wallgreens that very minute a buy a certain card and put $600.00 on it and hold on to the card. I told him I don’t have the money and he insisted I send the money thru my bank to them. I told I can’t so he said he’ll talk to Dave Sayer. I’ve seen Dave Sayer on tv and heard his voice. This guy is another Indian guy trying to disguise his voice. I gave up. They’re still calling me but I not answering. I called ScamPulse.com and they said if I won something I shouldn’t have to pay anything.

Peter –

Victim Location 43332

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James Bell badge no. 6601JB, from the Better Business Bureau called me today saying I had won $6.5 million and an SUV in the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. He said I needed to pay an insurance fee on the money. He told me to mail a money order for $838 to Vera Green at 34 N Keytstone, Upper Darby, PA 19082. He asked if I lived alone, if I wanted to keep it private, and what I would do with the money. He mentioned prayers, blessings and God. He said three people: Robert Hill, Susan White, and John Jackson, would be coming to my door on December 7th. I could hear a lot of noise in the background. He said a lot of people work here at PCH. He said I would get $500,000 on April 15th in the Set for Life promotion. He asked if I was properly dressed, because he wanted me to turn the camera on my computer so he could see me. He told me I could buy the money order at the post office, walmart or walgreens. I said I had friends at the post office. He told me not to tell them where I was sending the money. He’s been calling all morning. He has a slight accent, but sounds more American than others. He kept calling me "Sweetie". He said he was a different Publisher’s Clearing House than the one in NY. He didn’t want me to check it out. I said you never have to pay to win that’s what eveybody says. He said people don’t know what they’re talking about, and to trust him. He said the check would be written against Bank of America and the insurance was through Allstate. He said he was calling from Jamaica, FL.

Reginald –

Victim Location 40489

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Gentlemen called by the name of Peter Anderson. He said that he randomly picked my phone number and asked if I’d like to have 2.5 million dollars, plus a new GMC pickup truck. He stated that the prize patrol was in Waynesburg, Kentucky. All I had to do was go to the General Dollar Store and purchase a $125 card to ok my winnings. He eventually brought the price down to $25. He was very persistent and nice, but I knew it had to be a scam. He begged me to find a ride to the store once he realized I was elderly and couldn’t drive. He asked lots of personal questions, and that’s when I hung up.

Sharon –

Victim Location 43207

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from Michael Freeman. He said he worked for UPS. He said I had won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. He said I won $1.8 million and a new Mercedes Benz. He said he’d been trying to deliver it to me but hasn’t been able to. He said he would deliver the money to me in a couple of hours. I asked where he was, and he answered California. He gave me a claim number, package number and badge number. He asked if I was married. He asked whether I wanted it to be public or confidential. He asked for my mom’s and dad’s names, which I gave him. I told him where I banked, then he said he needed my bank account and routing numbers, which I didn’t give him. He had an accent.

Ronald –

Victim Location 73109

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A James Collins called me saying he was with the Publisher’s Clearing House and that I had won 18.5 million dollars. He was trying to get me to buy prepaid Visa gift cards and give them the number in order to receive my reward. That’s when I knew it was a scam.

Shawn –

Victim Location 76704

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They said that he won money but they wanted him to get a visa card for taxes

Marcus –

Victim Location 76657

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Today I received a call from a man claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. Hi phone number was 855-202-2461. He indicated I had won $2.5 million dollars and wanted to know my bank account number so they could wire the money. I said "that doesn’t sound legitimate" and he hung up. Obviously a scam.

Lindsey –

Victim Location 79110

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Very elaborate presentation and very believable Said I had won a prize and then went through a presentation about getting verified and the final thing to get my winning confirmation numbers I needed to go to Walmart and buy a onevanilla gift card for two hundred dollars to get my numbers and validation from the IRS.

George –

Victim Location 44312

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from a man with a heavy accent claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, stating I had won 2.5 million dollars, a brand new 2020 Mercedes, and $1000 a week for life. He then asked me how I felt to have won, to which I questioned the validity of the call. He asked me to grab a pen and paper to write down his "badge number" and my "confirmation number". He then reiterated all of the winnings, gave me his name, Mr. Jim White, his badge number 1130USA, and a confirmation number. At this point I had looked up the area code of the call and found it was from Jamaica. When I asked him why his area code was from Jamaica, and what website could I visit to verify his ID. He hung up. I called back, and asked how to verify his info, he ask me to go to a CVS and make purchases to verify our prizes, at which point we called him out as a scammer, he told us F you, and hung up again.

Jordan –

I received a call from an Albert Johnson claimed that I won a life time prize including a Mercedes Benz and he would come to my residence with his driver. They would escort me to the bank and give me the check and I would give the driver $497 as his reward. I played along for a while sayin g that I had to wait for my bodyguard to come before I meet with him. I I finally told him that his time as a scammer is coming to an end because he has people looking for him who will do unprintable things to him and his family. Turning the tables on him unnerves him.
I write and lecture on scams.

Mindy –

Victim Location 95928

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Was called by someone claiming to be David White(Indian Accent) from Publishers Clearing House saying I won 2.5 million dollars. Wanting me to go to walgreens or CVS Pharmacy and buy $300 gift certificate and send them card# and pin. Call was from phone #(530) 429-9750

Sabrina –

Victim Location 99109

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

He called and said he was from publisher’s clearing house. He then asked if I had ever entered that sweepstakes. I said yes and he asked me the name that I used to sign up. At first I gave him the name of my dead grandfather. He said that he was calling to let me know I had won a large sum of money. He then started asking questions like how do deal about becoming a winner of the sweepstakes? Good I told him. After a couple more like that he asked for the pronunciation of my name. So this time I made up a completely different fake name. He put me on hold, then he came back and said he had an important fax come in he had to deal with and instead of keeping me on hold for a long time he would hang up and call me back. When he called me back he said that it was 5.9 million dollars that I had won. He then started up with the fake interview questions again " what are you planning to do with the money?" "This is enough money you will never have to work again!" He then asked me who I banked with. I told him the bank name and he must have figured a little about where I am from the area code and he started naming some of the branches open in the town I was in. Then he asked me if I had ever used a gift card before. I said yeah, Amazon. "For how much?" $5. He then switched back to my bank account. "How much money is available in your count today?" I say – not very much, tomorrow is pay day for me and I am pretty broke right now. He then asked my job. I told him I was on disability. He then says "You know that after winning this money you will not be eligible to collect social security anymore. (Which I believe is true because that is a need based program, if I actually had 5.9 million dollars I would have no need for the help anymore. So now he asks me if I had anyone in my life that would loan me $1,000 if I needed it, my parents maybe. I told him yeah, my parents would loan me that much if I needed it. He says we’ll you will be able to pay them back twice that after the money is available for you to withdraw. He then asked me how long it would take to get that. I was in my car and had told him that already so I told him it would take me an hour to get back home and get that. He then said something really strange. He asked if I could lie to my parents about what I needed the money for, saying that my business is my business and that theirs is theirs. Then saying "and I want it to be a surprise when you have twice their money back and you can tell them you won 5.9 million. Then fake questions again "how will your parents feel knowing their son is a millionaire? So he tells me he will call back in an hour after I get that money. While waiting I pick my wife up from work and tell her the whole scheme and what he has been saying to me. She immediately points out it’s a scam and I agree with her. I tell her he’s calling back soon and we come up with this. When he calls back and asks if I have the money yet I told him I didn’t have to borrow it from my parents because my wife had just cashed her check and she gave me the money. She wants to talk to you really quick though and I hand her the phone. He gets on with her and says "how does it feel to know that he just won 5.9 million dollars? You can both retire now! So my wife says " look we are not stupid we know this is a scam, next you’ll be asking for his bank information and account number so you can steal it. He says " no we are not a scam, I am not asking for any personal information from him. So see, he is protected this is all good. Ok, so how do we get the 5.9 mill then. "Have you ever used gift cards?" He asks, " He needs to take the $1,000 you gave him and buy a gift card. We will use this gift card to prove that he has the capability to withdraw a large amount of money. We want to be sure that he can take the funds out of the bank as soon as it is available today……. "Ok, well we’re not doing that so goodbye." Then hung up on him. One of the things that helped us spot it was no good was how he didn’t want me to tell my parents the truth about why I needed the money, wanting it to be a surprise for them to find out I was rich!!

Stacey –

Victim Location 46208

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The caller stated thst he was from The Publishers Clearing House and you are the winner of $ 2.5 million plus a 2021 Mecedes Benz automobile. The catch is they ask your age (are you older than 65 years old), then you get the verbage about paying taxes on the winnings ($2500) and they also wanted to know when you where in the car to go and get the money. All of this happened to an elderly lady in her twilight years of her life.

Sabrina –

Victim Location 28358

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Phone rang and I answered caller ID said Jamaica, this man said hello and said his name was John(can’t remember his last name). Then he said he was calling from Publishing Clearinghouse, spoke for a minute and then he asked if I had ever got a call from PCH, I said yes and it was a scam, he got angry when I said that you shouldn’t have to pay for something that PCH has said that you won, like the lottery you pay the taxes after you win and they take it out of the check. Then John got really angry and started using very ugly CURSE WORDS and they were some of the worse CURSE WORDS I have ever heard. I want to know why someone can’t stop these people from harassing good citizens, I don’t have a phone just so some bad people can call my phone and talk like that to me.

Natasha –

Victim Location 92122

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller stated I won 3 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz. Wanted to schedule a delivery of prizes and was adamant this was not a scam.

Ian –

Victim Location 43123

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I’m 89 years old. I never answer the phone, I just listen to voice mails. Today, I got a message from a foreign man who I can’t understand, but he said something about Publisher’s Clearing House and $5 million. He said to call him back at 518-497-5366.

Darryl –

Victim Location 37830

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Phone call with a ID from jamaica called and clamed to be in jericho NY, and with publishers clearing how, they told me i won and gave me a fake claim number and told me to call a number that didnt match the website, after calling them out on it they just hung up and blocked my number as i couldnt call them back for more info on them. the number they gave me is just an extension from this number split by a business setup, it goes to the same building, they ask fow a down payment for delivery of the "check" i couldnt help but laugh.

Hector –

Victim Location 79015

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from Andrew Anderson badge number 422 with an Indian accent called and said I won $2.7 million with the Publishers Clearing House and I should have gotten a golden ticket in the mail.; and I needed to go to the post office and get a money order for $500 and send it to Kathy Carpenter in trackable mail to 550 Huion Rd New Topal 36352 and put reference number 9090244449. He said he was going to call me back so I could give him the tracking number. When he told me to send him money I knew it was a scam. When he called me back I told him I couldn’t find the tracking number it must have flew out the window. He called me back a couple more times and was angry with me because I didn’t have the tracking number. I haven’t played Publishers Clearing House in years.

Manuel –

Victim Location 35650

Total money lost $360

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

An Iranian sounding man claiming to be with Publishers Clearing house contacted my 72 year old Mother saying she won a car and needed to send him money via prepaid money cards and kept calling making sure she was alone in a room by herself when he would talk to her and convinced her to send him $360 via the cards before my brother found out and unplugged the land line.

Michele –

Victim Location 73109

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man named Goldberg keeps calling me saying I won a sweepstakes, but that I need to buy an Amazon gift card for them first to redeem my prize.

Christina –

Victim Location 45044

Total money lost $80

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called saying won publishers clearing house to purchase 2

visa gift cards 1 for $199.00 2 for $100.00 and said to pay 1% of taxes. The total was $1450.00 we were to direct deposit into bank of America. After talking to bank and police we figured out it was a scam. They started spending the money on visas but we quickly recovered them.

James –

Victim Location 35674

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

got a letter from PCH with a check for 2.5 million. On the letter it stated not to tell anyone so it wont get "leaked" to the public. stated that all the arrangements have already been made and to call claims manager before depositing the funds into the financial institution. want me to keep this information private and not share info with a third party. made the call to the number on the letter and they wanted me to send them money. the money is suppose to be used for insurance and attorney fees

101 winners circle jericho ny 11753….address on the letter

Claire –

Victim Location 71202

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

His name-FRANK MARTIN-ID#707.his manger JOHN TAYLOR, the lawyer MARY SMITH, amt. won 3.5 MILLION ,2020 E CLASS MERCEDES. Also gave a package # and tag # for car. Ask if wanted presentation public or private. Then came the pitch about the IRS want their share and PCH paying $5000. of taxes and me paying only 1% which came to only $300. I was to get a card (could not get a clear understanding about this as to type, how to get ,etc.), but when I gave them the card for the taxes the lawyer was to give me $300. He also wanted me to stay on the phone until they got to my house. He said IRS & ScamPulse.com was aware & tracking.Did a check on the # he called me from (228-200-1206), it is a Ms. # ,& listed as "a scam or unsafe #"

Chase –

Victim Location 70438

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Said his name was Paul W******** Second phone # read JM Kingston I had won the P.C. H. sweepstake’s. But he needed $999.99 to cover the Government Stamp that needs to go on the check for the Bank’s to accept the P.C.H. check.

He ask for my husband. But talked to me. Than ask if we had entered the P.C.H. sweepstakes.

1St off The P.C.H. sweepstakes entered are in my name, not my husbands. and why would he ask if we had entered? gave me a second # to call 876-340-9953. Ask me to call him back today the 6th about the $999.99 and what time I would be Home.

So is this a scam or is it reel?

James –

Victim Location 43026

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call today from Todd Sloan, badge number 5590 US, of Publisher’s Clearing House saying I won a 2020 Mercedes Benz sweepstakes, his name is Todd Sloan. number was Jamaican. Then I got a call from Amazon saying I bought an iPhone 11 for $700, and it’s charged to my account. I don’t have an Amazon account. The woman says she was trying to help me, and a guy from technical support would be calling me back. 47407642. She says they only know James Williams is trying to use my account to buy an iPhone. She had me install Quick Support.

Billy –

Victim Location 28304

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The person called and said I won 5 million dollars. They wanted me to call this number back but I didn’t. Be aware people

Nikki –

Victim Location 40160

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from someone who said they were from the PCH and that I had won a large prize. But in order to claim the prize I need to go to the post office and purchase a money order for $650 and overnight it to them to an address they would provide once I had the money order.

I called PCH and they said that they would never call me or ask me to send money.

Melanie –

Victim Location 71730

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man calling himself George Williams is blowing up my husband and my phone. He says he is with Publisher’s Clearing House and my husband and I won $2.5 million and a 2020 Ford F150. The scammer says we will get $7k a week for the rest of our lives. He told us to go to post office with cash and mail it to Dorothy Weeks in Hillside, New Jersey. I am outside the post office now and called the ScamPulse.com for help.

The phone number is popping up as in Jamaica . I live in Junction City, Arkansas.

Kari –

Victim Location 44120

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call last Friday 9-25-20 at 5:30 P.M. The caller claimed to be with Publishers Clearing House. The call was on my home phone. Callers name was Jim Kingston in Queens NY. Phone number 876-869-4925 was in my caller ID. He said I won $5.5 million. I would also receive a 2020 Mercedes Benz on delivery. I would need to pay $7500 to the FDIC. I have to pay for my prize. I never heard of anyone having to put up money to receive money. He said I should go to Federal Express or UPS Store to register. Registration fee of $7500. I told him I will have to check you out. I also told him it was a scam. He said it’s legal. They would not run a scam. He gave me another phone number of 518-978-1393 for confirmation. I know it is a scam.

Ramon –

Victim Location 41164

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call telling me I had won the publishers clearing house prize 5,000 a week for the rest of my life and 4.5 million check to start my new life and if I wanted this to be kept private or public wanted to know if I was familiar with better business bureau and the IRS male caller says he had to meet with people to let them know he has contacted me

Jermaine –

Victim Location 83610

Total money lost $4,000

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My wife received a phone call stating that we had won $9.9 million and that we would need to send them $4000 in order to be able to claim the money. I just found out from my wife last Friday that she mailed them a check through the U.S. Post office for $4000. Now Billy Anderson called this morning asking for two gift cards for $500 each to be sent to them as well. The caller ID # is 876-428-1246. The receipt from the Post office shows: **** 2995551 USA going to *******, SC 29902, delivered on 9/18/2020 at 3pm.

They said they would be at my house on Wednesday to the deliver the money we won.

Alana –

Victim Location 43213

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My parents are 95 and 93 and they are receiving phone calls from Eric Johnson at the Better Business Bureau. He can be reached at 623-246-8385, x. 101. He says they are making sure the winning presentation for my father is on the up and up. He wants me to call Wells Fargo at 323-499-3093 and choose option two to direct me to the appropriate department for the winnings. Then I’m to call him back about the presentation, and how they want to receive the winnings.

Casey –

Victim Location 43223

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

In March I got a letter from Publishers Clearing House with a check for $6975.15 from Optim RX written against Wells Fargo bank, Claims manager Ritchie Jenkins, phone 289-981-7876. In August I got a letter from Publishers Clearing House with a check for $5985.15 from Optim RX written against Chase bank, Claims manager Ritchie Jenkins, phone 365-366-7098.

Latoya –

Victim Location 75684

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called total of 3 times, 2 on 9/4/2020 & 1 time 9/5/2020. First caller said his name was Robert Goodman with Publishers Clearing House, #5058500127. Distinct accent, difficult to understand. Said we had won $3.9 million & $7,000 each week for life. Asked how far we were from a Walgreens & all we’d have to do is pay a $400 registration fee in U.S. dollars. Told the man we know how PCH operates and this is

definitely a scam and he tried to convince that it’s not a scam. The call on 9/5/2020 he asked if we’d be home for an hour or so in order

that our package could be delivered to our door. Hung up on all 3 calls and needless to say, nothing was delivered to our home. No personal information was given and hope no one getting these calls give any information to them.

Jacquelyn –

Victim Location 70126

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They call at all times for several weeks telling me that I won money.

They are the scam Publishers Clearing House.

I am blind and when I told them that they hung up on me.

Miranda –

Victim Location 43081

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted by phone and told that I had won the Publishers Clearing House 2nd place prize of $2.5 million ($7,000/week) and a new Mercedes Benz. The caller sounded legit; had my personal information including month and year of my birth and my previous addresses. But they didn’t have my current address. I asked for more information in order to legitimize the call so they sent me an email from [email protected] The email looked legitimate, but in the email they asked for $3500 in legal fees in order to release my prize. I researched PCH online and found that they will never notify winners by phone and furthermore, will not ask for money in order to release a prize.

Randall –

Victim Location 43106

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers Clearing House called saying I won $2.5 million, $7000 a week for life and a car. But he wants $500 on a gift card. He had an accent.

Kurt –

Victim Location 32501

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

On Saturday, August 29th from a Robert Scott indicating that he was a representative of Publishers Clearing House and that I was a winner of brand new Chevrolet and 2.5 million dollars. He indicated that in order for me to claim my prize I would have to go to the bank and withdraw 1,400.00 and go to the Post Office to get a money order and send it to Norma Vawghn – 406 Dartmouth Dr., Haines City, FL 33894 and notate a prize code of 4332490USA on the money order, initially he indicated that he could come pick me up with the new car & go with me to the bank & Post Office. I asked him where he was and he indicated he was in a local motel & that the car was currently sitting on a flat bed truck waiting to be delivered and then change his story saying that he would not be able to come pick me up. He also provided another phone number of 850-359-4190 but I can’t remember what that number was for. When I indicated that it was a Saturday & the bank was closed he became agitated. He called back this morning to find out if I had sent the money and when I indicated that I had not he became mad & cussed me out. When looking at the caller id on my phone this morning it indicated Kingston J.

Darren –

Victim Location 40078

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

That I had won 5 million dollars from publisher clearing house. Wanted me to get $17,000 to pay the taxes on the money. Asked for all my personal information. Then told me they turned around due to I couldn’t meet tax liability. When I said I would contact BBB, they hung up.

Joel –

Victim Location 44256

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Entered by ScamPulse.com Staff – LJ – 8-25-20

I would like to report a scam. It is Publishers Clearing House. I answered a call on my cell phone. A man said he had a prize box to deliver. He was an hour away. The phone number they have you call is 931-292-4851 Extension 9. Albert Johnson. I called the number. Wanted me to pay $950 for taxes. Told me to go to Walmart or Walgreens and wire the money. That’s when I knew it was a scam. He asked how much money I had. I hung up. I did not send any money.

Kelsey –

Victim Location 43231

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call on August 11, 2020, 3:48pm from Publishers Clearing House saying I had won mercedes benz and over $50,058.00, plus I would receive $50,000.00 in cash and $5,000.00 a week for the rest of my life. His name was Bobby Six prize director. His badge # BS-0195 They were going to be coming with the prize. He asked for my name. He gave me my winning ticket # as 44945162. He said he IRS would be asking for 99%. He was saying when they come to my house I had to give them a claimers receipt of $487.00. This is where I stopped them. It sounded too much like a scam and I wasn’t giving up any money. I am 80 yrs old but not stupid.

Adrienne –

Victim Location 75701

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man identified as David Sawyer w/ph# 876-255-8924 to confirm this opportunity was "legit". He said she had won $5MM and asked $250. He said when she got the $, how did she want to receive the winnings.

Preston –

Victim Location 38122

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Constant calls, telling them about you can win their sweepstakes, you…send this or tell them that. Called PCH (The real company) and was told that was not their number. And beware of their tactics. 1-800-542-9453 is not a official PCH number!

Kimberly –

Victim Location 79108

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man whose told me his name was Paul and had an accent and I could barely understand called to tell me I had won $2.5 Million and a Mercedes car. He gave me a confirmation number of 9475US. I knew it was a scam and hung up on him and called the ScamPulse.com to report them.

Tracy –

Victim Location 35016

Type of a scam Credit Cards

Scammer stated that his name was Jeffrey Douglas and he was with PCH badge #3019 in Westport, AL. He wanted to know if I had received a package thru ups with information about my winning the PCH contest and that they would be arriving within an hour and half at my home to deliver my winnings. I knew it was a scam but I played along to see what the punchline was. I had won 3.5 million dollars, but because I was over 50 the company would pay 98% of the taxes, I would only be responsible for the other 2%. So I would need to go to Walmart and that is when I was going to stop him to let him know that I was onto him, but before I could get the words out of my mouth he hung up. Now, the phone number and name he gave me. The number came up as “No caller ID” on my phone. He gave me all that info when I ask him that if he was with PCH why it came up with no phone number. Please let everyone know.

Raul –

Victim Location 43617

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Entered by ScamPulse.com Employee (NMS). Received a call from John Anderson that I had won 6.5 million dollars from Publishers Clearing House. He said I would need to go Walgreens and purchase a $500 check for the Registration Fee for the State Of Ohio. I knew it was a Scam

Tyler –

Victim Location 43138

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a letter through US mail from Jon Carpenter, saying I had won $6 million from Publisher’s Clearing House. I am to call 855-965-3659 or

416-505-2027 and they will tell me how much I have to pay, and get my account number to deposit the money.

Kaitlin –

Victim Location 94707

Type of a scam Other

These people are promising that we won $ 3,000,000. However, they are first asking we pay them $ 899.00 before we receive our winnings. Not clear why we have to pay to receive our winnings.

Taylor –

Victim Location 92024

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call telling me that I had won $3,500,000 and a Mercedes car on the PCH sweepstakes.He gave me the name of Robert Jones and told me I needed to pay $1300.00 for insurance in order for them to deliver the money and a further Transfer fee of $800.00 which was to be a money order with the payee left blank and sent to David Scott at the above address. Before I realized that this was a scam I had provided the name of my bank, my age, my email account, my address and private cell phone number.

Savannah –

Victim Location 33713

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

the man with a very thick accent told me his name was dave sawyer, and he was cheif executive of PCH. his badge number was 1953PCHUS. he also told me the business was affiliated with the ScamPulse.com and the package #333rrss was how i could look them up on the ScamPulse.com website. however this does not exsist.

Jenna –

Victim Location 40502

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The caller stated she had won 3.2 million dollars and a new car. All she had to do was go to Walgreens and buy a $400 EB (?) card. Call the number back and let them know she had the $400 card. Once she tells them she has the $400 card they will come to the house and pick up the card. They would then notify Publishers Clearing House and they would come with the prizes. This is crazy having to give someone a $400 card before receiving the cards. Scamming a 97 year old woman is disgraceful!!!! Fortunately she calls me when this happens so I can report it for her or let her know if it is legit. I called the number and they told me the same thing to go get the $400 card and call us! I told her NO it’s another scam on the elderly!!

Suzanne –

Victim Location 43062

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My 91 year old mother got three calls this morning from Publisher’s Clearing House. He asked for her account number. I told her no, so she told him no. He hung up. He had an accent.

Stephanie –

Victim Location 72204

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A man by the name of David Carter called today stating that i won three million dollars and 2 brand new cars. But I would need to pay a processing fee to receive the money. I called my cell provider and let them know that i was scammed because the call came from a Jamaica number

Chelsea –

Victim Location 43138

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from Andrew Goldberg with Publisher’s Clearing House. I was told to call: 800-421-7597. I called, and a man, David Sawyer, with an accent said I had won Publisher’s Clearing House said I had won $2.5 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz. He wanted my SS number, and my bank routing number. When I wouldn’t give it to hm, he asked which charity I wanted the money donated to, when I wouldn’t answer that either, he hung up.

Laura –

Victim Location 52402

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from 876-298-1959 from a supposed Mr. David Johnson with Publisher Clearing House saying I had won 2.5million

dollars and a mercedes. It was believable because I enter Publisher’s Clearing House prize entries. He was very professional, going

through what I had won, how I wish to receive the prize from their departure prize patrol. He asked a lot of personal questions but he

said I could pass on anything I did not care to answer. I passed on bank questions, owning home, annuities, etc.

He is very believable and leaves no stone unturned. Then the final statement is: You will need to purchase a $200 gold stamp

to prove that you are who you say you are and want to win. He goes through a very step by step process before the final "pay this amount".

He wanted to know if I am retired or still pay taxes. I did answer the last question for which I’m sorry. I suppose he can trace my social security number for which I am fearful. This is a very professional scam and believable. Please check out the number I gave you on my caller I.D. Thank you.

Linda –

Victim Location 75662

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Her husband had won a prize but didn’t say what it was but for him to call Mark Livingston back.

Stephen –

Victim Location 38112

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from Publishers Clearing House saying we had won $15 million. They would be here in 45 minutes with a new Mercedes Benz. Only thing I had to do is pay $8,000 before they came. They said they would show up in a UPS truck with our money and after we paid $8,000, when we said we didn’t have that much money, they said they could take $4,000 but we would get that back. He asked which bank we used, if we kept any money in the house and how much, if we had a computer, if we had any other phones in the house. They kept me on the phone for 90 minutes. This is a scam

Philip –

Victim Location 43015

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter from Publisher’s Clearing House. Included was a check for $7500 dated June 11th. The check is written against System Transport in Seattle, WA. It reads: "You are precluded from discussing your win with third parties." I’m to call Claims Manger George Webb or Christina Rice at 647 -671-0017. Security code PCH-1006. Ted Wilson Chief Financial Officer signed it. It came through USPS.

Sierra –

Victim Location 79407

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They called my mom and told her that she had won $7000 a week through publishers clearing house. The only catch was that she needed to get a prepaid card with 492.93 and the money would be wired to her. I mentioned that I would be calling ScamPulse.com and to just hold on the line while I spoke to someone they immediately hung up

Lydia –

Victim Location 79763

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Call to say I was sweepstake winner and gave me all information said he would fax inoformation. Gave me a passcode his name and phone and to call him when fax received that check would be delivered to me publicly once the amount US reasury department was paid 1% within 24 hours.

Kellie –

Victim Location 35816

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Says I’ve won the publisher clearing house money but in order to get it by fed ex I have to purchase a 200 dollar steam wallet card

Jeremy –

Victim Location 61415

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from UNKNOWN this afternoon. The man indicated he was in Bloomington, IL and wanted to know how far away I lived from there. He gave his name as Frank Willis and said he was an agent for Publishers Clearinghouse. He said his ID was FW4001PCH. (He had asked me write down all of this information including today’s date and time of phone call). He said I’d won 2 place in PCH contest and the check would be delivered to me by UPS. Their attorney is Mary Walker. She would be handing me the check and the keys to a new Mercedes. The check # is 00719676000; the package # 5523655236; the confirmation # 9162370204. He said his company is approved by BBB, Homeland Security, and Chambers of Commerce. He said there would be a Delivery’s Invitation that required an ID from me such as a driver’s license and I would also need to write a check and photograph this check which was to be in the amount of $199.99. At this point I disconnected.

I will say that for an American-sounding name, Frank Willis had a peculiar accent. Not an accent I could recognize.

If this call was a hoax as I believe it was, I wanted you to know. Thank you.

Jay –

Victim Location 37830

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I just received a phone call from a man stating his name is David Miller representing Publishers Clearing House. He stated I had won $250,000.00, a 50” tv, and an IPhone 11. He stated PCH would be paying 95% of the taxes and I would need to pay 5% of the taxes for $142.00 to receive my prizes. I told I did not have the money. He said he would email the documents to me to prove this was real. I gave him an old email address to send the documents to. He said he would call me back on July 15,2020 to see if I have the money. He gave me a phone number of 702-850-7619 to verify his information. He also called me on an Unknown number. He gave me a passcode number to state it was ligetimate.

(DM33313US). Can you stop him from doing all this????

Richard –

Victim Location 43213

Total money lost $36,131

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I am 74 years old. I live alone. On 4.28.20, I got a call from Jim Kingston, saying I had won Publishers Clearing House, I had won 12.5 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz, and $5000 a month for life. He said do not let anybody know what’s going on. I began mailing certified checks overnight express thrugh the US Post office and FedEx to Kenneth Williams, 79 Radar Circle Rd, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. I sent $36,131. He said Mr. Williams was associated with the Certified Merchant Bank. He was collecing the money and would release the prize for delivery. He said the fees were to cover the costs of storing and delivering the car as well as its’ title, and auto insurance for a year. I told him if it were a scam, I would file a complaint with the government. He said I couldn’t do that as he has taken all legal steps. Originally, he said I would only have to pay $2,500 to get it. I paid, On May 26th he said he would $11,000 for fees to get the money. He was calling 3x a day. On June 4th, I paid $9500. He asked me for my Walmart credit card to buy three Android Galaxy phones, when I received the phones I mailed the phones onto NC. Then he ordered 9 more, which Walmart canceled. After paying them the $36,000, on June 18th he said he needed an additional $25,000.00. I said no. He said he’d been doing this for 15 years. I gave him my bank routing number and bank account number. I also gave him my Discover Card number because he said he would pay off that credit card, instead he took out a large advance. On June 19th, he called 17x. I have filed a police report, and reports with fraud department at Key Bank, my CPA, the FBI, Inspector General, OAG, LIfelock, US Senate Committee on aging, and FTC. The Columbus Police said they would subpeona the bank for the checks and the camera recordings. I took out cash advances against my credit cards to get teh money to pay the "fees". 

Jacob –

Victim Location 55014

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was to go to the bank and send 5% of my winning ( a new car and 2.5 million) which was $4,750. Then he would call me again for instructions of where to send it.

The caller identified himself as david Ross.

Douglas –

David Church also called me saying I won 2nd prize in PCH for 3.5 millon dollars and a bonus of $550,000 and a Mercedez Benz.He called on 6/22/20 at 2:25pm from Kansas City.He said this was for real, that he is a church going man who would not scam anyone. He wanted me to drive to KC to collect the prizes and then go to our bank with the PCH people to deposit the check. He said their lawyer was Mary Lee and she would also be there. When I asked how soon is he going to ask me for a check to cover taxes, he said, have you been called before. He then said he needed to get a call that was coming in from UPS.I hunged up,cheked the internet to see he is a scam that’s when he called me back. I told him I was wise to his scam and thanked him for wasting my time and hunged up

Julia –

Victim Location 43204

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publisher’s Clearing House $5000 a week for life, call began with non-English speaking lady. She wanted $475. The next call was her "supervisor", saying he was surprised by how I spoke to his employee. I asked him not to call anymore.

Beth –

Victim Location 76162

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer said I won 1.5 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz. I.had to pay the government $300 before I can get my prize. I told him I did not have $300. He said if I did not believe him, he would the Sheriff to call me. His name was David Dawyer out of Las Vegas.

Isaac –

Victim Location 35768

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

said my mom had won publisher clearing house and would be here tomorrow to give to her

Kurt –

Victim Location 79603

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received fake communication from PCH & IRS stating won prize and owe taxes.

Victor –

Victim Location 27103

Total money lost $12

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

PCH mailed a notification of second place winning of $450,000 and enclosed a check for $7,850. They asked to be called for instructions on claiming the prize. I called and was told to deposit the check and then call back. I deposited the check but it bounced. At this point my suspicions were confirmed that this was a hoax. I called back to see what further instructions they would give. I informed them the check had bounced and the representative seemed to not know what a bounced check was. After saying the check was not honored by their bank the rep hung up and did not answer any further calls.

Katie –

Victim Location 45406

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My father-in-law got a call from Publishers Clearing House saying he’d won 2.8 million. He told my dad to go to Walmart or Post Office and buy a $350 Global Express Visa card. He said he would call back to get the numbers. He said they would send an escort to the house to take him to the bank with the check. He told him to keep it quiet because if people find out he has that kind of money they will rob him. They also gave him a tracking number. They told him he would get $10,000 a month. I called 701-343-1465 several times, and he answered. I asked if he was Dave Sawyer, he said yes, why are you calling, and I said because you called my father in law and said he won Publisher’s Clearing House and I had questions. I also told him I was going to report him. He hung up. He didn’t have any accent, he sounded like a middle age white guy. I work at Rite Aid and we have training to spot this kind fo scam.

Darryl –

Receiving Phone calls from two phones constantly that a claims attorney for PCH. are looking for me they give you claims number that they say is worth $4.6 million. Sounds Fishy to me… David Moore at # 1-518-267-7038 from Hudson NY, also A Paul Anderson #1-631-210-7877, They asked Name, address, phone, bank name, they wanted to go further I said no. Please e-mail me documents with PHC logos and signatures after investigating would return, Said they sent to my e-mail address, still never received, They have left many messages on my personal answering service, they are sure determined… Please advise asap. Leonard F Toepper

April –

Victim Location 35640

Type of a scam Other

Publishers Clearing House, telephone number was blocked. Wanted a check for 5,000.00 to be picked up at my residence by Publishers Clearing House.

Taylor –

Victim Location 17340

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call that I won publishers clearing house and gave me a number to call. I called it and was directed to desk of mr Dan chopper. That said I won $20,500,000 ANd a new Mercedes and texted a photo of the car and a briefcase of money. They wanted me to go to a dollar store and pay an irs few of $200.32. I would need the receipt to give to the driver when he came with my car and money. Later he referred to the winning as $3,000,000. He asked for my address and also for my middle name which is a family name and not spelled like it sounds. He did not ask me for the spelling. He hung up after I said I was checking with the better business bureau.

Ryan –

Victim Location 43055

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from Publisher’s Clearing House. He said his name was James Lewis, there is distortion in his voice. He said I won $3.5 million and a 2020 GMC black pick up, and $5000 weekly for life. He gave me a badge number 0032ja, reference number 957608779 and ID number 7654397505. He asked if I wanted to keep it private or have it publicized. He told me I needed to pay $500 for an FDIC registration fee. He told me to go to the Post Office and mail a check. I told him I couldn’t. He said I only have an hour to get the money.

Lawrence –

Victim Location 56636

Total money lost $400

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A foreign gentleman called stating that he was from Publisher’s Clearing House stating that my Grandmother had won $5 million dollars. They asked her for all her personal information including name, address, social security number, and account numbers. He instructed her to go to her local dollar general and buy a Visa Vanilla card for $400 to receive her winnings. She gave them her prepaid debit card number and they used $400 off her card to pay for items online at Nordstroms.

Logan –

Victim Location 85756

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A person called claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House names Johnathan Harris and then transferred me to his supervisor David Wilber. They claim I won 800,000, 2019 Mercedes Benz, a year of free car insurance from Geico, and 8 months of gas. They asked me to pay a tax fee of $899 through paypal or a credit card.

Candice –

Victim Location 76088

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Message said: they where with the Publishers Clearing House claims team and that’s how they have your name and phone number.(No name was used) Said that: you have won $900,000.00 dollars along with other prizes. Your conformation number is 9475US and to call 1-800-475-5213. We did not call them, just wanted to report it to someone and found this ScamPulse.com info on the web. Hope they get caught, they where trying to scam my elderly & recently deceased mother.

Frederick –

Victim Location 76065

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

It was a private message from a friend to sign up for a free grant. I messaged her back and she responded with a link to contract Heather Bowles. I acted immediately as my friend was saying that time and money were limited an I needed to get in touch with Heather ASAP. This was last night. Heather was trying to call me last night and I was unable to take the call. Conversation picked up this morning. I did apply for the grant. They responded in a short time that I had been awarded a $200,000 grant. It would be delivered by fedex with in 7 hours yet today. They sent verification info to show to fedex driver. Less than an hour later, they said I needed to purchase 3 cards, $500 each to go on, blah,blah, blah. I knew for sure I had been had. I finally reached my friend and she has no knowledge of the giveaway. She is new to FB and messaging. I then deleted information, but the bogus friend is still making inquiries of me.

Gary –

Victim Location 83336

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They called me the number that I filed in this report. Then they gave me the same number to call after I hung up from the first call. It was a Jamaican guy that told me his name was Tony Washington. Watch out for this guy.

Gregory –

Victim Location 85641

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Paul Williams called evening of 5/18/2020. Said I had won 1.2 million dollars in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. I needed to call back at 10:30 a.m. the morning of the 19th. When I did so, Mr Williams insisted I had misunderstood him the previous evening. I had actually won 7.5 million dollars, $350,000 in cash and a New 2020 Mercedes Benz. However, because the total was more than 1 million dollars I needed to purchase a Stamp for the government. This would be $750 and I needed to go to Walmart or CVS to purchase two gift cards, $500 and $250, and call him when I had them. The Publishers Clearing House VAN would come to my house with the winnings and take the gift cards from me. This is the general conversation. I was able to get some of his conversation recorded on my iphone.

Dominic –

Victim Location 43113

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I’ve been getting calls from Publisher’s Clearing House. They don’t speak very good English. They are supposed to come today. They need $900 up front for state taxes. They want a money order sent to Donald P****, *** ***** **** *** **** ********* IN 47906. They say I’ve won $2.5 million, $5000 a week for life. I’m supposed to call Dave Sayers.

Reginald –

Victim Location 75702

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James Cooper called from Jamaica said she "qualified & won $1.2MM" but no car. A CEO grabbed the call when she asked him "who is telling you what to say". When she called back she told him she was a part of the FBI and was recording this call and he hung up. He offered an ID badge #.

Cassie –

Victim Location 52208

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

told me i won 5.5 million dollars, $550,000,5,000 a week for life, and a 2020 mercedes

Olivia –

Victim Location 75703

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

David Parker called and told her she had won $5.5MM and 2020 Mercedes Benz and $5000/wk Tthe more she asked the madder he became. The original call came in as "unknown". The 516# was given to them to talk to the manager because she told him she wanted an attorney to look over the paperwork. He was giving her lots of information but didn’t get to the money part so she hung up on him twice. After the first time he asked "What’s the problem?"

Emily –

Victim Location 79508

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call 7:35am on Mother’s Day, Sunday. Claimed I had won Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes for 1.5 million. I was to stay on the phone while I got dressed and went to Walgreens to buy $350 gift cards and then they would tell me where we could meet for them to give me my winnings. I knew it was a scam, so I laid the phone down and went about my business, pretending to be doing as instructed. The call was disconnected and they tried multiple times throughout the morning to get me back on the line, but I didn’t answer again.

Andre –

Victim Location 40216

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Robot call gave me another number to call with a claim number to collect 6 million dollar prize. Obviously, I did not call the number and get scammed the toll cost.

Robert –

Victim Location 98513

Total money lost $1,100

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Posed as my sister on messenger saying they won publisher clearing house and said I could too. I believed it was my sister. The imposter sent my info to a supposed agent with PCH.They requested the tax on the winnings in gift card form. Saying once I sent that I qualified for my prize. I bought cards from Safeway and I sent the receipts through messenger. They wanted another 5k but I told them I didn’t have it. I didn’t know until my adult children came home that I was being scammed. I spoke to my sister that night and she told me she never messaged me. Her Facebook had been copied and I was friends with two other accounts that used her name. I sent them a copy of my license as they said it was required.

Stacey –

Victim Location 58201

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I received a call, from Tony McDonald he said he was from Publisher’s Clearing House. He said I had won and asked me to call 272-227-8137 with package number 1501501 US Winner before receiving my $2.5 million. I asked if this was a scam he claims that the FBI and IRS recorded his calls. I needed to call back the phone number so that his Supervisor could release funds to me as the package was going to need to be signed for.

Lance –

Victim Location 45439

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

The person name was supposedly,. Billy Ranking. Badge #BR07076. Claims I won $42 million, all I have to do is call the 1st bank of America at 1.480.336.8337 opt 2. You get a recording saying that there is a wire transfer but it has a hold on it. They give you a temp account #. 2960059 and a 3 digit PIN. The recording says that you have to pay 1% about $5500 or a minimum of $1000 to complete the process. I hung up. The 1st person, Billy calls back, asked if I completed the call. They could have my prize delivered to my front door in a brown and white van within 1 1/2 hour.but I have to pay the registration fee first. Told him if it was on the up and up I would give him my lawyers # and he would handle everything for me. I expected him to hang up, but he did not. Still tried to get any kind of money, told him when the certified cashier’s check cleared thentheycouldhave their money. Wellyouhave to payfirst. Told him didn’t have any . Told him I was going to report him. Didn’t seemed phased by it. So I called you guys. The call back #he gave me for him was 1.876.451.4972. he gave a claim# and everything. I should have hung up in the beginning but was bored so I thought I’d play.

The only thing that worries me is I heard what sounded like he dialed 3numbers while talking. Should I be worried.

********** ******* *****

Kristina –

Victim Location 29588

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

the person left me a voicemail saying that I won, it was either $20 million or $200 million. they, themselves were not publishers clearing house directly, but maybe a law firm? or something. the message was a little distorted. and, lol, the caller yawned, yes, yawned, while talking!! I’m not sure if this is on the up and up as I contacted you, the BBB, before calling them

Taylor –

Victim Location 32506

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My mother is 87 years old and has been scammed more times than I care to remember, she is a sweet lady who talks to people and thinks she is being told the truth. She gets calls this couple of weeks from David Greene, Publishers Clearing House says she has won 2 prize but she needs to send $1.99 to get the prize mailed to her. She told them she does not drive and cannot get to bank and they offered to send a cab to pick her up. When I heard her telling someone about her bank I wanted to speak to them. They hang up. I have taken my mothers phone this morning and gotten several calls from them trying to speak to my mother. They then say she won a car, I told them she can’t drive and does not need a car. She she won something just mail it as they already know her address. They tell me they are unable to mail it without paying for postage which is why they want $1.99. I have told them repeatedly that if she needs to pay a penny, then we are not interested. I control her accounts for this reason. They want my mother to tell them again to not call her back. I am livid and want something done!. I have blocked every number they have used and most recently they used a local area code but when I answered call was transferred to a number I had already blocked.

Terry –

Victim Location 44212

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

entered by bbb staff – lj – 4-30-20

I received two phone calls claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. My caller ID showed Kingston Surrey County Jamaica. Phone number 876-465-1021.They would come and deliver prize. I said I’m not home. He asked when will I be home. I said I will call you back. I also had a message from Publishers Clearing House that I would receive $ 8 million or $7000 a week for life. To claim the prize call 469-447-8683. I did not call the numbers back.

Carla –

Victim Location 45601

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call from David Washington at Publisher’s Clearing House, he said I won $1 million and a Mercedez Benz. I need to pay $1000. He asked who was in the house. He asked for my address, and I gave it to him. I told him I was the only driver. He asked what I drove, and I told him. He said if I could get the $1000, UPS would drop by with a package, and then they would come with a million dollars.He asked if I wanted to keep it private or publicize it. His number is 876-478-7630.

Glenn –

Victim Location 43701

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publishers Clearing House $15 million and a Mercedes Benz He wants me to wrap $2000 cash in a newspaper and mail it to: **** ******* *** ******** *** Greeensborough, SC 29601. He told me not to tell anybody. He asked if I lived alone.

Dennis –

Victim Location 75703

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call that said I won $2,000,000 from publishers clearing house. I didn’t believe them, but want someone to know about it.

Gerald –

Victim Location 79605

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted by a man who said he was representing Publishers Clearing House and I had won 2nd place in their sweepstakes. Since I had entered the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, I thought it was a possibility that I had won. He said they would be coming to my house today to bring a cashiers check for 1.5 million dollars and a 2020 Mercedes. Sounded good to me until he said I needed to have a claimer card in my possession. I would need to go to Walgreen’s and buy a Ebay gift card. That is when I knew something was not right! I asked how much and he said $350.00. I told him I would not do that so he gave me a phone number to call to verify that this was legitimate. That is when I looked up the publishers house website and it said they would never ask for money or a gift card. When they called back, I told them I knew it was a scam. He still insisted it was not but I hung up. Phone numbers used 916-237-0204 and 876-544-2545 Kingston, Surrey county, Jamaica

Devon –

Victim Location 43026

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Publisher’s Clearing House, $350,000 and a Chevy Malibu, Bill Martin. buy $350 Vanilla Cards from Kroger. He’s calling me back at 4pm.

Javier –

Victim Location 43232

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I won $7.5 million dollar winner from Publisher Clearing House. I also get a pearl grey Mercedez. I’m to call 917-580-4468 Dave Behr. I have to buy a $380 Green Dot Money cards as registraton to keep the bank from thinking you’re money laundering. It would legitimize the money when I deposit the winnings into my account. He asked if I wanted it televized or to keep it private. He said if I televized it, people would get jealous. A Federal Marshal will deliver the money. I could hear lots of people in the background and a dog barking.

Brendan –

Victim Location 40203

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

He continue to let me on messenger frequently asked me if I had contacted Publishers clearing house at the number that you gave me because I had some type of giveaway that they’re doing to help single mothers of single parent families

Eugene –

Victim Location 40203

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

He continue to let me on messenger frequently asked me if I had contacted poster clean house at the number that you gave me because I had some type of giveaway that they’re doing to help single mothers of single parent families

Larry –

Victim Location 35151

Total money lost $450

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Got a phone call at work saying i won the pch big prize an that all they needed was $225.00 an then they will arrive at my door step with my big prize

Raul –

Victim Location 43205

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a letter and a check in the mail. The letter said something about Walmart. The check was to cover the lawyer’s fees. I tried calling, but they hadn’t set up their voice mailbox.

Jimmy –

Victim Location 27284

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Ben Baker (with foreign accent) called from a restricted number advising that we won $1.5M but we have to buy an Amazon Gift Card before our price can be delivered. He will call us back in 45 minutes to get the card information and delivery of our prize will be delivered within 1hr and 49 minutes. Our prize registration number is 391164455522100571. We asked for his phone number in case we have an issue. He gave us 919-925-2262. We called that number from another line while on the phone with "Mr. Baker" and got a VM with his name but no identification of the business name.

Marisa –

Victim Location 76137

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call on my cell phone on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 2:09 pm stating that this call was from Publishers Clearing House. They stated I had won $1,500,000.00 and a Mercedes car. But first I had to pay the state tax of $1,500.00 and to call this number to claim prize!

Drew –

Victim Location 43205

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I play games on my phone. I get alerts asking me to take surveys. Which I do. They ask you all kinds of questions. I get calls from all kinds of nuts. I called them Thursday. He sounded like he was at a party. He texted me the next day, Friday. I gave him the last 4 digits of my social security number, and mother’s maiden name. They were going to deposit the money into my account.

Then I got a letter Payment and Final Notification. The contact agent phone number is 516-723-8901, Mr Robert Johnson. McKenzie Smith is the Senior VP.

Brad –

Victim Location 70301

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was contacted via telephone that I had won Publishers Clearinghouse. They needed my bank account information so that they could deposit the money into my account. They claimed they could not send a check to me via mail because their postal service was not operating.

Sarah –

Victim Location 33760

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was called by "Charlette Lewis" claiming to be from "Publishers Clearing House" stating I had won a prize. They asked me to call back at 206-929-6287 to claim the prize and discuss taxes/claim registration fee.

Geoffrey –

Victim Location 45612

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got a call today from Jonathan White with Publishers Clearing House. He said I won $2 million, $5000 a week and a new car. He said the delivery is going to be today. He said they would ask me to sign a P14 form for the winnings. He gave me different numers to keep to show. He said I could also call 916-237-0204 if I had questions. He asked me to call back 620-263-0874. I’ve entered the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

Dylan –

Victim Location 79562

Type of a scam Credit Cards

Told to get an eBay card for $199.00 and they will met use and bring a silver Mercedes 2020 , $250,000, $5000 a week for life. We asked how they obtained the phone #. “Off the internet”. This was also reported on 3-31-2020 by phone to Abilene Tx office. We have had 5 calls already today on my husbands phone. He just has a flip phone so he can’t block the #. The van tag # is 447 BJ ???. Steve Harvey will be there too!

Christy –

Victim Location 79602

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I was called about 4:20 PM on 4/1/2020 by "Dave Sayer, Claims Department Manager" for Publishers Clearing House saying that I have won 3/5 million dollars and a bonus prize of a Mersades Bens C Class car. I was asked if I drove and if I had a drivers licence and if I owned a car. I was asked if I lived in a house or an apartment. I was asked if I was single, married or widowed (widowed). I was asked if I handled my own finances (yes I do) or if anyone else helped me with them (no they do not). I was told that I would receive my winnings on the coming Friday. I was given my choice of what kind of delivery of the prize I wanted. I said public. Conversation about the safety regarding the coronavirus COVID-19, etc. I asked what form the money would be in and was told by "cashiers check". I asked what time of day? Then requested that it be in the evening so that I could have my son present. I was asked if my son lived with me (no but lives near by). After 6 pm was agreed upon. I asked how I was to obtain the car and was told that it would be delivered at the same time as the prize money. I was also asked what kind of bank I used and if I had any investments with that bank. I was asked what kind of mail service I would use to send the car registration fee. I was given a call-back number if I had any questions (888-440-7380, ext.1). I was gold that "Dave" would be calling me back after he had confirmation that the prize money was in the Federal Reserve and available to be distributed to me. I asked for the phone number the "Dave" would be calling from (917-266-8569)

Susan –

Victim Location 75601

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer used the name of Ronald Stroman, 101 Winner Circle, Jericho NY, badge#, claim# & cerfitifed ck # x079 & security code JAMEL555 & left this ph# 718-289-4476 to call him back as he left a VM for our caller. Ronald asked him "how far to the post office" bc he wanted him to get a money order. He asked for $395.99 for registration and 1% would be for IRS of $1.555M and a 2019 GMC Denali (asked specific details he would want) + $7000/month for life and what date he wanted to receive.

Sheila –

Victim Location 30720

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

This phone number called my elderly mother and said she won 5 million dollars. I called the number with supposedly claim number. He said there is a release fee for her winnings of 2500 dollars. Please call this number and get this man for trying to steal my mothers money.

Charlotte –

Victim Location 45644

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My wife received a letter and a check from Publisher’s Clearing House. Neither of us have ever entered a PCH sweepstakes or the check is from Bank of America and Colonial Life. It looks amazingly real. The check $5640 is to cover insurance and attorney fees. It also says not to share it with a third party. Letter mailed from Baltimore, MD with no return address. The security code I’m to use when I call the claims manager is TPCH457812.

Kelsey –

Victim Location 77901

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from recording stating I had won 2.5 million dollars in a powerball sweepstakes from publishers clearing house and a Mercedes Benz from a sweepstakes that started in 2002. they stated a phone number to call to claim my prize which would be delivered the next day. I called and a Abriam Johnson 702-746-3223 out of Vegas, Nevada he answered and congratulated me on winning the 2002 sweepstakes and told me that i had it pay the tax for the prize $3,000 with dollar store. he asked me if i could afford the tax, i played along and said certainly isn’t it better a cashiers check but he was adamant that it had to be a 1 vanilla prepaid visa cards 6 in total each $500 and dont tell anyone because someone might follow me home from the store an rob me.

i would have to go to several dollar stores to purchase them. the store only allows 2/ $500.00 cards for purchase. I was to call him back after i purchased them at the number i had called. he asked how long it would take me i stalled and said my husband wasn’t home from work yet.

so it would be at least an hour til i could use his car but as soon as i purchased them i would call him back. he said i needed to do it fast because they would deliver car and money to me tomorrow at my home and i was to turn over the cards to the driver , i said yea sure i’ll call as soon as I’m done. i asked how i was to receive my winnings and he said cash, so i said you better get a real big suitcase . so within my hour stall i typed up this scam for all to see an i have no intention of answering my phone. i didn’t give my address and he sure had a heavy African accent. i hope the poor fool doesn’t wait too long for my call back lol.

Sierra –

Victim Location 75757

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Got a call from a guy saying I won all this money and a car from Publishers Clearing house. I haven’t submitted my info, so it must be a scam.

Brittany –

Victim Location 43146

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from 876-843-2539, Robert Wilson, Publishers Clearing House. He said I had won PCH Sweepstakes. He shared his badge number 5011rw. He said I needed to make arrangements for a visit tomorrow. He asked if I wanted this to be public. I was to call Beverly Scott to register. I called, the message was that I did not have enough money on my account to make the call. I was supposed to add money to the account if I wanted the call to go through.

Meredith –

Victim Location 43614

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a telephone message that I am a second-place winner of the PCH sweepstakes. Please call 845 405 8271 and use code # 9475 for further information. I called the number and spoke to (foreign-sounding) Dave Sawers, who said my prize is $950, 000.00…$5,000.00 weekly, and a 2020 white Mercedes Benz. I should go to a Walmart, Walgreens, and named other outlets, to buy a $500.00 VANILLA ICE card TODAY. Then call back today and someone will meet me and exchange the card for the $950,000.00 check and the new car.

Shanna –

Victim Location 84761

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Claiming i won’t money and a vehicle but wanted 325.25 before i would get my prizes

Karl –

Victim Location 61469

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Telephone call, claiming to be publisher’s clearing house. Won. Want money to process winnings.

Micah –

Victim Location 71037

Type of a scam Phishing

Received a call from a Peter Nelson stating that I had won $1,000,000 and a Mercedez Prize Claim #199508LA and that I needed to write a check $999 for the taxes and overnight deliver the check to Pearline Binnajer at 60 Eiseman Ave in Kenmore, NY 14217 and get the receipt. They would stamp the receipt once the delivered the prize.

Kristine –

Victim Location 79605

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Mr. Joe Riley called and said I was the #2 prize winner from PCH. He asked if I was home and said someone would bring my prize at 3pm. First, I needed to put $375 in an envelope (and get a government receipt from Walmart) addressed to: Shemar Amory Rattray in Miami Gardens FL 33056. He told me not to tell anyone.

Evan –

Victim Location 83651

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

YEAR END FINAL NOTIFICATION, Publishers Clearing House, Had made various attempts to contact. Final notice of being the 2nd place winner of 30,000,000. Enclosed is a check in the amount of 4,683.00 payable to me as apart of the sponsored portion. Must be deposited in your account only after speaking with your claims agent. The check will only be activated once you speak to your claims agent. File number 725198-021120.

Please contact your financial officer Mr Mark Hunter Toll Free 1-844-218-0209

Letter signed Ernest Wyatt

fake check from

PLIMUS Inc

Take Charge

49016 Milmont

Fremont CA 94538-7301

Paul –

Victim Location 60035

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

they contacted me and informed me I won 17 million dollars. Andrew Goldberg was the agent I spoke with. They tried to get my bank info, if I was a homeowner and that in order to get my winnings I was to pay taxes.I was provided many numbers to call. All numbers give a busy signal.

Suzanne –

Victim Location 79606

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received message from Publisher’s Clearinhouse, stating that I am a 3rd place winner and have won $11 million + $5k p/week for life. First, I need to pay the FTC to get the ball rolling.

Bruce –

Victim Location 79605

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller said I had won the sweepstakes, including a Chevy Silvarado Pick-up. He gave me a winning#, Confirmation#, and even the name of the truck driver. He said I should go to the bank get a cashier’s check to mail to the government. He said he’d meet me at the bank to give me my winnings.

Rose –

Victim Location 76444

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Caller called himself Dave Sader. He said I won $1.5 million + a new cherry red Mercedes; but, first, I need to purchase a $350 ebay card. He said he’d pick me up in DeLeon and take me to get the card and then to the bank to give me my winnings.

Jeffrey –

Victim Location 79504

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My phone has been "blowing up" with someone calling, stating that I’ve won several hundred thousand dollars with PCH. He said that first I need to buy a gift card and meet him at the bank to give it to him.

Ashley –

Victim Location 79605

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

They promised us 2.5 million + 25k p/week if we’d register for the proper presentation by sending them cash vs a money order of 1.5k+ inside of a magazine, couched between 2 additional magazines.

Justin –

Victim Location 79605

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received a call from someone claiming to be Joe Riley with Publisher’s Clearinghouse. He said I won & needed to send him money first.

Grace –

Victim Location 76905

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call stating I won $11M & $5k a week fo 5 months. I just needed to go to Walgreens or Dollar General to purchase a gift card for $385.25 to pay the taxes, then someone come to my house because they had someone in the area & I would then be able to claim my prize. They wanted me to get in my car right then & stay on the phone with them thru the whole transaction. I told them I couldn’t leave the house right then & I would call them back in 30 minutes. This allowed me time to do some research. The phone number I was given to call back was 915-671-8227 ext 5 – Jerry Morgan.

Amanda –

Victim Location 79504

Total money lost $400

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Pch wanting $$$ before they can give your "prize " $ to you…just got ripped off 400$ today and here is there phone # there calling from…876-585-7543…had me on the phone all day saying the prize patrol is coming and they need 1000$ cause the IRS needs to clear the check ….its crap!

Omar –

Victim Location 02770

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from a person who said i won a mercedes and money 850k, but they needed $430.32 processing fees. They cannot drop the car until they receive the processing fees. His name is *** ***. I told him I had to go to the doctor and he was in a panic. He needed me to send him the processing fee now

Grant –

Victim Location 15954

Total money lost $4.99

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I recently made a purchase at publishers clearing house and they stated I would receive a free gift.  However, when I received my purchase, I noticed they charged me shipping on my free gift, which I didn’t want in the first place.  

Shaun –

Victim Location 99503

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received call on my cell phone. "James Stanguard" stated I won $985,000 and a 2015 Mercedes Benz. He said that two U.S. Marshalls and an attorney with a driver (named "Miller") would be at my house in 3 hours.

He advised me to call a number with an 876 area code. This number connected me to manager named "Albert Lopez." He asked how close I was to a grocery store in order to obtain a registration card. He said 99% of all the taxes were already paid, and I just needed to pay the rest.

I told "Albert Lopez" I might call the police and report this as a scam. He said he was already taking money out of my account as we spoke.

I called information to get the phone number for Publishers Clearing House. When I relayed the area code to the operator, she indicated that area code is for Jamaica.

Nothing has come out of my bank account.

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