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Phony Publishers Clearing House letters say you've won

Phony Publishers Clearing House letters say you've won

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If you receive a letter from Publishers Clearing House saying you've won $1 million, don't quit your job. The Better Business Bureau says phony letters like this one are arriving in mailboxes across the country.

“Perhaps, not surprisingly, the increased prevalence of this scam comes on the heels of the actual Publishers Clearing House awarding a New Jersey woman $5,000 a week for the rest of her life,” BBB spokesperson Steve Cox said in a news release. “Scammers often steal their hooks from the headlines and operate in the wake of newsworthy events, such as Publishers Clearing House giving out a prize, because they know it’ll be on top of people’s minds.”

This ploy follows the same lines as so many others: The letter comes with a fake check that you're told to deposit. You're then supposed to send money by wire transfer to get the rest of your cash. Of course, the check bounces and your money is gone.

Posted by AGO Blog Moderator at 03/31/2009 02:05:07 PM | 


i get letters every day in my email ,how do we know if they are legit from publishers clearinghouse. Of course they allways want you to buy something to activate your entry,are these fhony emails? [BLOG MODERATOR'S RESPONSE -- Chances are they are illegal spam. Delete them or report them to the FTC. And remember, if an online offer asks you to provide bank account information, a SSN, or to wire money, don't do it.]
Posted by: brenda jackson ( Email ) at 9/8/2009 1:44 PM


I have been receiving award letters from AIM for 1.9million dollars. and from tsrVision7 for 2.1 million dollars. Both companies are asking for me to pay delivery fees for a report to monitor my winnings. I wish they could be procecuted!
Posted by: tara buck ( Email ) at 4/5/2011 11:46 AM


What can be done to stop the fake checks from all sorts of countries. Is the FBI doing anything? [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: Fake check scams are rampant. The FBI and US Postal Inspector have had some success with arrests in large check fraud schemes. But there are, unfortunately, more scammers than law enforcement resources. Prevention is key here. Note, too, that you are commenting on a 2009 blog post.]
Posted by: earlin turner ( Email ) at 4/19/2011 4:10 PM


"John Washington" called from Florida to say I've won $5.5 MILLION+a BMW thorough "Publisher's House Clearance" . BMW will be delivered by a blue&white truck, along with "3 beautiful girls holding my other prizes"; all I have to do is buy a $250 Green Dot card and give them the number. If the incorrect organization name & his bad English wasn't a big clue this is a SCAM, the screaming kids and barking dogs in the background were. He said he was working form home today......Riiiiight.
Posted by: Breta Alter ( Email ) at 9/30/2011 8:29 AM


Today, February 13, 2012 I received a call from Mr. Fry(?) He said I was a PHC winner and would receive 5,000 per week for the rest of my life. All I had to do was get a $199.00 Green Dot card and they would come by later to give me the information I would need to start collecting my money. A FedX truck would come at 3 PM to deliver my information. As the previous letter writter said what gave it away was the noise in the background, unable to understand him, and having to pay for something I'd won. I played along for awhile and then told them I had called the police, which I had, and to not call any more. He said I was making him angry and I was throwing money away. I hung up on him. The police said that if anyone came to my door to call 911. How do we stop these guys?
Posted by: Barbara Brill ( Email ) at 2/13/2012 1:02 PM


I also received a letter on PCH letterhead stating that I had won. I called PCH and the lady who answered told me it was a phony letter and that it was not sent by PCH.
Posted by: Leo Greenfield ( Email ) at 1/16/2013 8:31 AM


Received a e mail from a mr cully claims officer handing my claim
Did not ask for anything except to state my name, address,age,and country and what I did for a living
Told he would get back to be in 24 hr after every thing was proceeded how can I tell if this is a legal winner
[All Consuming Blog Moderator Response: Thank you for your question. Based on the information you have provided this email could be a scam and the person contacting you trying to phish for information. In Washington, if you have won a legitimate contest or sweepstakes you are not required to pay any amount of funds for reason up front. After receiving your funds you would then be provided the appropriate tax forms.]
Posted by: carol Verdini ( Email ) at 9/17/2013 8:40 AM


I got a email sayin i won 1.5 mil from clearinghouse not pch dr felix hickson from port washington ny they want me to fill out a form send it to them then send 350 bucks scam or not
AGO Blog Manager Comment (lw): Please contact our Consumer Protection Division at 800-551-4636 between 10am-3pm.
Posted by: angela cogdell ( Email ) at 1/26/2014 10:59 AM


I received a call on my cell phone from a foreign man claiming to be Mr. John Washington from Publisher's Clearing. He said they needed to deliver my shipment today. I asked him what he needed from me and he said absolutely nothing but to be there to sign for the shipment. He said I didn't have to pay out anything; they were paying me. I asked for a phone number and told him I would call him back. He gave me 1-876-435-8721. I called the number from another line, and it did appear to be him answering the phone. I hung up, however.
Posted by: Regina Ballard ( Email ) at 8/12/2014 8:50 AM


I've been getting publisher clearing house for the past year and a half stay in the morning initial JG has won and everything in that in that my area and I haven't seen anything yet in the past the 8 9 months now I think this is a scam!!!!
Posted by: James Greer ( Email ) at 8/30/2014 7:32 AM


This Is A Scam And They Riped My Uncle Off. $500.00 Dollars. He called my Uncle And Said He Was Going To Bring My Family A 2014 Brand New Car And 2.5million Dollars. And Then my Dad Called And He Said He Won He Is Gonna Report The Number. Do Not Answer His Number It Is A Jumakin Number SCAM.
Posted by: JAylyn ( Email ) at 9/25/2014 3:45 PM


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