Sheriff warns of Publishers Clearing House scam

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Updated: 2/26/2013 9:37 am Published: 2/25/2013 5:48 pm

The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a scam that makes them think they have won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes.

Deputies say an elderly person was recently scammed out of $17,000.

Sheriff Scott Walton warns that scam artists are sending out real looking checks in an attempt to get people to send money.

The scam artist sends an official looking letter claiming to be from a legitimate sweepstakes.

The letter may illegally use the name of a well- known company like Publishers Clearing House or a sound alike name in an attempt to build trust.

The letter encloses a real looking check.

It may say that you were given “an advance on a sweepstakes prize” and that some “fee, tax or additional payment” is necessary.

A legitimate sweepstakes will never ask you to send money to enter a sweepstakes, claim a prize, or to pay a fee, tax or deposit.

Consumers should always remember that at Publishers Clearing House no payment is ever necessary to claim a prize.

If you believe you are the victim of a “Fake Check Scam” using the Publishers Clearing House name or logo, call Publishers Clearing House at 1-800-645-9242.

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jkelly52 - 2/26/2013 10:46 AM
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This morning I received a phone call from someone claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House stating that I won some prizes. He was very insistent that I call a certain phone number as ask for someone to arrange a time for them to come to my house. The first thing that I thought of was a scam where you call a number and incur huge charges on your phone bill. The other scenario is that they want you to give out personal information that they can use for identity theft. I found your news story and called the PCH fraud hotline and reported the phone number that the call came from and the phone number that I was told to call.
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