May 8, 2013
The Better Business Bureau is reporting that scammers are attempting to use the Publishers Clearing House name to trick people out of money.
The scam works like this: a letter with the official Publishers Clearning House logo will come in the mail. It will say that the recipient has won and that they must immediately contact a PCH claim agent to find out how to get their winnings.
The letter will come with a fraudulent check for several thousand dollars that the "claim agent" will instruct you to cash. Then you are instructed to send up to $4,000 to them to receive the rest of the winnings. The BBB warns any money sent by wire transfer cannot be recovered.
Another fake PCH offer can come via phone or email, and again claim that funds are needed in advance to pay for insurance before the recipient can receive the prize. With this scam, you would be instructed to put around $400 on a Green Dot Money Pak Card from their local Walmart, Walgreens, or other businesses that have Green Dot Money Pak Cards.
The BBB advises that if you receive this or a similar letter, email, or phone call from the Publishers Clearing House to call the BBB at (804)-648-0016 or on the Better Business Bureau's website that you can access by clicking this link.
Publishers Clearing House says that any letter, email, or phone call that asks for money is fake, they do not require money in advance for their prize winners to collect.