BBB: Publishers Clearing House Scam Takes $1,800 From Local Woman

August 21, 2014

Sweepstakes Scam AlertCLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Denise Ruffin has been entering in sweepstakes for several years, winning prizes like a set of pots and pans. 

"Well I'm going to win something big sooner or later," said Ruffin. 

The 57-year-old Cleveland native thought she hit the jackpot when she got a letter from what she thought was the Publishers Clearing House

The letter said she won more than $2 million. 

"They had me call all these numbers to verify this, so I'm thinking man I'm going crazy. I really won. I really won," Ruffin said. 

Ruffin was told she had to wire $1,800 in order to cover the taxes. 

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