In the News -- Publishers Clearing House Scam

February 14, 2013
The Publishers Clearing House scam has been popping up recently, reports Doug Magditch of CW33-TV, Dallas - Fort Worth. BBB in Dallas says you don't have to pay anything if you've really won a prize.

The Publishers Clearing House scam has been around for awhile, but it’s been popping up a lot recently, reports Doug Magditch of CW33-TV, Dallas - Fort Worth.

"The way it works is you either get a letter or a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. The claim: you won the sweepstakes," says Doug Magditch.

“They’ll say you need to pay something first, maybe for insurance or processing. They’ll ask you to send a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars to claim your prize, or they might even enclose a fake check and ask you to deposit and send back some of the money,” says Jeannette Kopko, senior VP of communications at the Better Business Bureau of Dallas.

"If you never actually entered the contest, you didn’t win it," says Doug Magditch.  Also, the real Publishers Clearing House won’t ask you to send money to claim your prize.

“Publishers Clearing House says that your winnings are always free. You never have to pay anything, not a penny, to get your prize,” says Jeannette Kopko.

"Of course, what the scammers are trying to do is get money from you. If you send whatever they’re asking for, you’re just going to be out that money. Don’t expect a prize," says Doug Magditch.

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