From Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Indiana
Marjorie Stephens,President and CEO, at 260.918.2067
Publishers Clearing House winner endorsements: proof is in the pictures, right?
[Fort Wayne, IN - August 12, 2014] - A letter is being circulated that is about 14 pages long. It supposedly is from Publishers Clearing House and has all of these endorsements by the Better Business Bureau, IRS, the FDIC, government, etc. Representatives are mentioned from the BBB and the FDIC. Checking into these names, neither one of the people mentioned, Stephen Kearny or Jerry Brown, work for either of these organizations. The interesting thing about this letter is that it suggests that payments are required to two organizations: the IRS and the FDIC. Payments must be paid by GreenDot Money Pak, and very elaborate instructions including pictures are provided on how to use the GreenDot product. To the IRS $500 must be paid for processing, certification, and registration, and to the FDIC, which is said to secure the winnings, $455 is required for insurance. To offset these costs, a certified check will be sent to cover the taxes. The amount paid to FDIC will be compensated within 7 days.
This letter is definitely bogus, but the author(s) of it have gone to great lengths to try and make people believe that it legitimate and is endorsed by several trustworthy sources. Definitely, the IRS will never ask for money upfront on sweepstakes winnings, and neither does the FDIC attempt to lay claim to part of your winnings. Should you receive a letter such as this, understand that it is a scam, but if you do have questions, please call us at 1.800.552.4631 or contact Publishers Clearing House, directly.
Grandmother falls victim to grandparent scam
[Fort Wayne, IN - August 12, 2014] - It was reported that an elderly woman fell victim to the grandparent scam and lost $8500. A young man had phoned her, pretending to be her grandson. He was in legal trouble and was being incarcerated in a foreign country. His supposed attorney representing him also spoke to her and convinced her that this money needed to be sent to bail her grandson out of jail. She was not allowed to tell the grandson's parents because the grandson was very embarrassed and was coming to her and trusting her in his time of need. She kept his secret confidential. The attorney also advised her that the money needed to be sent through a GreenDot Money Pak card. Unfortunately, she did this and did not know until it was too late that she had fallen victim of a scam.