EVANSVILLE, IN – The Tri-State Better Business Bureau warns tristate area residents of an old scam that’s making rounds again. Consumers report receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be associated with Publishers Clearing House. This person tells them that they’ve won a big prize, but in order to claim it, they need to pay a fee upfront. One area resident was told that she had won $5000 a month and a pickup truck, but that she would have to go to Walmart and send $285.85 through MoneyGram before claiming the prize. The area code from which the call came was 876 (Jamaica).
“The best thing to do when you are dealing with this type of phone call is to hang up immediately. Never wire money to strangers and don’t hesitate to report the incident. This way, more people will find out about it and avoid the scam”, says Oana Schneider, Director of Social Media Services for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau.
There are four ways to recognize a PCH scam:
If you think you’ve been victimized by this scam, contact your BBB and local authorities immediately. Also, in order to stay informed about other scams happening in your area, go to bbb.org/scamtracker!
Reporters: For more information or to schedule an interview with a local BBB spokesperson, contact Oana Schneider at 618-499-5280, 812-473-0202 ext. 116 or email email@example.com.
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