Publisher’s Clearing House Scam once again

Scams come in many forms, but they are more widely seen over the phone. Don't be fooled when being told you won a prize but it will cost money to get it.

Here is a warning to those who receive phone calls claiming that they have won a large prize from Publisher’s Clearing House or anywhere else, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Dr. C.W. Chastian thought just that when he called his daughter to jokingly tell her he had won $5 million from Publisher’s Clearing House and all he had to do was get a money order for $299.99 in order to receive a check with his prize money.

“They kept asking me questions, like when I would be home or if anyone would be there,” said Chastain. “I couldn’t hardly understand him when he spoke and he was very insistent on me getting the money for them in order to receive my prize.”

As one might expect, he hasn’t had anyone schedule a time to meet him yet to retrieve the money order and present him his award. They told him they wanted to come to the house but it needed to be before the banks closed.

“My daughter was afraid that they would come knock me out once they knew my schedule,” said Chastian. “Apparently this is not an uncommon scam. They never showed up and never called back again.”

When receiving phone calls similar to this one, never give out personal information, such as a home address. It’s also recommended not to give out work/home schedules to these scammers. There is a lot of public information out there, so they may know things or facts a person, but always be weary.

Publisher's Clearing House would never call, it would be just like the commercials where they show up at the winner’s home.

Placing all phone numbers, including cell phones on the National Do Not Call Registry will help. To register online go to dontcall.gov or to register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236)

Also, filing a complaint with the FTC will help bring scam artists to justice and put an end to unfair and misleading business practices. If you think you have been a victim of a scam file a complaint with the FTC online or call toll free 1-877-382-4357 (TTY: 1-866-653-4261).

The FTC enters internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com


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