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Police Warn of Publishers Clearing House Scam

Town and Country police are warning residents to be wary of calls about alleged Publishers Clearing House winnings. Authorities say it may be a scam and they advise residents not to give out information.

The following information was supplied by the Town and Country Police Department.

Town and Country police sent out an email alert stating that investigators recently responded to a call regarding a possible fraud case.  

According to police, a resident received a phone call on the afternoon of Oct. 19 from a man who told her that she had won $250,000 from Publishers Clearing House and the check would be delivered on Oct. 20.

The caller reportedly asked the woman for her address and gave a call back number with an 876 area code, the email alert stated. Police were called and officers discovered the area code is in Jamaica. When the phone number is called, you will be charged between $10 and $100 per minute.

"The scammers will attempt to keep you on the phone as long as they can, while you are draining your pocketbook and filling there’s," police stated in the email.

Town and Country police provided the following information from Publishers Clearing House on common scams.

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) does NOT make or authorize outgoing calls to consumers to sell merchandise or magazines, or to solicit contest entries. Our major winners are notified by mail or in person (at our option) and we never phone ahead to disclose that someone has won a major prize. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and are asked to send money, pay a fee or pre-pay taxes to enter, collect or claim a sweepstakes prize - STOP - you have not heard from the “real” Publishers Clearing House. The call you received was most likely from a fraudulent sweepstakes scam operation. At Publishers Clearing House the winning is always free.

If you believe you are the victim of a “Fake Check Scam” using the Publishers Clearing House name or logo, please contact us immediately by calling our toll free number at 1-800-645-9242.

Residents with concerns can also call the West Central Dispatch Center at 314 737-4600.

Anonymous tips can also be called in to St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 866-317-TIPS (8477).

*Please contact Local Editor Gabrielle Biondo with any questions regarding the above report.

Michael Dwells October 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Town and Country police department is doing a good job but how much can they do against these highly organized international criminals? I think it's about time the public helps in stopping these scams by reporting any information to consumer protection websites such as www.callercenter.com so that the warning reaches a lot more people in lesser time.
Sharla James December 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
99% of what is going on a publishers clearing house is scam-related. My neighbor won a car and had to return it because he was contacted by the dealer and his winning was fraudulent and that he'd either have to pay for the vehicle, or return it. PCH kept his $500 that he paid in taxes and never returned any of his phone calls. An attorney stated that these sweepstakes companies "take people for a ride" all the time like this, and the reason they can get away with it is because in the fine print it states, "for entertainment purposes only." He never ever heard from PCH again.
susie j December 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I was scamed this sunday by a man claiming to be dave sayer from pch. He needed me to gi to walmart and buy a green dot pak card and out 350.00 on it and once they received the money they would head to my house with my 25,000.00 prize money, well i realized after hrs of waiting i had been scammed and went ti my local police dept and made out a police report. I have 5 pages of text messages and the man cints to call my home phone every day asking for 650.00 more dollars for the taxes on the money. I have been busy and have been unable to speak with them. They call from an unknown or private number so i cannot return their call. I sure hope they are caught soon this is so wrong
Matt rodenbough February 08, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I am from North Dakota and I just received a phone call from a Jamaica number1 (876) 464-9839 Jamaica saying that I won 800k, I was confident it was bs so I just hung up on the caller..
Stripes Waterkat April 16, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I just received one of these as well, wanting me to go get the greendot card and gave a call back with the 876 area code. I checked into it after the call and found this report and called PCH to report it.

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