Wallingford, CT – January 19, 2012 – Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes envelopes began hitting mailboxes this week. This means scam phone calls and fake mails are soon to follow.
The scams that accompany the famous sweepstakes involve a phone call or lookalike letter claiming a big check awaits the recipient.
The Scam: A caller tells the person answering the phone that he/she has won a prize from Publishers Clearing House. However, to claim it, the person must pay a fee to retrieve the money they have allegedly won.
Publishers Clearing House awards its prizes by a personal visit to winners' homes and does not charge them to collect their prize.
What to do: If you receive any phone calls or emails from Publishers Clearing House indicating you have won a prize and need to send money - don't do it!
Contact Publishers Clearing House directly for information at 1-800-459-4724, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST or visit their website at http://www.pch.com
Learn more about emerging scams or to report a scam in your area, visit to http://ct.bbb.org/scam-source