Your BBB® would like to warn tri-state area residents that the Publishers Clearing House scams are back. Most of us have seen those ads on TV: a person is surprised with a big check and balloons, they are happy and overwhelmed and that is usually a life-changing moment for the winner. This is exactly what the scammers are trying to capitalize on!
The way it usually works is: someone claiming to work for the Publishers Clearing House organization will give you a call, inform you that you’ve won a significant prize and ask you to pay a fee before you can collect it.
And be extremely careful if you receive a call from an 876 area code number: someone is most probably calling you from Jamaica. Their goal is to keep you on the phone for as long as possible, which means you could lose money just by waiting to talk to someone!
Your BBB and the FTC would like to urge everyone who receives one of these calls to contact the local authorities and report their experience to bbb.org/Scamtracker! And remember: paying to collect a prize is a scam!
And here’s another tip for you: Publishers Clearing House will never call you ahead of time! So if someone says you won big, hang up and do some research on them. You can also call Publishers Clearing House at a phone number you know to be correct.
For more information, visit bbb.org/Evansville!