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“You’ve won! Now pay us” is always a scam.

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During these difficult economic times, it is easy to imagine our financial problems disappearing by winning a big prize. Who wouldn’t like to win a million dollars, a new car, or a vacation home? But if you get a call from someone saying, “You’ve won,” don’t believe the hype.

Here’s how it works. You get a call from someone who says they’re from Publishers Clearing House or some other well-known organization. They say, “Congratulations, you’ve won a million dollars, a Mercedes-Benz, and seven thousand dollars a week for life!” or some other amazing sounding prizes. Then they ask you to pay a “processing fee,” "taxes," or "shipping and handling charges," to claim your prize.

The scammers are trying to push you into a heightened emotional state, to knock you off balance just long enough to steal your money and personal information.

The fact is, Publishers Clearing House never notifies winners in advance. And anyone who says, “You’ve won. Now pay us,” is always scammer. Period.

Consider these tips to avoid this scam:

  • Legitimate sweepstakes don’t make you pay a fee to get your prize. That includes paying "taxes," "shipping and handling charges," or “processing fees.” There’s also no reason to give someone your checking account or credit card number in response to a sweepstakes promotion.
  • Don’t send money transfers or gift cards, or give personal information. Sending money transfers or gift cards (or providing the gift card numbers) is like sending cash: once the money’s gone, you can’t trace it or get it back. The same goes for sending money by mail or using a money order. 
  • Don’t trust your caller ID. Scammers can make any name or number show up on your caller ID. They might use an official-sounding name like Publishers Clearing House or Reader’s Digest.

Scammers don’t just scam one person. Tell your friends and family about the scam so they can avoid it. Then report it to the FTC: ftc.gov/complaint.

 

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A year ago last March I made a complaint with the FTC about NPD Group (VIP Voice Surveys). They claimed I had won $5,000.00 but never contacted me. I tried contacting them several times, but whenJanet Hall
Director, Member Services got back to me "I was told my prize had been given to alternative winner because I did not contact them in time.
Publishers Clearing House emails me everyday and claims I am a winner of $7,000.00 a week but I have to purchase from their store to claim. When in their promo they claim no purchase nessacary.

I got an email stating that I had ordered something from Norton for $279.89 which I hadn’t.They said that I had been hacked but we’re going to replace the money.They went into my Bank but I couldn’t sign in and they said that he would call back in about 30 minutes but he never called me back.I think that all he wanted was my information which he didn’t get very much of it.He sounded like somebody from India or close to there.But the phone number that came up on my phone said it was somewhere in California.Don’t call them they’ll ask for remote usage on your computer and who knows what else they’ve put on your computer without you knowing it.Just be careful and stay safe.

I'm tired of the scammers convincing me that I've been approved for a loan and that Im just verifying my address and needing my bank account and routing numbers to make a direct deposit for the amount of the loan, etc.. than they automatically send you to another "LENDING"company, and that one takes all the same info and sends u to another "LENDER "..... and you never to get directed to a real "LOAN" company and for every Lender you fill out all your personal information, your also giving permission for telemarketers to continually call and text your phone and advertisers sending u mail....theres supposed to be a law against false advertising...

Publishers ClearingHouse has long been tapped as scammers from years back. Amazing those characters haven't been put out of business yet. Even more amazing is how so many people still fall for the elaborate con and without doing any research or vetting of any kind first before committing themselves.

I recently received 2 emails each with the name of a friend stating they were away from home and requested that I purchase an eBay or iTunes gift card for a niece/nephew birthday that they had forgotten. Obviously a scam but the emails had a legitimate address.

My step mom has dementia. My father just had open heart surgery. I have been here two weeks. 3 and 4 times a day they call her. They want her to pay the IRS Then they will release her winnings. Reported and registered do not call list.

My Mom got a call from Publisher Clearing House and they wanted her to buy 2 prepaid credit cards for $500.00 a piece and wanted her to transfer $1,800.00 for an affidavit stamp to Chase Bank, then they will deliver the check for 1.5 million dollars. She called me and while she kept them on the phone, I called the cops and got in touch with the right person to see if it was a scam.

walmart survey by golden research scam. Looks like a legit walmart survey. Answer some questions then pick a gift. Then give all your info and pay shipping for that gift. Watch out.

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