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SCAM ALERT: Con Artist Impersonating Representatives from Publisher’s Clearing House

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     ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Department of Law’s Consumer Protection Unit has received a number of complaints about scammers posing as representatives from Publisher’s Clearing House. The scammers call consumers and tell them they have won a big prize through the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. They then instruct the consumer to send several hundred dollars via wire transfer or a Green Dot MoneyPak card to secure their prize or pay for fees or taxes. Consumers who comply soon discover that the “big win” they had imagined was actually a win for the scammer who made off with the consumer’s money. 

     To help you avoid Publishers Clearing House (PCH) scams, the Consumer Protection Unit offers the following tips:

     Never pay money to receive a prize.Not only is this a sure sign of a scam, it is a violation of Georgia law.

     PCH sweepstakes are always free to enter, and there is never a fee associated with winning.

PCH doesn’t call ahead to say you’ve won; they notify winners of major prize awards in person via their Prize Patrol.

 

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