Sweepstake Scams

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  • Publisher's Clearing House 2.5 million dollar lottery


    Call came at about 8 p.m. 1/13/16 from John Washington claiming to be chairman of PCH informing me that I had won the 2.5 million dollar prize. I would receive the check tomorrow at noon from 3 people (Mrs. Jones, Robin Smith and Mr. Goldberg). The company had already paid all of the taxes except the amount owed the Federal Reserve which I needed to pay with a cashier's check and get a receipt to present to the folks delivering the check. The amount owed the Federal Reserve was $865.00. We would then go to my bank to validate the 2.5 million dollar check and deposit it. When I said I did not have $865.00, John Washington put me on hold and after a time returned and said I could pay $300.00 and they would loan me $565.00.

    I was to send the cashier's check to Agent Geneva Bush. 2029 North Ocean Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33305.

    John Washington gave me 2 phone numbers for the Publisher's Clearning House. 1-800-955-3300 and 917-524-1343. Neither was valid.

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    • My demands: I was to pay $865.00 (see above) but they reduced it to $300.00
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $300.00
    • Agents: John Washington
    • Phone: 876-480-4853, 800-955-3300, 917-524-1343
    Jan 14, 2016
    Complaint #: 941
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  • Phone Scammers From Jamica


    Tell you have a car and millions if you send money for taxes ect!! to claim it go to Western Union.

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    • My demands: return of the money I spent and these put in jail for long time
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $4,000.00
    • Agents: John James
    • Phone: 876-478-2812
    Jan 01, 2016
    Complaint #: 900
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  • Said I won 2.5 million want me to send 175.00


    Said I won a new car and 2.5 million, and he wants a $175.00 to bring me the money, to send the money to 626 Gravely Rd, Kingsport, TN, 37660

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    • My demands: $175.00
    • User Recommendation: Recommended
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $175.00
    • Agents: Paul Walker, Michael Chitwood
    • Managers: Paul Walker
    • Phone: 650-492-7229
    Dec 01, 2015
    Complaint #: 763
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  • Unknown-only tel number


    On 11/27 I received a call that I won a prize & I should call 631-925-2599 to claim the prize.

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    • My demands: prosecution
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $10,000.00
    • Phone: 631-925-2599
    Nov 28, 2015
    Complaint #: 742
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  • Lottery Winnings do not require money up Front


    The above name is not right; I do not remember whom he said he was with, although, the thing that tipped me that it was a scam after the weeks of harassment was the one phone conversation where he said he would contact Washington; I asked, "why," he said, "To see if they had added to your winnings."

    Initially, this started about March, 2015, give or take a month or so. We were traveling and I got a phone call stating, "Barbara Anderson," when I confirmed I was. "you have several million dollars and a Mercedes Benz car; I would like to deliver them to you soon." He, also stated that he wanted to deliver the same day. On this call he did not mention that I needed any money. I had been told by the FBI on a lottery win that you did not pay money up front, so it sounded cool but I was not interested. I did not hear back from him until early this November, again stating that he wanted to deliver my winnings. At this time he asked for several thousand dollars. I told him I did not have and had never had that kind of money. He said he would try to figure out something. In a day or two later, he called back and here is the scenario as close as to how I can remember it and I fell for it hook, line and sinker! He gave me the name of Mattie M. Mullen of whom I was to write out two checks, each for $9500, then call him and he would wire that amount into Ally Bank to cover them as soon as I called him and told him they had been deposited. Sounded o.k. to me at this time. He would later send out two different account numbers and routing numbers. I was to put each check in a separate envelope as they were going to two different accounts, one ended up being BOA and the other was Wells Fargo. I was to go to drive through as it was late it was late in the day and I had a hour or trip more and ask they be "direct" deposited. I arrived at Wells Fargo at 5:27 p.m., handed them to the cashier..she ran a check on the account numbers. One of them, nothing matched and the other the numbers were o.k. but the name on the account was not. When I called Michael and related all this to him, he said to wait, he would call Mattie. Five minutes later, he called and said she had told him she had locked the account but would call in and remove the command tomorrow a.m. He said to re deposit and by this time would be the night deposit box, which I did! Two days later, he had supposedly the new account numbers for BOA and for Mattie. I deposited same through a drive thru bank about 3:15p.m. The next day they called, all confused, nothing matched; I had been thinking and re-thinking the events of the past 18 days, drawing them out on paper, going over and over and it finally hit when he said he was going to call Washington...SCAM! I asked them to shred the check which they did not do but rather returned it. My friend opened it and all hell broke loose...yep, I had already discovered I had been scammed and really goofed, in terrible jeopardy. I immediately sent email to my bank which is Ally and explained to them the scam and my stupidity. They have since sent more info than I had regarding how to spot scams -great bank to do business with. I have filed one other scam report but do not know what they will do with it, if anything. Ally is watching for the other check to come through. As soon as I have the money to pay for a stop payment there, I will do that also. A day after all this happened, I called Michael and told him I was going to bow out of this, it was a SCAM of which he got angry and hung up. A day later, the 18th to be exact a call came that left a message of "do not call," I think it was from Mattie and came from 209-407-5511.

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    • My demands: Demand $9500 be deposited with Ally immediately in case the second check shows up.
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $9,500.00
    • Agents: Michael Johnson
    • Phone: 209-407-5511
    Nov 21, 2015
    Complaint #: 710
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  • Stay away from Benny Landry!


    This guy says he's with Publisher's Clearing House and that I won 500,000 dollars. I confirm that this was a scam. when I called him on it of course he did not respond.

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    • My demands: I want to stop receiving these scams in my email
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $500,000.00
    • Agents: Benny Landry
    • URL: [email protected]
    Nov 20, 2015
    Complaint #: 703
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Dec 20, 2017 4:30 AM

Dont believe none of those sweepstakes!- its all a scam!- especially the more popular one!- publishers clearing house!!! Its nothing but a fraud! Their scratchouts are bogus! I scratched off 30,00.00 $ just to be told- u didn't win yet!- only if we pick your number! If not u get nothing!- that's fake! If it was the real one or the lottery I would have gotten my money! Shame on them for wasting my time! But never again! Pch.com avoid it!!!!