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Did you confirm it as a scam or not?What if it was legit?

Submitted by Thomas on Aug 5th, 2013

 
 
Thomas
 


yes it is we got a phonecall saying they need 500 for a state tax stamp for the taxes. then they asked for another 500 for a federal tax stamp. they also lied on the amount one first they said 90,000 then when we called back on info the said 950,000. 100% HUGE SCAM!

Submitted by leo on Jun 8th, 2013

 
 
leo
 


YES THAT'S A SCAM it happened to me a couple years ago I told them you don't pay money if I won money never heard from them again I wish I knew about this site then I could have posted it

Submitted by memola on Mar 25th, 2013

 
 
memola
 


Hello Maria --

Yes, there is something you can do! You can report the scam. Please see the link below. It has information regarding reporting scams, as well as an email where you can forward the frauduent email if you receive any more.

http://pch.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/149/kw/fraud/sno/1

~Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

Submitted by NatalieatPCH on Mar 21st, 2013

 
 


Hello Michael --

The giveaway number is what is assigned to that particular sweepstakes. It is not the "winning number" drawn to award that particular prize.

As an example, say that you are at a raffle drawing and there are dozens of prizes. Each prize is assigned a number (let's say "11" for the prize in this example) to distinguish it from the others. The prize coordinator then goes to a bowl with ticket stubs from those who have entered and draws a random number like "17". The person with the corresponding ticket is then the winner. The person holding a ticket with the number "11" does not win, because it was not the winning number drawn.

I hope that helps to answer the question regarding the Giveaway numbers.


~Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

Submitted by NatalieatPCH on Mar 21st, 2013

 
 


Hello Phillip -

Unfortunately this is a scam. Do not continue to communicate with them. You do not need to send any money to collect your winnings, nor do you have to purchase anything in order to enter into the true Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.
When I won in August of 2008, The Prize Patrol visited me in person with a big check and I was required to do some paperwork. When all was said and done, they sent me the true check. I sent them nothing but the required paperwork. Absolutely NO money was required on my part. They even sent me a pre-paid stamped envelope!! Taxes were then MY responsibility come the following year, and they sent me a 1099 for that very purpose in January.

Please see this link for more information regarding scams, as it has a toll-free number report the scam:

http://pch.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/149/kw/fraud/sno/1

~Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

Submitted by NatalieatPCH on Mar 21st, 2013

 
 


This is definitely a scam. Do not continue to communicate with them.

Please see this link for more information regarding scams, as it has a toll-free number report the scam:

http://pch.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/149/kw/fraud/sno/1


~Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

Submitted by NatalieatPCH on Mar 21st, 2013

 
 


Hello --

When entering Publishers Clearing House, no purchase or payment is necessary to enter to win. Nor is a payment needed to collect your winnings.

PCH does offer products for sale, but as I stated earlier, buying something is not necessary, nor will it improve your chances of winning. If you did order and want to cancel it, see this page for instructions: http://pch.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/137

There are rules on the entry pages you encounter, but the general guideline can be found here: http://rules.pch.com/viewrulesfacts?id=118

When I won in 2008, I did not write PCH a check or send any money. The only thing I had to worry about was paying taxes on my winnings the following year. Also, my winning (non-purchase!!) entry came from an internet search on one of PCH pages.

Please see this link for more information, as it has a toll-free number as well as an email address to report the scam: http://pch.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/149/kw/fraud/sno/1


~Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

Submitted by NatalieatPCH on Mar 20th, 2013

 
 


I just got my mailing to contact them also .But I decided to come here first. I am glad I did. How come this company never was closed down? There is no winning money, it is all about you spending your nmoney on stupid products.They been playing this scam game for years,and it is pathitic.It is false hope, and their commericals are scandulous. yes, this is attack on senior citizens, to get what little they have to survie on. But one is always in hopes to be the bigger winner, and get the money prize. that never is going to happen.But they are biking big time on senior citizens money.thhhe elderly are in need and publishing Clearing house contests are twisting the knife on them in their needs with fake winner prizes that they will never get, or anybody else.

Submitted by daisymae7 on Sep 12th, 2012

 
 


I just got the same text and as I am very sceptical about such things I looked it up and I was right

Submitted by Monika on Jul 1st, 2012

 
 
Monika
 


I recieved this message too. 900,000 Pounds..and looked up "careceo.com"<<in china!

Submitted by Jen on Jun 13th, 2012

 
 
Jen
 


Yep, I just got the same txt message about 20 minutes ago.

Submitted by Conrad on Jun 13th, 2012

 
 
Conrad
 


Got the same message via text this morning

Submitted by kirsten on Jun 11th, 2012

 
 
kirsten
 


I must say, this was painful to read. Not because of the fact that you were scammed, but because of the God-awful grammar used. I got such a headache from trying to understand what the hell you were talking about. What happened when you were taught in school? Did you sleep through the lessons or something?
Jesus Christ! I mean, I feel bad for victims of scams. I really do. I know it's not fair, but come on. I wouldn't blame someone for trying to scam you. You're writing skills make you seem less than smart, hence making it extremely easy for a con artist to pull one over on you. This day and age has a neat little function called "spell check", which I believe was created for people like yourself. Do not be afraid to use it. Also, capitalize "I" for crying out loud, and also when you begin a new sentence, capitalize the first letter of the first word in that new sentence. All in all, I do hope you learn from this experience, and make wiser choices in the future, sweetheart. God bless your heart.

Submitted by Kippy on May 17th, 2012

 
 
Kippy
 


I received the same email around that date! Thanks Now I know for sure it's a Scam

Submitted by Victoria on May 2nd, 2012

 
 


I do not want money, they were asking for $200.00 for shipment of the winnings.

Submitted by Kjay on May 1st, 2012

 
 
Kjay
 


does anyone ever get back to us to let us know what happened with our particular situation?
louise ferrazzano

Submitted by LOUISE on Apr 20th, 2012

 
 
LOUISE
 


and they charged my account

Submitted by shawntaya on Apr 18th, 2012

 
 


I too received the same letter and same amount of check. Same dates, etc. Disappointing, but I'm glad I checked here first.

I had the thought of cashing at a Check Cashing place since it doesn't look credible, but unfortunately, my address is on the check, and they fraudulent company will have the ability to trace it back if I chose to do so.

Submitted by Neil on Apr 3rd, 2012

 
 
Neil
 


Just to let you know for future reference - Publishers Clearing House does NOT call you on the phone. Their contest entries come online or in the mail. Any time you get a phone call from someone claiming they are from some company and you've won a prize and need you to send money by Western Union, hang up the phone. It is a scam. If you really won, then there is no reason to be sending them money.

Submitted by Cathy on Mar 8th, 2012

 
 
Cathy

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