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The Suburbanite
  • BBB warns of Publishers Clearing House scam

  • The Better Business Bureau is warning folks to be wary of letter, emails and phone calls telling them they have won money through the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes

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  • A letter telling folks they have won $2 million of more from Publishers Clearing House likely is a scam, the Better Business Bureau warns.
    The fake notification letters — and in some cases phone calls or emails — come of the heels of legitimate announcements of Publishers Clearing House awards.
    The fake messages tell recipients to send some advance cash in order to receive their prize money.
    According to the BBB, the letters appear to come from Publishers Clearing House and have the company’s logo. Some include a check and ask the recipient to contact a claims agent.
    Recipients are told to cash the check and wire up to $4,000 to Publishers Clearing House in order to receive the rest of the prize.
    The BBB warns that the check is fraudulent and that money sent through a wire transfer can’t be recovered. Meanwhile the fake check bounces leaving the recipient to pay fees and charges to the bank.
    While Publishers Clearing House contacts winners by mail or in person, it never sends winner notices by email or phone calls, the BBB said.
    If a phone call or letter asks for money, remember that the Publishers Clearing House advertises that “winning is always free.” Consumers should never wire money to an individual or company in order to receive something in return, the BBB said.