American Publisher Clearing House states that I have won a prize and that I need to deposit 1% of the winnings into an account to cover insurance and registration. Sounds like a scam to me.
State/Country relating to question: Alabama
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Hello and thank you for the question. I am sorry to read of this dilemma. Indeed it is a scam. That deposit is never applied or returned. In a real winning, the prize is awarded and paid without condition or demand.
Received call from a XXXXX XXXXX at the Federal Consumers Protection Agency telling me to call American Publishing Clearing House with a claim number that he furnished. XXXXX XXXXX of American Publishing Clearing House insisted that no monies were due up front and that all taxes were paid. However with an award over $100K, a 1% deposit would have to be deposited in a Wells Fargo account to show that monies were available for insurance and registration. Those funds were to be returned upon delivery of cash reward. Sounded too good to be true.
I am sorry to confirm bad news but indeed it is a scam and you were prudent to check and avoid a loss.
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