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I received a call from a person on Saturday saying I had won

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I received a call from a person on Saturday saying I had won the PCH prize of $5.5 Million, $5K a month for life and a Mercedes Benz but I would have to send either by Money order or Western Union $485 immediately before they would come to issue my prize. My husband and I were leary of doing this and went over to Marsh (Western Union) and they stated that it was a common scam being perpetrated on Senior Citizens. We called the people back and they asked if we had a receipt # ***** the money being sent and we told them No that we would not send any money to them. Just wondering if we did the right thing. I have specific details--names, phone #s if needed.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 6 months ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

Yes, you absolutely did the right thing. This is a VERY common scam. I'm glad Western Union stopped you from sending the money.

Publisher's Clearing House ONLY notifies winners with the prize patrol van you may have seen on TV. They do not notify winners by phone, mail, or email. You never have to pay a penny to collect your prize from PCH. This is called "advance fee fraud," and it's become so common, PCH has posted warnings about it on their website (and they do new blog posts every few months).

The FTC also has posted warnings about this type of scam.

No one legitimate will ever require you to pay to collect a prize, other than a nominal fee for a raffle or lottery ticket (which you pay BEFORE winners are chosen and which do not guarantee a prize).

It's important that you are 100% satisfied with my courtesy and professionalism. Thank you.

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