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is clearing house for real/
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 4 months ago.


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Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 4 months ago.

Publisher's Clearinghouse is for real, but they are such a well known contest that scammers use their name all the time to help bolster their credibility.

You are not a contest winner. Publisher's Clearing House makes it perfectly clear that they do not notify their winners by phone or email. They send their Prize Patrol to the winner's home and hand them a check.

Once you engage a scammer by replying to one of their calls or emails, what happens is you get flooded with more offers, which is what has happened to you. So here's what you need to know:

Scammers want you to believe that you can be picked out of thin air and become a contest winner. You can't. You must always enter a contest to win it.

Lottery winners are paid out of the proceeds of lottery tickets. If you don't buy your ticket, you can't win, and you must present a valid ticket to claim your winnings. US lottery tickets cannot be sold on line. It's against Federal law. You must buy them in person from agents at specially designated locations.

Sweepstakes winners must complete an entry form and sign up for the contest. Sweepstakes also require you to submit your half of the entry form as proof before you can claim your prize. Your half of the form matches the information the company has on the other half. Without proof of entry, you can't win.

Finally, when you win a real contest, the money already belongs to you. So you NEVER have to pay anything up front to receive something that's already yours.

In any legitimate contest, if there were indeed any transfer expenses, the contest would simply deduct it from your money which they already have and just give you a check for the rest. An up front fee, no matter how logical the reason sounds to you, is the #1 sign of a contest scam.

Any time you get an unsolicited email or phone call with news that is much too good to be true, it will be a scam. Live by that rule of thumb and you won't be swindled.

Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 3 months ago.

Just checking in to see if you need more help or any clarification of my answer. If so, please reply here on this question thread.

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