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Yes, this is ABSOLUTELY a scam. If your friend had truly won a prize from PCH, she would never be asked to pay a dime to collect her winnings. All taxes, fees and other costs would simply be paid from the prize winnings themselves. PCH confirms so much on their own website, wherein they state:
"At PCH the winning is always free and you NEVER have to pay to claim a prize award. Recognizing the difference between legitimate sweepstakes and other types of offers that may not be legitimate will help you protect yourself and your family. If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH, and tells you that you’ve won a prize award – then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize – STOP! You have not heard from the real PCH."
PCH also states: "At Publishers Clearing House we do not notify our contest winners by phone."
Your friend needs to immediately cease all contact with these scammers and above all refrain from sending any money.
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