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I got a call from publishers Clearing house saying we won…

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I got a call from publishers Clearing house saying we won 3.5 million dollars, however we need to pay 2% taxes they take care of the rest of the taxes, is this a scam

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

New York

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No just got the call, they gave me the address of publishers clearing house said we also won a car

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

We live in Oregon they said they would be here on Tuesday the 13th of March

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation, because yes, it is a scam. Legitimate sweepstakes / lotteries / etc... can take the taxes and fees out of the winnings. Scams obviously don't (because there are no winnings). So if they say that you need to pay this, tell them that you authorize them to take it out of the winnings, and see what they'll say.

Here's a report from the Federal Trade Commission that essentially says that this is a scam: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/07/fake-publishers-clearing-house-scams

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