We have posted a picture (right) of a post card that is being mailed out to people. Mainly our elderly citizens. It says that they are holding a $100.00 in savings for you that is good at Walmart, Target, and many more stores. It will tell you to call to claim your prize. When you call they are asking for your debit card number or bank number so they can transfer the fees to it. They will also say that there is a small fee that will be deducted from your account. This is a SCAM!!! Please pass this along so no one loses any money.
In light of all of the tragedies and dangerous incidents involving Craigslist and other electronic media buy/sell/trade sites, I want to offer the Sheriff's Office parking area, out in front of the office, for a place to meet those you may be trading with. Any area out front is available for use. We will also run serial numbers to ensure the item hasn't been reported stolen, as long as you (or the other person) have the item there with you. Please beware and very cautious if someone doesn't agree to meet you at the Sheriff’s Office. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions.
PUBLISHING CLEARING HOUSE SCAM
Tips & Warning Signs
Entering sweepstakes and giveaways is fun, exciting and enjoyable. But please keep in mind these valuable tips and warning signs to help you know the difference between a legitimate sweepstakes offer and a scam.
Recognizing the difference between legitimate sweepstakes and other types of offers that may not be legitimate will help you protect yourself and your family.
Tip 1: Beware of Fake Check Scams
If you receive a check claiming to be from a legitimate sweepstakes and are asked to cash it and wire or send a portion back -- STOP -- you are the victim of a scam contact. The check is not real! Consumers should always remember that at Publishers Clearing House no payment or fee is ever necessary to enter or claim a prize.
Tip 2: Be Suspicious of Callers Claiming You’ve Won - But Ask You to Send Money
If you receive a telephone call from someone claiming you have won a sweepstakes prize but are asked to send money to claim it -- STOP -- you have not heard from a legitimate sweepstakes company. At Publishers Clearing House we do not notify our contest winners by phone.
Tip 3: Be Wary of E-mails Claiming You’ve Won – and Asking You to Send Money
If you receive an e-mail notifying you that you have won a major sweepstakes prize, but are asked to provide personal financial information, or send money to claim the prize -- STOP -– you have most likely been contacted by a fraudulent sweepstakes scam operator. At Publishers Clearing House we do not notify major prize winners by e-mail.
Tip 4: Never Give Your Credit Card Number to Collect a Prize
If you are asked to provide your credit card number or provide your financial bank account information in order to claim a sweepstakes prize -- STOP. Fraudulent scam artists often request this information and then go on a spending spree with your credit card; or wipe out your bank account.
Tip 5: Do Not Send Money to Claim a Sweepstakes Prize
If you are asked to send money to pre-pay taxes, pay a legal fee, pay a border fee, or pay any kind of fee to claim a sweepstakes prize -- STOP -- you have not heard from a legitimate sweepstakes company. Whether contacted by mail, phone or e-mail, remember: no legitimate sweepstakes company will ever ask you to pay or send money to claim a prize. It’s prohibited and unlawful!
Tip 6: Always Play Safely
At PCH we include a Sweeps Facts insert in every promotional offer we send. Be sure to read the Sweeps Facts, as well as our Official Rules. They are there to provide you with all the information you will need to play safely! Don’t fall for ‘lookalike’ mailings that try to mislead consumers by imitating legitimate sweepstakes.
Tip 7: If an Offer Sounds too Good to be True, Think Twice -- It Usually is!
The only sweepstakes rule you need to know is that No Purchase is Necessary and the winning is always free!
Please send this around a lot of elderly people in our county are being targeted. So lets make sure they are made aware of these scams so they do not lose their hard earned money.