Sunday, October 10, 2010

Publishers Clearing House Scam

Who doesn't want to win the lottery or a sweepstakes?  I think we have all had that "dream" at one time or another.  What would we do?  How would we spend the money?  This is why so many people want to believe that there is a chance that they really DID win when they are contacted by scammers pretending to be with The Publisher Clearing House or other sweepstakes.

The scammers do not just send emails any more.  Some are calling their intended victims directly.  This is why it is important to protect information like your address and phone number.  Do not post this information on blogs or open message boards.

Things that are still the same with this scam is that they will ask you to wire money to them, for legal fees or other reasons.  Remember, if the lottery or sweepstakes is legitimate, they could deduct those fees from your winnings without you having to wire them anything.

Doing a Google search on any information that you have on the "sweepstakes representative" that contacts you is one way to try and check things out.  Often the phone number that the call came from will be from another country, which is a dead giveaway that this is a scam.

83 comments:

  1. I got scammed $2500.00 from a overseas PBC scam it was from ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND Her email name was susan campbell. Do not send them any money,it is a scam!!Shame on me for believing her,now she has my money and I can not do anything to get it back!!

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  2. I received a phone call yesterday from John Jones Carter His phone number is 1-876-451-4657 in Jamaica. He asked if I had received his check and why I had not replied.This is a really clever scam to extract money for fees and you will never hear from them again. We did not give them any other information or money - except that they obviously had our phone number. When I informed him that the police were monitoring our phone he replied that the FBI and the US Marshall was monitoring his phone. Speech was poor and obviously a fake. Watch out !!

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    1. I got a call also from Jamaica 1-876-352-8156 claiming he was Michael Fear. He said he would be coming to my house this afternoon, to go get a green dot card for $355.00 from CVS for the 1% of securing winnings. He claimed I won 1.5 million dollars and that they would be coming to my house this afternoon.

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    2. Same thing happened to my wife and I. First they called my number, i didn't answer. then they call my wifes number so she answers. Same things told to my wife. She didn't fall for it and gave me the phone i kept asking why and then the guy hung up on me.

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    3. Just got a call today from 876-466-5028 claiming they were (cuz it was two guys, the first didn't give a name and the second, the "manager", said he was John Logan) from Publisher's Clearing House. They had really hard to understand accents, but they eventually got across that I won a prize of 6.5 million and that all I had to do was pay my 1% of taxes... then told me that the one percent was $399... yeah, sorry, that's not 1% of 6.5 mil. Anyways, I googled the number, and though it didn't exactly match, this came up and I realized that due to the area code, the number that called me must have been from Jamaica and was obviously a hoax. So, thank you all, you just saved me nearly $400 :3

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  3. The Federal Trade Commission warns that if you hear or receive something that sounds too good to be true, (such as with the PCH Sweepstakes) then chances are better than good that it's probably just that. If suspect that it's a scam, or a "bait & switch" kind of offer, best thing to do is take the time to report them to the FTC or BBB. It's the only way to put a stop to shady operations such as these.

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  4. I am sitting here in Massachusetts WAITING for a Mr. Andre'James from a non-existent Merchant's Bank, to deliver my new 2011 BMW, AND one million dollars....lolol. I just reported these scammer's to the REAL Publisher's Clearing House...They NEVER notify winner's by telephone. Be safe.

    Thank you.

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  5. More Publisher's Clearing House scams... from Jamaica and the West Indies...21 Duke St., W.I., the scammer tried to tell me that the address was in Wisconsin....WOW... Do I feel dumb...it seems these scammer's use similar telephone number's... 1-876.

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  6. just got a call this morning. on our land line. I never even give this number out and our first names are not even on the account. it was from a 1-876 number in Jamaica. when i asked who this was he said PHC. i said I hate those things and hung up.

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  7. Hello Anonymous in Massachusettes. I too am waiting in Illinois for my new Mercedes Benz and one million dollars to arrive at my front door!
    The person who called me did say he was from Panama, spoke with a heavy accent. When he called me back the following day and asked if I had received a call from him the day before and I said "No" he called me a f****** liar and hung up. LOL I also reported scam call to real PCH

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  8. I got a call yesterday morning from a man who called himself John Walker telling me I won the PCH sweepstakes. All I had to do is send a western union for taxes to Irene Iverson, palm desert ca 92211. I strung him along and had him believing I did go to the western union, and I complained that I was waiting all day for my prize. lol. It was fun pulling his leg. I am a bit upset he did not call me tonite; I have a great line for him, I would have told him that I spoke to my friend Jim Beam at Western Union and the tracking number (I gave him a fake number of course) was cashed. Darn, I would have had so much fun with that. However, I did manage to get him calling me often throughout yesterday and part of today, so he was not bothering anyone else if he was targeting me.

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  9. Hi all,

    I'd like to provide you with some information that we hope will help you to identify scams. At Publishers Clearing House we do not notify our winners by email, regular postal mail or by telephone. All prize winners of $500.00 or more would be notified by registered mail and all winners of $10,000 or more would be notified in person by our famous Prize Patrol. If you are contacted and asked to pay any amount, for any reason, to claim a prize, you have not heard from the real Publishers Clearing House.

    At PCH it is never necessary to pay any money to enter, win or collect one of our prizes. At Publishers Clearing House, the winning is always free! A legitimate sweepstakes will NEVER ask you to send or wire money to enter a sweepstakes, claim a prize or to pay a fee, tax or deposit of any kind. If you are asked to send money to claim a sweepstakes prize for any reason, you are being scammed. If you receive a check and are asked to send money back - you are being scammed.

    At Publishers Clearing House, we treat the fraudulent use of our name seriously. We keep track of these incidents and work closely with the law enforcement and consumer protection community to share this information.

    Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a fraudulent contact using the name of Publishers Clearing House, may contact us immediately at our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190 and anyone who believes they have received a suspicious email using our name and logo, may forward it to our fraud reporting mailbox, abuse@pch.com. You may also report the incident to the National Fraud Center at www.fraud.org. For more information on sweepstakes scams, please visit the Consumer Affairs section on our website at info.pch.com.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. hello I have just got scammed by a mr.james carter he took all my familys money from us hope he gets caught all of u scammers..

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    2. Thank you sooo much for posting this! I just got a scammer's call "Publisher's Clearing House" so I am calling you with the information. I really appreciate your post!

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  10. I recieved a phone call today telling me I won 2.5 million and a car.Knowing this was to good to be true,I played along for a while.he told me i had to get a western union money order for taxes owed.I played along and when I told him I could'nt get the money order,he hung up and then called back acting like he was the fed-x driver and wanted to know if I could get a money gram.I told him if I truly won something they would show up and it would'nt cost me anything.I feel sorry for people that get taking in by these creators.Remember if it sounds to good to be true it is......

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  11. I just received a phone call from a private number, then shortly after the same person called back from this number "876-284-9242", the person claimed his name was "James Lee" he claim I had won '16.5 million dollars" in the American Publishers Clearing House, and the he needed either my banking infomation, or my credit card information for me to receive a recepit to claim my prize, I gave him absolutly no information on his initial call, which came from a "private" number. he claimed that he would give me a "code number" and he would call me back for my credit card info, his "code number" was simply the number 50#. He called back from the phone number I mentioned previously,"876-284-9242" trying again to get my info which I refused to provide him with telling, him I was uncomfortable giving out that sort of infomation over the phone and then I hung up on him. I'm waiting to see if he'll call again, I sincerely doubt he will because I refused to provide any information. I googled the number after hanging up on him and it turned out to be a cell phone number from Jamaica which confimed to me this was without a doubt someone trying to fish my information. these used to come in the form of Email but apparently now they are starting to use phone calls for these scams. I'm glad that my comon sense kicked in and that I was smart enough to know not to give out any infomation over the phone. Isn't todays technology wonderful? Please remember if it sounds to good to be true, then chances are it's not.

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  12. This morning I received a land-line phone call from 206-965-9911 claiming to be from "..... Global Association". I couldn't understand through the thick accent the first word of the companmy. She claimed they have 10 winners "left over" from the Pub Clearing House and the 10 lucky winners have a chance to win $950,000. The red flag got redder as far as I was concerned. I asked from where she was calling and she said, Seattle. I "played dumb" and said I was old and hard of hearing and she had to speak more slowly. When the words, Fed Ex, Western Union and Moneygram came up I played even dumber...soon SHE HUNG UP ON ME. Even tho she didn't claim to be from Pub Cl House directly, she used their name and by the way she did not have my name as is used when I enter PCL contests.

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  13. The phone numbers they use are fake, there are businesses you can sign up for online that will allow you to call from any phone number and you can put any phone number in as the phone number the call is coming from. So, there is no way to track or trace where these numbers are really coming from. I was scammed by a repo company who used these tactics with me when I tried to recover my boat, they got my boat then held it hostage for thousands after quoting me $350 over the phone. The number the actual repo guy was calling from was fake and the names I was given were fake also. I discovered this when I attempted to call the number back and was not able to. The actual business number was real, after investigating, I found that this had been happening to several people and businesses all over the United States, the scam business was based out of Canada.

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  14. I too WON the "PCH" 2nd prize! 2011 Mercedes with insurance provided by GEICO, and 855K in cash. I just need to go to Walmart and buy a $2500 gift card!! TOO Funny. I asked him if he knew that Americans had websites listing this as a scam, including their Jamaican tele 876-308-4709. He said the phones were "out" at headquarters. He said I could verify with PCH that it is all true by asking for "Mr. Mick Mann". If only these people would get a REAL job...

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  15. I just got a call saying I won 1.2 million. They are calling on behalf of PCH. His name is Mark and the number is 718-285-7879. He said all I needed to do was to mail $595.00 to their account Leroy Leslie in Queens, NY and have the receipt when the marshalls come with the certified cashier's check. Yeah...and I was born yesterday...I played dumb and asked him what the $595 was for. He said taxes and fees. Then I asked to speak with a manager because I didn't believe him. He had me hold and his "manager" Kevin Robinson told me the same thing. I told him that I know this is a scam and I'm going to report it and then hung up on him.

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  16. I am sick to death of these scam artists. They absolutely are artists indeed. now they send you forms of all kinds, documented to boot. The kicker is that after they tell you that you've won x amount of money then they ask you to send in 10.99 or 12.99, or 24.99 to some ASP company in Kansas. If I've won money why am I paying money? I hate it. Seriously, they should get real jobs and I hope nobody is crazy enough to send them money. I don't think the real PCH would ask you to send money, just by some of those geeky items. Some of them are pretty cool, though.

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  17. I got this call that I won 2nd place and they needed my address so they could send me a check.  I was to call this number and select ext. 2 for information.  I never entered the publishers clearinghouse to win anything.  I googled this number and it appears to be from Jamaica.  I believe this is a scam so maybe you can notify  the appropriate agencies.  

    18765519984 x2. I asked if this is a Free call - he said yes.
    publishers clearinghouse
    Ask for James cooper

    Mr john myers was name given to me.
    18763792569
    Caller id says j pots

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    1. My family was just victim to this PCH scam under a person using the same name, mr john myers. She was asked to send $300 through Western Union (which regrettably she did.)This is unfortunate but glad we found the truth here.

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  18. My uncle almost got taken by these guys.
    Intial contacts:
    "David Evans" 980-333-4378
    "Derral Mitchel" 515-257-2276
    "Eric Keyes" "Attorney with Hull & Hull, LLC,
    Ontario" 406-407-6661
    "Fax info to Prize Headquarters" 519-488-0632

    Phone numbers are obviously forwarding to another line, they spread out over the US.

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  19. I have been getting a call from them for the past 3 weeks like everyday. They say I won like 500,000 dollars and all i need to do was pay a small fee, i usually hang up. They sometimes call unknown but they usually call from a 1876 number. Is there a way you can block these guys from calling? I told them they were wrong for scamming people and that I was going to report them and he cursed at me and called me out of my name and hung up the phone.These people are so wrong and need to be stopped!2

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  20. Publishers clearing house called i won yeah just send money for a
    Special stamp for the check. I don't think so.

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  21. My husband got a call this morning saying he had won a prize. I did the reverse phone look-up and the number is 434-897-4714. He told my husband he was calling from NY, but he was calling from Midland, Texas. I was on to him right away. I think I am going to call him back and tell him off. What do you think?

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  22. I would NOT call them back to tell them off. If you make them upset they may just do things to try and annoy you. You would not want to end up getting phone calls from them at 3am just to get back at you. Let it go and be happy you did not get scammed.

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  23. I experienced the same as the others on this post. When I confronted them that I knew this was a scam they began to threaten me and asked if I wanted to die tonight. They were going to blow my house up and kill me if I didn't give them a pre paid card number from walmart. What a hassle!!

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  24. Apparently this scam is spreading. I discovered a message from "Robert Wilson from Publisher's Clearing House" on my 91-year-old mother's answering machine when we returned from a funeral and dinner this evening. The caller ID just says "Wantagh" and the phone number was 516-803-1992. The message said he was calling regarding the prize that she won and to "call back as soon as you can." The foreign accent (Middle-Eastern? Eastern European? - too short a message to be able to identify) made me suspicious. Rather than returning the call, I first checked the PCH website to see whether they notify winners by phone, which they don't do. I also did an internet reverse look-up, which said the phone number belongs to Cablevision Lightpath, Inc., in Jericho, NY. I wonder if they know that one of their phone numbers is being used for this scam. The scariest part of this is that he actually identified my mother by name. I'll be calling PCH to report this directly to them on Monday. I may even contact Cablevision Lightpath, too, in case it may be one of their employees running this scam from one of their phones while at work. Don't you wish PCH (and other such companies) would actually go after these scammers and prosecute them, rather than just posting "alerts" on their websites notifying consumers to be aware of specific existing scams? Maybe if they knew there's a good chance they'd be caught and there'd be serious consequences, they'd think twice about running these scams.

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  25. I am currently..this minute, trying to dig through information that my daughter received telling her she has just won 45,000.00 from pch. There is a check for 2,000.00 supposedly for fees...the address on the check doesn't match the address on the letter..hmmm..sounds like a scam to me! The awful thing is, my daughter is a single, (divorced) mother of two little boys and just lost her job! What a cruel thing to do to someone who needs it so badly! I wish these people could be caught and dealt with harshly!!

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  26. I just received a call from land line that showed the call from Jamaica 1-876-854-4508. This person said he was from the law office of Robert Morgan and that I had just won $2.5 million and a 2012 Lincon Navigator. WOW thats pretty funny considering he was calling outside the US and then when he told me the town that was near me I told him that I have never heard of it and then he changed his line and said that he was calling from New York. Then he went on to tell me that I would have to pay a 1% fee for services and a 1% fee to the IRS, he also told me that he would call back with the amount that I would need to pay. I played along with this and said I would wait for his call, in the meantime I called the FRAUD hotline for the real PCH and gave them the information. They said that when this Robert Morgan called back to let him know that I did indeed contact the Real PCH and this is a scam and that I would not be sending them any money nor would I give any personal information and that the call was reported to the FBI and hang up. So needless to say he didnt wait till tomorrow he called a minute ago and said that he had the amount and before he could tell me I ripped into him about how I contacted the real PCH and that this is a scam and you will get nothing from me and he started going off about how I am a liar and that he was real and I interrupted him and said that it has been reported and to stop calling me and HUNG UP.

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  27. i just went through this this week, told me i won 325,000.00. actually beleived it since i actually did enter in a sweep stakes, long story short i have to pay back 2950.00 its cruel to do this to families like myself that are low income.. i even took two days off from work.

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  28. I too had a call from "PCH" and he said I won 18.5 million, and all I had to do was wire Andre Thomas 2500 dollars to pay 5% of the taxes. When he called again I said I didn't want to do that so he said "No problem", just go to Walgreens and buy a Green Dot card for $500 dollars and call him back. Later I called back and he asked for the number on the back and said call back in twenty minutes and I'll tell you what time we'll be at your door with the check and the tow truck with my New 20012 Mercedes car.. I'm still waiting for the call!!! LOL

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  29. I just received phone call from some claiming to be from PCH he said his name was James Monroe and i had won a 2011 Mercedes and 2.5 million dollars. He asked we what color did i want my car to be and for me to look real pretty for them when they delivered it in the morning. The call came in on my cellular phone from Jamica 1-876-279-1981. Anyway he said that when they came I needed to show them where i had wired the money. But i need to call him as soon as i completed the transaction.At another 1-876-893-6631 and had me hang up and call back to be sure i had the correct number.I played dumb but I knew from jump this was not for real...They didnt know my name nor did they have an address. And i did not volunteer that info..

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  30. Just received a call from 876-875-3248 did a reverse look up came from Montego Jamaica. AJ Malone told me I had won $250,000 and a new car He asked if I was at home & I just need to go to a western union or post office and asked me to call him back. That’s where the conversation stopped when I told him I would not call back

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  31. Yes, my situation was similar as most I've read. Caller said my husband (who is on SSI for epilepsy) won the "PCH" 2nd prize! Except ours was a 2011 BMW with insurance provided by GEICO, and 950K in cash. Would have been nice if the offer was legit, we're driving an old beater car and living in an RV!! However, in adition to PCH scam customer service (sad that they actually HAVE that!) and my local police (both who did nothing more than politely take my info and say thanks) *I* called the police for where the money was supposed to be picked up and gave them the info and got working with a Detective in that area to bust the guy trying to pick the money up! Why can't Western Union have a hotline (like PCH) and work with people to catch these guys?? They can look up the Money Transfer number ONLINE, and never go to get caught unless they see on the webpage the number and amount is legit! Come on guys, work together to stop these guys!
    IF YOU GET ONE OF THESE, DO LIKE I DID, CALL THE POLICE FOR THE PICKUP LOCATION, THIS IS THEIR JURISDICTION, AND THEY DON'T LIKE PEOPLE PISSING IN THEIR POOL. THEY MAKE THE EFFORT, ONE OF THESE DAYS, ONE OF THESE JERKS IS GONNA GET CAUGHT!!!
    Contact info was: 1-876-283-5751 - Mr. Peterson, Send money to Mr. Micheal Deal, Atty at Law (not really,) Summersville, WV, 26651.
    Anyone else with a Summersville WV Pick Up location can contact Sgt. Blake with the Summersville PD. (See my link for their contact info)

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  32. i got one today as well. I got a call from a 876 number and he told me that it was from publishers clearing house and i won 2.5 million dollars but in order to claim it I had to go to wallgreens or walmart and purchase a 200 money card so the money will go on the card. Then i had to come home and call them back and let them know that i have a card. Then something else about getting ahold of my bank to put it in and then something about calling the IRS! seriously!!! I didn't think that winners were contacted through a phone! My boyfriend called and thought that this was serious. I knew it wasn't!!! I'm not falling for that bogus crap!

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  33. I recently found the following on my FaceBook page in my "messages - other". The scammers "phishing". I have removed my name and my relative's name. The sad thing is my father did pass away and my mother is deeply involved in a scam for several years now and has lost all of her resources to the scammers, identity theft etc and will soon being losing her house, not to the scammers, but because of foreclosure. It is really sad the authorities can't do something to stop these scammers. My mother is a lost cause and still doesn't get that she is being scammed. She is 81 years of age. I hope this comment can help others from falling prey to these scammers.

    November 9, 2011
    Robbert Mayer
    Dear XXXXXXXXXXXX,
    I have an important message for you concerning the death of your relative Enger.X.XXXXXXX,and the funds valued at €11.5million Euro he left behind in Security and Finance Company here in my country Lome(Togo),Contact me at private mail box;robbertmayer0002(at)yahoo.com for the full details.
    I await your urgent response as soon as possible.
    Best Regards ,
    Mr Robbert Mayer.

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  34. I just received a phone call from 876-414-1669 who said he was on his way to my home with a check of $255,000 and I needed to talk to his manager Agent Malone at 876-875-0208. I did call him and he told me I needed to buy a blue stamp from Western Union for some reason and I heard a goat bleating in the background. I told him I wouldn't be buying the blue stamp, but that I expected my certified check. As you can imagine I haven't seen a PCH van driving up. Please beware. I am here in Kentucky.

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  35. i have become wrried when i was online answering
    item to win contest by pch and at bottom read small print and did not like what i saw so i scrolled back to top and started to delete everything as i deleted my name former married name appeared, then maiden name same with every line. to me this means credit report check had been done without my knowledge or appoval. i will never have any contact with these people again

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  36. My best friend has a son who is paralyzed from the chest down and in a nursing home . . . he thought all his problems were over when he received the scam phone call ($250,000 from PCH for a measley $250 money order). What did save him is that he could not get the money order himself and asked his mother to do so . . . she immediately recognized it as a scam.

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  37. This also happened to my brother and unfortunately he fell for it and got scammed for 300$..he was told he won 2nd prize amd won 1.5 million plus a 2012 mercedez benze he lost 10hrs of work n was told to purchase one of those green dot pre pay cards n to go home and dress nice n act surprise ..this lady's name was Karen Stone from this #867-278-4215..my brothers a smart man but at the same time she made it seem so believable ..I called this into the real PCH fraud department, so hopefully they can stop all of them..

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  38. I think they are reaching out to all countries not just the United States. I am in Canada and I recieved the call. I had won 2.5 million. He asked me to go to Walmart and buy a green dot card. I believe this is a debit/credit card. We do not have them here. He tried to get me to go to Western Union. He told me his name was Eric Anderson. His phone number is 1-867-494-2439 (Jamaican #). He gave me a name to wire money to of Hallet Scott in either Richmond or Hanover Jamaica W.I He is very very persistant. I told him I had called the fraud department of Publishers Clearing house and he still kept pushing. Saying this was the Jamaican division not the American division.He wanted $120 as a registration fee. I must be registered to obtain the prize. While I was on the phone with the fraud department he tried calling me 6 times. Since he wouldn't take no for an answer and be nice about it I told him I was on the way to Western Union. Lets see how many more times he calls. It amazes me the persistance even when I told him I called the fraud department. Even when I told him I had no intention of giving him money he had a line for everything. Well back to making supper, oh there is another phone call. Time to give him more or a crap story. Wonder how long it will take him to give up?? hahahahahahah I sure hope more people tell other people about this so no more honest people get taken. Spread the word as far as you can.

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  39. Add a very persistent James Washington at 876-508-6276 to this list. He was very difficult to understand. I couldn't identify the accent, it was more like a speech impediment. He hasn't asked for money (yet) but claims to be from Publishers Clearing House AND the Better Business Bureau. I asked how he got my number. It seems I've won a $325,000 raffle because of shopping at places like Target and Wal-Mart, but I needed to verify my name. I asked why he didn't already know my name if I was a winner, and he said he had been trying to contact me all day (I must be busy!) and the number was in his company cell phone but he wasn't at his office. I told him to call back the next day from his office, with my name, and we'd talk. Darned if he didn't call again this morning at 6:30 am my time, and had my first name (albeit poorly pronounced). I said it was really early, and he offered to call me back. I got online, looked up PCH and called the fraud hotline. After giving them all the information to report to the FTC, they recommended I tell the caller I know it's a scam. We'll see if they call again. I am not looking forward to the threats; so far he has been very polite and called me "sweetie" several times. He thinks I should trust him because he is "with the government" and he wouldn't do anything to scam me...funny thing, every time he's called I could hear music and voices in the background. Classic boiler room operation.

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  40. Just received a e-mail from publishers.clearinghouse.co uk@xnmsn.com it said my e-mail was what win me 1,000,000.00USD lotto drawing that was held today need details like name address sex occp. and present country Mrs Reyna Cruz ONLINE COORDINATOR Dont,know if this is true!?

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  41. I just got a call from "Mark Stetson" the number he gave me is 1-876-465-9768 and said he was with PCH and US Mega Millions... He was very hard to understand, not sure if it was an accent or a speech impediment, but he told me I won 2.5 million and a new BMW. Told me I had to cover 3% of the taxes or $499.00. Told him I didn't have that and he told me to try to borrow it from someone... He called me back a half hour later, told him I didn't have the money and that I knew he was trying to scam me and told him not to call me back (he was calling my work #!!). Then he tried to tell me he would pay off my credit card to prove it's not a scam, which made NO sense, one minute he's asking me for $500, the next he's offering me $1300+!! I have a feeling he is going to call me back and I will just have to get forceful I guess. I also plan to call PCH fraud line.

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  42. I did fall for their fraud. Although I would love to say I am pretty smart in all that I do and think I have to let my pride go and admit that I didn't think smart or act smart when I gave those idiots $360.00 dollars of my money.how sad and embarrass I feel,I let myself down.Today they called my husband while he was at work and said he won 2.5 million dollars and a 2012 BMW and all that he would have to do is send $360.00 for a registration form to be set up so that it covers their tracts to send it to the rightful owner and they would have the info to follow by on their GPS to navigate to bring it to our house,well then my husband said he couldn't because he was at work but they kept persuading him.So then my husband calls me to tell me about these guys and he wants me to call them and find out if they sound like scammers to me or if they sound legit.That's when my common sense should have kicked in and a red flag should have been put up but I ended up calling, and they suckered me.Bravo to them!!! Sucks for me!!! The good Lord did say to give credit where credit is do. So there you go.Well anyways,they wanted me to go to a western union bank in wal-mart but I told them there was non. So then they asked if wal-mart did money grams and I told them yes, so then he asked me to go make one and then send it. So I did and then he said I would have to wait for 30minutes for them to find my place. Then later on it kept getting later and later and they were a no show but they kept calling with more convincing excuses why they haven't been able to make it just quite yet. They would say things like they were going through customs because they had to make sure all things were not a hassle for us or them. Then they would pose between calls so it looked like they were really going through processes. Then they called back saying that their was a small dilemma because the big check that they were bringing didn't have a specific stamp on it and that I had to purchase that stamp in order for them to leave customs and deliver my husbands prizes. When I told him I had no more to give him he became more persistent and that's when the light bulb started flickering in my head then my husband got the phone when he got home and told them that why couldn't they get the money out of the prize money he supposedly won and they told him they couldn't and so then while they were still trying to convince my husband to try to find the way to get the money my red flag finally went up and I turned on our computer right away and my husband found this scammers blog and THANKS to all your posted comments made it that much easier for us that we finally found the truth about them.

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  43. continued...
    We called our local police right away filed a report about them so that it can be made known to others around our area's so no one else can get robbed of their money. They called from a 1-876-356-7050 the first four numbers always remain the same and the other seven digits change but I put the whole number just in case they run out of options of selected numbers and have to go backwards of recent used numbers or hopefully if they end up forgetting and using this number for recent other scams. They had a deep accent that was like Jamaican if they were I have no idea. They had me send money to Atlanta GA, but when they would call it would say Jamaica with their number. They had me make the money gram to a girls name: Melissa Jewell but the guy who was making the call who fake named himself went off by James Kennedy and he had an accomplice with him but I forgot what name he went off by he just would say the delivery driver.
    They had wanted more money for the stamp on the check they asked for $300.00 more!!! I'm just glad we read your all's posts and we put a stop to it. What a sad way to learn from something but hey... at least I've learned!!! Just one more minor note he tried to use was "do I believe in God" what the nerve..I don't just believe in God I trust in God and if he know God himself he would be afraid of what he is doing and put a stop to it and repent. That even though he may laugh at how he got me today I will have the last laugh. For God is my avenger and God say's vengeance is His!!! So I give my situation to Jesus and wait upon His Word. May Jesus have mercy upon the evil doer!!!

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  44. My sister called me say that she had just won $850,000.00 and a new car. I politely asked her to give me the number that called her 1-876-496-1763. She said the guy said he was from PCH and she need to send a 199.95 and she would have everything by 7:00 tonight. I said pch do not call they present your prize to you. And I told her this was a scam I am a average sweeper and I have never paid a dime for anything I won. It was always sent by fed-ex, ups or certified mail. I saved my sister from being scammed. Hope no one else give in to these people.

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  45. I received a call from Jamaica number 876 870 3314 today from PUblisher clearing house. They then gave me a number of 202 241 1128 Mr. David Johnson saying I had won $3 mill from PCH. When I said "I suppose you need me to send you money to claim my prize, he hung up on me. Oh boo hoo, didn't get the "prize".
    Call thisi number 202 241 1128 and harass the hell out of the crooks.

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  46. My wife is stil waiting for her check. Every month she is told she is on the list as a winner. Next month its the same old thing. She has been suckered into purchasing "BUCOO" amount of "JUNK' that I could get at a dollar store for one dollar. I will sign this as "Royally Ticked" in Florida

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  47. Anonymous ,
    I just got scammed from a Benjamin Michael's from Jamaica. He told me that I won 2.5 million dollars and a car. It sounded real. I don't understand how people can do this crap and sleep at night.

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  48. Wow. I can't believe how many scams are out there for the same thing. I was reading back at these posts and saw a familiar name. John Carter from PCH saying I won 950,000 + 250,000 + a 2012 White Benz. I said this isn't read and he said "Seeing is Believing!" lol. Then he asked me if I was familiar with CVS Pharmacy because that is where I would have to go to get my claims card. When I asked him for the Bank of America phone number where I could call and varify he said "Oh, well I can have someone call you from and 816 area code". I said he was full of S*%t and hung up.

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  49. Just read all of your blogs. It truly amazing & discussing how these scammers continue preying on people's vulnerabilities especially during these tough economic times.

    Next time you get what turns out to be a scam call, start "tapping/leaning" on the telephone dial buttons on your cell/land line phone, then hang up. Perhaps an earful of loud,shrill tones & a receiver being slammed down will get the message across!

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    1. I was being called three or four times a week from these people saying i won a car and money.i told them io wasn't born yesterday,he then asked me if i was interested in phone sex, i said hell no and don't call here again.Well they keepcalling me but i don't answer the phone when i see their Jamaica number...

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  50. Okay so here it is the day after Thanksgiving at 3:30 in the afternoon. I recieve a call from 1-876-374-0639 and I didn't recognize the # and I usualld don't answer bit my husband said just see who it is. I answer and the guy on the other end of the line said mam...(in his accent) this is the Publishers Clearing House and I am to tell you that you have won a million dollars and a new car. You need to call this number 1-876-599-8798 extension 5 and ask for Agent Malone to claim your prize. I knew it sounded fishy so I ran to the restroom real quick and decided to get online to do a reverse search on the number online....low and behold it was out of Jamacia so I look up Jamican scams and I get this website. I called the Indiana State Police and they assured me that if I didn't give them any personal information that I should be okay but to just call my bank and make them aware of amy suspicious activity that may occur out of Jamaica. This person was so persistant that he actually caalled back while I was in the restroom amd again while I was reading the information on this site. I proceeded to tell him that I researched bothe of the phone numbers he gave me and they both came out of Jamaica and that I knew that they were part of a money scam and he had the gaul to say " you actually think this is a scam...." I told his yes i knew it was and that I had already called the state police and as of yet (45 minutes later) my phone has not rang again. WATCH OUT PEOPLE!!! DO NOT BELIEVE THESE CALLERS!!

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  51. I got a call this morning from "David Sayer", who after researching, is someone actually involved with the real PCH. Of course it wasn't really him and the number was blocked. Luckily the only info he has on me is my phone number (which is scary enough for me). He tried to convince me to "handle my own stuff" and not put my husband on the phone when I got suspicious. He also asked me to talk to the district manager if I didn't believe him. I was so flustered I gave the phone to my husband. Then he started telling my husband about the green dot card he needed to buy and send from Walmart. My husband got so fed up with the vague and suspicious info that he hung up. The guy (with a kind of middle eastern accent) called back and asked my husband why he hung up. He told him because he was a fraud and presented to him all the reasons he felt that way. The guy paused for a moment and then told my husband he would kill him. We called the cops because I was so freaked out. We filed a report, but the cops assured us this has happened to many people and that they were doing what they could to figure who this guy is.

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  52. My uncle just received a call from Frank Parker 876 414 1669 / 876 862 4578 claiming to be PCH saying he won a mercedes and money. My uncle is on disability and was floored and excited by this. Heart rate went up etc. when I told the guy I was a cop and that if my uncle won money he would not have to pay anything and the taxes would be discussed or taken out of winnings. I told him I wanted something in writing and that we would not wire any money. The jamacan man then hung up the phone. This is rediculous. These people need to be caught.

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  53. I just got a call saying I won a 2013 BMW and $97,000 from Publishers Clearing House as a 2nd place prize - picked from my phone number. Asked what the catch is...lol..$409 to have it delivered to my house by 5pm. LOL!!! GOOD ONE!! I am not an idiot.

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  54. Just got off the phone with a guy who claimed to be from PCH telling me I had won $5000 plus a $500 voucher good at my favorite grocery store.
    He was very concerned with verifying that I hadn't written a bad check in the last year.
    I hung up on him when he asked for my checking account #.
    As many here may know, PCH NEVER notifies winners by phone. It's either the prize patrol van (unannounced) or a certified letter with a phone # to call.

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  55. I got a call about an hour ago on my cell from a restricted number. The reception was really poor and I couldn't understand everything he said, but he claimed I had won $250,000.00. He asked if I had received some notices in the mail, and I told him I hadn't looked at the mail for a while. When he asked me to check it I told him I was at work and couldn't. He gave me a number 1-876-397-4930 and asked me to call when I got home and checked the mail. I did a reverse lookup and the number is from a Mossel (Jamaica) mobile phone from Kingston, JM. Obviously I won't be calling back, even if I hadn't already thrown out the latest PCH notices.

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  56. I RECIEVED A CALL FROM KEVIN PETERSON TODAY 18764480257 SAYING I WON $895000 AND A NEW CAR.HE WANTED ME TO GET A RECEIPT FROM WESTERN UNION FOR $200 TO COVER SHIPPING AND HANDLING.I TOLD HIM IF I WON A PRIZE I WOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR IT!!!HE TOLD ME IF I CHANGED MY MIND I HAD HIS NUMBER!WE ALL KNOW PUBLISHERS CLEARINGHOUSE DOES NOT NOTIFY YOU OVER THE PHONE.THEY ARE DECENT HONEST PEOPLE AND COME TO YOU IN PERSON.

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  57. If you get a phone call from pch saying you won money dont believe them!! They called my dad yesterday with a very convincing voice say that he won 950,000 and they needed my dad to pay for a federal stamp for the check and the paper work that needed the stamp... Well my dad ended up giving them 1212.00 yesterday then they called today after a big ass run around saying because they did not bring him his prize last night because they did not have a full payment of what they needed, and then said they will be bringing his prize to the house after he paid a storage fee on the check and that he won a brand new mercedes car and that there was another fee of 738.00 for the storage fee and then after getting that amount they are demanding another amount for storage, they took all of his money that he had considering that he borrowed some of it, so now the scam artist are 1800.00 richer and my dads flat broke and will be struggle and try to get by through this month, expecially with being on disability and only receiving money once a month so if u have someone call you from a 18764550640 number or 876 area code saying u won anything do not give them anything... They are saying that there names are mr. Nelson, and mary cooper from pch and saying the IRS is involved!!
    1-876-508-5219
    1-876-455-0640
    1-876-250-2557
    1-876-426-1292 (Numbers that have been calling)

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  58. I just received my 3rd call in the lase year from Kingston,Jamaica. Telling me I had won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.This time the number was 876-573-0667. Dob't even remember the guy's name. He began his spiel and I din't have time to fool with him so I just told him off and kept on giving him a bad time when I finally realized the line was dead. I get the calls on my cell phone and Verizon assured me the last time there would be no more. HaHa The Federal guys also know about this and not just from me. But there seems to be no way to stop them. Maybe a good loud police whistle in their ear might work.....

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  59. I just got a phone call from what I thought was a gentleman from 404-845-0403. Saying that they was in my area and that I was picked out of some drawing. He also told me he was calling from over seas but spoke great English. Our phone connection was disconnected before he could finish. So I thank GOD THAT I didn't get the chance to believe him..

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  60. My mom lost $500 to a Jamaican Publisher's Clearing House scam. The man told her to go to a K-Mart near her house (gave her the location) to purchase a green dot card. He then called her back to get the number from the card. She quickly realized she had been scammed, but it was too late. She continued to receive calls from the same man and a woman, trying to regain her trust and asking for more money. My mom was scared because they told her they were at a local hotel and they knew where she lived. Police told her they were from Jamaica based on the area code, 876. Following those calls, she started to receive calls from the 'Consumer Protection Agency' using a Virginia area code. This person claimed a suspicious package addressed to her had been intercepted off a plane. I told her not to call back, and to stop answering the phone unless she recognized the caller's name or number!! But sometimes, resilience is low among seniors living alone and wanting to prove they can manage on their own . . .

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  61. I was called by Joe Carter,on this scam,and they want you to call them back and stay connected to them ,while you deal with them ,I realized it was a scam ,but got a shock ,when my usual AT&T phone bill of $56.07 ,arrived and it was $203.89.I called my provider and he Googled the 876 # and found this site ,he then removed the charge.

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  62. Just got my call in Arkansas from 876 number from Jamaica claiming I won 2.5 million and a white mercedes and that Mary Simpson the lawyer.was on standby in Searcy with my check. All I had to do was get a greendot card for handling fees(that later would be refunded back to me) $350. Little did he know the whole time he was trying to scam me I was googling him and pch. I told him nice try and get a job like everyone !

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  63. Just got a call from "Publishers Clearing House" claiming I won $150,000 I traced the cell number he gave me to Vamaica 876-401-5860. This was the so called toll free number that you call to enter a code in to claim the prize 866-996-5997. Once you claimed the proze, he wanted you to go to a Fry's or a Walmart and pay your 2% tax to them so they could award the prize. He even continued on saying the conversation was being recorded for homeland security.

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  64. I've enjoyed calls from affiliates from pch that keep asking me If I would like to return to school or ect. I keep telling them no and ask if they would take me off their list of people to call. Almost twice a week. Also I have been playing pch sweeps and have tried to see if I won the last nights drawing pch wont let me do it also I have been redirected constantly. I have repeatedly had threats to my computer. The bbc don't care and We had our last computer go due to pch. Please be weary of pch. or you just might be another person the bbb doesn't care about

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  65. got a call from."James Nelson" 775-410-5466 claiming I won 250'000 and a mercedes. he did not ask me to wire money but wanted to meet at my home or the bank. he had me call this number 1866-996-5997 and enter code 232373....I did that and nothing happened so I called back and a women picked up and was like "whos this"...I could hear a bunch of kids in backround.. once I said why I called she said "oh I'll transfer you" and the guy came back on. I told him I can't claim my prize and he said to call him back tomorrow.... uhhh that wont be happening.

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  66. I am unhappy. I was contacted by a very cheap person claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. I only won $150,000.00! Come on only $150,000! Not only was this person cheap but rude too. He told me that his team was in Oklahoma City and wanted to deliver my check by 3:00 PM. I said "Good I will be home just bring it to the address on my entry." He claimed that he could see that I did not believe him and that he would put me down as uninterested. He then promptly hung up. What fun is that?

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  67. my mom...senior citizen is getting many many calls and checks. unfortunately she deposited one. Mr. John White from 1-876-899-4115...I can't wait until they find you and give you what is coming to you....and a James Lee....Seriously...PCH...she gets all kinds of crap from and buys it hoping her name will move up the list...you know what...stop preying on the seniors! Young people or middle aged people don't get your mail...only seniors. dang shame!

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  68. more phone numbers to watch out for
    1-876-787-2897
    1-876-565-6048
    a mister Morgan & mister King

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  69. I got this same call too! From 876-585-0789 in Jamaica, Queens, NY, from a "John Henderson". Same schtick as everyone has mentioned before me, only the man (with a slight Caribbean accent) kept bringing up God and how I should be thankful to God, etc. He kept insisting I purchase the Green Dot Pack Card from CVS or Walmart so that I could receive my prize. Long story short, when I called him out on it, and told him that he needed to stop bring up God and blessings into it, and when I asked his name and an address for the company, he became belligerent and vulgar. When he kept insisting they were legitamate and that he'd send the FBI to my house to "prove it", I then told him to please just stop his nonsense, and he began shouting, "Suck my d*ck, suck my d*ck!" repeatedly and hung up.

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  70. I got scam for $367 because this ladies named jennifer brown called me and told me i won $285,000 but i need to put $167 in thks greendot moneypak scratch card and then today she told me i had to 200 dollar in another scratch card but i haven't seen nothing yet. She is telling me i will get my money tomorrow. And now im sitting here feeling like i just got cheated out of all of my money. I feel like such a fool, i wish i could have said no but it was just too good not to turn down. But now i wish i had

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  71. Received the call today on my cell. They wanted me to call 876-896-5483 and ask for Kendrick Washington. Instead, I called the PCH fraud hotline and reported them.

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  72. Call on April 24, 2014. Another scam from 876-302-6962. Thick Jamaican accent . Name of Reverend Andre. Call was reported to PCH fraud hotline.

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  73. I got a call this morning from (876) 787-2897 this morning on my company cell phone. I told the guy not to call again and he told me to Eff off and hung up.
    So I decided to call the number back....same guy answered by greeting PCH how can I help? I asked him his name and he again told me to Eff off cause in his words I am apparently an Oregon piece of you know what. I just laughed and said I am no where near Oregon, if your trying to scam me for money maybe you should get your geography right. He then proceeded with screaming some thing in what sounded like Arabic yelling Alalalala.
    I guess he wasn't really going to give me any money....shoot I had my hopes up

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  74. Still going strong, I see. I had several calls from Jamaica today that I'd won $2.5 million & Mercedes BUT I had to buy a IRS W-2T stamp for $3500.00 first to avoid paying more tax, apparently, using a, wait for it....Greendot Moneypak Scratch card. "Congratulations!", "Welcome to the PCH family", "God has bless you", etc. Called me 'Sweetheart' for crying out loud. Sent me a .docx email. Legitimate sweepstakes DO NOT require payment if you win! Don't be fooled!

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  75. Im seventeen and "PCH" "Dave Sawyer" said I had won 870 thousand dollars and a sky blue Mercedes. I was suspicious and this guy knew it. He was so believable..I told him I didnt believe him and he said he was "christian for ten years with a family and daughters just like me" and went on about not lying and company quality. I am poor, so Its not like i have alot of money. He sat on the phone with me for an hour an a half until i went down to western union to use a "senders paper" to send $160 to "Oshane Medley" in Jamaica, WI. JAMAICA? I asked him why it was jamaica after i sent it and he ordered me to stop asking questions and told me to put on nice clothes for when the PCH crew arrived and asked me what color bow i wanted wrapped around "my new car". I was scammed out of $160 dollars :(

    There were so many red flags, like being under 18 and sending money to a different country to someone with a funky accent, but I wanted to believe that me and my family were about to start having a better life with this money, that this was actually happening. He was so believable.

    His number was 1876-458-5094.

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  76. Received a uknown number saying i wont 4.5 million and sid they will be at my house at 1:30 and ask for shipping and handling charges for $450. i jus sid okay im not interestood and not interestood in your cash and BYE.. thats what i sid and i look this up.. wow.. glad navajo knows better hehehe

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