State Police Warn Consumers about Publisher Clearing House Scam
The Indiana State Police are warning consumers of a new twist on the old sweepstakes winnings scam. Multiple consumers across the state have received phone calls from individuals claiming to be Publishers Clearing House representatives. The caller claims the recipient has won first, second or third place prize in the latest PCH sweepstakes drawing. In order to claim the prize, consumers are instructed to wire money via Western Union to cover taxes and processing fees. The fraudster might also ask the consumer to purchase pre-paid gift cards or Green Dot Moneypak cards to pay for processing fees. Other consumers have reported receiving checks claiming to be from PCH with a letter saying the check is to help them pay fees on winnings. The check is always returned as counterfeit and the consumer is left owing a debt to their financial institution.
Indiana State Police and Publisher Clearing House are asking that consumers remember you will never have to pay advance fees on winnings. Any time you are asked or instructed to send money in order to claim your large payout winnings, it’s a scam.
If you receive a phone call (or check) and aren’t sure it’s legitimate, please contact someone at your local Beacon Credit Union office for assistance.