Federal Trade Commission Warns of Publishers Clearing House Scam

Don’t be scammed when it comes to Publishers Clearing House.

The Federal Trade Commission and Publishers Clearing House have received numerous repots about people pretending to be from Publishers Clearing House to scam people out of money.

The scammers are calling victims to say they’ve won a sweepstakes. In order to claim the prize, a payment of fees and taxes is required. They will ask to send money by Western Union or MoneyGram or by prepaid credit card or gift card.

Paying to collect a prize is a scam. If you receive a phone call like this, report it to the FTC by calling (202) 326-2222.

If you have sent money to a scam artist, report the loss immediately to the company you paid the claim and then call the FTC. If you paid through Western Union, you may be eligible for a refund.