Recently, someone I love fell victim to a scam. They received a phone call and the person on the other end claimed they won money and a car, all they had to do was send money to cover the taxes. I hope that their misfortune can protect someone else. In this instance, they kept my loved on the phone so that no one could call in, interrupting their scam. These scammers prey on the elderly and are extremely good at what they do.
Here are a few tips that can save you a lot of headaches later:
- NEVER send money to get money.
- NEVER give any personal information to an unsolicited call. If YOU didn’t call, don’t give out the information.
- Do NOT load money onto a Green Pack MoneyPak.
- Publisher’s Clearing House does NOT contact people in advance, their whole thing is about the element of surprise.
- Not only do they call, but they have been known to use the postal service AND Facebook. If you get a friend request from someone claiming to be from PCH, do not accept. These scammers will use legitimate photos and names of actual PCH employees.
- Lastly, if they want you to call them back, DON’T! They will charge you by the minute and you will lose even more money.
If you ever have any concerns about whether something is legitimate or a scam, please email Publisher’s Clearing House at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1-800-392-4190