The "2018 Publishers Clearing House E-mail Lottery" Scam
From: Publishers Clearing House - email@example.com
To: info - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thu, Oct 25, 2018 7:10 pm
Subject: PCH LOTTO ............. Claims Code 89773453HR
We wish to congratulate you for being the winner of 850,000.00 USD in the recent 2018 Publishers Clearing House E-mail Lottery.
Kindly send your contacts to email@example.com
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Publishers Clearing House (PCH) is a direct marketing company that markets merchandise and magazine subscriptions with sweepstakes, prize-based game, search, and lottery websites.
Publishers Clearing House (PCH) does not ask for bank account or other financial information. There is no processing fee, tax or special handling charge required to win. The Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes prizes are delivered free of charge to the winners.
How to Determine if you are being Scammed
If you are contacted by someone claiming to represent Publishers Clearing House, or claiming to be a PCH employee and asked to send or wire money, send a pre-paid gift card or a Green Dot MoneyPak card, or cash a check and send a portion back to him/her as payment for any reason to claim a Sweepstakes prize, it is a scam.
The scammers’ preferred method of sending money is through Western Union, MoneyGram, Green Dot MoneyPak card. This is because those methods of sending money make it virtually impossible for the victims to get back their money.