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The "2018 Publishers Clearing House E-mail Lottery" Scam

There is no "2018 Publishers Clearing House E-mail Lottery." Therefore, recipients of emails like the one below, which claim they are winners in such a lottery are asked to delete them because they are being sent by lottery scammers. The aim of the scammers is to deceive their potential victims into thinking they are the real Publishers Clearing House, but they are NOT! The real Publishers Clearing House would NEVER ask their winners for money or personal information for any reason to claim sweepstakes prize awards.

The 2018 Publishers Clearing House E-mail Lottery Scam
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The "2018 Publishers Clearing House E-mail Lottery" Scam

From: Publishers Clearing House - giovidomanico@alice.it

To: info - info@pch.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 pchlottowinnernotice@usa.com

*Given Names:

*Mailing Address:

*Telephone:

*Gender:

*Age:

Kristin Cooke

Official Notification

© Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Rights Reserved

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.

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