The "PCH LOTTO 2017" Scam
From: "Publishers Clearing House" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: February 21, 2017 at 4:39:55 PM CST
Subject: PCHLOTTO 2017........ Claims Code 89773453
We are delighted to inform you that your email was drawn a winner of ( USD $850,000.00. ) in
our recent Publishers Clearing House global sweepstakes (email) lottery. To file for claim,
please fill in the details below and send it to the contest department 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.