Scammers like to ask you to send money by Western Union or MoneyGram, or by getting a prepaid card or gift card. Why? Because it’s nearly impossible to trace that money – and you’ll almost never get your money back.
If you think you’ve won a prize, here are a few things to know:
- Publishers Clearing House will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a prize. In fact, no legit prize promoter will ever charge you to win.
- If anyone calls asking you to pay for a prize, hang up and report it to the FTC.
- Never send money to collect a prize. It’s a scam.
- Clearing House doesn’t call ahead to say you’ve won.
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