According to a statement from the Susanville Police Department, “The Susanville Police Department has had a couple calls from city and county residents reporting calls from someone claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. The caller from PCH claims to the person answering the phone they have won a prize.
Of course, this is not the case when they start asking for banking information as well as asking citizens to ‘send money’ as a processing fee. We have found the following information on the PCH Website: info.pch.com/fraud-protection-2/.”
Beware of Scam Calls
Publishers Clearing House (PCH) does NOT make or authorize outgoing calls to consumers to sell merchandise or magazines, or to solicit sweepstakes entries. Our major winners are notified by mail or in person (at our option) and we never phone ahead to disclose that someone has won a major prize. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and are asked to send money, pay a fee or pre-pay taxes to enter, collect or claim a sweepstakes prize – STOP – you have not heard from the “real” Publishers Clearing House. The call you received was most likely from a fraudulent sweepstakes scam operation. At Publishers Clearing House the winning is always free.
If you believe you are the victim of an impostor scam seeking money using the Publishers Clearing House name or logo, please provide PCH with details by clicking the above link to fill out a Scam Incident Report. Consumers are also advised to contact their local consumer protection officials or the National Fraud Center at fraud.org. Whether you enter by mail, phone or email, the most important thing to remember is: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY … It’s the only sweepstakes rule you need to know! No payment, fee, tax or any amount is ever required to claim or receive a prize in a PCH giveaway.