BBB Consumer Tips: Scam Sweepstakes


Scam Sweepstakes usually work like this:

  • They ask for money and inform you that you have to send money before you can claim your millions.
  • They claim the money is for fees, insurance, taxes or even postage to get through customs.
  • If you send any amount of money, they keep calling and asking for more.
  • They keep promising your money is coming by mail or wire transfer.

What you should know – federal law dictates that no money has to be paid in order to win a prize.
Know the real deal from the fakes—In the real Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes:

  • Expect registered mail of your prize notification. If you and all your friends and neighbors received the same fake call or email – you did not win, you are being scammed.
  • Do not send money to claim your prize. When you win, the money comes to you.
  • You must have entered the REAL prize in order to win. Names are not chosen randomly.
  • For the grand prize – the PCH prize patrol will show up at your door with a bouquet of flowers and TV cameras – just like in the commercials. They will not charge you to collect your prize.

What you should know – If you really won, your name will be listed in the Winners Circle on the PCH website. It’s that simple if your name is not there, you did not win.

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