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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your stories on this site. Thanks PCH for giving the information where to Report a PCH Scam.
    I just sent in a report along with a copy of the letter and the check that my 80 year old Mother received. Her story was a little different in that she does not have an email address so she received a letter and a check in the mail saying that she had won $600.000.00. The check she received was for $10,862.50 saying that it was to be used to pay customs taxes and processing fees. Luckily she called me before she cashed the check. Her letter was from PCH but it said “International Promotions” and was stamped with Publishers Clearing House Canada/USA. The letter stated that she was to contact her claims agent immediately to choose her method of payment as well as if she wanted the PCH van and camera crew to show up or not. The check looked authentic but three things did not add up to me. One was that if someone won $600,000.00 I’d assume that they’d receive the letter as certified mail instead of in the regular mail. The other thing was that she never entered an international sweepstakes and the third thing was that the check did not gave PCH as the Payee but it had a company name of Western Reserve Metals, Inc. I investigated and there are no known or listed CEO’s for that company as well as no sales records. I am hoping that since we did not contact the person named in the letter that the authorities can catch them and maybe stop them from taking any more peoples hard earned money. From doing my research, it appears that when you call the person named in the letter, they tell you that in order to receive your $600,000.00 you need to deposit the check they sent and then they have you wire money to cover the supposed international fees. Their check gets held up from clearing because it is either stolen, they’d changed the routing number so that it does not coincide with the Bank listed or it plain bounces. Leaving the person that received the check out the money that they wired plus bank fees for the fraudulent check plus sometimes responsible to the bank it was drawn on if it was stolen or processed. Now they are not only out all that money but also in trouble with the law. Please warn your elderly relatives to always have check things out first before ever cashing any supposed winnings check.

    1. Beware of this Prize letter. I received one this weekend 3/24/2017, it was $10,862.00 from Western Reserve metals in Ohio. They have PO box and a number to call to verify your winnings ;of course you have to come up with a good amount to pay taxes and insurance fees. the bank name was called …First Place Bank…no address for the bank. Anyway mine was associated with Mega Millions unclaimed prize money. Please don’t fall for this Scam !

      1. Beware of this Prize letter. I received one this weekend 3/24/2017, it was $10,862.00 from Western Reserve metals in Ohio. They have PO box and a number to call to verify your winnings ;of course you have to come up with a good amount to pay taxes and insurance fees. the bank name was called …First Place Bank…no address for the bank. Anyway mine was associated with Mega Millions unclaimed prize money. Please don’t fall for this Scam !
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  2. I received this today
    -PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE (PCH) -NEW YEAR AWARDS
    In affiliation with International Association of Gaming Regulators [IAGR]

    Serial Number: 0426-2017
    You have been awarded to receive: $1,000,000.00 USD in the PCH New Year Giveaway.

    Contact: pch.iagr17@googlemail.com for claim and provide the following details below:

    (1) NAME:
    (2) AGE:
    (3) ADDRESS:
    (4) SERIAL NUMBER:
    (5) PHONE NUMBER:

    Send these above details to: pch.iagr17@googlemail.com for your new year award release.

    NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM folder, It is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we urge you treat with utmost importance.

    Signed, Andy Goldberg
    (CEO Publishers Clearing House)

    1. Hello Rich, please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  3. Looks like they’re back at it again. I got this email today…

    -PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE (PCH) -NEW YEAR AWARDS
    In affilation with International Association of Gaming Regulators [IAGR]

    Serial Number: 0426-2017
    You have been awarded to receive: $1,000,000.00 USD in the PCH New Year Giveaway.

    Contact: pch.iagr17@googlemail.com  for claim and provide the following details below:

    (1) NAME:
    (2) AGE:
    (3) ADDRESS:
    (4) SERIAL NUMBER:
    (5) PHONE NUMBER:

    Send these above details to: pch.iagr17@googlemail.com   for your new year award release.

    NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM folder, It is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we urge you treat with utmost importance. 

    Signed, Andy Goldberg
    (CEO Publishers Clearing House)