PCH Supports Senate Hearings on Jamaican Lottery & Sweepstakes Fraud

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) supports Senate effort to stop Jamaican lottery and Sweepstakes Scams.

We have previously warned you about the rise in lottery and sweepstakes scams originating from Jamaica.  This growing problem is now the subject of an important Hearing by the Senate Special Committee on Aging  to be held on Wednesday, March 13th. We fully support this effort to find ways to better educate consumers and target the scammers who are behind these nasty scams.

The Jamaican lottery and sweepstakes scams all follow the same basic pattern  – consumers  are  told that all they have to do to collect a prize is send or wire money to claim the bogus prize.  DON’T FALL FOR THIS!  Anyone asking for payment of any type in order to claim a sweepstakes or lottery prize is a SCAMMER! At Publishers Clearing House, if you have won, we never ask for money to claim a prize award, and our ‘no purchase necessary’ message is prominently displayed in all of our promotional material.

Publishers Clearing House continues to actively work with law enforcement and consumer protection officials on this issue, sharing information gathered and tracked in our anti-scam database.  We regularly provide such data to law enforcement officials including the Postal Inspection Service, Office of Homeland Security, FBI and the US Attorney’s Office.  We are just one of a handful of private companies that contributes anti-scam data directly to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Database network. This secure online database of consumer complaints is available to law enforcement around the country and throughout the world.

You can learn more about these Jamaican lottery and sweepstakes scams at our PCH Sweepstakes Learning Center. In the meantime, here are some basic tips to protect you from these Jamaican based lottery and sweepstakes scams:

  • Beware of any unsolicited calls that may come from the Jamaican area code of 876 and includes an offer that sounds too good to be true. Hang up the phone!
  • If you are asked to send or wire money or provide a prepaid Green Dot MoneyPak card for any reason whatsoever to claim a prize — DONT!  It is a SCAM! At Publishers Clearing House we NEVER ASK FOR MONEY to be sent to claim a prize.
  • At Publishers Clearing House our major prizes of $10,000 or more are awarded in person, unannounced, by our famous Prize Patrol, or through notice in a certified letter.  We DO NOT call our winners ahead of time.
  • Never provide your credit card or Social Security number to someone who calls.

If you ever have any questions, you can call our customer service hotline at 1-800-476-4724 or leave a comment below.


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Chris Irving
Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs

 


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Tahisha Bullock said...

This is just one sad story!! I am so furious right now!!! These people make me sick!!! People can really embarrass themselves making people look bad! Why do people make the country look bad?? Why do they consistently do these things!!!! Every culture does these things, especially Africa. Look at this!! Jamaica shame on you!

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Paul Richardson said...

Also, they fish for information without really asking anything. Like whether you live alone or if you have or don’t have money. In the last contest about a couple of weeks ago, they took another tactic. What I won’t say.

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Jay C Nickell said...

Moved up 86 spots tonight in PCHGames and will continue to rise.
I am now at 12,550 all time and if you added my 3 other avatars I would surely be inside of the top 10,000 all time.
I have been entering the sweepstakes since 1991 or 1992 and have been a customer of PCH for many years as well.
I haven’t won anything yet and believe in my heart and in my mind that that day is soon at hand.

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Kamie cook said...

Thank you for educating all of us on this very prominent matter!!! Scammers are everywhere!!! Everyone should be more careful with their personal information! With the technology we have today it is very easy for someone to steal from you and they will do it any chance they get! Which is very sad but also very true… Guard your information well and dot ever give any information over the phone.

Have a great day everyone!!!!
I hope to meet the prize patrol really soon!!!!! :)
*** fingers crossed and praying***

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Mark Haigh said...

The authorities should come up with better ways to educate the bettors and tell them what is the real and legal and legitimate lottery. There is no easy way to eradicate these scams. This will be a long battle.

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WOODS DINA said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU……I WAS SCAMMED WITH A MORTGAGE COMPANY AND ALMOST LOST MY HOME….I AM STILL TRYING TO PULL MYSELF UP FROM THAT DISASTER….I APPRECIATE WHEN I AM INFORMED..I ALWAYS SAY,IT IS GREAT TO BE IN THE KNOW, SO WHEN YOU KNOW,YOU CAN MAKE A BETTER DECISION.PROBLEM SOLVE,BEFORE IT EVEN GOT STARTED.NIPPED IN THE BUD!!!!

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Mercedes S Villalba said...

Agradecida de Usted, y del colectivo, mantenernos informado, por eso es la mejor forma estar comunicado es estar informado de usted,

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Sharon Reese said...

So glad that Pch are doing something about Jamaican Lottery and Sweepstakes Fraud.

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Roma Sue Noffsinger said...

Thank you for sharing,I will just wait for Publisher Clearing House show up at my Door or The Prize Patrol Team..Then I would know if it’s a Scam or Not..Make me a Believer or Show me it’s Real or Not..

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Diana Hanlon said...

Thank you Chris I’m aware of the scam from Jamaican two years ago but that will never happen my phone is block and I watch out for them on my email you have to be real carefull they can realy fool you.

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Sharon Reese said...

To added Pch did an excellent hard work to do something about the scams. Thank you to Pch.

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi and thank you again on spreading the word. I DETEST scammers they usually prey on our older generation, and have no respect for anything! I think facebook could block attempts from scammers putting in false profiles..in this computer age there has to be a program to do this. Phone calls, just don’t give information out.. Anyway thanks for spreading the word, I try when I see someone ask about a friend request or the dot-card to let them know it’s a scam..and I’ll continue to do it. If it stops one person from being scammed it will be worth my time.

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Chris Irving, Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs for that informative letter to all of us about Scammers and what you are doing about them as well as what we should be doing about them too.

I just feel that is very sad when I hear about these scammers taking advantage of us and our elderly, it makes me mad and sad at the same time!

I just had one on Facebook the other day and It just seemed odd and I declined there friend request, but they had a lot of information about me and my family, it was scary at this point I would like to get off Facebook but I do not because I love my PCH Facebook page.

Thanks again and I hope you have a wonderful week!!! Take care and stay safe!!!

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    Stancio Butler said...

    Thank you Chris Irving, Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs for that informative letter to all of us about Scammers and what you are doing about them as well as what I should stay safe from those Scammers just because I don’t have my Facebook account anymore at all.

    I used to have my Facebook account three years ago when I recently saw someone on Facebook who pretending to be a member of the Prize Patrol Elite team when I recently won $1,000,000.00 when I recently sent a portion back to Dave Sayer on Facebook to claim my full prize award without sending any money. But then suddenly,I recently got scammed on Facebook when the very next year,I recently terminated my Facebook account so that I’m not going to have my Facebook account anymore at all. But only for me to enter the sweepstakes every day just recently both online and by phone.

    I hope that you and the Prize Patrol Elite team will be on the road again to surprise me with either any of the prizes or all of the prizes as soon as possible by this week!!!!
    ***fingers crossed & praying***

    Have a great day everyone!!!!

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      Stancio Butler said...

      So please let the PCH representatives call both the police & the law enforcement officials to stop those horrible scammers who are pretending to be the Prize Patrol Elite team when they are upsetting those very nice people so that I will become a Prize Patrol Elite winner for the very first time ever right now!!!!
      ***fingers crossed & praying***

      Have a great day & stay safe!!!!

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      Stancio Butler said...

      And please let Deborah Holland, Executive Vice President to report those horrible scammers to both the police and the law enforcement officials so that those horrible scammers will all be arrested and terminated once and for all so that I will become a Prize Patrol Elite winner for the very first time ever also right now!!!!
      ***fingers crossed & praying***

      Have a great day & stay safe!!!!

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Janette Roberts said...

Good Info …Thank you!

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TERRI OLSON said...

LOVE MY PCH

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Marion Hardeman said...

Thank you very much for keeping us informed of this serious and wide spread issue .

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Joye Hamilton said...

Hello Chris…Thank You So Much For Taking Your Time & Due Diligence On This Subject!

I am getting up there in years and think Scamming Of ANY Sort is a VERY SAD Commentary on Life In The 21st Century!

One would think that by this century we were more evolved so as to not to be concerned or worried about this type of bad behavior!

Personally, I have come to regard Scamming as another example of Man’s Inhumanity To Man In The 21st Century!

Again, Thank You For Your Time For Posting This Blog!

Best Regards, Joye H. :D

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Tiffany Pratt said...

I usually get those in my spam mail, but they always claim to be the United Nation. Hahaha! I alway reply and tell them what dummies they are! With our advancing technology it’s getting easier for them to look like legitimate companies, but it’s just as easy to look it up online and find out they’re FAKES!!! Thanks for the additional info!!!

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Delayne Perry said...

Chris Irving
Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs:
Thank you for the wealth of information found in your message!

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Trish Shackelford said...

This is to Tffany Pratt, Concerning replies to and name calling the United Nation ‘dummies,’ NEVER EVER reply because that is exactly how ‘hackers’ get into your computer system and steal al of your personal information and identification. Do not open the email; whatsoever, save the messages in a SCAM/FRAUD ALERT file. Report and file a complaint with your local law enforcement agency and the legitimate Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) web site at once. http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

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foresteen,walker said...

Scamming anybody is wrong, May life open up to you, door by door; may you find in yourself the ability to trust it, and the courage to give to the difficulf most confidence of all. (smile)

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Tim Dungam said...

Do You Have Some One Name Johnny Beackford Work For You

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Joseph said...

I want to cry right now This money was going to help me in so many way’s I fell to my knee’s and started thanking Jesus for saving me.Help me be able to help my mom pay of my student loans so I can complete school. I was so happy because nothing like this ever happens to be. I had a Hunch it was too good to be true so I googled it and sure enough it was a scam. This is the second worst day of my life as from My father walking out on me. Oh well Thank god I didn’t send any money.

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Laura said...

I just had a scammer try calling my cell phone about 30 minutes ago telling me I won the publisher’s clearing house. He said they want to come over at noon today (he rattled off my home address) to give me the $100,000 check, but I had to give them a $83 Wal-Mart check card. After I got the guy’s names and number, I called the non-emergency number of my local police, and they confirmed it as a scam. The number was 876-366-6142 (from Kingston, Jamaica) and the caller said his name was Todd Newton. Police department said I should ignore future calls, and if anyone shows up at my door, call 911.

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Regina Legge said...

Am so glad PCH is doing something about this Jamaican scam.Thank you pch.

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betty pannell said...

they try get me to go to wal mart and get pd card 299.00 and give them the number the were from over from a county far away

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Gail McDonough said...

I have received a lot of you have won if you send money and also I have received two bogus checks that I had won Third prize in the amount of 1.5 million and another 8867. I took the checks to the bank and the confirmed they were bogus

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