My mother was contacted by telephone stating that she was in the top 100 to win the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. Several days later she was again contacted stating that she was in the top 5 and the final call was to tell her she was the 3rd place winner of $100,000. However in order for her to claim her prize she would have to transfer $850 in funds by Western Union and then 15 days later they would show up on her doorstep with the check, roses and security guards to take her to the bank to deposit her winnings. She was not to tell anyone about the winnings as "they would all want her money".
This man was calling her several times a day for several days to keep her believing she had won this money. She is 82 years old and does not drive more than 10 miles away from her home. She went to a neighboring town, 45 miles away to do the money transfer. Thankfully, the people at the Western Union office talked her out of doing it.
She then drove back home and the man that had been calling her became very nasty with her and demanded she drive back there to transfer the funds. In the mean time she had finally called me to ask my advice and I was able to convice her it was a scam. It was not easy though as this man had put so much pressure on her it was as though she felt she was letting him down. Now she is very disappointed as $100,000 is a great deal of money to her. I believe Western Union should be held accountable for being involved in these scams too. We are very lucky that she did not loose her $850.
By the grace of God we were able to convice her that this was a scam but had she not called me, it would have a big loss for her. We need to put an end to these predators of the elderly! If Publishers Clearing House does not want their name connected to this fradulent activity, they should pursue those that are using their name in this manner.