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  • Submitted: Wed, September 05, 2007
  • Updated: Wed, September 05, 2007

  • Reported By:Springfield Missouri
Publishers Clearing House
phc.com Nationwide Canada

Publishers Clearing House Scamming Senior Citizens Montreal Canada

*Author of original report: Publishers Clearing House

*Author of original report: Publishers Clearing House

*Author of original report: Publishers Clearing House

*Consumer Suggestion: PUBLISHER'S CLEARING HOUSE IS A REAL SCAM

*Consumer Comment: It wasn't Publisher's Clearing House

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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.

Janet
Springfield, Missouri
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/05/2007 08:00 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Publishers-Clearing-House/nationwide/Publishers-Clearing-House-Scamming-Senior-Citizens-Montreal-Canada-272475. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Author of original report

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AUTHOR: Janet - (U.S.A.)

Thanks Dave for your rebuttal. I just want to make sure readers understand that this man represented himself as Publishers Clearing House. She wrote all of the details down as she was speaking with him. Secondly, regarding Western Union, yes you are right that she was lucky!!! I am so grateful that the people were so attentive to my mother. They are the ones complaining that Western Union is a major traffic avenue for these thieves. I agree and they could be an integral part of stopping this type of illegal activity. We must all work together to stop this criminal action.
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AUTHOR: Janet - (U.S.A.)

Thanks Dave for your rebuttal. I just want to make sure readers understand that this man represented himself as Publishers Clearing House. She wrote all of the details down as she was speaking with him. Secondly, regarding Western Union, yes you are right that she was lucky!!! I am so grateful that the people were so attentive to my mother. They are the ones complaining that Western Union is a major traffic avenue for these thieves. I agree and they could be an integral part of stopping this type of illegal activity. We must all work together to stop this criminal action.
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AUTHOR: Janet - (U.S.A.)

Thanks Dave for your rebuttal. I just want to make sure readers understand that this man represented himself as Publishers Clearing House. She wrote all of the details down as she was speaking with him. Secondly, regarding Western Union, yes you are right that she was lucky!!! I am so grateful that the people were so attentive to my mother. They are the ones complaining that Western Union is a major traffic avenue for these thieves. I agree and they could be an integral part of stopping this type of illegal activity. We must all work together to stop this criminal action.
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

PUBLISHER'S CLEARING HOUSE IS A REAL SCAM

AUTHOR: Margaret - (U.S.A.)

I finally had to phone the people and tell them if I saw another piece of their mail in my mothers mail box, I was going to the Federal Trade Comission. They halted all contact with my mother. They don't really give anything away and they sell all kinds of overprice JUNK!!!!
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#5 Consumer Comment

It wasn't Publisher's Clearing House

AUTHOR: Dave - (U.S.A.)

It was Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. They are the new kid on the block. However, you shouldn't chastise Western Union... They have NOTHING to do with this. And, they did talk her out of it. They recognized the scam. They should be commended for being on top of this and saving your mom a lot of grief!

A lot of people fall for this scam. Consider yourself lucky.
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