Have You Heard: Publishers Clearing House Phone Scam, Powerball Scam and bank transfer scam
June 12, 2015 at 2:56 PM EDT - Updated July 25 at 4:05 PM
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC)
Wouldn't you love it if some stranger just transferred money into your account for no reason? Remember these words...if you didn't enter, you can't win.
Thieves posing as the Publisher's Clearing House are almost as rampant as the IRS scam. WTOC viewer Rob Hall shared this recent call he received:
Phony PCH Rep: "This is the Publisher's clearing house."
Rob: "Ok...I'm having trouble hearing you."
Phony PCH Rep: "Did you get the letter in the mail telling you you won?"
Rob: "No...I haven't."
There was no letter. The Hall's didn't win a grand cash prize or a BMW...as the caller tried to tell them. They didn't even enter the sweepstakes. The REAL Publisher's Clear House has said ...over and over again...they do not notify contest winners by phone. If you get a similar call, report it to abuse@PCH.com.
If you play the Power Ball...you probably watch your numbers like a hawk...usually. BUT...watch out for emails claiming you won the Power Ball. If you win...you will NOT get an email telling you. Lottery workers wouldn't know you won unless you showed up to lottery headquarters. And...again...if you don't enter...you can't win. If you fell for this... report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov.
And this should go to your junk mail -- but we've seen this one slip through filters. An email claims someone made a transfer to your account and again, they want you to open an attachment. Don't click anything -- or open any attachments from unsolicited emails. It's BAD NEWS!!! If you see this one... hit delete and report it to IC3.Gov.