The Publishers Clearing House drawing is coming up soon, but the scams surrounding this reputable company are here now.
The BBB warns consumers to be on the lookout for calls that claim that you have been selected as a winner of their lottery then require you to send payment in order to receive your prizes.
Publishers Clearing House clearly states on their website that the winning is always free and you never have to pay to claim a prize award. "If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH, and tells you that you’ve won a prize award – then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize – STOP! You have not heard from the real PCH. "
The BBB has learned from Publishers Clearing House that they do not call anyone to notify them that they've won money. You can reach the PCH fraud hot line at 800-392-4190 if you receive a suspicious call from anyone purporting to be with their company.
As always, you can contact the BBB as well to report this scam or other suspicious phone calls at (256) 850-0719.