Scam Alert: BBB Warns of Publisher’s Clearing House Scam


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  There’s a new scam going around that you need to be aware of, according to the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama. People from our area have been calling the BBB and  complaining about an offer from telemarketers that sounds way too good to be true.

“The caller right now is blanketing our area saying to different individuals, you’ve won a million dollars, maybe two million dollars and a Mercedes,” said Michele Mason with the BBB. Mason said the scam will likely show up on your phone as a call coming from Jamaica with an 876 area code.

“They’ll say they are with Publisher’s Clearing House and the next thing they want you to do is go get a Green Dot Money Pack and load money on there,” she said. You can load money on the Money Pack like a prepaid credit card. Mason said then, the scam artist will ask you for the card number.

“We ask people to ask themselves, if you’ve won money, why would you have to give money?” said Mason. By loading money and giving the number associated with the card to someone, you are giving access to those funds.

If you have been a victim of this scam, contact The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama and let them know.


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