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  • Police warn of Publishers Cleraing House scam

  • The Osage Beach Police Department is warning area residents of a scam involving callers posing as Publishers Clearing House representatives.
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  • The Osage Beach Police Department is warning area residents of a scam involving callers posing as Publishers Clearing House representatives.
    According to the OBPD, several calls have been received by Osage Beach Communications over the last week advising of calls they have received from an individual claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. The intended victims are asked to meet the thief at a location to receive their winnings. Prior to getting their winnings, they are to obtain a money order or money gram to pay taxes or other expenses relating to their prize. Below is information from the Publisher’s Clearing House website.
    Remember that burglars can also use this ruse to get you out of your house.
    1. If someone sends you a check and asks you to send money back in return, don’t! – If you are told you have won a prize and are asked to cash a check and send or wire money back, do not! The check is a fake.  Legitimate sweepstakes will never ask you to pay a fee to claim a prize.
    2. If the company name sounds familiar or legitimate and you assume you can trust it, think again!  – Scammers oftentimes use the names of legitimate companies in an attempt to deceive and gain consumers trust.  Criminals will pretend to be affiliated with well-known, recognized and trusted brand names.  Always contact the legitimate company and talk to one of their representatives.
    3. If someone asks you to wire money to claim a sweepstakes prize, don’t! – Most scammers will advise consumers to wire money via a money-transfer service.  Con-artists want money sent to them via a money-transfer service because it’s quick, it’s cash and it’s virtually impossible to trace and recover.  Wiring money is like sending cash and once it’s gone, it’s usually gone.
     
    Remember, at Publishers Clearing House, the winning is always free.  If you are ever asked to send or wire money to claim a sweepstakes prize, you are being scammed. It’s just that simple! If you believe you have been the victim of a fraudulent contact using the name of Publishers Clearing House, please contact us at 1-800-392-4190.   If you receive a suspicious email fraudulently claiming to be from PCH, PCHLotto or PCHSearch&Win, forward it to our Publishers Clearing House scam reporting mailbox, abuse@pch.com.
    Visit us online at www.pch.com and click on our Customer Service/Info Center for more sweepstakes scam protection tips!
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