My Publishers Clearing House Interview

If you are a follower of this blog you will have read the post I did on Publishers Clearing House (PCH) scams. If not : http://barefootbaroness.org/2012/08/01/pch-internet-scam-winner-of-a-million-and-i-am-slow/

That post was seen just by chance by a PCH Agent. This person who saw my post is one of the people who could possibly show up at your day one day with the BIG CHECK.  But you have to enter first before this can even be a possibility.

Through a series of comments I was asked if I would be willing to be interviewed by another PCH representative who writes their blog. Yes, even PCH has its own blog. Shouldn’t everybody? I accepted immedietly feeling that it would help spread the warning even more. That was the purpose of intial post in the firsst place.

I thought it would be fun to share it here. It was a positive experience, and it helps drive my point home that people need to be pro-active about being wise consumers.

Thank you to PCH Amanda & Danielle. You two are the best!

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You Can Help Us Stop PCH Scams!

At Publishers Clearing House we take consumer protection and the fraudulent use of our good name in PCH scams very seriously. We’re working with authorities to stop these scams and doing everything we can to educate and protect fans like you!

Well, it turns out we’re not alone. Just a few days ago, we came across a blog post from Toni H., a blogger who was contacted by a PCH scammer. Titled “From Millionaire To Broke In 3 Hours With PCH Scam,” her blog post urges readers to beware of these scammers and come together to stop them.

I knew I had to find out more about Toni’s scam experience so I could share it with all of you. Below is my interview with her. Please note that all the graphics displayed were sent by the scammers, not the real PCH!

Amanda: Before writing your blog, had you ever entered our PCH Sweeps?

Toni: I had not thought about Sweepstakes for some time. Not because I do not believe in the magic, I do. In the past, except maybe the last 10 years, I entered every chance I had.

Amanda: How were you contacted about the PCH scam?

Toni: Through a series of emails. I thought this odd since I’d never before seen an email from Publishers Clearing House, but it felt credible. That’s a key thing I think, we do not as consumers realize how good these people attempting to scam us are in terms of masquerading themselves as legitimate.

Amanda: What did the e-mail say?

Toni: They told me I had won. They asked for my name, age, gender and address, which also contained information of their supposed credible details and how I was chosen to win.

This is the first PCH scam email Toni received.

Amanda: Did they ask you to send money?

Toni: They did ask for money, but not until they believed I was hooked. Once they had the information requested (name, age, etc…), I received the shocking amount needed to ship my check and the envelope. They even had the weight of each item (paper) and what the cost was for each. An itemized statement for what it would cost me to win!

This PCH scam asked Toni to send money to collect her winnings. Remember, at the real PCH, the winning is ALWAYS FREE!

Amanda: How did you know it was a scam?

Toni: The request that I keep my winnings confidential. Why would PCH want me to stay quiet about winning? And another item that caught my suspicious eyes is that this is because of their “security protocol to avoid multiple claims”. Absolutely one of the biggest things that stood out was having to “Pay To Win”.

Amanda: Is there anything else that might help others spot PCH scams?

Toni: The lack of punctuation and the vernacular of the writer was off. The fact that there was a third-party involved from England, UK, and that it was a securities company also raised my eyebrows.

This PCH Scam used an address in the UK. Remember, PCH Headquarters are in Port Washington, New York!

Amanda: What final words of advice do you have for others?

Toni: It takes little out of us to pass forward details that you become aware of that might save one person some stress and heartache concerning scams in this world.

I couldn’t agree with you more, Toni! As for you blog readers, I hope you will be smart like Toni was and look out for warning signs like scammers asking for money. Remember, you NEVER need to pay a dime to claim a Publishers Clearing House prize! If you ever receive a suspicious letter, email or telephone call where someone is fraudulently claiming to be from PCH, please contact us. And if you want to help us spread the word about PCH scams and keep more people safe, please share this blog with your family and friends.

Amanda C.

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24 thoughts on “My Publishers Clearing House Interview

  1. Pingback: a Scam or not a Scam, that is the question… for some reason. « Anthony Richer

    • LOL.. Thanks Tess!
      I always thought about going back to school to become an attorney, But four more yrs of school and me? Not so sure. I love anything to do with justice and especially the vulnerable. I’m sure that’s why CASA work is so appealing to me. Lots of research, lots of law, lots of reports, lots of court time. But I seem to thrive on it.
      Doing the PCH was fun, all of it!

      Thanks my friend for saying so. ~ BB

  2. Hi Toni it’s Danielle from PCH! You are simply the sweetest person. Thank you SO MUCH for all the great work you have done warning others about these terrible scams, and THANK YOU for participating in the interview with Amanda. Because of your wonderful words, PCH ended up posting a fantastic blog — we couldn’t have done it without you! Keep up the great work and feel free to keep in touch! Hey..who knows, maybe I’ll meet you at YOUR door one day with a big check ;) xoxo

    • Hi Danielle!
      It’s so awesome to see your smiling words! Thank you.
      It was and is my honor to help PCH if that is what I have done. You’re so kind, I hav had some amazing feedback both here on my blog and in non-cyber world. You know my spam is being slaughtered from those criminals. I even had a friend here at WP share a story that involed the creeps attemppting to use “romance” to get to her.

      It’s been awesome though not one person I have talked about this, or has read my blog has not been taken by them, So Hooray!

      I’d faint Daniell if showed up at my door, but only sweetie after you handed the check over to me. This girl’s mama did not raise no dummy!

      Take care my PCH & WP Friend~ BB

  3. Yeah, BB. See, even Publishers Clearing House thinks you’re wonderful. Told ya.

    My heart says you’re having a hard time; you’re in my prayers.
    Blessings – Maxi

    • Hi my dear Judith! I’ll not repeat myself here about contacting the fraud dept but if you need contact info let me know. In many ways what they do in your case is worse.

      Thanks so much for reblogging this. I think the more people knowing about the fact that these guys (& girls, I know, I know. readers. No tomatoes please) are scammer illegal and frauds the sooner they are put out of business.

      Take care my dear friend & sis!~ BB

        • Could not hurt to shoot them an email. What’s the worst that could come out of that? I always keep in mind that someone could be looking for a missing link. You never know. They also could do nothing less than putting a warning out for their clients, Especially if they are concerned about the safety of female clients.

          Just thinking out loud off the ciff.

          Thanks again for reblogging Judith

  4. Reblogged this on Diabetic Redemption and commented:
    My scammer story is quite similar to Toni’s, except that along with wanting gifts, the man used romance to hook me. One of the most important clues, as Toni says, is the lack of English Grammar and Punctuation by the author of the letter — you can be sure that a company like PCH will proofread. Lastly, if the scammer thinks he can do it, he will keep you as an ongoing victim, by changing profiles, company, etc. My scammer tried 3 times — I even found some of the terms he used on a page of words to get someone’s attention and keep it. Beware!

    • O Jules, you make me cry! Honestly, I do not deserve that. But thank you so very much. That it comes from you means the world to me because I so think you the amazing person. Truly. I am doing nothing girl in comparison to your daily life.
      You made my evening, thankk you so much! ~ Your CC- BB

  5. Very well composed and am so glad that you never parted with any monies, and it is disgusting a good name from your world being marred from this country. There was a big clamp down in the UK and many sent to prison but not these, Well done BB I am proud..;)

    • Thank you my friend, No money. I kind of strung them along if truth be told to see what they wanted from me. Never giving them a cent of course. My last communication with them when they requested the “shiipping costs” was to write back to them and I simplty put “BUSTED:
      The morons still sent me another email telling me I needed to respond soon or my winnings would be null & void. Hmmm..

      I’m sorry too that they are standing behind country borders laws to escape being put in prison. But they will be caught. It’s just a matter of time. In the mean time my hope of course that not one single person bbe taken in by these creeps.

      Thanks again Gerry for stopping by. It’s always good to see your name and comments. ~ BB

  6. Great interview. You were succinct and I liked your comment about beleiving in the magic. Just today I got a letter from the UK saying that a couple had won a tremendous amount of money and wanted to give me $1.5 million. I googled it and apparently some real people won this amount of money last year–but the scammers were using their good name–there were even interviews on TV and what seemed to be a newspaper report. While I believe in the magic also–I knew this was not magic.

    • You are too kind! Thank you. It was kind of fun. And more to the point it spreads my message further.

      It’s so awful that people, if we can call them that, more like bottom feeders try to take advantage of vulnerable people makes me so angry. Of course people not in need are going to be more vigilant about doing thinks like googling for information. It’s usually all it takes. But if you are in a desperate situation I can see how the lure of magic of winning money is so strong. I do not blame the victims at all. I am hoing that we cn stop more victims from happening.
      They use the Internet than so can we!

      Thanks for being so patient with me of late. So much happened in this last week it has put me behind reading Fave blogs, yours included. I will be back ~

      Take care of you okay? ~ BB

  7. WOW Toni!!! That is fantastic. Not only does it increase the impact of your attempt to publicize the scam, but what validation!!! Did you alert them to your other blog — bring them home?? What a vast impact you can get them to have!! oh wow. you were blessed this week!!!! i am SO happy for you!!

    • Hello Miss Kate,
      Thank you so much sweetie. It is a valadation that it was the right thing to do for certain. I also enjoyed it. I only told one person I think and was keeping it for this post. Only this time not because I was asked too like I was by the scammers. I was busting a smile as Friday came closer. IIt was published today. .

      I did in a self service way include Bring Them Home in my interview, praying a slight mention would happen. I actually would have been surprised though. I am not sure they could make a connection in the post. Although I could. :-)

      You’re a sweetheart Kate, I appreciate you more than I can say.
      Thanks again~ BB

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