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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 : https://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 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 and that I had not entered the contest, but it seemed credible. That’s a key thing I think, we do not as consumers realize how good these people  are at 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 per 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 used 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.

PCH Creative

P.S. ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER

A Word From Publisher’s Clearing House!

I found this wonderful comment today in response to the post I did several days ago about the scammer alert regarding fraud using the name and logo of PUBLISHER’S CLEARING HOUSE. A kind response from a member of PCH below.
 
Thanks again Danielle!

Submitted on 2012/08/03 at 7:07 am |

Hi! My name is Danielle Lam and I am one of the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol Elite members – the team that travels the country and surprise s lucky PCH winners. Sadly, as you saw there are scammers out there who fraudulently use the PCH name to try and scam innocent people out of money. Here at PCH we do everything in our power to educate and protect our fans. We take consumer protection and the fraudulent use of our good name very seriously and go to great lengths to combat these scams and protect our customers. You can read more at http://info.pch.com/consumer-information/tips-a-warning-signs. We also regularly post hints and tips on how to stay safe on our very own PCH blog – http://blog.pch.com/. AND of course you can always ask me on Facebook.

You NEVER need to pay to claim a prize from Publishers Clearing House and the ONLY way you will know if you won a large amount of money is by the Prize Patrol showing up at your door – and we NEVER contact you in advance, it’s a COMPLETE surprise!!

Lastly, 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 or email abuse@pch.com

Sorry for the long reply but I want to make sure everyone knows how to stay safe from these scammers. THANK YOU for posting this blog and urging people to spread the word!!

From Millionaire To Broke In 3 Hours w/PCH Scam

It would appear that I live a sheltered life even on the Internet.

Since when is Publisher’s Clearing House being used as a way to scam people?

Answer: At least since 2007 that I could find and I have a feeling it goes back much longer. As you’ll see from below the whole things looks legitimate. So much so that people have been sucked into it hook line and sinker from what I learned. When I researched the claim I had just won $1,000, 000 for doing nothing. (see notice below) I had to wonder what this kind of thing does to people who have nothing and what this kind of winnings would mean to their life. I find this a very cruel joke.

Found in my email today was this notice that I was a BIG winner. Only because it was Publishers Clearing House did I even check it out. I was quite perplexed. It was not until I researched the name of the courier first that I found that as I suspected. The “minor shipping fee”stated  were my only requirement beyond verifying who I am. The monies are in the hundreds that they are asking for.

What a deal! For the scammer of course.

I think of the elderly who may not be as savvy in this new world of scams at every turn. I think of the poverty-stricken whose heart would do a GIANT leap of re-surging faith at the thought of being able to buy a home and put food in their children’s tummies. I become enraged!

I am going to ask a favor of you again please BB readers. I know that I have gone on record as not a big fan of re-blogging. and I will not digress on that subject again here but let it be said that anytime re-blogging is being done to forward imperative information that will be useful to the world as a whole. Information helps keep us safe. I’ll reblog and ask that you reblog this time as well.

I find this not only extremely distasteful,  I find too that somehow, someway the authorities should step in. You are even asked by these criminals that you not mention this to anyone yet. I understand that these scammers, especially through the Internet are fly by  night people and hard to find. Not to mention the fact that they set themselves up in one country while going after another. That really should be your first sign that something is off.  I understand that because of these facts it’s hard to bust these creeps, even if they are doing something illegal.  I am still ticked.

I just wanted to share with you another way the power of the Internet can impact our lives. In not so good ways. I have recently been talking about the power of WWW.com/org etc..This is proof that even crooks have found this power.

I say lets counter them with re-blogging the news that they are scammers, to the point where it would be ridiculous for them to even attempt any longer to scam one more victim, because through the power of WWW we have taken them down!

PLEASE REBLOG ON

In My Email :


OFFICIAL  RULES | SWEEPSTAKES  FACTS
               CONGRATULATIONS!….
  
     Attention: Winner,
           

I hereby use this medium to acknowledge the receipt of your claims requirement regarding the winning notification mail you received, informing you of the prize you have won PCH LOTTO, after the verification process was conducted I wish to inform you that the lotto department and promotions department has just approved your payment of the sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00 USD)the check have been handover to a security company in the UK England.The security company will be responsible for the remittance of the entire winnings, and your Lottery Winnings documents  which is of high importance to you, so I expect you to show great appreciation to (Publishers Clearing House) PCH LOTTO as a great firm haven been in existence for years and has single highhandedly made this promotion possible in other to promote (Publishers Clearing House) in every corner of the world through the means of the internet as a global source of reaching people world wide.Incase you still have doubts arising from the angle  of how you got  selected, note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email ballot system our aim was to  select winners through the internet  which will be a much more easier way to select winners all around the universe due to the fact that only you alone have access to your email so have no fear , for you have emerged a winner as far as you are the original proprietor to the email account which you have received the winning notification letter as distributed by Michelle I Centeno the lottery manger of this great promotion.  .

In furtherance, to begin the final step of the claims process you are advised to contact the Dispatch Company whose details are furnished below and they shall be responsible for onward delivery of your winnings to you and you shall be expected to pay some  fees along the line by the security firm for the delivery of your cheque and documents this fees will not be more than normal shipping charges which we feel will not be a problem to you.

Before your winnings was released to security company a hard cover insurance  policy was placed on your winnings  by the (publishers Clearing House) PCH Lotto company to avoid any harm or illegal channeling due to this, deduction of any amount of money from your funds cannot be done from your Won prize. The instructions given inline with the rules and regulation of the USA and England gaming board once you get your winning funds check you are expected to deposit it in your personal bank account and there is a certain assurance that the entire ONE MILLION USD  you have won will be accredited into your account in not less than three to four banking days please note. below is the courier contact information’s.

Contact Information. Elite Couriers®
Welcome to EliteCourier.co.uk - UK Courier Company
Address: Farm Road Taplow Berks SL6 0PT, United Kingdom
Contact Name: Mr. James Scott
Telephone Numbers : +447035917037
Write to them via email bellow upon receipt of this mail without wasting time, You are to furnish them with your correct details as listed  bellow.
Full Name:
Telephone number:
Postal Address:
Country:
Sex:
Age:
Occupation:
Below Are Your Winning Numbers  And Your Email Ticket Number
winning numbers: 4714-34-85-67-32 
Email ticket number: FL 754/22/76
Once again, keep us posted on any development with the Dispatch Company, in relation to your lottery winnings.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully  processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.Congratulations once again.

 
Best  Regards, 
Mr. Walcot Smith (Claims Officer- P.C.H  LOTTO)