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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Fake Publishers Clearing House Phone Scam

YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Fake Publishers Clearing House Phone Scam

By Gitzel Puente. CREATED Jun 25, 2013

PALM DESERT - Every year, Americans lose money to telemarketing scams, and there's a common one people fall victim.

A man identifies himself as the general manager of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in New York and tells the victim he or she won a prize by the Publishers Clearing House. PCH is an American marketing company that offers discounted magazine subscriptions and holds sweepstakes. Some con artists pretend to be PCH and try to get people to buy into their scam.

"I got two calls, and I didn't answer because it showed up on TV as out of state," said Deeann Carter, "But the answering machine picked it up."
Carter said a man left her a voicemail claiming she won $3.5 million and asked her to call him back. She did out of curiousity and to see how far the scam would go, and indeed, the man on the other line asked for her personal information, which she declined. According to Carter, he then hung up.
"They're just trying to get people, young or old, to get their information. There's no such money there for them," warned Carter.
If you think you've been scammed, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or visit their website to find out more on the signs of a telemarketing scam.