Publishers Clearing House Fraud?

My mom received a phone call from Publishers Clearing House. They told her she won a big prize and that in order to claim it she needs to provide her checking account information. She said it was private and didn't want to give it over the phone. When they insisted she hung up.
What is this fraud from Publishers Clearing House? Why are they asking for checking accounts over the phone? Is this a scam?

asked by Jenny in Law & Ethics | 3091 views | 10-28-2009 at 10:14 PM

It's like the old saying: if it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

It is not fraud, it's a scam from some guys who pretend to be from the Publishers Clearing House.

"Authorities have issued a warning about a telephone scam in which people are asked to give their checking account number to collect a $500,000 prize from the Publishers Clearing House.

The caller pretends to be from the clearing house and says that in order to claim the prize, you must first pay a $1,000 fee.

Detectives investigating the ruse say Publisher's Clearing House doesn't call winners and they are currently not offering a $500,000 prize.

Anyone who has questions or believe they are a victim can contact Manatee County Sheriff's Office Detective Dave Johnson at 941-747-3011, extension 2551."

answered by Johanne | 10-28-2009 at 10:16 PM

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