Phone scam calls purport win from Publishers Clearing House

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Posted 12/1/17

Some Bradley County residents may feel they will be able to purchase just about anything for Christmas this year, after winning money from Publishers' Clearing House.However, the Bradley County …

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Phone scam calls purport win from Publishers Clearing House

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Some Bradley County residents may feel they will be able to purchase just about anything for Christmas this year, after winning money from Publishers' Clearing House.

However, the Bradley County Sheriff's Office is informing the public that PCH, an otherwise legitimate business, has had its name  dragged into part of a phone scam, and those involved are trying to get money from the "alleged winner."

BCSO Communication Director James Bradford said Thursday that residents may receive a phone call or message that they have won money from Publishers' Clearing House.

"The caller with a foreign accent will inform the victim they have won a prize, then demand money to be sent for a processing fee and/or will continue to solicit personal information," Bradford said.

Bradford said the BCSO is advising local residents that Publishers' Clearing House will not call demanding money, nor ask for personal information via the phone.

"If you receive this or other scam phone calls, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on their website: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt,"Bradford said."And if you have been a victim of this scam, please contact local law-enforcement immediately.

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