Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Publishers Clearing House Scam

Many Isabella County residents are receiving telemarketing scam calls. One older adult reported a call supposedly from Publishers Clearing House. The caller stated that she won a contest, but they had the wrong zip code and asked for her zip code. The caller said she won $283,000, would receive her check the following day, and was given a claim and serial number. She was instructed to tell no one about winning the contest and that the check would be from a bank in Costa Rica. The caller asked for her bank account number then instructed her to have her social security number, birth certificate and driver’s license available tomorrow.

Fortunately, the older adult told the caller she never gives out that information. The caller then hung up the phone immediately. Remember: If you hear these (or similar) pitches just say "NO" and hang up the phone.