Scammers claiming to represent Publisher’s Clearinghouse are making the rounds in the area. They’ve reportedly called residents advising they’ve won the sweepstakes but need to pay a registration fee to claim their prize. “Winners” are also told the delivery truck driver is on his way and given another number to call to pay a state and local fee.
Publisher’s Clearing House does not require winners to pay a fee to claim prizes. Law enforcement officials advise any time a caller claims you’ve won a prize and asks for money or personal information, it is a scam. Be especially wary if they ask you to wire money via Western Union or purchase a prepaid debit card to make a payment, as funds cannot be traced or recovered. The best thing to do is just hang up.