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Publishers Clearing House Scam Reported in White County

CARMI – The White County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a scam involving Publishers Clearing House.

Sheriff Randy Graves says last Friday, the sheriff’s office was notified by a White County resident saying she had been notified that she had won a prize from Publishers Clearing House.

The suspect in the scam told the woman they needed money to pay the taxes and pay for government seals to be able to bring the prize to her.

Sheriff Graves says Publishers Clearing House is a reputable company and doesn’t ask for money to be sent to them so they can send you your prize.

The woman started sending money on Oct. 19, 2019 until Aug. 3 of last year. She sent multiple cashier checks to the suspects. The checks were from $500 to $3,000, totaling over $20,000.

The sheriff says you should never share sensitive information with any person by telephone. Never send money to anyone saying they have a prize for you. It’s going to be a scam.

Hang up the phone. The persons involved in these scams are very good at what they do. They will convince you that you will win millions of dollars. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.