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Publishers Clearing House scam reported in Ellisville

According to a Facebook post from the police department, a resident reported receiving a letter with a Publishers Clearing House letterhead. (Photo source: Facebook/Ellisville Police Department) According to a Facebook post from the police department, a resident reported receiving a letter with a Publishers Clearing House letterhead. (Photo source: Facebook/Ellisville Police Department)
ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) -

Ellisville police are warning residents of scammers claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House.

According to a Facebook post from the police department, a resident reported receiving a letter with a Publishers Clearing House letterhead, claiming they had won $7,000 a week for life.

The scammers reportedly followed the letter with a phone call, asking the potential victim to send money to receive their prize.

Police are asking you to do your own research to avoid becoming a victim. According to Publishers Clearing House, there are five ways to tell if you’re dealing with a PCH scammer:

  • PCH sweepstakes are always free to enter. You will never be asked to pay.
  • If you’re asked to load funds onto a money transfer card, it’s a scam.
  • If someone contacts you in advance about delivering a prize, it’s a scam.
  • If someone claiming to be with PCH calls to tell you you’ve won a prize, it’s a scam.
  • If someone claiming to be with PCH sends you a friend request on Facebook, it’s a scam.

If you receive a letter or call that matches this description, you should call your local law enforcement agency immediately to report the scam.

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