Opinion

Gant: Watch out for phony award claims, phone scams

Posted 1/24/22

In the past three weeks I’ve received two calls from Publisher’s Clearing House. The first call informed me that I had won $3 million dollars in the monthly senior sweepstakes.

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Opinion

Gant: Watch out for phony award claims, phone scams

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In the past three weeks I’ve received two calls from Publisher’s Clearing House. The first call informed me that I had won $3 million dollars in the monthly senior sweepstakes.

I could barely understand the man (it was obvious English wasn’t his first language).

The second call, (Jan. 19 at 10:30 p.m.) from a nice young lady named Angie at Publishers Clearing House in New York informed me that I had won $3.5 million dollars in the monthly Senior Sweepstakes.

I was to call and give them all necessary information so they could deposit my winnings in my bank account.

And here I was under the impression that they came to your door with a film crew and presented the money in person to be shown later on TV.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember the number I was instructed to call.

So, I don’t suppose I’ll get the money.

Oh well, easy come, easy go. By the way, I haven’t entered any Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes in years.

Makes one wonder how I won.

Editor’s note: The Arizona Attorney General’s Office offers information about a variety of scams targeting Arizona seniors. Learn more at azag.gov.

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  • lyleirving

    Hello, Chris Irving writing from THE REAL Publishers Clearing House. Just so your readers are clear, the calls are not coming from our company but rather are scam artists playing on our good name. Since 1953 we have given away over $530 million in major prizes and awards across the country. We continue to work to fight the scammers who use our name and the names of other well known brands and celebrities to try and decieve. PCH does not call our winners ahead of time - we show up with our famous Prize Patrol, unannounced, just as you see in our television commercials. If you receive a call, letter, text, social media contact or any request to send money to collect a prize DO NOT RESPOND! At Publishers Clearing House, the winning is always free and no purchase, payment, tax or amount is ever necessary to enter or win.

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