First let me be clear, Publisher’s Clearing House was not who called me, but someone claiming to be PCH.
They/he called my cell.
Told me I won second place worth $850,000.
I told him I hadn’t entered.
He said, “Do you shop at Walmart or Walgreen’s or Dollar General?” Yes, I do.
“Do you spend at least $5 when you go there?” Yes, I do.”Do you pay your bills on time?” I said, usually.
“Well then, that is how you won!”
Next, to build legitimacy I suppose, this person had me call another phone number and input a PIN.
After I completed this, he wanted me to call him back and gave me the number to call, which matched his caller ID.
When I did this, a recording congratulated me and told I was a winner…though I did input the PIN wrong.
When I called back things finally went in the direction I expected.
After he asked me some more questions (distraction) and talked about the taxes, he then went down the road of me needing to go get a money order for just $499.
I grew weary at this point and told him his scam sucked.
He then went into a tirade of cussing, followed by, “don’t you want your money?”
He eventually hung up.
Don’t fall for this scam.