Publishers Clearing House scam hits Texoma - - No One Gets You Closer

Publishers Clearing House scam hits Texoma


GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Authorities say there's a new scam spreading across the country, and at least one person here in Texoma has been targeted.

As one of the leaders of the Texoma Red Cross, Sara Jerome is a well known woman around here.

Tuesday she got a call from a man claiming she had won hundreds of thousands of dollars in a contest that she never entered.

She knew it was a scam and now she wants to make sure other people don't fall for it.

Millions of people dream of winning something like the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, but when a local woman got a call saying she had won, she knew something wasn't right.

"Congratulations you've won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, we're ten minutes away from your house," said Jerome.

Sara Jerome says she doesn't remember entering any contest, so when she got the call saying she had won $900,000 and a 2012 Mercedes Benz, she thought something was a bit strange.

"So I asked him, when did I enter for the Publishers Clearing House, and he said if you've used your credit card at a convenience store in the last 90 days, you've been entered."

The caller told her to go get 3 green dot cards with $500.00 on each, to tip the people delivering the prize.

Once she got the cards, he asked her to scratch off the backs and give him the numbers.

"I flipped the card over to look at it and there's a little yellow box that says don't give out this number if they ask you for this number it's fraudulent and we can't protect you from fraud."

So she told him no, and called Publishers Clearing House on her house phone and they told her it's a scam, but the caller wouldn't give up, he kept calling her back every time she hung up.

"He was adamant that he was part of Publishers Clearing House, that the lady I was talking to in the fraud division didn't know what she was talking about, he knew her personally, I mean just on and on"

So we called Publishers Clearing House, to help clear things up.

"If it's a legitimate prize from Publishers Clearing House, you never have to send any money to collect that prize, we don't contact our winners ahead of time, and if you won a prize from PCH, it comes with no strings attached," said Chris Irving, PCH Assistant Vice President for consumer and legal affairs. 

We tried to contact the caller, but he didn't answer.

Again Publishers Clearing House says they will never ask for money if you're a winner.

If you think you're being scammed, call the police.