Friday, April 11, 2014
BREAKING: Publishers Clearing House Scam Hits Fort Thomas
A fraudulent Publishers Clearing House (PCH) offer, one of many sweeping the nation in recent weeks, has landed in Fort Thomas.
FTPD Lt. Rich Whitford reports that a Melbourne, KY woman, who was banking in Fort Thomas, received a notice in the mail, alleging to be from PCH, claiming that she was the third prize winner in a $10 million sweepstakes.
The instructions indicated to take a check that was enclosed with the notice to her bank, deposit the check, and then withdraw and send a cashiers check for the same amount to an address provided.
The bank teller was suspicious of the check and investigated further, discovering the fraud, Whitford reports. The bank contacted FTPD, who also verified the fraud with a PCH representative.
According to PCH, "At PCH the winning is always free and you NEVER have to pay to claim a prize award."
"It really looked official," Whitford said. "If someone didn't know, and the banker didn't know about the scam, they'd have gotten away with it."
"We just want to prevent more people from becoming victims," Whitford said.
This mail scam adds to the wave of phone scammers claiming to represent Publishers Clearing House across the country in recent weeks.
Residents are encouraged to report any fraudulent activity to the Police Department.
Photo: Publishers Clearing House logo/Wikipedia