SCSO warns of "Publishers Clearing House" scam

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has continued to receive reports of scammers trying to lie, intimidate, trick, and threaten people into giving up their money or personal information leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.  

Here is one of the most recent scams:    

“Publishers Clearing House Scam” - On December 2, 2017, a victim reported he received calls earlier in the week claiming he won the sweepstakes.  

The predatory scammer convinced the victim to pay $2,500.00 in FEES to have his winnings sent to him.  

The day after he deposited the money into the bank account as instructed, he received another call informing him he needed to send another $4,000. 

Realizing this was a scam, he did not send the additional funds.

If you must pay to receive “winnings” or are promised large amounts of cash if you pay a fee, it’s most likely a scam. Organizations that are truly giving away money will not require that you pay for it.

The old saying still applies, “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.”  

If you receive a call like this, it’s most likely a scam.  Hang up and report the phone call to Crime Check at 509-456-2233.