Publishers Clearinghouse Scam Alert


The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office  has received several reports of people receiving calls from persons claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. These scammers are asking for you to send money in the form of a gift card or money order in order for them to process your winnings. Please advise all, especially your parents and grandparents as these scammers seem to pray on the elderly. Here is a link to the Publishers Clearinghouse fraud information site.

Polk County has also released a similar warning about scammers who use scare tactics by claiming the person’s identification number and social security number have been tied to a money laundering scam. Polk County reports that the scammer then instructs the victim to send all of their cash to them for “safe keeping.”

If you get a call like any of these, hang-up. Call your local law enforcement.


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