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Fargo Police Warn of “Publisher’s Clearing House” Scam
FARGO, N.D. (April 19, 2013) – The Fargo Police is warning area residents to be aware of a telephone scam where callers portraying themselves as representing “Publisher’s Clearing House” attempt to convince people they have won an $800,000 prize.
The scam results when the callers require the “winners” to provide them with a pre-paid credit card in the amount of $100-$150 in order to facilitate the delivery of the prize. Variations of the scam include an additional prize of a new car or other enticements.
Most scam operations are based outside the US and use phone numbers which are difficult to trace. Once scam operators have the credit card information or victims have sent a money order or other financial device, the money is seldom recovered.
The Fargo Police Department wishes to remind the public that legitimate lotteries and sweepstakes do not require winners to provide payment in order to receive their winnings. Additionally, the public should avoid providing personal information over the phone or internet to include social security numbers, dates of birth, passwords, financial account numbers or personal identification numbers (PINs).