I recently received an email from the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes telling me that I had won a major prize. There is only one problem. Publishers Clearing House does not notify winners by email. Phony contests and sweepstakes have been a common and lucrative scam for many years and people still fall victim to them. It is hard enough to win a contest that you enter, however, it certainly is difficult to win a contest you have not even entered. Scammers use phony contests to gather personal information from you, such as your Social Security number to make you a victim of identity theft. Other times they require you to send in money for taxes or administrative fees. This is a tip off that the contest is a phony. Real contest holders never ask you for tax money to be paid to them.
Don’t pay anything to anyone who has told you that you have won a sweepstakes and of course, do not give out your personal information to anyone telling you that you have won a contest that you have not entered. You can contact your local Attorney General or the FTC for information about purported sweepstakes.
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