Police warn about Publishers Clearing House scam

Phone scam
Posted at 10:34 AM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 05:46:10-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - An investigation is underway after a concerned resident got a call saying she won over $1 million from Publishers Clearing House.

The Valdosta Police Department received information from a concerned citizen who said scammers may have contacted her. 

She told police that an unknown person from an "800" number called her, saying that she had been selected as a winner for the Publishers Clearing House. The caller said that she had won over $1 million and needed to purchase a gift card.

The male caller told the woman that "they and a camera crew" would present her winnings at her home. 

That's when the woman called the real Publishers Clearing House to investigate the matter, though they suspect the caller was a scammer.

“The Valdosta Police Department asks all citizen to be especially vigilant when confronted by any source that arrives bearing gifts or winnings. If someone advises you that you have won a prize but asks for money from you, the police department considers that red flag for a very possible scam. Also, be extremely cautious when giving out personal identifying information,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.