Publishers Clearing House is a real company with legitimate sweepstakes, but imposters are using this prize of a lifetime to trick consumers in a scheme that is making its rounds in North Texas.
A 79-year-old viewer named "Lonnie" told us he received a letter in the mail saying he won $550,000 and he couldn't believe it.
He also received a check for nearly $8,000, which was supposed to cover legal and administrative fees. The letter told him to call the claim manager before depositing the check for further instructions.
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Lonnie became suspicious and wanted us to look into this before he made his next move.
And folks, we're here to tell you that this is fake.
• Publishers clearing house will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a prize. In fact, no legit prize promoter will ever charge you to win.
• If you're ever lucky enough to win, that prize patrol will show up on your door step. They won't send you a check.
• If you're ever asked to send money to collect a prize, report it to the FTC.