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  • You won Publishers Clearing House!

    Not really. New scam uses trusted, familiar name to lure victims
  • Don't get your hopes up if you get a call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House who wants to talk about a prize.
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  • Don't get your hopes up if you get a call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House who wants to talk about a prize.
    Medford police say several residents have gotten calls from con artists claiming to be with the venerable sweepstakes company.
    In the past week, two women have reported getting calls from someone who advises them that they have won multimillion-dollar prizes and should await further instruction, Medford police Detective Sgt. Scott Clauson said.
    "This helps people buy in," he said, noting that warnings about fake lottery and sweepstakes that push people to send money to get prizes have made people more cautious.
    In this scam, a second call two days later makes that demand. Purporting to be from the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement in Miami, this caller requests money to pay for transaction fees on either a package or a wire transfer of money.
    The two local women who notified police about the scam also had contacted Publishers Clearing House and been warned that the current round of calls, which have hit across the nation, seemed to be common in Oregon in recent weeks. Neither sent any money to the scammers, Clauson said.
    He said the real Publishers Clearing House doesn't notify winners by phone and doesn't have any fees to collect prizes.
    "If it's real, they will be at your door," Clauson said.
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