“Publishers Clearing House” has been around for a long time, and we’ve all seen the TV commercials where the “prize patrol” shows up on someone’s doorstep, presenting them with a check for insurmountable amounts of cash and we’re secretly envious it’s not our doorstep.
Like anything good, there are people out there who will exploit it for their own personal gain. This, my friends, is greed in it’s most devious form, playing on peoples’ emotions and desires to crawl out from under the weight of trying to achieve that “American Dream”, which to most, in this day and age, feels more like a fictional fantasy.
Case in point, my mom received a phone call yesterday from someone claiming to be from PCH. They told her she won 4.8 million dollars. They gave her an ID number and told her to call the claims department. They didn’t ask for any specific information and at the end they said they were going to process the paperwork, issue the check and have it delivered by a courier.
We’re always told, “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”
Most people understand this as common sense but, when emotions are involved we can sometimes be blinded by our own desire to finally be free from the constraints of corporate control.
My mom, like most senior citizens unfortunately, is living on a fixed income. She receives partial retirement, which would never be enough for her to survive, let alone live at poverty level, so she works part time. She’s getting close to 70 and her health, both physical and emotional, is declining. After that phone call she was expressing dreams of buying a new house, just a small 3 bedroom, 2 bath rancher with a fenced yard, in which, her dog could run freely, dreams of finally being able to pay off all her bills, helping her family with their financial hardships and maybe even retiring for good.
They called her back today and told her she had to send a fee to process the check.
It was a scam, she was devastated. I imagine it would feel a lot like someone with a disease being told they’re cured only to find out they’ve been paying for sugar pills all this time. It’s a cruel thing to do to someone.
In my mom’s case, here are the numbers they used.
Do not be fooled by these people and, I know this is suppose to be an upbeat blog, but no one messes with my mother and gets away with it. If this happens to you, call the police, contact the BBB, it’s the only way we can fight back.
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