Don’t be a victim of the Publisher’s Clearing House Scam!
There has been an increase in Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH) scams in our area.
- Have you received a phone call, letter or email recently saying you’ve won the PCH sweepstakes?
- Has the caller asked you to keep this a secret and not to tell your friends and family so they can be surprised?
- Did the caller ask you to send cash, money order, Cashier check, wire funds or gift cards to PCH, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or an individual for the taxes on the winnings, processing fees or maybe it’s for the shipping and handling of a new car?
If you answered yes to any of these, it is a scam! PCH will never call you ahead of time to announce you won. PCH will never ask you to send money to anyone. Paying to collect a prize at all is a scam. The scammers want you to believe you have won and that you will receive the big winnings once you pay the taxes or fees. These scammers are very convincing and generally targeting the elderly, however everyone needs to be aware.
Remember to never give out personal information or send money to anyone you don’t know or trust. If you ever are questioning if you are caught in a scam, don’t hesitate to contact First National Bank of Moose Lake at (218) 485-4441 and we would be happy to further assist you as best as we can.
If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, immediately contact the financial institution or company you sent the funds through and contact your local Police Department. Stop all communication with the scammer immediately.