Fowlerville Police: Publishers Clearing House Scam Circulating
March 1, 2018
Fowlerville Police are advising the community about another scam going around.
Authorities say the scammer claims he is from Publishers Clearing House and is calling to notify the victim they’ve won the million dollar jackpot. He convinces the victim to give the last five digits of their social security number and the name of their bank. The caller then has the victim open up a new account at their bank, so they can receive the bogus million dollar prize. Police say the scammer then transfers money from the victim's existing account into the newly opened account, and has the victim withdraw the money to send to New York to pay the "federal taxes" on the "million dollars" from Publishers Clearing House.
Police say the victim in this case is out thousands of dollars because she never realized they were wire transferring the "jackpot winnings" from her existing account into her newly opened account. (JM)