Normandy Park Police warning residents of Publishers Clearing House scam

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The Normandy Park Police are warning residents of a scam involving letters purportedly written by Publishers Clearing House.

Officer Hayes and Officer Norris have both taken reports now from victims in Normandy Park. One victim is out over $1300 and the other is out nearly $600. Both victims thought this was real.

The scam is as follows:

The resident receives a letter they believe to be from Publishers Clearing House. The letter is official looking and asks the victim to call their business office and speak to the person listed in the letter. An actual person answers the phone and explains how to claim the sweepstakes winnings. They ask the victim to go to Walgreens and put “X” amount of dollars on a Green dot Money Pak Card and then call them back with the numbers on the back of the card. They say that the money will cover, “Taxes and Processing Fees.” Once the victim calls them back with the numbers on the card, the agent in the “Claim’s Department” asks the victim to now put the remaining amount of fees onto another Money Pak Card or a pre-paid Visa card and then call back with the pre-paid card number. This continues until the victim stops sending money. In one case, the victim also received a check for “Partial Payment of Winnings.” The victim is asked to deposit the check into their account and then wire money back to the company who sent the check. This victim took the check to the bank to deposit it and the bank would not accept the check.

If you have been the victim of this scam please call 206-248-7600 and report this case. If you know someone who could benefit from this information please forward it to them.

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