Officials warn of Publisher’s Clearing House scam

Officials are warning residents to be alert to calls from individuals claiming to represent Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, indicating that several locals have been targeted in a scam.

Several persons have reported being contacted by telephone by someone claiming to represent the sweepstakes, informing them that they have won a $1.5 million jackpot. The caller explains that all they have to do to receive their prize is to send money to cover the taxes.

Family members of an eighty-five year old Lawrenceburg woman filed a complaint with policeofficers Friday after they learned that the woman had mailed two packages with money meant to cover her taxes. She mailed the first package, which contained $599, through the U.S. Postal Service.

Post office personnel were able to flag the package for return to the local office. The victim mailed the second package through UPS, as instructed by the caller.

That package contained $1,000. Because she had mailed the package earlier that same day and it had not yet left the local office, officers were able to help the victim retrieve the package.

Police officials are reminding residents to remain suspicious when receiving similar calls.

Theyrecommend that you check with a trusted person to make sure that the call is legitimate before sending money to anyone.




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