Madera County Sheriff reports new scam

Sheriff John Anderson issued an alert about a new Publishers Clearing House scam. Predators are now calling their victims, and instructing them to send cash by way of Green Dot cards in order to collect their prize.

Just this week a Madera County resident lost thousands of dollars before realizing it was scam. Sheriff Anderson says no legitimate company is going to ask you to pay in order to claim a prize, period.

“If someone claiming to represent Publishers Clearing House, or any sweepstakes outfit, offering you a prize for a fee, hang up. It’s scam,” Anderson said.

Anderson said there are five simple ways to spot a scam:

If you are required to pay in order to win, it’s a scam.

If you are asked to load a Green Dot Money Pak or wire money to cover any prize earning expenses, it’s a scam.

If you receive a phone call or letter in advance of Publishers Clearing House “Prize Patrol” knocking on your door, it’s a scam.

If anyone contacts you asking for personal information, it’s a scam.

If you receive a friend request on Facebook from anyone claiming you won a prize, it’s a scam.