Get Gephardt
KUTV.com | Stories - Scammers Pose As Prize Patrol
Tuesday, June 18 2013, 09:14 AM MDT
Scammers Pose As Prize Patrol
By Matt Gephardt
Produced by Michelle Poe
(KUTV) MURRAY, UTAH -- Laura Plain says she loves to travel and would love to see more of the world. To afford it, years ago, she says she decided to take her chances and sign up with the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.

“I have told my kids often that when I win the Publishers Clearing House we're gonna do this and this and this,” Laura says.

The prize company is real and occasionally people do win. In fact, three years ago the company surprised a woman in Bountiful with a $10,000 prize.

So when Laura's phone rang this week she says, at first, she thought she had hit the jackpot.

"He said that I'd won this prize of $1.5 million," Laura says.

But Laura got suspicious, after all the real Publishers Clearing House is nothing if not a marketing machine.

“If it's publicized, they come over to my house with the news crews, I'll know it's real,” Laura says.

When the caller told Laura she would need to wire a couple thousand dollars in fees, she says she knew it wasn't legit.

Laura decided to Get Gephardt.

Publishers Clearing House is well aware of the scam using their name. On their website they even spell out that "there are no strings attached to winning,” and that, “Our prizes are delivered free of charge."

As for Laura, she will have to save her money to travel the world. She did not fall for this scam, thanks she says to Get Gephardt reports like this one.

"I always watch your program and your dad's program and you've always warned us that if it sounds too good to be true it is and that if they ask for money, absolutely it is a scam," Laura says.
 
(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
Scammers Pose As Prize Patrol

News Photos & Videos - Submit Your Photos Here


More Gephardt Stories

Michael's Security Breach Update, Coffee Production Being Threatened and General Mills' Forced Arbitration
National Mortgage Settlement Payments Delayed to Thousands
GM Dodges Recall Responsibility, Returns On Rented Property and Employee Rest Tied To Dishonesty
Fine Print Reveals a Company is Behind Tax Lien Notices
Computer Scam Alert, Congress Weighs In On E-Cigs and Beef at an All-Time High
Good question: What's the figure eight printed on globes?
Amazon Offers Employees $5,000 to Quit, Most Common I.R.S. Mistakes and Flyers in February Arrive Late
Chimney Sweep Folds with Consumer's Deposit
Heartland Virus Threat, I.R.S. Fields Your Calls and the Big Mac Budget Demonstration
XP Support Gone. What Now?
"Or your money back" Offer not Honored
Get Gephardt: Man Lands in Collections Despite Fully Paid Utility Bills
Good Question: How Were the Aquarium Fish Safely Moved?
GM Wins Crash Test Honors, FTC Cracks Down On Weight-loss Claims and CVS In Hot Water
Two Utah Men Brought Up On Tax Fraud Charges
Home Automation Failures Frustrate Customer
Yahoo Increases Email Security, SLC Marathon Set For April and Microsoft Introduces Its Siri
Wendover Casino Blocks Handicapped Stalls for Promotional Giveaway
New Scam Alert, Chrysler Recall and Amazon Joins the TV Market
Good Question: How do Taxpayers avoid being audited by the IRS?
If the IRS is Unresponsive, Try the Taxpayer Advocate
Mudslide Scammer Alert, Nissan Recall and New Trader Joe's Location in Salt Lake County
Insurance Mix Up Keeps Woman From Lifesaving Meds
E-Book Refund, College Tuition Increases and Unclaimed Tax Returns
Billing Bundle Bungled
Flood Insurance Increases, IRS Cash Crunch and Possible Apple & Comcast Partnership
Good Question: How is the Moment Spring Starts Determined?
Defiance May Soon Pay Off for Couple Fined Over Negative Comments
PS4 Announces VR Headset, Google Makes Smartwatches and 2010 Tax Returns Still Available
GM Spokesperson: Loaners, Rentals Available to 1.6 Million Drivers Impacted by Recall
Google Wins Viacom Lawsuit, Walmart Wants Used Games and Microsoft's Stock Surges
Fake IRS Auditors Attempt to Rip Off Taxpayers
Retailers Asked to Stop Selling Tobacco, NYC Requires Sick Time and New Expiration Date Labels
Good Question: Are E-Cigarette Commercials Legal?
Low Utah Unemployment Rate, Graco Recall Expanded and High Tax Return Average
ACA Marketplace Confusion Leaves Adults Signed Up for Pediatric Dental Care
Target Continues Damage Control, Staples Closing Locations and Facebook Blocks Gun Advertisements
Popular Provo Road-Race Organizer Stiffs Winners
Gov. Gets Wiretap Bill from Sprint, Guns Are Selling Well and F.T.C. Cracks Down
Fur Coat Storage Company Vanishes with Several Expensive Coats
Utah Benefits From Reopening Parks, RadioShack Closing Locations, EPA Regulations and Potential ATM Hacking
Semi-Pro Football Players Question the Disappearance of League Fees
Drought Affects Grocery Prices, Free Checking Disappears and Bill Gates On Top Again
Good Question: "How Do Search Engines Determine Search Result Orders?"
Airlines Cut Bereavement Fares, Internet Usage Goes Mobile and Wells Fargo Cuts Jobs
Stolen Debit Card Used at Target.com Days after Victim Shops at Target
Delta Changes Frequent Fliers Program, Sprint in Trouble over Nude Pictures and Min Wage Battle Continues
California Scheme Leaves Utahn, National Hispanics out Hundreds
Target Breach TimeLine, Facebook Email Says Goodbye and House Prices on the Rise
Lifetime Warranty Abruptly Cancelled
Taco Bell Breakfast, Disney Resort Price Increase and New Alumni Tracking Software
Man Injured At Amusement Park Awaits Damages
Credit Restored for Consumer Fined for Negative Online Review
Postal Service Issues, Hot Pocket Recall and Netflix vs. Verizon
Ex-Federal Worker: Someone Forged My Official Gov. Documents
Alarm Customer Moves But Cannot Cancel Service
Improving Medication Information, Groupon Deal and I.R.S. Tax Update
Good question: How are KUTV Contest Winners Selected?
Canceled Flights Cost Big, Tax Refund Spending and Valentines' Day Gift Estimates
Dish Placement Makes TV Service Sketchy
Advertise with us!

 


Advertise with us!