Publishers Clearing House scam costs Knoxville woman $750

Publishers Clearing House scam costs Knoxville woman $750


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Police say a South Knoxville woman was scammed by a man who claimed she won $2 million in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.

The woman said when she was not home, a man who identified himself as David Moore stopped by and left a message saying she was a sweepstakes winner.

The man also left a phone number for her to call.

When the woman called, she was told she had won $2 million and a new car. However, she was also told that to claim her prize she would have to prepay the taxes of $750 by a Western Union money gram.

Thirty minutes after sending the money gram, the woman felt she had been scammed and called police.

Police say if anyone in the Knoxville area has had a similar experience, they should call the fraud unit of Publishers Clearing House at 800-645-9242, option 5.

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