Thursday, March 26, 2015

Presley and Publishers Clearing House Issue a Joint Statement on Jamaican Lottery Scams

 JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (March 25, 2015) – In response to the request made late last week by Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, Publishers Clearing House is pleased to join the Commissioner in warning consumers of a prevalent scam which defrauds victims by using the sweepstakes giant’s name. The so-called Jamaican Lottery Scam induces unsuspecting victims to send money to the scammers in order to claim a prize. Presley and Publishers Clearing House issued a joint statement warning consumers to be on guard. 

In a letter from Christopher Irving, the Assistant Vice President of Consumer and Legal Affairs, to Commissioner Presley states that Publishers Clearing House strongly supports Commissioner Presley’s efforts to warn and educate consumers about the criminal scam artists who would use the Publishers Clearing House name to deceive customers. Irving went on to say that the company has been an industry leader in working to educate consumers, alert the media, and work with law enforcement to stop these scams.

In hopes to alert consumers about these fraudulent scams, Publishers Clearing House and Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley release the following joint statement:

"It is important that the consumers report these fraudulent calls and never send funds to the scam artists. No purchase, tax, fee, or payment of any amount is ever necessary to collect an authentic Publishers Clearing House prize. If it is not free it is not a legitimate sweepstakes.”

For more information on the “No-Call” law or to report violators, contact Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722 or 1-800-356-6428. An outline of Publishers Clearing House’s efforts to combat these scams is attached.