Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division Warns of Sweepstakes Imposters

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PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers that winners of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes do not receive phone calls about their prizes. The Publishers Clearing House organization will be releasing prize winners in the near future and consumers are beginning to receive imposter calls attempting to scams them out of their money.

"South Dakotans receiving phone calls from anyone claiming to be Publishers Clearing House should hang up immediately. Do not be tempted to respond to the appeal of the call based on the false hope of being declared a winner, said Jackley. "Legitimate winners of any kind of sweepstakes are never required to pay monies to receive a prize."

The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has received numerous phone calls from consumers indicating the scammers have stated that the consumer has won a new car, a vacation, a cash prize, or all of the above. However, in order to receive their prize, consumers are first asked for some type of payment. The most common requests are money wire transfers or the purchase of pre-paid debit cards.

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