Elderly couple in Tuscola County victims of alleged Publishers Clearing House scam
TUSCOLA COUNTY, Mich. --A new warning coming from the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office after an elderly couple became victims of a scam.
Deputies say they received a complaint from a couple in Deford after they’d received a call from someone claiming they were the executive vice president of Publishers Clearing House.
The caller indicated that the victim had won $8.5 million, plus $5,000 a week for life, as well as a new Mercedes Benz.
The caller felt this was a real call, because she’d recently received mail from PCH and paperwork showed Deborah Holland as the Executive Vice President.
The caller said all the couple needed to do to claim their prize was to send $2,000 via a Wal-Mart money transfer to a bank account that the caller provided.
The caller also advised the couple to change their phone number because people would be calling them, asking them for money.
The victim changed their phone number temporarily, but then changed it back.
The victim then withdrew $850 and told the woman that was all they could send and then wired it to a Wal-Mart in Virginia.
The victim said the individual called them several times a day over a two-day period, attempting to get the full $2,000.
However, when the victim began asking questions and suggested that call was a scam and demanded her money back, the scammer hung up and has not called the victim again.
The victim called Publisher’s Clearing House, and the victim was informed that they wouldn’t call ahead of time or request money from a winner.