PCH sweepstakes scammer flustered by ‘Walmart’ non shopper

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller A scammer calling Treasure Valley residents about a huge sweepstakes had no catchy comeback for Kathie Hilliard. “I answered the call and was told I had won $5.5 million, a car and an all expense paid cruise from Publisher’s Clearing House,” she says. “When he finished telling me I’d won, […]

Sweepstakes scams continue to plague Snake River Region

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller With her grandson in a hospital back east, Idaho Falls resident Carol Jones says she mistakenly picked up the phone thinking it was going to be an update when she saw the 202- prefix. The caller said he was with Lloyd’s of America and needed to discuss “her $350,000 […]

Publisher’s Clearing House calls flood Snake River Region; Burley woman avoids scam

A Burley woman is a recent target of a scam that promised $250,000 through the Publishers Clearing House. “Skepticism is probably the best response,” Todd Dvorak, communications director at the Idaho Attorney General’s office, told the Times-News. “There are 101 varieties of scams out there. We haven’t had any other reports yet about this type of thing, […]

PCH Sweepstakes scammers use fake FTC, FBI calls for credibility

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller The 81-year-old grandmother in Grandview, Idaho, was in the worst of ways. She’d taken in her fifty-something daughter who was ill, the bills were stacking up, and it seemed that it was going down hill fast. Then, the call came. “’You’ve not won the main sweepstakes,’ he told me, […]

If John Franklin calls from PCH, hang up! It’s a scam

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller Arlene’s phone rang at her Parker residence for a third time, and the same voice was on the phone. “The first time he identified himself as being with the FBI,” she says. She described the details of the heavy accented voice on the other end of the line. “My […]

PCH Sweepstakes calls plague Snake River Region residents

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller Get out your wallet …. “You’ve won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes!” Sounds great, right? No, wait, it’s a scam Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes’ call. The scam goes as follows: Global International representatives are calling residents and telling the person who answers the phone that he/she has won a […]