Publishers Clearing House doesn’t send FedEx guy to collect taxes

Boise woman says he was a half-hour early, so she quickly wrote the check

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller When Mary Hartford, of Boise, read the letter from Publishers Clearing House she was certain that the $2.6 million check attached to the letter was proof she’d won. The 80-plus woman says, “It had the right address, logo and even a bank number. So, you bet, I called the number on […]

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 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 […]

Publisher’s Clearing House is not in CANADA!

By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller For 74-year-old Alice of Meridian, it was a slip in judgment and it cost her. Publishers Clearing House (PCH), headquartered in Port Washington, N.Y., is a leading multi-channel direct marketer of value-based consumer products and magazines and a respected leader in the direct marketing industry. Everyone dreams of winning a […]

‘No really, I won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes’

By Sam Gillihan/ business & consumer services Even writing this story is a little more bizarre than words can describe. We have a gentleman out of Idaho Falls who really won $1,000 from Publishers Clearing House. He came to BBB initially to confirm everything was real and get help with his paperwork. I confirmed with […]