Scammers put a new twist on old fake claim of winning Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — There’s a new variation on an old scam that tries to delude you into thinking you’ve won the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes.

In this variation, they use an imposter on the phone who tries to convince you that you’ve just collected a boatload of money.

In this scam, opportunity doesn’t knock at your door — it calls and it’s a criminal. They’re using the good name of Publisher’s Clearing House to scam you.

A scam call to a CBS 17 viewer received began like this: “You’re the second-place winner in the Publisher’s Clearing House. Please feel free to call the prize patrol manager.”

Officials say at first it all sounds credible.

“It sounds believable, but if you call that number, eventually they’re going to start asking you for personal information,” said Tony Binkley of the Better Business Bureau.

The scam call goes on to add an interesting claim: “This is a…

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