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Brookville couple lose nearly $10,000 in fake Publisher’s Clearing House scam

Pine Creek Township, PA – A Brookville couple was scammed out of nearly $10,000 by someone claiming that they had won the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes.

A 67-year-old man and 62-year-old woman, both from Brookville, reported the scam to State Police in Punxsutawney on Dec. 14.

They say someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House told them they had won $5 million, plus $7,000 a week for life.

The supposed spokesperson told them that, in order to receive the winnings, the couple would need to send money first. This is a common sign of a scam.

The Brookville couple sent cashier’s checks worth a total of $7,000 to the unknown person, plus they also sent $2,800 in cash to other locations.

When they were asked to send another large amount of cash, the couple said they would not send any more money and then told police.

The investigation is ongoing.

Remember, if something sounds too good to be true… it probably is. Be suspicious of anyone who claims that you have won something, especially if you don’t remember entering a contest or drawing.

If you are asked to pay a smaller amount of money in order to receive a very large amount of money, it is likely a scam.

If you encounter a scam artist, take down as much info as possible about them while not giving any of your information. Then hang up and call your local police department to report it.

Click Here to read the online police report.