Thursday, September 11, 2014

Police Warn Residents of Phone Scams

The Sallisaw Police Department is warning residents of a recent and ongoing scam. Several complaints have been received from Sallisaw citizens that Publishers Clearing House has contacted them via phone, as well as Facebook, stating that in order to claim their check they must send in a prepaid gift card or Green Dot card. Publishers Clearing House does not operate this way and would not ask for money to claim a prize. PCH would never contact a person directly or in advance to notify the winner of a prize. Their prizes are presented just the way as they are seen in TV commercials, live and in person with balloons, check in hand-with no advance notification.

The department has also received complaints of scams involving the IRS. Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying  a new strategy. Scammers use any means available-mail, telephone, Internet, email and even Facebook. Whatever the method of contact, their main goal is to deceive a person about winning a prize, and that they need to send a pre-payment to claim that prize, or that the person owes money and will face consequences unless they pay. Don't fall for it!

If you believe you are being scammed you may go to to spot a scam, file a complaint, or learn about scams. is an important partner in the Federal Trade Commission's fight to protect consumers from being victimized by fraud. Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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