Scam alert: Publisher’s Clearing House

Published 6:58 pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Betty Murphy, of Washington, recently received two phone calls from scammers, the first caller saying she had won part of a $90 million Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes prize. Murphy recognized the scam immediately: she said the call originated from Kingston, Jamaica, but she was surprised by the amount of information they had about the area. After being told the caller’s organization had an office nearby, Murphy asked where it was located and was told “Southern Washington,” close to N.C. Highway 99 and Belhaven. The second call she received about the same subject ended in a voicemail message from a man identifying himself as “Danny Cooper.”

“Apparently, they’re very sophisticated in making sure they know where you are located and knowing what’s around you,” Murphy said.

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