Arkansas City Police today, warn of recent financial scams conducted by imposters pretending to represent Publishers Clearing House. They say it is more than a local problem, and it has become a national problem… with the imposters taking a great deal of time to build trusting relationships over the phone with unsuspecting victims. Police say in the scam, potential victims are contacted via telephone by individuals claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House who will make multiple phone calls to the victim over a period of time, often calling several times per day. The scammers attempt to earn the victim’s trust over this time. Victims might be told they have won a large amount of money or a vehicle, and will be asked to
send money as part of the “taxes and fees.” Requested payments may be in the form of wire transfers, checks, money orders or cash. The money often is sent to other victims, who are unaware that they are being scammed, as well. These unwitting participants then will forward the money to others, until it reaches the scammers. Common warning signs of scams include an individual claiming to work for a well-known, legitimate business or company; promising a reward, prize or sweepstakes; asking for money; delaying arrival of prizes due to more fees; and building trust over a period of time. If contact is suddenly terminated with the scammers, sometimes they may call or even text repeatedly to re-establish contact with the victims. Arkansas City Police now warn residents to be cautious in accepting calls from unknown numbers and strongly urges everyone not to send money to anyone they have not met in person. If you or someone you know has been in contact with individuals via telephone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, or if you have sent money to Publishers Clearing House individuals, call the Arkansas City Police Department at (620) 441-4444.