Richmond police are warning residents that a telephone scam is circulating the city in which the callers tell residents they have won money from the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.
According to police, the company gives the “winner” several 1-800 numbers to “verify” the validity of the information. The company then tells the so-called winner that all they need to do is send a check for 1 percent of the winnings to secure the rest of the winning money. They also tell the victim that the winning check will be tax free with no other charges.
Richmond police are asking residents to be careful when receiving similar calls, as no legitimate sweepstakes company will ask for a percentage of the winnings prior to the recipient receiving a check or prize.