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Copperas Cove resident almost scammed by fraudulent $10,000 Publishers Clearing House check

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 17:30:54-04

COPPERAS COVE, TX — The Copperas Cove Police Department is warning the city after one resident was almost scammed by a fraudulent $10,000 Publishers Clearing House check.

CCPD says the person received a letter, on what appeared to be PCH letterhead, with a check for $9,697.50. The letter said the person had won the $600,000 sweepstakes, and the check was to be used to assist with payment of "taxes, handling and processing fees."

The letter instructed the person to contact PCH Claims Agent Glen Smith, who would assist with claiming their prize.

The person reported the incident to police and did not contact Agent Smith.

The department has attempted to contact Glen Smith at the number listed in the letter, but has not received an answer.

According to CCPD, residents can identify a fake Publishers Clearing House letter by:

  • Grammar- The PCH letter contained several grammatical errors.
  • Bank Affiliation- The check was from a company that had no affiliation with PCH.
  • Camera Crew- If you do win the PCH sweepstakes, PCH will show up to your home with a camera crew, balloons and "a check the size of a Volkswagen."

Anyone with questions as to whether you may be the target of a scam can contact the police department at (254) 547-8222.