Scammer claiming to be with Publisher’s Clearing House doesn’t fool local man
LEWISTON, ID —
A local couple is speaking out tonight with a warning about a scam making its rounds here in the valley.
KLEW News Reporter Kaila Lafferty joins us in-studio now with the story.
Don Holbrook got a call from someone claiming to be with Publisher’s Clearing House. The caller told him he won millions, but instead of celebrating, he did some digging.
"I was outside and I heard the phone ringing so I just let the answering machine pick it up,” said Holbrook. “When I went inside to check it out... it was somebody from the clearing house."
"You have won three and half million dollars. a car the color of your choice."
But Holbrook’s first instinct wasn’t to celebrate, instead he listened closely to the voicemail.
"They wanted me to call back this number and send them the information where they could send me the money and everything,” said Holbrook.
He thought this seemed too good to be true, that’s because this isn’t the first time he’s received a call like this.
"We've been receiving a lot of calls similar to this here, lately,” said Holbrook.
He contacted Lewiston Police immediately after.
"They said that they have received several calls like this, and we gave them the number that was on the recording, and they said that, that was one of the numbers that has occurred before,” said Holbrook.
Don says he just wants to make sure that others don’t fall victim to this scam…but he knows there are some neighbors who just might.
"It makes me mad,” said Holbrook. “I worked hard for that money and anybody else that's worked hard for that money too. Especially when you get into your senior years. You don't want anybody trying to take that away from you."
Publisher’s Clearing House states that they only notify winners by going to their door to tell them, and they would never call and leave a voicemail like the one Don received.