The Better Business Bureau has been notified by several companies that their business names has been falsely used on counterfeit checks in an attempt to scam consumers of thousands of dollars.
A letter, with the name Publisher’s Clearing House at the top, instructs recipients to cash the enclosed check, keep $1,500 for themselves, and wire the rest to a Canadian address. The checks appear to come from businesses (not from Publisher’s Clearing House) with some being made out for as much as $10,000. After the money is wired back to Publishers Clearing House at the Canadian address, the checks bounce, the scam artists get their money, and the consumer is responsible for the entire check amount.
Letters have been received across the United States. The BBB is unaware if any consumer has fallen for the scam, but has received several calls from consumers asking about the validity of the offer.
The real Publisher’s Clearing House on February 27 declared a winner of $5,000 a week for life in New Jersey.
The Better Business Bureau advises any consumer receiving similar letters and checks from an unknown source to not cash the check. If they are uncertain the check is legitimate, consumers should call the BBB, ask their bank, or take it to their local Postal Inspector for investigation.