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Publishers Clearing House Scam Phone Call from TJ Benson

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By billy

Summarize the Sweepstakes Scam

I actually had a phone call today from a man named Tj Benson, he told me that he was an agent that worked for Published Clearing House. He said i won 8.4 million dollars and a brand new 2012 Mercedes Benz. All I had to do was purchase a "Green dot Moneypack scratch card'' form Walgreens or Rite Aid. Once I got that and put 200 dollars on the card everything will start to process in the "System''.

His name and numbers are

Tj Benson

1876-437-6644

1876-2876406

More Details about the Sweepstakes Scam

When he called me and told me about this brand new car and money I had just won, he wanted me to go out and get this money pack scratch card and put 200 dollars on the card, and told me that the camera crew and everyone is getting ready to be at my door, and he also told me that they will be there in 20 mins, but after I bought the card he told me they would arrive the next day at 9am. And then he just kept telling me a bunch of lies to bring me in. I then did some research and come to find out it all a lie. So I called back the green dot money packs office number which is located on the back and told them what just happened, so they took down my information, and wrote a refund check for my money back, then they forwarded me to the supervisor and i told him about everything, and they were very happy that I acted up fast, so they reported the guy's name and number to some authorities, hopefully he gets arrested. Once I was done with that, I called the Tj Benson back, and a women with an Jamaican accent picked up and told me I had the wrong number, then Mr Benson called me back (private number) and told me he was at a meeting and that everything was going smooth and it's in process and the car and money is on the way. I told him off, and told him he was full of it, and he then hung up.

Tips and Tricks

  • He spoke horrible english (Jamaican accent)
  • He kept rushing me to go out and buy the card
  • His area code was suspicious
  • He couldn't tell me what was my name and address
  • He kept telling me excuses
  • He blocked some of his numbers
  • Used numerous numbers
  • Focus on the accent
  • Ask him questions like what's your address and name

Sandra Grauschopf, About.com Contests & Sweepstakes, says:

Glad to hear you'll be getting your money back for the card you purchased. So glad you weren't caught by this scam!

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