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Anderson Co. sheriff warns of Publisher's Clearing House scam

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson County sheriff is warning residents of a phone scam that claims the victim won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes but will have to pay to claim their prize.

Sheriff John Skipper said deputies received a report from a resident who said they were told to send a money order to claim their prize, so he is warning residents of the potential pitfalls of similar scams.

"It's like your mother says, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Skipper said.

Publisher's Clearing House Learning Center has several tips for people to help avoid scams. They warn people that if they receive a prize check in the mail asking them to send it back a portion of the prize, it is a scam.

Similarly they also said phone calls and emails asking winners to wire back money are scams.

Other tips include never giving a credit card number to collect a prize and contact PCH or company claiming the prize to confirm it is legitimate.

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