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Publisher's Clearing House Scam Reported in Paragould

Potential victims are told they've won money or a car and are instructed to open a new bank account to receive the winnings.
PARAGOULD, AR - Police are warning residents about a Publisher's Clearing House scam that's been reported in the city.

The Paragould Police Department (PPD) says recently, individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be representatives of the nationally known sweepstakes company.  

Police say the caller, who has been known to give the name of the CEO of Publisher's Clearing House, will tell the potential victim that they have won one million dollars, in addition to a very expensive Mercedes automobile. The victim is requested to go to their bank and open an account so that the money can be deposited into the new account. A mention may also be made about being required to pay for fees or taxes on the prizes.

The PPD warns residents "As always, use caution and NEVER give out bank account information, social security numbers, dates of birth, or any other information that could compromise your accounts or your identity. Companies such as Publisher's Clearing House will not contact you by phone and request personal information, and certainly not ask for account numbers for bank accounts. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."  
 
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