Eleven o’clock and I hasten to write this blog and report an unusual event in my life. An hour ago I received a phone call telling me I am the newest winner of Publisher’s Clearing House and the Prize Patrol will be at my door later today. It was a twenty-minute conversation and I repeatedly laughed and said “This is a joke.” I was assured it wasn’t a joke and I would receive 2.5 million dollars, $7,000.00 a week for life, and a new Mercedes. He wanted my name and I replied “Why do I have to give you my name, you have it?” He wanted to know what I would do with all that money. “I would spread it all over Texas to all the hurting people affected by the recent bad weather that froze water pipes and shut down the electricity.” The man had identified himself as “Jerry” and said he’s a Christian and he admires that I would share the money with fellow-Texans. It was actually a pleasant conversation but I was skeptical. The “scam” (in my humble opinion) came when he said I need to write a check for $3,500.00 and put it in the mailbox. It is the “Registration Fee” and needs to be paid before The Prize Patrol comes to my door. As I said, I kept up “pleasant conversation” and told him I’m an old lady on a fixed income “and we have gone through a year of the Coronavirus pandemic.” I suggested they bring the money and I could pay the “Registration Fee” from the winnings. Next: Jerry was going to make an exception and I only needed to write a check for $1,000.00. I told Jerry I’m not lucky and I didn’t believe I was a Publisher’s Clearing House winner and I was going to hang up. I hung up!!!!! The phone rang a dozen times—a dozen separate calls—but I did not answer. ~~~~ I find this amusing—for me—but I feel pain for the individual who believes the story and writes out a check. ~~~~ Actually, I am very “lucky” I did not fall victim to a scam!!
P.S. I reported my experience to the Waco, Texas, Better Business Bureau. On their website, they have “Scam Tracker” and it was very simple to provide my information.