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By Lou Marzeles

Phony sweepstakes letter says winner gets $2.7 million


RIP-OFf LETTER: This is the letter received from a scam pretending to be Publishers Clearing House.

One lucky Goldendale resident is $2.7 million dollars richer today, courtesy of the Publishers Clearing House (PCH). That’s what it said right on the letter he received.

But not so fast. It turns out the scammers who put out the phony letter notifying the Goldendale person of his windfall “fortune” definitely sent it to the one person they least wanted to get it.

“It just looked phony,” says Thomas Hawes, Jr.—a retired police officer. Hawes’ instinct was right.

The letter has the PCH identity all over it (see the image on page 2). It has the distinctive logo. It says it’s from the vice president of international promotions and prize award department, a nice lady named Debo...

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