An unfortunate aspect of life in recent years has been the increase in reports by fraudulent means to separate honest people from their money. A number of cases have been reported locally although none more prevalent than the most recent, “Publishers House Clearing” scam.
According to Rush County Detective Richard Gosser, individuals receive a check or letter in the mail informing them they have won a substantial amount of money from Publisher’s Clearing House and are asked to transfer monies from one of their accounts to a specified account or purchase a “Green Dot” card from CVS and again transfer those monies - after remitting taxes and other fees, the full amount of their winnings will be released and sent to them.
“In recent months and weeks, we have had an unfortunate number of local individuals fall for this ploy to fraud. They have complied only to find they are out the money they provided,” Gosser said.
The day Gosser spoke to this reporter, an individual was in CVD attempting to purchase a “Green Dot” card when the customer was instructed by a CVS employee to contact the RCSD before they proceeded. According to Gosser, fortunately, that unidentified individual was saved the monetary loss thanks in large part to the CVS employee.
Law enforcement personnel are quick to add that there are no free rides, and under no circumstances will a legitimate operation ask you to send money in order to receive winnings.
Gosser further added that the law enforcement personnel have tracked the recent operation to New York, however, once the Green Dot card is redeemed or bank account monies are transferred, the money is quickly out of the country and virtually untraceable or unrecoverable.
Under no circumstances, should individuals comply with a strangers request to send money or transfer funds as a means to receive winnings of any kind.
Questions regarding this and other means of fraudulent means to acquire banking and personnel information via the phone, or to report similar activity, residents are asked to contact the Rushville Police Department at (765) 932-3907 or the RCSD at (76) 932-2931.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.