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¡Recibes una tarjeta, llamada o email diciéndote que ganaste! Tal vez sea una lotería, un sorteo o algún otro premio. La persona que te llama está emocionada y está impaciente por que recibas lo que te ganaste.

 

Pero esto es lo que sucede a continuación: te dicen que hay que pagar un cargo, algunos impuestos o aranceles de aduana. Te piden la información de tu cuenta bancaria, o te piden que envíes dinero a través de una transferencia o que compres tarjetas de regalo y que les des los números de las tarjetas.

 

Lo envíes como lo envíes, perdiste dinero en lugar de ganarlo. No recibes un gran premio. En su lugar, recibes más pedidos de dinero, y más promesas de que te ganaste algo grande. Los estafadores pueden ser muy convincentes, ¡y a quién no le gusta ganar a lo grande!

 

Hoy en día, las estafas de loterías y sorteos son uno de los fraudes contra los consumidores más comunes. Según la FTC, estas estafas ocuparon el tercer puesto entre los tipos de fraude más comunes reportados ante la agencia durante el 2017.

 

A principio de este año, la FTC tomó una acción contra una operación que presuntamente dirigió sus falsos ofrecimientos de sorteos contra los adultos mayores. La compañía envió materiales por correo que le hicieron creer a la gente que se había ganado $1 millón de dólares (¡o más!) y que el destinatario solo tenía que pagar un pequeño cargo para poder cobrar el premio.

 

Ayúdanos a ayúdate y ayuda a los demás usando las principales recomendaciones de la FTC para evitar las estafas de loterías y sorteos:

 

  1. Guárdate tu dinero y tu información. Nunca compartas tu información financiera con alguien que se ponga en contacto contigo y te diga que la necesita. Y nunca hagas una transferencia de dinero ni le suministres los números de una tarjeta de regalo a alguien que te pida que lo hagas. Ambos métodos de pago son un indicio seguro de una estafa.

 

  1. Pásale esta información a un amigo. Es probable que tú tires a la basura este tipo de ofrecimientos falsos o que cuelgues el teléfono cuando recibes esta clase de llamadas. Pero también es probable que conozcas a alguien que podría aprovechar un recordatorio amistoso.

 

  1. Si detectas una estafa, repórtala a la FTC en ftc.gov/queja. Tu reporte puede ayudar a los investigadores de la FTC a identificar a los estafadores y frenar sus esquemas antes de que le roben el dinero que tanto cuesta ganar a otra persona.
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115 Comments

Aldonza Lorenzo
February 28, 2020
Hola.Como hago para que no me entren Sorteos de tarjetas de Wallmar, anuncios, que me nloquen lo que estoy leyendo?
Don't use yvit…
June 05, 2018
I HAVE FALLEN VICTIM ON MANY OCCASIONS, AND I REGRETTED IT. I WISH I CAN RECOVER MY MONEY.
Trying to stee…
July 14, 2018

En respuesta a por Iblala

I was texted from 614 814 8803 said I won Fcebook lottery. Sent my a list if info they needed. And would deliver to my home cash .
Vanderlin58
April 23, 2019

En respuesta a por Trying to stee…

This just happened to me a friend messaged me that she won and she saw my name on the list from FBPOKERFORTE.com . When I called my friend the next day she said it was not her. The guy I messaged name was Robert L Jenkins the told me I won $100,000 but I had to send them $2000 in Google p!at cards and then I would get my money by courier in 24 hours . It did not feel or sound right so I did not do it.
John F
June 05, 2018
Good info thanks
Mstoya9
June 05, 2018
What if you already are a victim of this scam
FTC Staff
June 18, 2018

En respuesta a por Mstoya9

You can report that to the FTC at FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don’t go into the law enforcement database.

rikoshed
June 05, 2018
Thanks for the info but I would never go for that I would just ricoshed it back!
clockmaker
June 05, 2018
I get calls and emails every day. There is one call I get from Pennsylvania constantly. I finally blocked it but, he used a different number. He calls himself David Nelson. His phone number is, 1 610-713-8417
Very Cautious …
June 05, 2018
If it is legit you do not have to pay to receive your prize. Also do you recall entering a sweepstakes. You need to enter to win. They don't need your information, they would already have the information they need if you had entered the sweepstakes.
Jrlv5648
June 05, 2018
I've turned in some of these scammers and Grant scammers to the FTC. 6 in all.
vernon
June 29, 2019

En respuesta a por star

letter from oz lotto , mike freeman prise adm., 1,327,940 winner, must be BS. Consumer brand sweepstakes. Did not enter any lotto..
Mickeyboy907
June 05, 2018
The new scam . Craig's list , big homes for rent way to cheap , then the scam starts . take your money , not there home to rent at all .
Sad Daughter
June 05, 2018
My mom just passed away and in cleaning out her house we found several hundred items from Publisher Clearing House that my mom purchased in the hopes that she will win the big prize. Not only that but everyday, and I do mean everyday mail from PCH came to her promising money, money, money. I am so sad that this happened to her, an elderly woman with a very small income, hoping for a big win. I wish this company and others like this could be eliminated.
kstiverson
June 06, 2018

En respuesta a por Sad Daughter

That is what I did with PCH. So sad to loose the money on bad items and no prizes.
Itup
June 06, 2018

En respuesta a por Sad Daughter

Same experienced with me.I stopped buying products from them few years ago. That Publisher Cleaning house charged high shipping & handling and also some products are very cheap made. Their Advertising is very tempting.
raven229
June 06, 2018

En respuesta a por Itup

I have only bought from PCH ONCE then rad the fine print (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY) and never made another purchase (IT DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR ODDS) again
Gwynn
June 10, 2018

En respuesta a por Sad Daughter

They should be charged with such treacherous activities then apprehended and brought to justice in which all her money also be reimbursed to you.
Msindyl25
August 16, 2018

En respuesta a por Sad Daughter

Oh my, I am so glad I came across this article. Now I do not feel like a terrible daughter when I try to stop my mom from spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on PCH items to win the big money. It has been years now and just getting worse. Yes she get mailing now almost everyday and not it has gone into my husbands name for whatever reason. My husband has never ordered from them. So everything my mom ordered is in my husbands name and they told me they combined the household into one account. I am making them fix it, but they said it will take weeks.
Bryan Griggs
January 16, 2019

En respuesta a por Sad Daughter

I keep getting a mailed letter from RAN or "Research America Network " saying send $30 to receive my winnings of $2,347,293 reply within 12 buisness days or results in forfeiture of my winnings. Is this for real or real good at getting people's money...
JayeBird
June 05, 2018
I’ve been getting a ton of unsolicited phone calls from Verizon stating that I can payoff my student loans, then they hang up and when I call back it’s Always a Verizon number trying to get me to pay my bill! 10-15 calls daily and Verizon doesn’t deny this but they can’t do anything about it! It’s driving me NUTS!!!! Is there Anything I can do to Stop these prank calls??? Please help me stop this MADNESS?!?!?!?
BinkyBoo
June 05, 2018
Last time they called me I said I want I told them to send it to my house and hung up on them. Funny thing I never got the prize.
Zach
June 05, 2018
Like others,I joke with my mailman that he never brings me money, only bills for payment. That's life, he says. No stranger is going to give you money. Not a one.
Frank Mayer
June 05, 2018
The US Government and our law makers need to establish and enforce laws that require all games of chance to be under the control of the state or local government and heavily taxed. If people have money to use on games of chance then they have money to contribute more to paying for government programs instead of wasting money. Then we could retain the tax cut we just received without going bankrupt. Additionally, people would know that if the government is not actively endorsing the game then playing the game of chance is illegal and will subject them and the scam artist to serious sanctions and fines.
aussieechols
June 05, 2018
I been through some identity theft as well as scams fb lottery.I have pictures on my phone now 2017/ 2018 from MARK ZUCKERBERG SAYING WINNER CONGRATULATIONS PROMISED A MERCEDES ITS ALL ON MY PHONE NOW ITS SAD HOW YOU GET CAUGHT UP..WITH OUR POTUS DONALD TRUMP THIS NO SCAM FBI KNOW ABOUT FB LOTTERY
Cleopatra
June 05, 2018
I get all kinds of scams by mail and by phone but before I reply I checked with the real industry that offers anything there's a lots of scammers I am so sorry for your mother and her passing. Scammers pray in older people. My sincere sorry about your loving mother I wished I had meet her to help her to not listening to the scammers is so sad. I don't know you but I wish you the best in such a sad situation
Snakelady
June 05, 2018
The one I found super funny is I owe or a supposedly and if I would like to fight it my lawyer and I can come to Washington dc or I can pay the 6,653.00 and settle my debt....if not than my local law agency will come out and arrest me,also cease my home,bank account any all assets that I own. I called it's to make sure I didn't owe and the lady I spoke with said if we are going to arrest you ,then we will do so without any warning.ITS A Major SCAM
Rottweiler15
June 05, 2018
We have a landline we use to call 800 numbers and local calls. The "do not call list" is worthless. We never answer the landline although we get numerous calls every week. They never leave a message. What a surprise! Many calls are made to our cell phones with unrecognizable numbers. Again, no message is left. My advice to you is if you do pick up the phone NEVER SAY YES even if they use your name.
Bigf1842
June 05, 2018
PCH.Com is responsible for the hacking and compromising of thousands of accounts. That there privacy policy and terms and conditions forbid markerters from selling or accessing one's data. But they do this anyway like purging it from data banks,and they sell your data. That is illegal, and they profit off of it. Those are the facts. It's not a game, it is theft, and they are good at it.
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June 05, 2018
For sad daughter, PCH is halfway a scam, they do sell you stuff legitly making you think your odds are better of, even though in small print it says "no purchase necessary".
Patty conti
June 05, 2018
The have someone you dont know to tell you your on some list.but have to.pay DELIVERY charges.
an angel in heaven
June 05, 2018
DO NOT answer surveys they could be trying to get info from you. Any questionnaires seriously
PCH Loser
June 05, 2018
Receive many e-emails daily.While pushing sweepstakes opportunities they offer hundreds of cheap items for sale.Odds of winning greater than odds of winning Power Ball.
Slam The Scammer
June 05, 2018
FTC need to hold online providers accountable for this type of fraud since they're very to remove from you email address once spamed. (Especially on your cellphone)..
Charlotte C.
June 05, 2018
Its not the company, its the scammers.if you have to pay, then its a scam!
Nurturer
June 05, 2018
My exhusband fell for a scam he sent a check from his parents checking account for $300.00 and the account was drained of all the money.
jen
June 05, 2018
I agree that the Publisher's Clearing House- and all similar types of supposedly "legal" contests should be eliminated. I entered for years,- then encountered countless e-mails, requesting I jump through more hoops- and keep entering......so ridiculous. They are just scammers- looking for magazine and other garbage sales.
gail91240
June 05, 2018
I am one of the victims of the PCH winnings. I lost mega bucks wiring money, money orders, credit cards and gift cards as well as out of the Country phone calls by doing what they asked me to do. I lost my savings which was around $15,000. and never received anything of the free money, a car and a Washer & Dryer. I just wouldn't believe anyone that was telling me not to do this and now I am paying for it. MY ADVICE...PLEASE DO NOT EVER SEND ANY MONEY TO THEM BECAUSE IT IS A SCAM AND YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING BUT LOSS OF MONEY AND TIME.
D Earley510
June 06, 2018
Publishes Clearing House has told me 5 times they are coning to my house and never shown up I
Bobby J.Don't …
June 06, 2018
Had a call telling me i had won PCH prize. Asked me to put $800.00 on a gift card and send them the information. I started laughing then told them to keep the prize for them self.
Don't use your…
June 06, 2018
Do u think PCH IS A SCAM ?
Fanta 2
June 06, 2018

En respuesta a por Don't use your…

No. Just a company out to get you to buy all of their products. How ever the real pch never ask people to send them money in less you buy this merchandise. There are scammers out there pretending to be pch. So no they are not scammers, they are just a bunch of unscrupulous sales people who want you to buy their products by telling you that you could win money. But it is more likely that you won't win, than it is that you will
marlene
June 26, 2018

En respuesta a por Don't use your…

They actually have winners, but so many people enter that it is almost impossible to win. I do play the games that I like with no expectations that I will ever win. However, they do send out a lot of e-mails misleading a person to think that the next step is the winner step.
Mariesizemore
June 06, 2018
Yes Im a 65 year old woman who is DISABLED person and they took 450.dollars from me and said that I had won 5000.00o so don't believe nothing cause it is nothing but a heart ache and you will lose your money for nothing I have been lied to so many times and I would love to have my money back from those people who scammed me
Killion4690
June 06, 2018

Facebook international lottery you 830,000.00 but you need to pay Nigeria and fees and irs and taxes to FedEx and Ups

Kimchavis
June 06, 2018
I'm eing harrassed by three guys in the samescam they claim I won 4.5 million plus 5000$ a week for life. But they want me send via wire 200$ for international taxes on the money. lol im not stupid