Publishers Clearing House scam targets Piedmont Triad woman

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- What is believed to be overseas scammers are now stealing the identities of employees with the sweepstakes giant Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol to try and steal your money.

“It bothered me that somebody can get to you this easy on social networks,” said Renee Blackmon, who got a private message from scammer using the name and image of Dave Sayer of PCH Wednesday night. “They've taken his identity and they are going around and playing like him.”

The scammer told Blackmon she had won the big prize but to get it she needed to send hundreds of dollars in fees to them. “They said they would pay me back three times what they said I had to pay for this information.”

Blackmon says she knew it was a scam from the misspellings, broken English and the fact Publishers Clearing House shows up at your door, not in your Facebook messages.

PCH says none of their staff will ever contact you through Facebook and the Better Business Bureau says anytime you are asked to send money to claim a prize, it’s a scam.