‘Publishers Clearing House’ Phone Scams Circulating

Police are warning the public about scams involving phone calls to Hawaiʻi residents with a claim that they have won a large sum of money, usually over a hundred thousand dollars.

According to the Hawai`i Police Department, callers claim to be calling from “Publishers Clearing House” or another company and then give instructions to send a money order or other form of payment to pay for award processing fees.

Police are advising that anyone receiving these calls should not disclose personally identifying information, should not send money or other forms of payment, and should not follow any other instructions pertaining to transferring personal finances. Furthermore, legitimate companies do not ask winners to pay a “processing fee” to collect a prize.