Rogers County Lt. Deputy David Hayes responded to a dispatch call Monday at a Catoosa area residence. The RP (reporting party) said on Feb. 13 she received correspondence from who she thought was Publishers Clearing House, indicating a payment of winnings and final notice for $1,150,000 and to contact the agent, Eugene E. Wooden Sr. at 1-716-616-9400 within 72 hours.
According to RCSO reports, the RP had several conversations with a Eugen Wood Sr. via telephone. She also received a letter from the “IRS” directing her to make a tax deposit in the amount of $15,499 and $2,250.91 for activation fees so that her check in the amount of $1,150,000 could be released.
Not realizing this was a scam, the RP then went to her bank and pulled nearly $18,000 out of the account and wired the funds to a Bank of America account located at 5025 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood, Calif. 91601.
The report stated she further received a package containing a catalog and envelope from “UPS” which cost her an additional $70.
According to information from the National Fraud Center a legitimate sweepstakes will never ask a winner to send money for entry, to claim a prize, or to pay a fee, tax or deposit.
Anyone believed to be a victim of a fake check scam using the Publishers Clearing House name or logo should call 1-800-392-4190.
Consumers should also contact a local consumer protection official or the National Fraud Center at fraud.org.