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Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes Fraud Sweeps Milwaukee

 There have been 3 separate instances now of people in Milwaukee getting fake  PCH (Publisher’s Clearing House) sweepstakes checks.  Each contains a letter that says that states the individual has won $___ million dollars.  Each contains a check for a  few thousand to "cover their expenses".  Then, the letter asks the  winner to call "a representative of PCH" before cashing the check.  It also instructs them to call a prescribed IRS representative as well  prior to cashing the check.  The kicker here is that these are arriving in plain, white envelopes  with a clear plastic window WITH A CANADIAN STAMP ON THE FRONT AS  POSTAGE!  They seem to be coming out of Quebec. If you receive one of these checks, do not contact the issuer or the IRS representative they cite in their letter.  Absolutely, DO NOT, provide personal information, account numbers, or any other information to these people.  Contact your local police department and report receipt of the letter to them.

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