Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen, of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, said several residents have received calls allegedly from Publishers Clearing House.

Harnen said it is a scam.

“They are asking residents to send varying amounts of money to receive their check,” said Harnen.

Harnen said, to his knowledge, no one has fallen for the scam, so far.

“We just want everyone to be aware,” said Harnen. “If you have won, nobody is going to ask you to send money.”

According to the Better Business Bureau, the real Publishers Clearing House is a BBB Accredited Business with a good rating, and it never asks people to pay upfront fees for anything. The company is frequently and fraudulently mimicked by scammers because of its reputation for real prizes.

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