TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Some Lee County residents say they have been receiving scam phone calls from people pretending to be associated with Publishers Clearing House.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says there are imposters who pretend to be associated with organizations or companies like that.
“What you have to remember is that anytime you fill out any application, whether it’s for a magazine or even ordering something on the internet, company’s buy that information from other companies,” he said.
"Oh, I really thought I won something," one victim said. "I thought I won a car and some money, and my sister goes, 'You're crazy that can't be true.'"
"If someone comes to your house with a big van and balloons offering you $10,000, take it. But that company is not going to announce to you that you have won over the phone," Johnson said.
Johnson says scammers often pose as different organizations, not just one. When in doubt, he says call your local law enforcement agency.