WHAT: An unexpected $3,990 check arrives in the mail with an authentic-looking “Search & Win” flyer bearing the Publishers Clearing House logo. The check is supposedly your first payment on a $1 million grand prize. Lucky you!
BEWARE: It’s a fast-spreading new scam that exploits the familiar Publishers Clearing House brand. That check is guaranteed to bounce — but not until scammers capture your bank account information. And you are likely to be told you must send advance payment of fees or taxes before collecting your bogus $1 million.
PROTECT YOURSELF: Nobody mails strangers free money, and alarm bells should ring especially loudly if you are instructed to pay taxes or fees, or disclose identification information before your lavish prize is delivered.