FAIRBANKS — When a man claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House called Barbara Reed and told her she’d won two prizes, she was ready to believe.
She’s a customer of the business that sponsors a sweepstakes. Being picked as a winner sounded plausible, she said.
“They sounded really convincing,” Reed said. “He even asked me, ‘Would you like media there?’”
The man Monday said Reed had won $350,000 and a red Mercedes, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. To claim it, the man said, she had to wire $490 to Florida.