Once again, scammers are targeting McDowell County residents, and authorities are urging citizens to steer clear of their false claims.

Local folks have reported being contacted by workers from Publishers Clearing House (PCH), telling them they’ve won cars and even millions of dollars.

The callers tell residents that, in order for them to claim their prizes, they must send PCH a certain amount of money.

Other local citizens are receiving calls from people claiming to be from the IRS, telling residents they owe money, giving them instructions as to how to pay and threatening that, if they don’t pay, a warrant will be issued for their arrest.

The IRS does business through the mail, never over the phone.

The following link is from the IRS website and identifies five ways to spot a suspicious call:


The Sheriff’s Office advises residents to ignore these calls and don’t send money or give out any personal information.

Anyone with questions or concerns can call the Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235. To report an IRS scam, call (800) 366-4484.