Couple of Weird Voicemail messages
This past week, I received a couple of very unusual voice mails. One was from the Tele-Ministry System and the other was from Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.
Tele-Ministry System message
I have no idea how they got my phone number, but they left a message asking me to call them back. I wasn't sure what to make of it, so I decided to do some research online. It turns out that the Tele-Ministry System is a religious organization that uses automated messages to spread their faith. After reading more about them, I decided that I didn't want anything to do with them and deleted the voice mail.
Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes message
Publishers Clearing House (PCH) is a legitimate company that runs sweepstakes and lotteries. However, there are many scams out there that use the PCH name in order to try and trick people into sending them money.
One common scam is when someone calls you claiming to be from PCH and saying that you've won a large prize. They may even tell you to call back on a specific number in order to "claim" your winnings. However, this is not how PCH operates - they will never contact winners directly by phone in order to award them a prize.
If you receive any calls like the one I got, it's important not to give out any personal information or money, and instead report the scammer call back number to authorities.
Tele-Ministry System Transcript
Full Transcript from Hooper Communications:
Hello this is Tim Hooper from Mobile Alabama for the tele ministry system do you want to grow your ministry our church system is the only system that can call 1,500 people a day 40,000 people a month in your own voice to invite to your church or to tell about the needs of your ministry our sister knows every cell phone number and landline number in the general public Pastor, make a message in your own voice and enter in any area code or zip code in our system makes everything all number in 3 seconds the person calls can leave a message go to your website to make a donation you could average 50 plus responses a day from people needing prayer people interested in joining your ministry people offering to make donations to the ministry one telephone call from you to the community could pay for the system in full from their donations also our system can be used to contact any group of your church and your voice.
Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes Scam
Full Transcript of the scam:
Hello this is a secure phone call from the sweepstakes headquarters at 4800 Signature Dr., Raleigh, NC You are a selected winner with Publishers' Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and association with Windstar international your claim code is 100234 I repeat 100234 This represents the grand prize package of 2.5 million and the most awesome bonus prize ever A brand new 2022 BMW congratulations Please call our claim department at 623-264-1613 Again 623-264-1613 We will be expecting your call for clearance There will be agents available to assist with your delivery schedule thanks for your patience...