BEDFORD, Va. — Most of us have seen the commercials: Publishers Clearing House delivering a big check to an excited winner.
A new scam is using the popular company's name to trick people into thinking they've won millions of dollars.
Investigators in Bedford say the crime has hit their county, but they're fighting it with the help of one man who almost became a victim.
When he checked the mailbox Monday afternoon, George Ivey thought he was getting an early Christmas present: a check from Publishers Clearing House for 3.6 million dollars.
"There's a lot of people I could help with 3.6 million dollars this time of year," said Ivey.
The check came attached to a letter.
"It looks real," said Ivey. "It's got the same address as Publishers Clearing House."
But it wasn't real, and Ivey quickly figured that out when he called the number on the letter.
"The man on the phone started asking me for money," said Ivey. "He said that I could get the check, but I would need to supply $250."