Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced that approximately 770 Oregonians are receiving by mail a second notice regarding refunds from Publishers Clearing House. These Oregonians are due to share in over $600,000 in restitution from last year's judgment obtained against Publishers Clearing House. Oregon was part of a 26-state settlement resolving the company's sweepstakes practices. Response forms must be returned to the administrator no later than September 16, 2002.
"Our refund administrator advises that while over 2100 Oregonians already responded to a very simple refund acceptance form, several hundred have not responded," Myers said. "We want to go the extra mile so that eligible Oregonians partake of the partial restitution available to past customers of Publishers Clearing House."
The refund administrator has mailed a second letter over the signature of Attorney General Myers telling those who are eligible and who haven't responded that they must do so by September 16, 2002. In addition, the Department of Justice has attempted to get correct addresses on returned undeliverable mail and provide the administrator with records of consumers who gave the Department change of address information during the past few months.
Myers and 25 other Attorneys General are distributing $19 million dollars in partial refunds to PCH customers who paid the company more than $1,000 per any one year between 1997 and 2000. Oregonians could receive more than $655,000 in restitution. The pro rata share is approximately seven cents on the dollar.
Myers also warned Oregonians to be wary of scammers, particularly telemarketers, who try to take advantage of a refund situation.
"We have had consumers throughout the state receive calls from telemarketers masquerading as customs officials, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or executives from Publishers Clearing House. It is imperative that consumers understand that if they have to pay a cent to receive a prize or a refund, something is wrong," Myers said. "Those eligible for the PCH refund should look for the official letter with my signature, fill out the form and promptly send it to the administrator - no money will ever be requested."
Consumers wanting more information about the refund process may call the Attorney General's consumer hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392. Information also is available online at www.doj.state.or.us.
Kevin Neely, Justice, (503) 378-6002