The Douglas County Sheriff's office has received many calls recently of citizens who have been involved in a Publishers Clearing House scam, according to a press release.

The scammers tell citizens that they have won prizes of money and automobiles through Publishers Clearing House. The scammers then say citizens must send money to them to cover fees to claim the prizes.

The Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes is a legitimate giveaway. However, the real Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes never calls or emails winners. Payment is never needed to receive a legitimate Publisher Clearing House prize, according to the release.

This scam is one example of many different types of scams that take place over the phone, internet and social media.

“Please remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Double check before sending your money off to someone or somewhere you're not certain about,” Sheriff Troy Wolbersen said in the release.