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Don't be mislead by Publishers Clearing House

A Senate committee investigation says Publishers Clearing House may be misleading consumers by sending out sweepstakes solicitations that "push the limits" of federal law and legal settlements between the company and dozens of states.In a report (pdf) "Pushing the Envelope: Publishers Clearing House in the New Era of Direct Marketing," the Senate Special Committee on Aging says its investigation raises questions about whether the company's solicitation is continuing to mislead consumers into believing they have won or are close to winning prizes or that buying products or subscriptions will increase their chances of winning."I'm all for folks winning prizes but it concerns me when seniors still report they're being misled by Publishers Clearing House," said a statement by the committee's chairman, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). "If people are concluding that they have to buy something to enter or win the sweepstakes, then we need to make sure that gets corrected."In 2000, PCH agreed to pay...

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