CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau couple is breathing easier now after a neighbor helped them realize that they did not win $1 million dollars. It turns out, they were being scammed.
Kenneth is 92 and Martha is a couple years younger than him. They got a call that could have cost them thousands until their neighbor helped out.
The callers claimed they had won a million dollar give away from Publishers Clearing House but when they told their neighbor Joe McLemore he double checked the call.
That's when they discovered it was in fact a scam.
Even though Joe found out for sure, the Benders said they were always skeptical.
"Somebody calls and says you've won a million dollars you're skeptical right off the bat," said Kenneth Bender.
"I hope that I had [won] but I doubted that I had," said Martha Bender.
But McLemore knew almost immediately it was a scam and called the real PCH.
They told McLemore and the Bender's that no one is contacted over the phone if they have won a sweepstake.
If you are concerned you have been scammed or are curious if you have actually won, call PCH for details.