PCH Shares Scam Reports With FTC to Fight Fraud

It’s National Consumer Protection Week – 2010

In continuing recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, Publishers Clearing House would like to remind you to BEWARE of scams posing as legitimate sweepstakes that ask you to send money. Remember, in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes the winning is always FREE!

Some scam artists may send out real looking checks in an attempt to get you to send money. DO NOT fall for these Fake Check Scams. You may receive an official looking letter that includes what appears to be a real looking check. Using a variety of false promises, the scammers will tell you to wire back a portion of the check. Whatever the set-up, the results are always the same. If you send money back you’ll be out twice. YOU will owe the bank the money you withdrew and the scammer will have the money you sent in his/her pocket!

At PCH we have been attacking scams like these with a number of comprehensive consumer protection programs. From an educational standpoint we have posted consumer alerts on our website at pch.com and in our mail. We have recorded anti-scam messages on our toll-free customer service lines, and ask consumers to provide us details of the scams so we can share information with law enforcement officials including the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General. In many instances we can move quickly after receiving complaints to have phone numbers supporting these scams immediately shut down. PCH is also a proud member of the Consumer Federation of America’s Fake Check Task Force, where both private and regulatory members meet regularly to share efforts to combat these ongoing scams. We continue to partner with law enforcement officials including the FBI, Postal Inspections Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and US Attorney’s Office to develop new efforts to target the scammers and bring them to justice.

Be smart. Be safe. Be protected. If you or someone you know believes they have been the victim of a fraudulent contact using the name of Publishers Clearing House, please contact Publishers Clearing House at 1-800-645-9242. Anyone who believes they have received a suspicious email using the Publishers Clearing House (or PCHLotto.com) name and logo, may forward it to our fraud reporting mailbox, abuse@pch.com.

M Crossan PCH


Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department

331 thoughts on “PCH Shares Scam Reports With FTC to Fight Fraud”

  1. Hello people I had Jeffrey Douglas as s friend on Facebook becuz I love the show on TV watching people getting blessed I got a message on messsger 9-23-15 asking if I liked the company I told him yes I think u guys r goodstuff he ask if I was feeling lucky ..I said no not at all why then he say congratulations that I was sileted for 10 million dollars and that he would be comeing to my house and I would received a call soo becareful guys oh and a brand new BMW ..
    I’m not ganna lie at first I was very emotional cuz I have never in my life though I was lucky enough to be that lucky for a better life to finally feels what love and being a part of what family I do have left would feel like doo don’t get us hopes up hii and then get slaped in the face with em good luck and I’m all for get them dam scam punks ….

  2. Joanne Boyle says:

    Joanne Boyle- I received a 7,000 check it had other companies with it so I assumed it was a fraud and took it to the person in chg. of fraud at our B of A bank. It was a fraud. This is the 3rd or 4th time this happened. If I get a ck. fm PCH I will have it checked at the bank. O.K.?

  3. Cathy says:

    Just received a pch mailing at the house. How do I know if it’s legit? I don’t normally enter thru the mail. Plus nowhere in the papers is there a “compliance complete” barcode label which is Part C. Plus I noticed the address to return it to is PCH, 1277 Entry Order Processing Ctr, Melville, NY, 11773-1277. Is this a scam?

  4. Bulletin report notice CS-06 t-4
    W-04 10/23 4900 $7,000 week
    For life prize! Accept prize number

  5. I’m getting friend request at least 2or more a day everyday since AUG.31 2015 saying im a winner at PCH i still have some of them of my facebook because they have not took them selfs off i wish someone from PCH would send the law to me to take a look at all of them it mint HELP PCH people to put a stop to this because it is TRULY HEART BRAKING when you think you have won money and you will have not i have been so sad since this has happen to me it makes me not want to play the games on PCH anymore because of what those people have done to me its so sad thank you your friend georgianna irene moore

  6. Teresa Johnsoni says:

    Pch Big Check Lucky is real!

  7. Teresa Johnsoni says:

    With the federal trade commission and State Attorney General, Consumers Federation of America Fake Check Task Force A Scammer don’t stand a chance. I put my trust in
    Lucky the Big Check being real from PCH.

  8. Dorsey Williams! says:

    Been receiving automated call from Bank of America about my pch lotto winnings! Gave me a number to call and a reference number! Two days in a row! I did participate in Pch drawings! That’s what makes me wonder?

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