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 fill out a Scam Incident Report.

M Crossan PCH

Sincerely,

Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department

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  1. I was on Facebook and Arthur James sent me a friend we quest.
    He is a scammer he posing as Dave Sayer and Arthur James.
    He said I won 6.4mil and a new BMW.

    1. Hi Tracy! That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. I received an email from: Agrawal, Ankit stating I won 1Million dollars – I am aware that this is a scam- am reporting this to you.

  3. So some tried I scam me today they was pretending to be Todd Sloan on Facebook I knew better because PCH prize patrol only deliver so the scammer sent me messages and one of the safety tips are prize patrol do not send private messages you don’t have to spend money and they don’t ads you on Facebook so I took it upon myself and screen shot the safety rules off the real prize patrol pch page and sent it to the scammer. Just have to know your safety tip but beware of the fake page of Todd Sloan

    1. We are so sorry to hear that you were scammed! Did you report it to us? If not, please report as many details as you can remember. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. The Prize Patrol takes the issue of scams seriously and we strive to educate our fans from becoming victims. Please take a few moments to review these Safety Tips so that you can better protect yourselves from being scammed: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!!