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

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

  1. simeon bankston says:

    Last night I received a friend request from john percival whitehead, his profile said he worked for PCH, photos of him with the prize patrol van. He started a conversation about me, work, etc. when asked where i would bank i replied I could handle any wins myself because I took care of sheriff’s budget conversation ended.

    1. simeon bankston says:

      whiteman not whitehead

  2. Judith Leverett says:

    I just received an advertisement on Facebook it’s a video talking about accounts and shopping at pch I know this can’t be real and then it said thank you for paying your bill someone please look into this

  3. I have been receiving requests for months today alone I received 5 request 2 from Dave 2 from Danielle and one from ANTHONY ADAMS WHP TOOK THE Time to put his picture on all PCH posts on Facebook last night I received a request from Todd when I told him he was a scammer and blocked him he called but u was away from my phone and only saw the notice of a missed call this is happening almost every day

  4. Carla Michelle Antee says:

    Bring my money

  5. Bruce Light says:

    Well I got a email saying that I had won 1000000 dollars that shipping info would follow. Well Margaret Carson was the ladies name. But after reading a little bit because I check before I replied that it was a scam . They broke my heart lol thought I was a millionaire. Just to good to be true lol.I mean the email had PcH logo and the use of elite couriers which has a web sight . I just say they are terriable. So be careful if it is to good to be true . it is not true.

  6. Marsha Pybus says:

    I have been scammed by someone saying I won and they needed money up front

  7. Alma P Klein says:

    The people that Text me said that they were from the Pch company and they said it was Danielle Lam that was texting me and the # is 1909-435-4723 so get those people about the that.

  8. Teresa Huff says:

    I was scammed by someone who called and said they were Dave Sayers,that I had won $7000 a week for life I was suppose to send 150 by western union to this address to cover taxes to Davian Williams St Mary Jamaica W. I. phone number 1-876-375-4726 407-900-7134 the sad thing I got scammed I did send the money and gave out a lot of my personal info called my bank cancelled all my checks and reported my debit card stolen so these theives can get nothing else from me! They tired to call me again while I was at church, be careful everybody they are real convinceing

  9. G says:

    My Mom received this letter and I just called PCH Fraud Department today. This letter is a scam. PCH took all the info on this letter and is reporting it. PCH only contacts winners in PERSON – not be phone calls, US mail or email.

  10. William says:

    I just received a letter with a Todd Sloan business card on it to call a number is it legit

    1. BJ says:

      I have also received a letter with card saying Please Call Right Now. Have u called yet? Must be a million letters sent out with this same card and info included.

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