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

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

  1. Marie Ward says:

    It’s Danielle Lam publishers clearinghouse on Facebook and messenger

  2. Nancy says:

    Here’s mine:

    Email Ref#: PCH/1209-212-5787.

    Long, Brian (CCI-Virginia) Brian.Long@cox.com via coxcomminc.onmicrosoft.com
    6:40 PM (32 minutes ago)

    Attn.; Winner Dated 27th of April, 2016.

    Email Ref#: PCH/1209-212-5787.

    You are our star prize winner dated 27th of April, 2016 and for claim process
    get in touch with our agent on address ( debholland-pchinquiries@hotmail.com )

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)

    Sometimes too good to be true…is true!

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Nancy, unfortunately there are scammers out there who try to use our name to scam people. This is why we try so hard to educate our customers on how we award our winners. With our sweepstakes, you never have to pay to claim a prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Facebook. You can report these scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Feel free to check out our blog for tips to recognize these scams by clicking here: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe and informed PCH Fan’s!

  3. Jana says:

    I received an email today

    1. Pat says:

      So did I

  4. Melody says:

    I received an email identical to this one, yesterday.

  5. chas says:

    here’s mine………….

    Ref#: 34243234455
    WILLEMS, Daniel to you (Bcc)

    Email Ref#: 34243234455

    PCH Sweepstakes Dated 14th of February 2016.

    We the Publishers Clearing House are using this medium to inform you that you have emerge our lucky star prize winner Dated 14th of February 2016.

    For claims verification contact our agent on this specified email address (pchinquiryaffairs@outlook.com) providing your name, address, email id and phone number.


    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)


    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain proprietary and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

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