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

Sincerely,

Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department


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

  1. Maurice Golding says:

    Maurice C Golding Aug 4 2014 7:16 PM I was scam to how can i get my money back

  2. Deborah Christian I came across this again and quite frankly I don’t understand where the additude is coming from. My statement about being sick and tired of people trying to friend me who clamed the were Todd,Dave and Danielle.for that part I am sorry you took that personal.
    The part of your statement as to where you hold PCH liable for something you did on your own. Well I am sorry that is ridiculous. I have no idea the countless times they warned us ALL against scams ,they will not send friend request. Never will we have to pay for the winnings we may receive.
    I do have to question how upset you got with me when I responded to what you said. I will not respond to anything else you comment on. With that being said NOTHING POSTIVE WILL COME OUT OF BEING NEGITIVE.

  3. thanks I now about scammers I let then now they are not Danielle or MR Dave Sayer to go away

  4. July 1, 2014, I WAS SCAMMED AFTER I SAID I WANTED TO BE A MYSTERY SHOPPER. I DEPOSITED USPOSTOFFICE MO $995- IN BANK AND BROUGHT THE GREEN DOT MONEY PAC CARDS. NOW I HAVE MINUS AND FRAUD ON MY CREDIT LINE…I HAD TO PAY MONEY BACK. MY EXCELLENT CREDIT DAMAGED BECAUSE I TRUSTED IN PCH DO YOU WANT TO BE A MYSTERY SHOPPER. IF PEOPLE ARE EASLY SCAMMED BY THIS WEB SITE TAKE IT OFF. NOW BANK THINK I AM A FRAUD. I DID CONTACT IC3LGOV AND USPS.COM POSTAL INSPECTOR TO FILE FRAUD REPORTS. BUT CREDIT WENT BAD JUST THAT FAST.

    1. I don’t understand I have never seen where PCH has asked to pay mystery shoppers. However I do know what your talking about. I have seen it but it is not associated with Publishers Clearing House. In fact they warn us about this sort of thing.
      I am sorry that you got swindled out of your money and that to me as well as I am sure it is to you a devastating amount to loose.
      You couldn’t possibable be charged with fraudulent charges as you said you are not the scammer. As for you excellent credit 1 insodent would not destroy your credit. You credit is threw 3 agencies $1,000 is not going to ruin your 750-800 excellent score.
      I have no idea but you brought it to a public forum and I am not sure about what your motive is.
      I get so tired of seeing comments mad from the people negative Nancy’s that PCH is a scam! People open your eyes how could they be in business so long if they were defrauding the consumer? Not long!! Is the lottery a scam? I have never won the mega millions,powerball. For that matter do we deny there is air we can’t see it? No because we believe that is there for us to breath. NEVER PAY FOR SOMETHING IN ADVANCE,IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY ISNT. LAST NEVER,EVER BUY A GREEN DOT CARD DONT YOU SEE ITS IN THE NAME GREEN CARD. I WOULD BE SAFE IN TELLING YOU THAT NEARLY 100% OF SCAMS ARE FROM PEOPLE NOT IN THIS COUNTRY. BE SAMUEL JOHNSON OR SAMANTHA JOHNSON THEY ARE STEALING YOUR MONEY. DONT BE THERE VICTIMS ANYMORE!!!!

      1. DEBORAH CHRISTIAN says:

        YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND DENISE CLEMENTS BUT ITS TRUE AND ITS GOOD YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED…ITS ALSO GOOD YOU ARE PERFECT AND NOTHING ILL HAS HAPPENED TO YOU. THE CA BAR ASSOC HAS THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS OF SCAMS AND MORE THAN THAT ACROSS THE USA BUT GOOD FOR YOU

      2. You could not be more wrong about me. I have been scammed before and I have a crippling neuromuscular skeletal disease. But that’s all beside the point. My point was that it was not PCH who did this to you. So why blame them?

  5. Denise Clements says:

    I am getting aggregated by this person trying to friend me for 2 days claiming to be Todd Sloance! You would think he would at least spell his name right!

  6. We were on the phone and computer with these people for two days before we finally realized after giving them 199.99 and they tried to get more. I printed our entire conversation which is a good thing as they deleted it when i finally realized what was going on. I also have a phone conversation that i did not delete. I was so happy and now am so sad. People are heartless and cruel. I play everyday on the real site i should have known better, I hope someone nails them to the wall. I bare no ill will to you or your company. I am just a very sad person right now.

  7. Raymond A. McCoy says:

    I was scammed for $420. How can I get my money back?

  8. Jermaine Lewis Carney says:

    Gm I inbox thru my Facebook acct….by Danielle Lam Pch suggesting that I won a $1 million I need a confirmation for the process to be completed. I need a money pak card that I have to purchase from and drug store or something like that. The card name is Money Pak costing about $199.95.in there word the card is only process to win….but when ask me for address I knew in my heart that it was scammer trying to get my info…..

    1. Karen Martin says:

      I had the same experience, a person claiming to be Danielle Lam thu a chat line on FB. They wanted me to go to Walgreen’s and purchase a paypal card and put 305.00 on it and when she called me I was to tell her the paypal account #. I did not go to Walgreens or give her any info except my phone #. Aman called me back and claimed he was the head prize patrol agent and gave me the same scam. The sad part was I could hear at least 8 people in the background giving the same fraudulent info. to others in an obvious telemarketing office. I was lucky I told the man that he had the wrong phone # and he was a scam. Reported it to FB and to the FBI.

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