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

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

  1. Crystal Scheef says:

    I was almost scammed by someone claiming to be Danielle Lam on Facebook today. She said that I had won the Big Prize and that I needed to get a
    Vanilla Reload Scratch Network card for $375. Then the Prize Patrol would be at my house with flowers and champagne. The person got mad when I told them to stop pretending to be Danielle. I did not send money and have not heard anything else from them. The Facebook request came from Danielle Lampch. Beware of this request.

  2. Kori Mueller says:

    I was contacted on Facebook by a person claiming to be Dave Sayers manager at PCH. I was told I won 4.4 million and new Toyota and $5000 a week. I was then asked if I had a credit card but I did not give any info for it. I was then asked if I had a checking account so they could prove to me that it’s legit by depositing $299.99 in my account again I did not give them the info. I was then asked to pay the 1% tax of $199.99 by getting a green dot or vanilla visa at Walmart. He is to contact me if I gave him my contact info today to finish up business. I have the whole message in messenger on Facebook.

  3. Some guy claiming to be James Ray contacted me on Facebook and told me I won a $55,000 Mercedes Benz and told me to go to
    walmart and buy a green dot card. I told him to bring the car to my address, then we’d talk about the green dot card. LOL he shut up right away! The idiot thinks he was talking to an idiot!

  4. karen mullis says:

    The scammers use your faces and tell me I have won big prizes. But first I have to send them money, either for taxes or reciever forms. From $200. To $300. They use your facebook pictures. One actially called and said they were Mr. Sayerr. Two R’s. They called from Ymax in Jacksonville, Fl. He couldn’t speak good English or spell good. They used Messenger. I have deleted messenger because of this. I did not send any money.

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