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

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

  1. uplease help me save my family .

  2. Yes i aplyed to get a loan and needed a credit score lifted a company called speedy cash . they put 3200 in my account i bought 3200 in itune cards . i had disagreements on how it could work to bring up my score to get 7000 in a loan . at the same time u.s. grants department say i was a chosen person for 9000 and i just need this itune card purchase . the my bank calls to say i had 3200 in bad checks deposits in my bank for three days they said i was aproved to get 7000 and never got it due to the fraud they had me involved with i give police all my evidence on this case includeing the i tunes cards i purchased the reciets as well as account print out with text info with the speedy cash employer. i get 700 a month have a two year old baby and how am i going to make it to survive the impact this has done to the next 5 months of my life. im very worried i dont know what im going to do. thank you , Thomas Cooper

  3. Jacquelin Hollingsworth says:

    I received this on May 2,2016: pchwinners112
    To xxxxxxxxx@att.net
    BCC xxxxxxxxx@att.net May 2 at 11:12 AM
    Port Washington, New York 10060

    Dear Jackye, Congratulations !

    It is our pleasure to announce to you as the winner of our annual giveaway sweepstakes. As a past or current customer of the publishers Clearing House. your name was automatically entered into the contest and you were randomly selected as the third place prize winner for a grand sum of Ten Million dollars ( US$10, 000,000.00 ) To claim your winnings,you are required to contact your claim internal revenue service i.r.s chairman Sr John K Koskinen, Senior Officer Internal Revenue Service to obtain i.r.s check insurance certificates and s.s.n verification email below : ( xxxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.com ) Scan to him your ID card and Last 4Digits your SSN NO:

    Yours Sincerely.
    Danielle Lam.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Jacquelin, this was in fact a scammer contacting you. Please do not share any of your personal information with them. PCH does not notify our major winners via phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. We would appreciate you reporting any and all information that you have by following this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Here are some additional safety tips I recommend everyone sees: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!

  4. Louis Levario says:

    PCH, it seems to amaze me, you people keep asking to buy your merchandise, but where is a JACKPOT winning for Louis Levario, I have playing your game for the past three years. Come, guys a JACKPOT would be appreciated…….

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Louis, thank you for your years of support and patronage! I would like to remind you that a purchase is NEVER necessary and will NOT increase your odds of winning, every entry has the same chance. Remember we do receive millions of entries and only one person can win at a time. To see all the ways that you can “stay in it to win it” check out this link: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and all who enter!

  5. Marie Ward says:

    It’s Danielle Lam publishers clearinghouse on Facebook and messenger

  6. 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!

  7. Jana says:

    I received an email today

    1. Pat says:

      So did I

  8. Melody says:

    I received an email identical to this one, yesterday.

  9. 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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