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

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

  1. Tonya Hawkins says:

    I was contacted via messenger today from a man claiming to be Dave Sayer from PCH, he said that I had won $1,000,000, a 2016 Mercedes Benz and $5000 a week for life. I thought wow, I could actually get a house of my own, but he told me that I had to send him a $99 claimer’s receipt and when I told him that I didn’t gave that kind if money, he changed it to $45.

  2. Hi I have a sittuation I recieved a tax form and a summons for not fileing for prize winnings. I never recieved my winnings. I know my info and claim was s yt? Olsen from someone I know , and thanks to the tax form I recieved I know my winnings were stolen. How do I go about reporting this and re covering my prize. Francisco naranjosoto my address then was 661 chadwick lane bay point California 94565.
    Now its 12 iron horse lane walnut creek california 94597.
    I know the same person again has entered in my name and accounts to have me disqualified. Please advise as to where I can report this and rectify my situation.


  3. Georgina Little says:

    Rcd from: Jeff Leopold,


    PCH Sweepstakes Notification

    Dated 15th of January 2016

    Email Winning Ref#: 073314673.

    You have emerge as one of our star prize winner Dated 15th of January 2016. For more information and claims verification provide your name, address and phone number to our fiduciary agent on this email address: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx@outlook.com


    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Georgina, that is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, emails, or winner notifications via Facebook; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. srinivas says:

    inning Reference #: 82017102092
    Content Amount: 500,000.00 USD.

    For more details, send response to ( org.pch101@outlook.com ) for your January sweepstakes worth 500,000.00 USD emerged from the Publishers Clearing House.

    1. Krysti Merchant says:

      That what mine said today and of course they didnt reapond to yours.

  5. melvyn Smith says:

    I just received a phone call from; Kingston J.M. 1-876-xxx-xxxx informing me that I had won $25million from PCH but need to send $5k to claim my prize, when I questioned the caller he hung up.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Melvyn, sorry that you were contacted by a scammer. Please remember that if you a major prize winner the Prize Patrol would just show up and surprise you with your Miracle Moment. At PCH the winning is always free, there is never a fee to collect your prize. Please report any information that you may have by following this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe everyone!

  6. niles says:

    I got this email:

    Winning Reference #: 82017102092


    Scott Smith

    2:27 PM (22 minutes ago)


    COMP: Publishers Clearing House
    Winning Reference #: 82017102092
    Parcel Identity #: PCH-00293027
    Content Amount: 500,000.00 USD.
    =For the claim of your PCH January sweepstakes prize, you are required to contact the fiduciary agent via affairs email: xxxxxxxxxx@hotmail.com



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    BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.
    The contents of this email and any attachments to it may contain privileged and confidential information from BDO USA, LLP. This information is only for the viewing or use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of, or the taking of any action in reliance upon, the information contained in this e-mail, or any of the attachments to this e-mail, is strictly prohibited and that this e-mail and all of the attachments to this e-mail, if any, must be immediately returned to BDO USA, LLP or destroyed and, in either case, this e-mail and all attachments to this e-mail must be immediately deleted from your computer without making any copies hereof. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify BDO USA, LLP by e-mail immediately.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Niles, the real PCH will never send an email to notify a major prize winner. Stopping these scammers is a team effort and we ask that you report all scam contacts to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  7. amanda johnson says:

    PCH Sweepstakes Notification

    Dated 15th of January 2016

    Email Winning Ref#: 073314673.


    You have emerge as one of our star prize winner Dated 15th of January 2016. For more information and claims verification provide your name, address and phone number to our fiduciary agent on this email address: pchinquiryaffairs@outlook.com



    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)

    1. amanda johnson says:

      John leopold

  8. Terry gillespie says:

    Robert Garcia is the frauds name he tried to fraud my wife and me but I had a bad vibe about it and nipped it in the ass before it was too late

  9. Thomas Ocallaghan says:

    I got this email. Email Ref#: 0932456775111

    Ken Williams
    Wed 11/18/2015 4:29 AM
    Email Ref#: 0932456775111
    PCH Email Sweepstakes Dated 17th of November 2015

    We the Publishers Clearing House are using this medium to inform you that you have emerge our lucky star prize winner Dated 17th of November 2015.

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

    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)

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