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

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Donita Quinn said...

add is anyone reading this blog now???????
I figured out there was a really really big problem when Whoever it is sent me a message instant message and it came from tell Mel to Jamaica !!!! What do I do????

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That’s Falmouth Jamaica!!!!

Donita Quinn said...

Now they got off the phone they said they’d call me tomorrow!!! I have everything on that was said on my phone you know the instant messenger.part, on my phone!!! I don’t know if they can trace a computer that talked to my phone or not I don’t know!!!
But its really sickening and disgusting what they do to people like me!!! Can I call somebody to turn them IN??
is there anyway to trace them if they call tomorrow to try to get more money?????

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Heather Flickinger said...

This is for Margaret Crossan I just received an e-mail I believe to be a scam supposedly from PCH how do I report it or where can I send it so you can take further action????

Joshua Ordway said...

Apparently a virus was downloaded from pch.com , I do not know how this occurred but the only games I can enter are the scratch off portion of your web site. I have Norton software and used power eraser but still can not access a portion of your website dealing with million dollar prizes. It will let me get on but when I click continue it will freeze .

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Shirley Washington said...

On 2/24/14 while I was responding to a question on Facebook from PCH, someone came in on my page saying they were Todd Sloan. He turned on my camera. He could see me but I could not see him. I asked why, he said technical difficulties. He wanted me to go to Walgreens, CVS and two other places were named to get a conformation card or a money pack. I asked why I would have to pay for anything if I was going to see PCH on Friday and his reply was that in order for the money to be insured before it was issued. That was a red flag for me. He asked if I had a phone number and I replied no. I asked how much the card would cost and he had to find out, so I am suppose to call him back tomorrow at 817-900-9683. He will not be receiving a return call from. I just wanted to inform you of what is going on Facebook. I hope this information will help you catch these people. I know this was a scam but I am still praying to see your team at my door on Friday. Thank you and be blessed.

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kat weller said...

ok pch is no better .they get the elderly peoples hopes up .with thier b.s. conformatin numbers.all it is is a way to sell merchandise.sure some one will win but why not say what their real chances of winning are .shame on you people.

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I just got a call from a James Peterson claiming to be with PCH he called from 1-876-401-8758 & asked me to buy a green dot money card with $200 & call back with the card number. I just want all to be aware of this number & scam.

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Publish Clearing House aka PCH has banned me from posting any comments on Todd Sloane, Dave Sayer, and Danielle Lam… They call these people the prize patrol by PCH and are considered a Public Figure according to Facebook terms. Guess they didn’t like it when I said Lawsuit. PCH refuses to address and answer my question about the ban. I am starting a lawsuit not just on violating freedom of speech but also the scammers from PCH. After using a internet tracing tool. And for falsfying the games on PCH. With the act of unfairness to gamers with the mailings vrs the internet whereby some people do not have a cell phone or the internet.

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Vincent Gesiskie said...

account payable Dept. David Wells at 1-(587)-717-0178 would not take ? Next day called Atkinson number and got a person who was hard to understand – assume- he was from another country because I could not understand all that he was saying. He said something about paying $2,000 for some legal papers ?? to process my winning grand prize of $2,600,000.00. I asked him to just send me the winning check. No response so I closed the phone. I did send a copy of what happened to the President, CEO PCH Mr. Andrew Goldberg who signed the original letter telling me of my winning the grand prize. Where do I go from here ? Is this a spam?? Appreciate your input VG

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Received a spam from aDave Sayer saying that I had won 1 million dallars,requesting my name,adress,phone no.,country.and age Nice try,PCH already knows this info! sorry scamers, nice try!

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I spoke with someone over the phone who says he was from Pch. After discussing the issue, he told me to send money so he could restore my password and user name. All I can do is laugh, I should have known because I was speaking with someone with very little english…

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I’ve been contacted by Justin J. Durst (pchusa@outlook.com) and by Anthony Paul Campbell() both claiming to represent PCH. They did not ask for $, yet, but you might want to find out about these people who supposedly represent you. Thanks for the great prices on magazines, and for having integrity. Sincerely, a happy customer.