The name Publishers Clearing House is such a well recognized brand, welcomed and trusted in so many homes, that it is often illegally used by scam artists in an attempt to fraudulently con consumers for the sole purpose of soliciting cash.  PCH would like to remind you to BEWARE OF SCAMS posing as legitimate sweepstakes.  Scammers may email you or send you a letter ‘claiming’ to be from Publishers Clearing House.  Oftentimes, scammers may send out real-looking checks in an attempt to get you to send money. Using a variety of false promises, the scammers will ultimately ask you to send money in order to claim a non-existent prize.  If you receive such a contact, DO NOT send or wire money!  At Publishers Clearing House the winning is always FREE and it is never necessary to pay any money to enter or win our famous PCH Sweepstakes!

PCH has been actively attacking scams like these working with law enforcement and undertaking a number of comprehensive consumer protection programs.  From an educational standpoint we have posted alerts in our mail and on our website at pch.com.  We have recorded anti-scam messages on our toll-free customer service lines reminding all callers that if it is not free it is not a legitimate prize.  We ask consumers to provide us details of the scams and PCH keeps track of these reported incidents through a comprehensive anti-scam database.  Working closely with law enforcement and consumer protection groups, we continually share information with these valued partners in an effort to assist in targeting scammers and attempting to bring them to justice. Among others, PCH has worked closely with the Federal Trade Commission,  Postal Inspection Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the US Attorney’s Office.  We are also pleased to be a member of the Consumer Federation of America’s Fake Check Task Force that brings together leading industry, consumer protection and not-for-profit groups to brainstorm on efforts to target and reduce these scams.

PCH is pleased to add a new weapon in the fight against fraud by becoming a designated contributor to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Database Network.  Consumer Sentinel, maintained by the FTC, is a secure online database of consumer complaints available only to law enforcement.  Law enforcement officials from all around the country use the information in this national database to enhance and coordinate sweepstakes fraud investigations.  Publishers Clearing House is proud to be one of a select group of corporate entities that contributes to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Database!

Remember, if you receive a contact from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, and you are asked to send or wire money to claim a prize, DO NOT!  If you believe you have been the victim of a fraudulent contact using the name of Publishers Clearing House, please report it using our Scam Incident Report.

At PCH we care about consumers and are committed to helping you stay safe, informed and protected!


Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department

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  1. the black jack game is stacked in pch favor how is anyone able to put up 1 million points? every time you draw 2 cards if your dealt less than 17 you have a 2 percent chance of beating the dealer hand

  2. Received a letter on PCH letter head stating I had won 2nd prize in a PCH contest of $550,000.00. A check was enclosed for $7,897.00. The contact person was Jeff Peterson @ 1-647-673-4159. They told me to deposit the check and to call them right back further instruction. I took the check to a bank ad ask them to verify that this check was good. First red flag was that the check was wrote on an account of a company by the name of Steel City. I did not call them back. The Check was not any good. What a horrible thing to do to people.

  3. recieved phone call from a Dave Sayer advising me I was a winner on your sweepstakes.He kept me on phone quite awhile After listening to him over an hour with all info .He finally asked for 799.00 to pay for taxes on the new Lincoln car I had won with the cash prize. Thats when I knew it was a scam.I then called your offices and gave a info to one of your employees(Annie).She took all info and was very pleasant.THak you all very much.

    1. Hey Charles! We’re sorry to hear that you were contacted by someone claiming to be from the real PCH. We take the issue of scams very seriously and we strive to educate our consumers on what to watch for and how to protect themselves. We regularly post links to our PCH Fan Page with valuable information for our fans. Here’s one of those links that I encourage you to take a look at: http://bit.ly/PCHConsumerProtection. Since scammers are sneaky and many of them are overseas, it’s not always easy to catch them. We feel that it’s a “team-effort” to try to stop them which is why we ask that you report all scam contacts to us here: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Be careful and stay safe everyone!!

  4. Hello I received an email stating that I have one over 850 million dollars and to contact a shipping company in England for the check.I looked up the shipping company and it looks legit what to do.

  5. I did not send them money but I want you to know that he kept me on the phone over an hour giving names and long explanations and information I would need when they came to give me my money also it sounded so real until the end when he said about wiring money I feel very sorry for anyone who falls for this scam

  6. Do you miss Crossan how you doing this morning this is Joe Sanders I have received the email saying that I want to prize from publishers clearing House asking for my name age phone number in some’s serial number on the attachment I was going to see can I want to give me a contact name my email address is Joe E Sanders 65 Yahoo.com or my phone number is 252-268-8119 any information you can be proud provide me will be very helpful thank you ma’am and have a blessed day