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 contact us at 1-800-392-4190.  Or, if you receive a suspicious email fraudulently claiming to be from PCH, PCHLotto or PCHSearch&Win, please forward it to our fraud reporting mailbox, abuse@pch.com.  

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


Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department


  1. Chris Crowl says:

    I won instantly on the Roulette. U even sent me a certificate .

  2. Sheilah B. says:

    PCH IS A HUGE SCAM!!! I’m so glad I figured it out from the beginning. They state that you don’t have to purchase anything but if you leave your basket empty, they make you look at items “one more time and again and again!” That’s not the way a REAL COMPANY ACTS. A “legit” company would have you enter their contest, have the drawing and tell who won; period. But there contest goes on and on because it’s crooked!!! They shouldn’t get away with it. I’m just writing this one time to help someone who might think they’re going to win, to BEWARE! I’ve deleted out of PCH about 3 times and it should finally work soon because they claim it takes 10 days and maybe that part is true because “Why would they mess with someone who isn’t buying anything and not signing up for anything???” Forget Them!!! They’ll get Karma one of these days…

  3. bloom says:

    Received same message from Morris Phillips This is a scam!!!!!! I have notified the proper authority organizations that deal with scum like this, I suggest you do the same.

  4. Tanya says:

    Although it was a good start for my day, LOL

    I like to share mine, if is real please consider me passed out if not just wanted to share to others.

    To: undisclosed-recipients

    Congratulation You are an Email Winner of 3,000,000.00 USD in the recent PCH Lottery 2016 Draw.
    Kindly send your contacts to pchclaimsofficedpt@foxmail.com

    *Full Names
    *Residential Address

    PCH Official Notification.
    Morris Phillips.

    1. Kay Morales says:

      I received the same email

      PCH LOTTO 2016

      Publishers Clearing House
      Today 2:30 AM

      Download Save to OneDrive – Personal
      You have emerged Email Winner of 3,000,000.00 USD in the recent PCH Lottery.
      Kindly send your contacts to pchclaimsdptoffice@foxmail.com

      *Full Names
      *Residential Address

      PCH Official Notification.
      Benjamin Henderson

  5. David says:

    I’ve just been contacted by this person and I thought PCH doesn’t contact anyone on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/danielle.lamatpch.96199/photos?source_ref=pb_friends_tl

  6. Breeana Cronos says:

    I’ve just received this email yesterday Attn.; Winner Dated 27th of April, 2016.

    Email Ref#: PCH/1209-222-578.

    You are our star prize winner dated 27th of April 2016, for claim process

    get in touch with our agent on address ( pch.care@outlook.com )

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)

    And don’t know wat to think about it

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Breeana, I’m sorry to hear the scammers have contacted you. Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, standard mail, or on Facebook. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe everyone!

  7. Baarent says:


    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Baarent, we’re not sure what is making you think PCH is a scam. In fact, PCH is a legitimate sweepstakes company that has been operating as such for almost 50 years. I can understand it may get frustrating at times, but try to remind yourself PCH receives millions of entries and can only have one winner per giveaway. With PCH it is always free to enter and free to win. As clearly stated in our Official Rules “no purchase necessary!”. All entry opportunities sent out by mail or via email are all chances to win, in our Official Rules it does state you are not yet a winner. Our winners selection is 100% random and unbiased, which creates a level playing field for all those involved. Best of luck to all those who enter!

  8. laura kuebler says:

    I received a letter saying I won 1 million dollars from pch they had Andrew Goldberg name on it and the correct address for pch they gave me 2 numbers to call I called pch scam instead and was told it is a scam please beware everyonel

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Laura! 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!

  9. miriam martinez says:

    Havent received item and never received a bill now i get a delinquent bill contact me at my email miriammartinez3939@yahoo.com

  10. Jamisha says:

    What email SHOULD we be looking for? Doesn’t it make sense for potential winners to have a specific email or logo to look for to decide if an email is a scam or not? There’s no reason people shouldn’t know if the PCH claims uses hotmail, yahoo, outlook, etc.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Jamisha, that is a great question! If you have questions on a legitimacy of an email you can contact customer service at at 1-800-566-4724 between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday. To protect our customer’s the winning email addresses that PCH use are not published to prevent scammers from reproducing. Have a great day!

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