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


  1. Ashley Hemminger says:

    I was contacted by a greggory anderson saying I won a million dollars and a Honda accord. He also said that I needed to go to the nearest western union and send in $80 to revive a claims recipt. I was wondering if it is true? He contacted me through facebook

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Ashley, That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, 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. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. kristen says:

    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.

    I received this email I am assuming its a scam?

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Kristen, I’m so glad you knew that was a scam. It’s important for everyone to know that the real Prize Patrol never sends friend requests, winner notifications, or private messages on Social Media, and you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize. Check out this blog to find out how to prevent them from contacting you: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. You can help do your part and report all scammers directly to Facebook or by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe!

  3. Bonnie Wright says:

    It is sad when people continue takeing advantage of people who dont really no if there a scam or not . Whats bad is it usally our senior citisens who are usually the victoms . I say shame on you .Have they ever heard of carma ? What goes around comes around comes around .ther time will be comeing in one shape or form

  4. theo miller says:

    This is the telephone number that called me today 9/30/16, [876-842-1280 saying that I have won a sweepstake prize of $360,000.00 and ask to be sent $500.00 for release fees and then $3000.00 for IRS fees.

  5. Beth Easter says:

    My husband was contacted by a Mary Whiyte claiming we won 19 Million Dollars but because the account is overseas we have to pay 1% ( $25,000 ) up front .. They are wanting all our credit card info .. They sent us a letter claiming to be from PCH .. Also states that Nancy White , Mark Anthony, Tom Jefferson is the C.E.O. I still have the email if you want to see it .. Thank you

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Beth, We’re so happy that you knew that wasn’t the real PCH who contacted you. We will never ask for money to claim a prize. We also don’t notify winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We encourage everyone to review the following Safety Tips to better protect themselves from being scammed: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips

  6. Brenda M says:

    I’ve been reading on how people scam on pch wow…..

  7. Danny says:

    I received a email from debholland-pch@hotmail.com that I won and need to contact Deborah Holland . Is this true

  8. Beware of fake scams pretending to be pch elite team if the team don’t knock on your door personal with a pchtv crew filming your winnings on national television winning moment the you have not won no purchase necessary to enter buying won’t help you to win it all random drawn good luck to all that play and enter.

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