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. Melissa says:

    Other number FL 19416 139057
    Scam scam scam reported to police and also PCH
    Better Business Bureau

  2. Lea Ott says:

    Your Email has been selected for sum of 1,000,000 from PCH send info Name Age Phone. JON AND CHERYL SKELLY

    1. Lea Ott says:

      This was the email it came from. I contacted the company. It is a 3rd party phishing scam.

  3. Myla says:

    Î received an emaIl from a certain K KIRIVA OF PCH saying that my email address was chosen to be one of the winner..at the same day, received again an email from a certain

    Mr. Robert George
    Fiduciary Agent
    File:Pch logo.png

    He told to make a email to dtdc courier and cargo and that my parcel or winning documents will be delivered by the said courier..they even gave the parcel identification number..how true is this?

  4. Myrna Laureano says:

    Hi, is a pleasure to able with you company. Such, in march 14 , Sr. David Anderson and lady Danielle sent me some kind of info to my email, tex in my cell phone . And they told i wan in PCH,that night and if i was in my home, am was very nervous and happy, But in the final conversation they told me : go to the Walmart and buy that the prepaid card. And everybody in a home and me was very in shock. Well , am was very confused in that moment and hang out. And then i check in your web and definitely that was a sad Scam. Well, anyway, am glad because am still plying in PCH.

  5. Richard gilbert says:

    Yes if you see this number from Florida 239-205-4843 its a scam want’s you to send money to receive car and money

  6. Carol Johnson says:

    Well, if PCH isn’t invoived – how is it Award Notification Commission – sends you a letter? Never had this happen to me until I entered with PCH – yes they don’t say you have to buy anything – but REALLY? They ask you to BUY BUY BUY. Never got a letter from Award Notification Commission until I entered with PCH. HMMMMM? Someone who is there has to be involved with Award Notification Commission. Apparently it is dangerous to sign up for PCH also.

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