PCH CONSUMER AFFAIRS ALERT: BEWARE OF SCAMS PRETENDING TO BE PCH

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!

Sincerely,

Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department

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  1. Publishers Clearing House
    Publishers Clearing House
    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)
    102 Winners Circle,
    Rıfat Efendi Sk No: 101, 34087 İstanbul, Turkey

    PARCEL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: PCHS/TK/1028101337

    Dear Lucky Winner,

    Congratulations to you for emerging one of our lucky winner of This Year Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Sweepstakes Promo which was organized in Istanbul, Turkey to promote our product all over Europe countries. The process for claiming your winnings has been made very simple so that by the end of one week at most, you are assured of having received your prize amount of the sum of $1,000,000.00 *(ONE MILLION US DOLLARS)* and all the legal documents backing your winnings which will require your signature. In the light of the above mentioned, you are to contact the courier company (World Courier Service) they will be handling the delivery of your winning amount to your home with the contact details as mention below.

    Note: Find below the details of the courier company.

    Name of Courier: World Courier Service
    Contact Person: Solomon Newman
    Email: worldexpress-service@outlook.com
    Direct Contact Email Address: worldexpress-service@outlook.com
    Phone: +13152036976

    Publishers Clearing House is a direct marketing company that sells merchandise and magazine subscriptions and operates prize-based game, search and lotto websites. Its products are promoted through sweepstakes and prize award promotions.

    You are to contact World Courier Service with their email address above, please oblige to follow the World Courier Service instructions so that your won amount can get to your present address on time. When contacting them, you are to include your full details as required below and this parcel identification number as your subject. Please you are advised to write down the parcel identification number and save it.

    1. FULL NAMES:
    2. FULL DELIVERY ADDRESS:
    3. AGE:
    4. OCCUPATION:
    5. TEL/MOBILE:
    6. COUNTRY:
    7. PARCEL I.D NUMBER: PCHS/TK/1028101337

    Note: For security reason that you are to keep your winning information confidential and do not discuss with anyone until the courier company have successfully deliver your winning prize to you. You are to provide your complete names, parcel identification number and your direct phone number so that courier company will honor your message.

    Congratulations once again.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Ms. Deborah Holland
    Accredited Fiduciary Agent.

    From: Justin
    Sent: Friday, August 4, 2017 8:44 PM
    To: debh-pchinquiries@hotmail.com
    Subject: Pch winner

    Hey? So I won something from pch is there anything I need to do? No reply back from you or original sender.

    This is what I got too!!! I’m so *67 this phone number and I’m going to mess with them and record it and post it on YouTube!!! Lol

  2. Winning#: 0251373

    Batch#: 5478134

    Email Ref#: 6637281

    You have been chosen and selected trough your e-mail as one of our PCH finalist winner dated this day 28th of July, 2017.

    To get more information and redeem your award prize do contact Deborah Holland on address: ( affairs.pch@hotmail.com )

    Congratulations!!!

    (Publishers Clearing House)

    I just got this.

  3. Well, here is the follow up to the reply I sent today July 28, 2017. Now I see how they scam money, they get you to send whatever amount to a fictitious courier service for a fictitious money prize.

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    Congratulations PCH Star Prize Winner!
    P
    Publishers Clearing House Affairs

    Reply|
    Today, 12:28 PM
    You

    Publishers Clearing House
    Publishers Clearing House
    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)
    102 Winners Circle,
    Rıfat Efendi Sk No: 101, 34087 İstanbul, Turkey

    PARCEL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: PCHS/TK/1028101337

    Dear Lucky Winner,

    Congratulations to you for emerging one of our lucky winner of This Year Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Sweepstakes Promo which was organized in Istanbul, Turkey to promote our product all over Europe countries. The process for claiming your winnings has been made very simple so that by the end of one week at most, you are assured of having received your prize amount of the sum of $1,000,000.00 *(ONE MILLION US DOLLARS)* and all the legal documents backing your winnings which will require your signature. In the light of the above mentioned, you are to contact the courier company (World Courier Service) they will be handling the delivery of your winning amount to your home with the contact details as mention below.

    Note: Find below the details of the courier company.

    Name of Courier: World Courier Service
    Contact Person: Solomon Newman
    Email: worldexpress-service@outlook.com
    Direct Contact Email Address: worldexpress-service@outlook.com
    Phone: +13152036976

    Publishers Clearing House is a direct marketing company that sells merchandise and magazine subscriptions and operates prize-based game, search and lotto websites. Its products are promoted through sweepstakes and prize award promotions.

    You are to contact World Courier Service with their email address above, please oblige to follow the World Courier Service instructions so that your won amount can get to your present address on time. When contacting them, you are to include your full details as required below and this parcel identification number as your subject. Please you are advised to write down the parcel identification number and save it.

    1. FULL NAMES:
    2. FULL DELIVERY ADDRESS:
    3. AGE:
    4. OCCUPATION:
    5. TEL/MOBILE:
    6. COUNTRY:
    7. PARCEL I.D NUMBER: PCHS/TK/1028101337

    Note: For security reason that you are to keep your winning information confidential and do not discuss with anyone until the courier company have successfully deliver your winning prize to you. You are to provide your complete names, parcel identification number and your direct phone number so that courier company will honor your message.

    Congratulations once again.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Ms. Deborah Holland
    Accredited Fiduciary Agent.

    From: Bungee
    Sent: Friday, July 28, 2017 4:38 PM
    To: Minerva, Michael; affairs.pch@hotmail.com
    Subject: Re: Batch#: 5478134

    Good day Deborah Holland,

    Woo Hoo! What did I win? I’m waiting for your response of the awesome news of the prize I won.

    Bungee
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    From: Minerva, Michael
    Sent: July 28, 2017 10:46 AM
    Subject: Batch#: 5478134

    Winning#: 0251373
    Batch#: 5478134
    Email Ref#: 6637281

    You have been chosen and selected trough your e-mail as one of our PCH finalist winner dated this day 28th of July, 2017.

    To get more information and redeem your award prize do contact Deborah Holland on address: ( affairs.pch@hotmail.com )

    Congratulations!!!
    (Publishers Clearing House)

    1. Hi Jeff, Thank you very much for reporting the scammers that have contacted you. Stopping them is a team effort and we are happy that you are doing your part. While it may be tempting, we don’t encourage you to interact with them any more than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them that you know they’re not the real PCH and hang up or disconnect your mode of contact with them. To stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook, check out this PCH Blog article: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. As a reminder, you can report scammers to PCH at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Be careful and stay safe everyone!!

  4. WOO HOO! I won! LOL

    Below the stars, is the email I received this morning on the date listed in the text.
    The red flag went up as soon as I noticed the different email addresses that are used.

    From: Michael_Minerva@comcast.com
    Reply to: affairs.pch@hotmail.com

    I call Bullshit! LOL

    I think I’m going to reply just to see how they are going to try and scam me? hehehe

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    Batch#: 5478134
    MM
    Minerva, Michael

    Reply|
    Today, 10:46 AM
    Winning#: 0251373
    Batch#: 5478134
    Email Ref#: 6637281

    You have been chosen and selected trough your e-mail as one of our PCH finalist winner dated this day 28th of July, 2017.

    To get more information and redeem your award prize do contact Deborah Holland on address: ( affairs.pch@hotmail.com )

    Congratulations!!!
    (Publishers Clearing House)