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. Mitzi says:

    Had a guy call me today claiming to b from pch a and that I won 800,000 plus 5000.00 a week for life and told me I had to go buy a card so they could transfer the money. I knew it was a scan bc pch would never ask u to send money and I don’t think they would tell u the time they r going to deliver your prize..I mean how could u b surprised if u knew they were coming, duh! I hate scammers they need to get a real job like the rest of us!

  2. john says:

    Just had a guy claim he was some Clinton M. Guy saying I needed to verify my info with him them he called me and the picture on his page was a white guy but he had a really hard to understand accent And when I told him let me call pch in NY to verify cause I’ve had scammers try on a weekly basis he said he could turn me in for saying that then the language went out the door on his end

  3. linda says:

    About a month ago I received a ten dollar check from pch. Don’t know if it’s legitimate or not. Does pch send out checks in that amount. Also received an email stating I won a mp3. Instructions were to go to amazon put in a promo code. Amazon said I needed to create an account to to include my personal payment info for balance of prize won.

  4. Steve says:

    some claiming to be Danielle is contacting me on FB right now telling me to buy a $389 Green card somewhere to be confirmed as a major winner!

    1. Same here green dot money pak 349.99 played it off it went on for two days.ending in I know it was scam.now I got another guy claiming same thing.

  5. Wendy Cisek says:

    I keep having people contact me on facebook using Danielle and Todd’s photo telling me to go buy a green dot card so that they can add my winnings to it. then I told him that the PCH fraud hotline told me not jus do it and then they blocked me from Facebook. Happened about 8 times now.

  6. Shannon says:

    I think any give away is a scam to see how many fall it. Someone claiming to be from pch called my husband this morning and said he won 10,000 a week and a new SUV , but wanted him to go to Piggly Wiggly and send them 600.00 to pay for the paper work on it. It’s all a big scam

  7. Joel Chalek says:

    I think this all a scam..I cannot get a reply as to what happened with PCH Giveaway
    3080…It just disappeared…now isn’ t that funny??? What’s happening with all the other
    contests???? More ridiculous bulletins???
    Thanks for nothing…If I get a reply from you I will really be surprised..

  8. Farrah says:

    I dont ever win anything. On the lotto. The search. The games. Anything!! Has anyone ever won cash from them ??

  9. Albert keese says:

    I just got a winner email to contact pch claims is this the real thing

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