Publishers Clearing House Scam Buster Tips

Publishers Clearing House scam warning:  Beware fake check scams are on the rise!

Fake check schemes, where consumers are lured into accepting phony checks in return for sending or wiring cash to a fraudster, can prove costly to unsuspecting consumers.  These check scams are the most frequently reported scam complaints.  And, many use “sweepstakes” as a ruse – telling victims they have won millions of dollars but must first pay taxes or other fees out of the advance check, before they can claim the rest of the prize.  Don’t believe it!  At Publishers Clearing House – as with any legitimate sweepstakes company – the winning is always free!

In these difficult economic times, Publishers Clearing House Scam Busters want to remind you to be wary of sweepstakes offers that may sound too good to be true.  Many consumers are looking for new and different ways to make ends meet and may be tempted to believe an offer they would otherwise not even consider. 

Here are three very important tips to avoid getting scammed:

  1. If someone sends you a check and asks you to send money back in return, don’t! – If you are told you have won a prize and are asked to cash a check and send or wire money back, do not! The check is a fake.  Legitimate sweepstakes will never ask you to pay a fee to claim a prize.
  2. If the company name sounds familiar or legitimate and you assume you can trust it, think again!  – Scammers oftentimes use the names of legitimate companies in an attempt to deceive and gain consumers trust.  Criminals will pretend to be affiliated with well-known, recognized and trusted brand names.  Always contact the legitimate company and talk to one of their representatives.
  3. If someone asks you to wire money to claim a sweepstakes prize, don’t!Most scammers will advise consumers to wire money via a money-transfer service.  Con-artists want money sent to them via a money-transfer service because it’s quick, it’s cash and it’s virtually impossible to trace and recover.  Wiring money is like sending cash and once it’s gone, it’s usually gone.

As members of the Consumer Federation of America’s Fake Check task force which runs under the auspices of the National Consumers League, we work together to reduce these scams. At PCH we take consumer protection and the fraudulent use of our good name very seriously and go to great lengths to combat these scams and protect our customers.  You can read more at http://help.pch.com/consumer.

Remember, at Publishers Clearing House, the winning is always free.  If you are ever asked to send or wire money to claim a sweepstakes prize, you are being scammed. It’s just that simple! 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.   If you receive a suspicious email fraudulently claiming to be from PCH, PCHLotto or PCHSearch&Win, forward it to our Publishers Clearing House scam reporting mailbox, abuse@pch.com.

Visit us online at www.pch.com and click on our Customer Service/Info Center for more sweepstakes scam protection tips!

 

 

 

Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department


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Parish Mack said...

Thanks for the wise words Ms. Margaret! I know the rules so if anyone try to call me to say I won, I will know its a scam because I know when I win, you guys will come to my apartment and say Parish you are the winner of $5000 a week for life. That will be the best day ever. I can pay off all my debts. August 31 pch check here I come!

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Diana Hanlon said...

Publisher Clearing House you are the best. I know there are a lot of scams out there, I get things in the mail and throw them away when they ask for money. And my husband thought it was pch and I said no that is a scam and I threw it away he scream no…. Because he thought it was real letter saying we won.

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MICHAEL ROLLE said...

Good Morning PCH as a loyal Entrant of The Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes this Is very Useful Imformation. my Head is Up and Alart for Not being Attack from A Scammer or Fraudulent Imformation which can hurt me or my family To Protect and Combat Matters like This from Happening i use Positive, Imformation From my Contest Provider PCH Cutomer Service/Info Center or I Uses protective Imformation about PCH Sweepstakes, And Scams by Going to the Website About.com and find out more about The Publishers Clearing House it helps me, Going into Their Sweepstakes with a much better Understanding!of What their Really are About.

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Eileen Kennedy said...

HELLO
I AM ENTERING EVERY DAY, CHOOSE EILLTHERBANGORMAINE04401

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Lauralee Hensley said...

Your sweepstakes rules really should be read by everyone entering so they know how they will be contacted in the event they win. I also believe each person that gets a winning call, letter, or email telling them they have won should indeed contact the company using a search for the company’s main email address or public address, and then check with their Better Business Bureau to make sure it is the correct contact point. I wouldn’t use the contact points in the calls, letters, or email sent to me, because those can be fraud contact points. Always check the phone numbers to that they give you. If the phone numbers are not in the country you reside you can pretty much assume they are a fraud, unless you enter sweepstakes not in the country you reside. I don’t think entering sweepstakes in a country you don’t reside in is a good policy, because you usually have no legal or consumer protection in such cases. I think the way PCH awards prizes is the best way.
I am sure the information PCH supplied here is very valuable to the people who will read it.

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Tim Braam said...

thanks for tip about scam

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Latoya B said...

i have send 30.00 altogether in cash but it wasn’t from pch it was some other sweepstakes i send 10.00 3x just to not win then another company send me a check and the guy told me to put the check in to my checking account and send a fee to receive my other check and my bank told me it was the wrong check # and my account had a 15.00 fee that overdraft my account which i had to pay a bank fee as well i feel so stupid never again will i ever trust other sweepstakes

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Parish Mack said...

I can’t wait until I win! It will be the real thing no scam!!

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Parish Mack said...

I pray that I win because these bills are piling up. I’m living off of paycheck to paycheck. Please help! I pray that the blessing of $5000 a week for life on August 31 come to me. AMEN

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Eileen Kennedy said...

Hello
aug 31 2011 draws near and its coming to my house here in bangor maine 04401,
The prize patrol knocks at my door and i ————faint, when i awake they told me i won the big check for life ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, i dream it now, and my unemployment problems are solved for ever. i don’t have to beg any business to give me a job any more . prize patrol, the stories you read are true and sad and if i had any say with this contest we would all take turns winning big . thank you spirit in the sky. i pray to it all the time,,,
Oh i did have to ask does the prize patrol drive from new york or where ever or do they fly? thanks
see ya soon
eillther a fan for twenty two yrs.

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Tamara Cote said...

This just happened to me and I almost fell for it but when I call and ask for a website to look at or some legitimate information in writing the person hung up on me. This person told me that I had won 3 million dollars but the only thing I had to do was pay a tiny fee of ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. ha. right. I thought something was fishy. If I won 3 million dollars then why would I have to pay out one thousand?
This is a real thing people, don’t fall for it.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Tamara,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and it is indeed a scam. That offer did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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      Rita Hills said...

      Fraud.org looks like a fake website, it is poorly formatted and many of the links do not work or are null. there must be a more professional and reputable site where we can notify of fake check fraud.

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Charlene Hunter said...

I am a individual who can smell a scam. Today I received many telephone calls from a man using the name Michael Williams stating that I had won $100,000 from Publishers Clearing House. The catch …when he comes to my home with an armed security guard I have to give him $800.00 for a tax payment. I said I had to verify his identity with Publishers Clearing ouse. He gave me the number 1-509-671-9589 (supposedly PCH headquarters) where I spoke to Mr. William Ford. He verified that money was due at the time of delivery. I am reporting them to the BBB and want everyone to know the alias’ they are using and the fake number they are using misrepresenting PCH.

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    Laura At PCH said...

    Hi Charlene,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. Publishers Clearing House does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Laura At PCH

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Donya Escalante said...

Dear PCH,
This past Friday, Oct 7, 2011 by a Delores Masters who claimed to be from PCH and was making arrangements to deliver $900,050 tax free dollars to the lady I am caregiver for. Asked if we had recieved the notification letter last month and stated she had spoken to my lady last month as well. First she was wanting %595 for legal fees to be delivered to the American First Cargo courier that would come to her home on whatever date we chose Told her she didn’t have it and we still needed a oouple hundred to finish groceries for the month. Then it changed to $195 in a moneypak to be given. I told her they could just take the fee from the money we were going to recieve because we weren’t paying until teh money clears. “It may take a couple of days…” The number given was 305-909-7592 ext 93, which does happen to be in Florida. As you say, if the money is legit, there should be no additional fees or they should take it out of the winnings. Thanks for reverifying my thinking.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hello Donya,

    You are absolutely correct that there is never any purchase necessary to enter or to win a PCH prize. The offer you’re describing did not come from the real Publishers Clearing House. Publishers Clearing House does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Best Wishes,
    Victoria At PCH

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Joe Rucker said...

I just received a call from a person saying he was from the National Trade Commission and that they have been trying to contact me about my PCH winnings of 3.6 million. and asked me to purchase $500.00 money card for “verification fees” I knew it was a scam when…
1. The call was from Kingston Jamaica
2.National Trade Commission?
3.Purchase a $500.00 card
If you see this number 876-445-8490
do not answer !

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hello Joe,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is indeed a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Teresa Burkhart said...

Thank you so much for your advice. I was almost scammed yesterday for $495,000, if my daughter would not of looked further into it, thee’s no telling ewhat could of happened. Thanks PCH for having websites like this so many people won’t end up in trouble. These scammers are good, they even have the background noise so it makes it seem even more real. Too bad we can’t have them all arrested.

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Jason said...

I received a letter from National Direct Inc stating I won $68,000.00 from PCH along with a check to cover tax and insurance. I knew this was a scam. There were many clues. The letter was mailed from Canada with no forwarding address, the letter has a New York address and the check from Regional Managment Inc has an address in Maryland. Also, the check’s routing, account and check number were out of sequence for a U.S. check. Plus, the letter had obvious grammatical errors and the check amount did not match the amount mentioned in the letter. Also, I know I do not have to pay to claim a prize. Not to mentioned I did not enter into a PCH sweepstakes. I just want others to aware of this scam.

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    Laura At PCH said...

    Hi Jason,

    That is definitely a scam! I’m so glad you weren’t fooled. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us at abuse@pch.com or call our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Laura At PCH

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Lucinda Smith said...

I’m so glad I read about this scam thing this have happen to me before. They had said I won 250.000 dollar and I was very happy to her that but they was saying I need to wire them money and I started asking question and they stop email me. And I’m so glad that I didn’t do. I would have been very upset.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Lucinda,

    If you still have the email correspondence, please feel free to forward it to us at abuse@pch.com. We also suggest that you report this occurrence to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Thank you,
    Victoria At PCH

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      christian bryan payor said...

      i recieved a mail from PCH, but im from the philippines, is it possible that it is legit?

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        Victoria At PCH said...

        Hi Christian,

        Only residents of the United States and Canada are eligible to win the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes at this time. If you are currently in the Philippines, then the mail you received was most likely not legitimate. If you feel that you are the victim of a scam, you can report the incident to us at our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also suggest that you report it to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

        Victoria At PCH

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Barbara Champion said...

Barbara C said
December 8, 2011

In the last 10 days I have received 2 e-mail letters from 3 different people on letterheah from PCH each claiming something different of my winning. After yelling for joy & my heart racing madly I reread & sent a reply to the addresse asking if this was for real. No reply. The 2nd came & although it was similar I realized I was being scammed. When this last arrived I called PCH & asked to speak to Mr Van Peter. Guess what! No such person. They gave me 3 things I could do. I chose to stay calm and went on to search & win where I found your site & the good tips. I’ll wait for your knock on my door & continue playing your games & entering to become a BIG WINNER. Happy Holidays.

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LARRY H. VANDERBOSCH said...

I RECIEVED REEQUEST FROM PRIA FOR DATA TO BE RETURNED WITH $20. NO CONNECTION WITH MY $2M SWEEPSTAKE WAS EVIDENT OR PUB.CLEARING HOUSE AFFILIATION. DO YOU THINK THIS IS A SCAM?

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Eileen Cannon said...

I received a letter from PCH with a phone number for response. I called the number and set up a meeting at my house to receive the prize. PCH asked me to quit-claim my house for a down-payment on the prize fees. After I did that, they left and I never heard from them again. Now the Sheriff is knocking on my door with an eviction notice. Thanks PCH for nothing!

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Eileen,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not ask winners to call, and surprises winners with their prizes rather than arranging meetings. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Amanda Cobble said...

I received a call today from “Michael Anderson” at 270-495-9395 stating I had won 2.5 million dollars and a “pearly white Mercedez Benz.” All I needed to do was go to my local CVS or Walgreens to obtain a green dot money packed reloadable card in the amount of $250. They said they would come to my house at 6:00 p.m. to collect the card as long as I provided two forms of Identification, and they would deliver my car and my check for 2.5 million. I smelled a scam and came to your website. Now I am armed with all the necessary information. He said he would email me the details, so when I receive his email, I will forward this website to him. :-)

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You’re right that it was a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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    Shelton Battle said...

    I was contacted by Peter Rogers from Bank of America claiming I had won 3.5 million dollars and go to my nearest drug store and purchase a green dot money pack reusable card and that in 1-2 hours their representatives would show up at my house to present my prize. Watch out for calls from (408) 940-1391) Sunnyvale, Ca

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      PCH Staff said...

      Hi Shelton. This is definitely a scam. If you are contacted by someone who says you won a prize, but in order to claim it you must drive somewhere, pay a shipping, handling, or delivery fee, prepay taxes, pay a deposit, give a credit card number, call a 900 number, or purchase a product with a ‘discount voucher’, it is NOT affiliated in any way with the real Publishers Clearing House. Please take great care to undertsand the identity of the contest sponsors as well as all the details and requirements before participating in any sweepstakes program. If you think that you are the victim of a scam, please contact us at http://pch.custhelp.com/app/ask.

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Loretta Rehder said...

I received a notice who said they are Publishers Clearing House but they are in England. They emailed me saying I had won a million dollars and a Land Rover with a PBH logo I have to display for 5 months. They want me to open a bank account so they can wire the money. I am sure it is a scam because you are not in England. What shall I do?

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Loretta,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you open an account or pay a fee to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Brittney Taylor said...

I know that the PCH is real & trust-worthy only because it was on the oprah winfrey show lol.. and if she says it’s true.. it is : )

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c bell said...

My mom was called by a James Carter and Attorney Matthew Dixon saying she won. She also got mail from PCH stating she had won. Please help.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi C Bell,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCh

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lucinda giese said...

sometimes I do think pch is all nothin but a scam because I have been a customer for about 20 years on and off and I never won anything and I am still a customer and I still haven’t won nothin also I have checked on some of the winners and I found out no such names so how do we know for sure if pch is not a scam???

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Lucinda,

    Please note that there is never any purchase necessary to enter or to win any PCH Sweepstakes. You can search for the names of past winners and find many results, however, we protect the privacy of our winners. Over the years, Publishers Clearing House has awarded over $237 Million in prizes to people all over the United States and Canada. To see some of those winning moments, visit http://www.pchtv.com. PCH Sweepstakes winners are chosen at random, and each entry has the same chance of winning. You never know who will become the next BIG winner, so don’t lose hope!

    Victoria At PCH

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Janice Carmack said...

I had just been scammed,someone using the name David Clark called me yesterday said I won 650,000.00 dollars be at home Federal Express would be there between the hrs. of 1-3:00,then this morning at 7:00AM I get a called saying I need to give them 2000.00 cause the amount was over 10,000.00 for custom fees I knew then I wasn’t a winner from PCH please watch for these number 516-204-4169 or 972
587-7304 EVERYONE BE BEWARE OF THE SCAM ARTIST OUT THERE. GL TO EVERYONE FOR THE REAL PCH TO COME TO US

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Janice,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You have certainly been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Emily Moreno said...

Yesterday feb 9,2012 I was contacted by a man called David Clark at 516-204-4169 he told me he was from Publisher Clearance House , He told me I was 2011 second winner of 650,000.00 and that they tried to get incontact with me during this time, when I didnt reply to the snail mail they had sent me the had an option to call me at the number I had given them (pch) He said it was tax free and they had covered all the expenses from that winning prize. He spoke with my husband and told him what he told me.. Today feb 10,2012 I receive a call at 6:12 am He informed me that he was from the federal reserve in the airport and there was a package the open with a certified check of 650,000.00 and that this money had to be reported to the goverment. His name is Glenn Porterfield his phone number was 972-587-7304 That I was going to be contacted by a lawyer which name is Jacob Miles and his phone number is 1-888-248-5539 . This money was at the international airport of Dallas Texas but to complete the transation I had to send by western union the amount of 3,250.00 and that PCH would pay the other 3,250.00 so I could receive the 650,000.00 and they would re-emburst me for th 3,250.00 because they did not expect that the police of customes would open and look at the check.. He also said that that money was to pay the goverment and that they had checked in case it was money laundering or some sort of issue. I call the PCH with the number I found on this site and I was informed this was one of the #1 scams there using now. They documented everything I said and told me not to send any money. If I would of won PCH would come to my door and there was no fee’s to pay and I would not be charged.. PPl beware These ppl sound legit. This is my opinion and I am stating what happened to me. If this would of been true I would of gotten the money with no fees.

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Angela G. said...

This is happening in Canada too. Just received a call yesterday from a Michael Thompson claiming to represent PCH to notify me that I had won $1.5 million and that the delivery guy would personally accompany me to the bank to verify that the cashiers cheque was legitimate. The catch was that I would require a receipt from Western Union proving that I had paid $250 in delivery fees in order for the delivery guy to hand over the cheque. When questioned how I could verify this, I was told a phone number (1-876-352-1921) that originates in Jamaica and that this was all in accordance to PCH’s standards. I did not call back, and he tried to call again three times in a row. My concern is that he had my phone number, name and address. What does PCH do to protect the identity of people who are in their system?

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joanna johnson said...

We are please to announce to you that your email address just won you ($1,000,
000.00 USD) in this year\’s weekly Publishers Clearing House Consequently.Please
contact the underlined claims officer with the Contact info below with your full
detial as stated below for the immediate payment of your prize.

Your Qualification number is: (A-121-637, G-01-06)
Agent: Mr. Collins Van Paul
Email: pch_redeemprizedept@careceo.com

YOU ARE REQUIRE TO SEND THE INFORMATION BELOW TO PROCESS YOUR CLAIM
FULL NAME:
ADDRESS:
SEX:
AGE:
PHONE NUMBER:

Executive Secretary,
Engr. Xavier Fitch.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Joanna,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Damika Banks said...

Hello I just received an email stating the following

Win $5000.00 a Week for Life. I wasn’t sure if this is real or a scam please confirm, please send email to damikaf@yahoo.com

Here was the link that was sent to me

http://prism.pch.com/Path/5KAWFLbw/CertSDOB.aspx

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Jerry Bragg said...

Just got phone calls from 1-876-849- 9563. They told me I won a check that would be delivered in 45 minutes and to call 1-876-875-0208, ext 5, and speak with Mr. Malone to verify a few things. I would receive $255,000.00 if I went to Wal- mart or Kroger and got a blue stamp approval card and paid $199.00 up front. I googled the phone numbers and found them invalid. I said ” NO THANKS” and hung up.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Jerry,

    It’s a good thing you hung up! This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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MICHAEL VLIET said...

THIS PCH IS FAKE AS WELL I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR OVER A YEAR AND HAVE YET TO WIN ANYTHING FROM THEM.THEY CLAIMED THAT SOMEONE WITH THE INITALS MV WITCH IS MY INITALS WILL DEFFENTLYBE THE TEN MILLION DALLOR WINNER ON THE 29 OF FEB.BUT JASON CLARK WON IT JC IS NOT MV THERE FRAUD,AND SCAMS.YOU DON’T REALLY WIN PEOPLE IT’S FAKE DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME ON TRYING!!!! MV…

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Michael,

    The Initials Giveaway ended on 2/29/2015. There will be a $100.00 prize given to one winner with your set of initials chosen randomly from all eligible entrants. The winners will be notified soon. The Initials Giveaway is not associated with the SuperPrize, which Jason Clark won.

    Victoria At PCH

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MICHAEL VLIET said...

PCH ARE FAKE FAKE FAKE!!!

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Michael,

    PCH is a legitimate sweepstakes company. Over the years, Publishers Clearing House has awarded over $237 Million in prizes to people all over the United States and Canada. To see some of those winning moments, visit http://www.pchtv.com. PCH Sweepstakes winners are chosen at random, and each entry has the same chance of winning. You never know who will become the next BIG winner, so don’t lose hope!

    Victoria At PCH

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Laura Davidson said...

You know it’s odd reading all you post not because i don’t believe any one but because it happened to me. But they didn’t say they were from PCH they said they were from brinks sweepstakes. And the only reason i had gotten caught up in it all was cause this guy had left a message on my home phone but i could not call back cause i don’t have long distance and this is where i made my major mistake i call back on my cell which meant they had my cell no. even then i didn’t realize what i had gotten into until we started to talk then i know it was a scam. And where it sounds the same is things like my ph. read the call was from Jamaica, And at first he said someone in a brinks white truck would be by to pick me up to take me to my bank cause their is a small fee i said no that’s not going to happen. Then he changed it and said the western union thing and i said no again. Then i ask in what form is this money going to be delivered to me ? He didn’t know what i meant. I asked a few more times and he finally said in bags of cash and i said right. He sounded harmless until he started asking me questions like. Do you live alone ? i got scared and hung up. That’s when i realized he had my no. cause he repeatedly called back for three days after that . But after i had hung up i was taking out the garbage and a man approached me with a tag around his neck like hospital workers and asked me if i was the one ? I looked for a white truck but i didn’t see one but i still got scared and called the cops. It turned out the guy had nothing to do with the call and he was harmless and i was relived that i wasn’t alone the cop said an elderly lady on the next block experienced the same thing he took the no. and said he will call and harass them like he did for the last lady but said sorry thats all they could do cause the no. is not in the US. So the next time he called i answered and gave him an ear full he finally stopped so thank you PCH for this info.

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Surupa Shastry said...

I have received a mail that I won 1 million US dollars a week ago from Publishers Clearing House UK.
I replied if it is genuine I’ll be happy to pay the 3rd class payment of $345 through Western Union. They assured me that they will send the check of prize money through a courier after they received my payment.My husband got a doubt and searched google and found your website about scam protection. Thankyou for clarifying that the prize money is always sent free.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Surupa,

    That’s right! Winnings are always sent free. You were the victim of a scam. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Justin Anderson said...

I got a call today from someone claiming to be wth pch. The man said that I won $80,000. The man said my phone number was chosen at random and they would deliver the check tomorrow. It sounded like a scam.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Justin,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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amanda brown said...

I recently recieved an email from PCH stating I am the winner of this weeks lottery. They asked me to send back info about FULL NAME,ADDRESS,SEX,NATIONALITY,AGE
OCCUPATION,PHONE NUMBER
PRESENT COUNTRY.they even gave me a qualification number.I dont know what to think because I did enter some PCH sweepstakes a month or two ago.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH will not ask you for any of the information that you would have put in your entry. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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tom russo said...

i have been aloyal PCH customer since 1983. havent won a thing –til i got a $10 ck for searching. it was legit. now im hoping for the big one . thanks pch!

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Barbara Ende said...

I received a phone calltoday, the person asked for me by name, then asked if I remember entering the PCH Sweepstakes. I said yes and then he told me I won $2,500,000 and how did I feel about that. I said it was a joke and he quickly hung up.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Debbie Yoder said...

I recv’d many phone calls from a amn named Omar Brandford stating he was from the Publisher’s Clearing House/Mega Million Dollar winners. He said I was the winner of 1-1/2 Million Dollars and a 53″ flat Screened TV and all I had to do is use Western Union to wire $350.00 to the IRS to rec’ve my prise. I bet I got 20 Phone calls from him asking if I sent the money and then he became threatening, stating they have ways to get the money out of me.
I told him, I was going to the police if he didn’t stop calling my phone. The calls have finally stoppe. I spooke with the reall Publisher’s Clearing house and he made me feel much better. Thank you for all your wonderful help.

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juan crespo said...

good moreing to eveyone out there there is a fraud scam out there on the publisher clearing house on my yahoo .com i get a e-mail from lates nigth from a guy name is mr greg alyster and i think he is a scam and anther name is hannah greenwood also i did not get a call from them all a letter but if i do i just wont them to get them in jail for fraud beacuse i no ho is the readly pize publisher clearing house they send me a e-mail saiding that i won the pubisher clearing house at this time 10pm at nigth

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Michael said...

Who would really sign a quick claim deed to their house over to a stranger? We all wish for free money but it seems most of the people here that do not have enough sense not to give away their own money can not even speak english or the american form there of. Your chance of winning on here as well as any other lotto is the same as getting attacked by a poler bear and a brown bear on the same day in the middle of New York. So the only way to win it is be in it but do not allow your hopeful wishes to over ride your better judgment.

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niki dolan said...

I think pch is a scam, they say you don’t have to buy anything, well that’s true, but why does pch send offers in the mail with your entry chance to win?, why don’t you send them separately, see I think that’s the scam part, you know someone is bound to see a offer they can’t refuse, wham bam thank you ma’am, pch got your money and you don’t win anything here

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Niki,

    We’re sorry you feel this way. PCH does surprise real winners. Many of our winners did not make a purchase with their winning entry. The two systems are counted completely separately. Buying really doesn’t improve your chances of winning.

    Victoria At PCH

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Roger S. Trimnal said...

I, Roger S. Trimnal recieve mailings almost daily from American Sweepstakes Publishers Corporate Headquarters Opportunities unlimited Publishers,H.S. Halsey Auditor in Chief,Corporate Headquarters, International Headquarters,Awards Notification,ANC, all of Kansas City, Kansas. Are these part of the Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweep stakes of not? They usually ask for small fees.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Roger,

    These are not offers from Publishers Clearing House. PCH would never ask you to pay a fee to enter or to win any PCH sweepstakes!

    Victoria At PCH

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D. and T. Hobbins said...

My husband just now got off the phone with Agent Malone who asked him to go to Walmart and purchase a BLUE STAMP and you guys would be in our driveway delivering his $250K and collect the $250 stamp he was to purchase. That Scam did not work out well for him.

Phone call from Agent Malone is as follows:

1-876-401-6737 Ext 5

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Ms. Hobbins,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You have definitely been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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D. and T. Hobbins said...

Update from my previous post:

“AGENT MALONE” just called back and insisted he speak to my HUB BAN. (GEEZ!) I refused; explained he must talk to me. He became very abusive calling me M-fker etc and I told him to kiss a part of my anatomy that I cannot leave here and I hung up the phone.

BEWARE!

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ronald Guglielmo said...

I have recieved many e mail staeting that I have won millions of $. and i was to send money to get the money, I almost did. R .g.

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P. Kade said...

Was just contacted at my office by a JAMES BALLEY to say I was a first place winner of $5 million plus a Mercedes. First it was a blocked no. I insisted on a real tel. no. – was given 876-293-8581 with a “general manager name of MARK WASHINGTON. I insisted on something in writing before I would give them any personal information. They will supposedly send something to my e-mail. They sound from the islands in the Caribbean. The number they called is my office number which I never use for PCH submissions. Most PCH submissions are in the name of my wife. If it is too good to be true, it is probably a scam. Since this is a Saturday, I will call your hotline on Monday to verify that this is, indeed, a scam.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi P.,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Thomas Jackson said...

Received a call from 916.222.3235 stating from PCH. Requested $299 reloadable green dot card to validate for “gold seal” check. This PCH blog says it all. I also called the PCH fraud line listed. Now waiting on the real PCH delivery (wishing out loud). Good Luck all!

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    Jussie At PCH said...

    Hi, Thomas. Unfortunately, this sounds like a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org. Thanks!

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Trevor said...

received a txt from 00353868619136 saying… your mobile number has won 900,000 pounds in the Publishers Clearing House.To claim your prize Email claim code : PCH2012 to pchmobiles@careceo.com

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Trevor. Please know that PCH does not send out text messages to winners. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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kelli perkins said...

got a call this morning a friend was offered from pch to buy 150 instant scratch off’s and they would show up to watch them be opened……I live next door and told them it was a scam pch may be hard to win but is always free.

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Eiric Thomas said...

I got an email yesturday saying that I’ve won a million dollars.I’m sure it’s a scam, too. I get several dozen a week from various countries. My question is ….. why does Yahoo keep telling me that the email address “abuse@pch.com” doesn’t exist ?

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Eiric Thomas said...

Scam, right ?

Congratulations, your email address has won ($1,000,000.00USD) in the on going
Publishers Clearing House loto draw that was held today, pls fill details
bellow for claims. Email us back: onlinepch_205@pkuit.com

Name in full:.. Address:… Sex:.. Occupation:.. Present Country:..

!!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Reyna Cruz
ONLINE CO-ORDINATOR.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi there Eiric,

    Yes, definitely a scam! The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Victoria At PCH

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Catherine Anthony said...

It has not effect if you don’t place an order is not true.They push it more and more,so you know you don’t stand a chance in hell of winning anything if you don’t buy SOMETHING!!

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WILKERSON said...

OK, THE PCH SCAM GOT ME TODAY. AT FIRST I WAS HAPPY TO PAY MY BILLS…I HAVEN’T WORKED IN A YEAR! DAMAGE FROM BREAST CANCER…KEPT ME FROM WORKING. WELL I STILL HAVE FAITH.BUT THE FAKE PERSON ASKED FOR 500…..I DON’T HAVE MONEY…THIS SCAM WAS JUST A KICK IN THE FACE! SMH..

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi. PCH is not a scam. We have real winners of all ages and backgrounds. You can see them at our “Winners Circle,” just click the link at the bottom right corner of our websites. Please remember that many people enter to win and only one person can win the sweepstakes. To view the odds of winning, please refer to the “Sweepstakes Facts” and “Official Rules” of the entry you are submitting.

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Mark said...

Thank you for your input. I was looking into one this week. I recieved a letter from a claim service in Montreal and a check for $2372.80. I called the number and the contact, Mr. John Carter. He said I was third place in a PCH drawing and won $80,000. Well, we are about to forclose on our house and been out of work for almost a year my wife and I both. Needless to say I was hoping this was a prayer answered, however, it is no as you have pointed out and the terms and conditions and rules explain. It really gets to me how someone can do these things to people probably knowing they are down on their lick and are praying for help and relief. I reported the scam to the site you gave and to the FBI.
Now on with the games, maybe someday the prize patrol will find it’s way to Neenah, WI a little house on Hickory. Until then, I will keep praying and keep playing.
Thank you so very much,
Mark Perry

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Mark. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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Larry Talbot said...

I also got the “Agent Malone” Scam today. First I got a call from:
1-876-862-4578
From “David Dash” that claimed he was in a UPS truck, o his way to my house, with a check for $250,00 waiting for me, if I call Agent Malone at:
1-876-862-4578, Ext. 5

The first thing I noticed was that the guy on the phone was supposed to be in a UPS truck, yet I heard at least a dozen voices in the background. I knew it was a scam instantly, but I like to play along!

He knew my geographic location, and the closest town to me, so they must look up numbers or something. When I pressed him, he said I would have to call Agent Malone.

So I blocked my number and called him. I told him I won, and am waiting for delivery. (Again, I like to play a long!) He asked “who is this?” I said, “I won the PCH grand prize, and you don’t know who this is?” I think he said “I have to know for verification.” (His accent was so thick I couldn’t completely understand.) I proceeded to ask him where my check was, and he kept telling me he needs my number. I told him “I’m not giving it to you, because you already have it.” He went ballistic! He said, “if I could blow you up over the phone, I would right now,” and then he called me a bunch of rather explicit names.

Here’s a few tips to add:
Listen closely. They make a lot of mistakes. In my case it was the UPS. I’ve never seen PCH deliver ANYTHING by UPS! Next, the accent. You might get foreigners that can barely speak English for tech support, but I think PCH would be better than that! PCH has never been known to call your phone! PCH NEVER asks for money, of any kind in their sweepstakes! Listen to the back ground. This is your biggest clue. If you have to, tell the shyster on the phone to hold on a sec so you can listen. You hear some interesting stuff that way too! Lastly, try to purposely upset the shyster on the phone. Why? Because a true salesman will never get upset. Only a con man who just lost a mark will go off on you, because he knows he lost anyway.

Remember this stuff, and you will NEVER get ripped a new one!

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Larry – Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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Al Schmidt said...

I live east of Toronto, Ontario. I just received a call from a guy stating his name to be Michael Jones a PCH employee of Brampton, ON. He advised that my wife had just won $850,000 3rd place in the PCH draw 9 months ago and because the bank has held onto the prize money for 9 months we needed to send them $490 to have the money released. He advised if we don’t send the money that the prize would be sent to charity. The phone numbers involved were: 1-876-387-0610 and 305-357-0810. This incident has been reported to PCH.

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Exie Ward said...

I believe I was scammed today, 7/12/2012 online entering the PCH Sweepstakes. I was on pch’s (I thought) Official Site. I completed personal information on line including my birthdate (this seemed to be an insert) in with the personal information asked of me–Email address, name, address, age, country,etc. I couldn’t enter sweepstakes (invalid) until I gave my birthdate, then they allowed me to SUBMIT. I checked the info again–no birthdate information showed up. RESPOND

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Exie Ward said...

The scams are on official pch websites online when you complete the personal information required of you, even your age, birthdate, email, etc. Watch for scamming information requested on PCH’s Official websites–several online.

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Keith Petrosky said...

Got a letter from PCH saying I am “on notice” to receive a second letter in 3 days with a number for winners selection list for 5000 a week, drawing on 8/31/2012. It showed a sample of the letter coming, on it in red lettering says “withdrawal warning” meaning when I get the 2nd letter, if I don’t respond I won’t be entered in the sweepstakes. This is the first PCH letter I ever got in my life, does this sound legit? Blue lettering has Michael Collins.

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Jane Ellis said...

Hello, Just a few minutes ago I received 2 phone calls, one right after the other, that said they were from Publishers Clearing House and I have won $5,000,000 and all I have to do is go to the post office and I interrupted asking how much this was going to cost. They told me it would be $1,500.00. I laughed at them and told them there is no way I coud get hold of that kind of money and if they were who they said they were, it would cost me no money at all. Needless to say, I knew it was a scam. They would not give me their names or phone numbers. Just thought you might want to know. Neither of the persons were Americans as they knew so little English. Thanks for listening. By the way, I am waiting for you to come to MY door, any time.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Jane. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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Geraldine Fitzgerald said...

All new e-mails from PCH are Search engins only. Cant’search that many things. Why is that? Can’t enter on line.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Geraldine. PCHSearch&Win is a search engine like Google, Yahoo, or Bing. You can use it to find anything you’d like – recipes, coupons, information about your favorite celebrities, etc. But unlike a typical search engine, PCHSearch&Win awards prizes every day just for using it.

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Dania elie said...

Thanks a lot for information cause they call me ask me information about me I think it was pch thanks ,thanks a lot now I know fraud.

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Mary Lingafelt said...

I made a purchase from PCH earlier this year. It was a blueberry bush and I was to get a free one, of course I had to pay the shipping. Well they sent me a dead plant and I’ve sent 2 letters asking for either a new plant or a refund of the shipping charge. I still haven’t heard a word about it. Guess I got scammed too.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Most of the plants we sell are shipped in a dormant state and should rejuvenate once planted and watered. If after following the planting instructions, the plant does not meet your expectations, please contact us for further assistance. Our Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time by calling our toll free number at 1-800-645-9242. Or send us an email by visiting our Ask Us page. Please be sure to include the name of the plant and the order number if available.

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TAIWANEY M said...

Aloha everybody we just recieve a phone call from Michael Anderson stateing we just won 2.3 million dollar from there company PCH.. He told us if we want the money we have to pay them 75.00 then he would need our cc info to deposit the money Thank God we looked it up and found this THANK YOU AND MAHALOS FOR POSTING.. we knew it was a SCAM and good thing i looked it up SMH CRAZZY PEOPLES NOW DAYS.. he have us the 2.3million dollar check number 007518880201 pkg number b1202. AGENT MICHAEL ANDERSON 18765681019 you aint scaming us SMH

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    PCH Staff said...

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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Felisha Hamilton said...

There are sooo many things that I would like to do and people/family that I would like to help to the point that I am gullible and anxious to win anything. I have read the rules, disclosures and how winners would be notified, but I am just that darn gullible right now. Thanks for taking time to address this issue for me and others that are like myself. Now I’m watching like a hawk!

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Madeline LaRose said...

Received an email today from pch.com@carib.com telling me I won
$1,000,000…..and asked for
Name, Address, Contact, Country,and Sex. I replied
with this information. Signed Mrs. Reyna Cruz….
Also REF an email Ticket Number
FL 754/22/76 in a Category2Selection.

Any truth to this.
Madeline LaRose

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    PCH Staff said...

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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barbara lovelace said...

i receive a email with a reference number from pch stating i won 1 million from pchlotto and advise me to get in contact with bell@bell.ca at pch for contact information. is it legit?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Barbara – Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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Janenne Hancock said...

Thanks for the tip about the the sweepstakes. I was recently contacted via email and it was supposedly from Publishers Clearing House. They wanted me to send money to them for the shipment of my 1 million dollar winnings. It sounded kind of suspicious, so I investigated. Good thing I did. They were pretty good at making it sound legit. I have read the rules that you posted about sweepstakes, so I will definitely keep that in mind when I receive another email.
Thanks again for the info.

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barbara lovelace said...

if a person was to win what are your rules as for contacting them as a winner. email, certified letter or what.

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Robert Beck said...

I received an email supposedly from PCH informing me that i havbe won 1,000,000.00 and has aked me to confirm the following,full name? address/ mobile no./ sex/ occupatio and country. They supplied am email address to respond to pch.search@msn.com. the name of the recipient at PCH is Dave Sayer, ON LINE CO-Ordinator.I have entered my profile directed with PCH and I assume this is a scam. Is my assumption correct?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Robert! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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Jerry Whitworth said...

As the phone rings you wonder is this the call.. I will tell you this …….no it’s not !!! The cost of PCH is only your time and not a dime all the day long. The fun you have @ PCH.com is worth you time. Scammers will comer and go but don’t wire money to anyone you don’t know. The scammers can’t take your money if you don’t give it to them. As you play always enjoy the American Way FREE DOM is to stay . Thank God for PCH in America where you can have fun and you might even win…..always free ….. Nice

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Carla Taylor said...

My husband got a phone call the other day stated that because he had not claimed his prize from PCH that it had been turned over to USA Mega to deliver. They then faxed him a letter, but there was no mention of PCH anywhere on it. Could you please confirm what I have been telling him for MONTHS, that PCH does not send a letter or call to set up the “surprise” appearance with the check at the front door.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like your husband has been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

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Jody boone said...

It is now 434:pm I am In eunice LA. Just got off the phone with a john wight he was telling me that I won 5000.0000 and that I need too pay 300.texs! Duh” I know all ready what”s up.the num that call my house is from kingston.jm1-876-873-4604. Hope it helps some one.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Jody,

    Excellent looking out! That was most definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Thanks,

    Victoria At PCH

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FRANCES MISTLER said...

I have received at least 5 calls asking me for money in order to claim my PCH winnings.
The first one that called, I reported his name and number to PCH and now, today, I had at least 3 more calls from another person telling me the same thing. I’m sure there are gullible people who fall for this crap. People, be on guard for this type of call.

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Ric Booher said...

I received a letter from PCH saying I had won 3rd place in sp[ring drawing and had won 650,000-dollars. This was sponsored by visa,mastercard,discover andamerican express. The gentleman asked me if I had any of these cards and I said I did and he said they needed info from these cards and I told him I would rather not give out that info, He said he would send me a packet in the mail for me to fill out and I told him I was going to have this checked out with the BBB and he said ok to do it. His name is Tom Morris and his phone number is: 1-800=768-9635. Ric

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Ric,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Thanks,

    Victoria At PCH

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Cheryl Oncale said...

October 23,2012 12:22pm Central Husband got call on work cell he won 2nd highest PCH prize & go to the nearest Walmart. Call 1-876-463-9040 for further info then go home(LA), PCH van was on the way. He called me & I told him it’s a scam. An hour later call came in asking if he was on his way to Walmart. Husband told him he’s not leaving work in MS & that the call was fake. Caller hung up. Reverse lookup on # is cellular in Jamaica
Cheryl Oncale

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    Thanks,

    Victoria At PCH

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David Cramer said...

Your site ( Pch.com) has a problem … in the sweepstakes section, at the top left panel ($5000.00 shopping splurge) after watching the commercial it tries to go to another site, but it says: it is out of date, has moved or does not exist ! I have tried at least 4 times today, with the same results and my wife tried yesterday and it did the same thing. Please get it fixed I would like to be able to get all our tokens that are due us. … thank you!

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi David, I’m so sorry for the issues you experienced on our site! We have fixed the problem so please check back with us today. If you continue to experience this issue, you can send us a message via our Get Help tab: http://on.fb.me/PCHgethelp or call our toll-free number 1-800-459-4724 Monday-Friday, from 8:30am to 8:30pm EST.

    - Jussie Wilder at PCH

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Joan Castille said...

I thought I just had to report to you this scam involving Publishers Clearing House. We recieved a letter from someone claiming to be from Publishers stating that we had won $650,000, which would have helped us tremendously. We called Jeff Stewart at the number, 1-888-573-3340. His receptionist said he was not there, and to leave our name and phone number, which we did. Jeff Stewart called, and told us to call another number, 1-876-504-6934, and they gave us another number, 1-876-521-0711. A foriengh sounding guy answered and gave us the same old scam I’ve heard before: That we need to wire $500.00 in a Green Dot Money Pack. I called Publishers to tell them about this bogus scam, and I also sent the letter to abuse@pch.com and told Fraud.org. I want to tell everyone about this so that they will know about what’s going on.

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Arlene Moody said...

Received call on 3/6/2013 from a Peter Martin from 1-876-402-6825, Caller ID shows J.M. Kingston at 1-876-374-4601 (AC is Jamaica). He asked for my husband, who is deceased, but prize would be changed to my name. I would be given 1/2 million and a Mercedes. Gave me a Check#, Pkg Code, and a Ticket # verifying winner! He was good! Never asked for money, but would call me next day to verify time they would appear at my door. In meantime I reported this to PCH Fraud this morning and was advised to not answer. He did call and I ignored 4 times. 15 minutes later same person. I did answer and he said since there was a name change he was putting a Lawyer on line to get correct spelling. I then said he was running a Scam and was hanging up as he said No, No…I have money and a car for you. As they say…nothing in life is free!

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Penny Waller said...

I really need to win. My husband and I lost our jobs more than three years ago and have been living off of what little savings we had after raising 4 children and paying for two weddings. We are now flat broke and have nothing to fall back on. We will lose our second home in three years if something doesn’t give soon.

It is a shame that the phone call I received this afternoon was not real. Someone from 876-401-6737 called me claiming to be from Publishers Clearing house saying that I had won 1 million dollars and a BMW with the insurance paid up for one year. When I called the number they gave me to call 876-521-9359 and talked to agent Malone he told me that I had to go to Walmart and get a green dot cash card for identification. I told him I was not going and hung up.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Penny, thank you for bringing this to our attention. That was a SCAM! We NEVER notify winners in advance via email, phone or through Facebook and there is NEVER a catch to collecting the winnings. The Prize Patrol visits winners personally! PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie Wilder at PCH

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Teresa Guerrero said...

Today, I received an e-mail that stated that I was the e-mail winner of 1,000,000.00 US dollars in the recent PCH LOTTO. It said to please respond immediately and collect winnings immediately.
Kindly send your contact details to:
Email:info clearinghousepublisher@kimo.com
It was signed Todd Sload, Claims Office.

I am reporting this because they are using Mr.Sloan’s name.

I wish that I would have won. My husband has gone through one surgery and getting another. That is money that I don’t have and wish that I did. No health insurance either because he is not old enough. I am hoping tha one of this days,I do win the lottery. It doesn’t have to be millions. I am not greety. All I want is to pay my home off and ahave some money to pay off bills. The rest I guess I can continue to work until I am seventy to get a retirement.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Teresa, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Mary Garback said...

I received an official-looking letter from “Morgan, Phelps, & Stern; (Payments Pending Division) PMB 337; 169 Commack Rd., Ste.Hp; Commack, NY 11725″ claiming I was “Confirmed as the Winner of a Cash Award…” and “The Payment for the Cash Award You Have Already Won will be sent to you within 30 days by bank check upon receipt of the paperwork bearing your LEGAL SIGNATURE [caps mine].” No contest or sweepstake was named, just the company who would purportedly disburse the prize check (“Gary Ashbury, Payment Agent) signed the letter which also requested me to send $20 (cash, or check/money order payable to “M.P.S.”). Obvious scam!

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Mary Garback said...

P.S. – I have added the “URL;” sorry I skipped that part when I posted about the scam.

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theresa blanchard said...

I’m being sent merchandise that I
never ordered from pch. How is
this happening ? I’m 74 years
old so they think I don’t know any
better. WRONG

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elizabeth dever said...

well i will say that i was scamed and i all most fell for it but when i really lized that it was not the pch or the prize patrol that is when i new . i have leaned my lessn about scames.Elizabeth dever.

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Ales Kubat said...

Just got call from PCH that I won 2 500 000,- and a car. They said my cell number was randomly drawn. He introduced himself as Omar David. I suppose another scam?

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Joan Lumpkin said...

received a phone call on my cell phone that I had won. Was randomly picked for living in Mississippi. Told “Mike” it was hard to win if you have never entered. He said I was randomly picked and to call him when I got home tonight. Never said my name .

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Denise Miller said...

I too received a call last night shortly after 8:00 when the PCH winner was to announced on NBC during a commercial. The man on the phone said his name was William and he was from PCH Publishing. I already knew that winners are not connected by phone so I told him I was not interested and to take my phone number off his call list. Scammers will never be a dying breed.

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Sharon Winfield said...

My Dad received a very official looking letter from Novation Legal Finance Inc, stating he has won $250,000 from PCH thru a random computer ballot system. Enclosed was a check $3998.60 from Emo Trans Inc, which appears to be a legitimate company in NY. However they want you to call for “guidance” thru the claim process. He has no plans to call on this scam —- UNLESS you tell that Evelyn Thomas IS the PCH promotion manager and this letter is legitimate — oh, we only wish!!!!

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Jeffery Price said...

Thanks For The Info.. it would be nice to win but the way my luck goes im not holding my breath i just hope someone wins it that is in need and could really use it!.. good luck to everyone. and thanks for all the info…

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Alison Gray said...

Hello,

I just received a call about winning in second place and it was in part with LTPC (Loyal Tax Paying Citizens) who said that my entry in the first place came from your company. Are you associated with this group? Now knowing that I am not familiar with this group nor knew how they got a house phone number I do not used, I tried looking them up online; found nothing. I kept repeating this and it sounded like they ignored it to continue with the call. Obviously, I didn’t trtust this and asked to be removed.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Alison, thank you for bringing this to our attention. That was definitely a scam and PCH IS NOT associated with them. We’re so glad you didn’t fall for it! PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Susan Lanclos said...

A man named carvel levis 1-876-245-1289 called stating that we won millions, he gave a number that we had to call to enter or code no.He also made a man named David Benjamin- the vice president of bank of america-1-876-877-8177. The men said that we were to go and purchase a green dot money card with the amount of $225.00. They said that an armored car was being sent from shreveport. They also said not to tell anyone- fishy i think so.

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Matt Brown said...

Received a call from San Antonio stating i had been picked for a free watch and two free magazines and had to pay a discounted price for the thrid to continue with the sweepstakes. I was told it was through Visa and Mastercard usage. All he requested was the expiration date of the card. I was given a sweepstakes number. Not sure if real or not so I didn’t provide info.

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Michelle Murphy said...

Just received a call from someone with an accent saying that I just won a prize from the MGM Grand Casino and that I won a certified check and thatI was 2nd place prize winner. All I had to do was answer 5 questions…was I single, married, divorced or widowed, was I under 64, was I the main income earner in the house, etc..He said that I answered the questions correctly and that I won. He also said that 99% of IRS taxes & insurance were paid for out of prize money and that all I needed to do was pay the UPS Fee…then he told me I needed to wait on the line of five minutes for them to start the process….I told him that it sounded like a scam and he started to fight with me about it,and I told him if it was legit PCH wouldn’t talk to me like he did or fight with me…at any way, I also said if it was legit, PCH or anyone else wouldn’t ask me for money and I hung up. He tried to call back an I did’t answer the phone…This is his information He told me to write down, etc. He called me from 876-505-1401; Told me his name was French Montana, MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas, to call 323-413-7955…

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Michelle, thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Michele Mitchell said...

davesayer.pchprizepatrol.50@facebook.com says he is apart of the PCH Price patrol but his inbox messages sound fishy to me. Is he a real member or not. Please let me know and those who he has friended on facebook.

He just told me I was a winner in advance

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    Michele Mitchell said...

    never mind he just blocked me after I told him I knew this was a scam

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Michele, thank you for bringing this to our attention. The message you received was NOT from the real Dave Sayer. It was a SCAM! Members of the Prize Patrol DO NOT send private messages, friend requests, or winner notifications on Facebook. Sadly, we’re aware of these scams and we’re working hard to combat them. You may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190 or to Facebook: http://bit.ly/ReportPCHScamFB.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Becky Bechtel said...

My 83 year old mother just contacted me about a second call she had recieved about winning 2.5 million in the pch sweepstakes. Thank goodness she called me to see if i thought it was legitimate. These people called her one month ago about her entry in the sweepstakes and told her she might be a winner. They called her again tonight to tell her she was definitely a winner. she told me she could hardly understand the person; could hear others in the background and a dog barking. She asked to speak to someone who could speak English, so a guy calling himself jerry cope came on the line. She tells him she didn’t enter. He says well you could have won because you shop at places like Walmart. When she said she never shopped there, he listed other well known brand name stores. She just acted like she didn’t understand him. He then asked her whether she paid her bills on time. He asked whether she had a fax machine, a computer, etc. she said no, she did not. he told her he would call her back tomorrow afternoon with more information. I told her its a scam, that he’ll ask her to wire money, or ask for a credit card #, or tell her he’s sending her an official announcement and check, ask for her SSN, etc. I told her not to give him any personal information at all, that’s he’s just fishing around to see how he can hook her in to the scam or to get personal informaiton that he can use to get at her money, etc. This is clearly a well thought out plan, contacting multiple times to build it up, so she thinks its legitimate, gaining her confidence, etc. My Mom has a college education and is completely with it – but even she was beginning to think it might be real. Glad she called me before it went too far.

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Lynne Hilton said...

add yAugust 13, 2013 Just received a call from a man saying he was from PCH and his name was Andrew Goldsberge. Very slick, claimed I won 1.5 million and a new car. He wanted to make arrangements to deliver in a weeks time as they were coming from St. Catherines Ontario. He stated because it was not a lottery I had to pay a delivery tax of $777 prior to my cheque and car delivery on the 21st. I kept insisting I wasn’t sending any money and know this is a scam. PCH would at least know my name and address. This con didn’t, kept insisting I had to tell him to confirm my prize. People beware, the cons are out there. our comment here

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