Publishers Clearing House Fraud Prevention Alert

Publishers Clearing House fraud prevention tips could pay off big by saving you from being fooled by imitators.

From time to time we like to remind consumers that it is always in your best interest to keep yourselves informed and protected from various sweepstakes frauds and schemes that may pose as legitimate sweepstakes offers.

Publishers Clearing House has been in business since 1953 and has awarded over $227 million in sweepstakes prizes to consumers from coast to coast.  While we understand that not every single recipient of a PCH promotional offer can win a major sweepstakes prize, we do believe all consumers can become winners by protecting themselves against fraud!

Telephone, internet and fake check scams that illegally and fraudulently use the name of legitimate sweepstakes are of great concern to Publishers Clearing House.  At PCH we hear from folks from all walks of life and from all across the country.  They contact us to report receiving an email, a phone call, or a fake check with a letter – - many illegally using our name and falsely claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House – - all in an attempt to deceive and mislead.  The common thread in these scams is that the consumer is asked to send money to collect what turns out to be a bogus and non-existent prize.

Here are 3 Important Publishers Clearing House Fraud Prevention Tips to remember:

  1. At Publishers Clearing House, or any legitimate sweepstakes, the winning is always free and there is never a requirement to order or pay any amount to enter, win or collect a prize award.  To put it simply … If it is not free, it is not a legitimate prize!
  2. If you are ever contacted by mail, phone or email by someone claiming to be with PCH – and are asked to send or wire money to claim a prize – HANG UP!  You have not heard from the real PCH!
  3. To report a scam contact you may contact PCH at 1-800-392-4190, or you can email us at abuse@pch.com.

For more information please visit us at http://help.pch.com/consumer and read more about what PCH is doing to educate and protect consumers, while fighting back against the fraudsters!

Sincerely,

Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department

 

 


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Iris Bengochea said...

I have been spam then because I get mail & phone calls from these sweepstakes… I fell so dumb,,,I even send money :(… Thank U sooo much for the information… Peace be with you & God Bless :)

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Sorry, new to this Blog thing. This is in reply to yesterdays Blog. Gloria said the 5000.00 a week for life is to be on November 30, 2011. So the 1 Million was an extra?
Also though I am glad you express how people take advantage of others with scams… that is why I have always trusted PCH, they never ask for money to win.

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Lauralee Hensley said...

It’s good that you reminded people again. I have sent info to your company once, though I’ve gotten numerous scam letters claiming to be PCH and that I have won. I know better because I actually have read and do read the rules before entering and know that this is not the way PCH operates.
I know PCH doesn’t ask for money and all sorts of personal information.
Also a good indicator that they are a scam, is they don’t even know your name, they only have your email address.

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joye hamilton said...

Hello Margaret, Thanks so much for taking the time to remind people about the scammers out there and the obscene ways they take advantage of PCH Fans!

The day i took a check PCH had sent me to the bank the manager got involved, he asked for my emal address, then he called PCH home office to verify everything was “up-to-snuff”, as it were!

All of that because scammers have given PCH such trouble!!!

Being made aware is one of the best things you folks @ PCH can do! And you never can repeat the message about scammers too many times!

Thank you for being vigilant to the “cause”!

Keep up the good work! Sign me, a happy PCH Fan111 jh

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gail block said...

i have nothing nope not a thing

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Curtis Martin said...

1) At Publishers Clearing House, or any legitimate sweepstakes, the winning is always free and there is never a requirement to order or pay any amount to enter, win or collect a prize award. To put it simply … If it is not free, it is not a legitimate prize!

2) If you are ever contacted by mail, phone or email by someone claiming to be with PCH – and are asked to send or wire money to claim a prize – HANG UP! You have not heard from the real PCH!

3) To report a scam contact you may contact PCH at 1-800-392-4190, or you can email us at abuse@pch.com.

Please visit us at http://help.pch.com/consumer

“We do believe all consumers can become winners by protecting themselves against fraud!” – http://www.pch.com

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Pam said...

I was just reading the official rules on the Superprize, and it says if you submit an entry from the same e-mail address for the same sweepstakes more than once a day, you become ineligible to win? I didn’t know that!

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rm davis said...

I’m just hoping to win someday although I don’t think anyone ever wins in Hawaii so that’s a little discouraging…Anyway, I agree it is sad to be preyed on by these scammers, because I believe that I will not win or anyone from here for that matter, I was beginning to question the emails I’ve been receiving to “search & win” and fearing that those were scams as well… so thanks for the reminders and reassurance.

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carrie said...

i have been enter your sweepstakes and doing your sweepstakes sence then i have had alot of people calling me, on the phone which i dont like. i even had some try and charge my credit cards, plus if you guy’s get any mail from a mint company on coins dont do it

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Carrie,

    Please be aware that Publishers Clearing House does not release customer phone numbers to third parties. 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 these phone calls 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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J Boyanton said...

I was just playing the word game “spellbound” on PCH games. I am bothered that the 1st 2 words it spelled were “invaded” and “captial”. As this month marks the 10th anniv of the tragic events of 09/11, people should be careful not only with actions, but with words.

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mary and jim freerks said...

i just received a bill for 15 dollars . that threatened to ruin my credit if i did not, pay for some gardening thing that i did not order. it said i would be put in the credit bureau for collection. I only know that something like a handful of gardening tips and cards were sent to my home ,and if i wanted them i could send money and they would continue sending the cards like a club type offer. i did not respond . i threw them in the trash. we did not order them. ,, my husband sent the 15 dollars today thinking it was a bill. and I’m mad…. don’t send me any more tricky ways to get one of us to pay for things we don’t want… mary

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hello Mary,

    I’m sorry to hear that that happened to you! Please call us at our toll-free number 1-800-645-9242 so that we can resolve this issue for you.

    Victoria At PCH

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Jessi Staedo said...

PCH is nothing but a scam. My mother has been entering this for over thirty years and never won a darn thing. I have been doing it for over twenty years and have never won anything. It is all a scam. We don’t enter any more. We advise others not to enter either.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Jessi,

    PCH is a legitimate sweepstakes company. Over the years, Publishers Clearing House has awarded over $233 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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Ann Cole said...

I have a letter that came from Canada advising I was a 3rd place winner and given the number 1-800-361-9357 to call. Phone is disabled. What sort of scam is this?
Answer me please. Can’t find an e-mail or other phone to call.

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    Jussie At PCH said...

    Hi, Ann. 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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Elizabeth Lawrence said...

I have been contacted 2 times saying I have won 2.5 mil and a Mercedes Benz car. I was to go to Wallmart and get 2 green.dot cards in amount of $1K and $500.
I was to return home and they would deliver my car and check as well as go to my bank with the cashier’s check to deposit to my bank. I told them I did not want the car. I was transfered to a Bob Miller (800) 710-6139 and he told me to go to Walgreens and 7-11 and get my green dot cards. I was told not to hang up my phone until I returned with the green dot cards. I called PCH directly to report this and was told this is a scam. When I went back to the phone the line was dead so I hung up the phone and got a call immediately back. I told them they were scamming me and they insisted they were out of Las Vegas and they were legal. I called Wallgreen customer service and they also said they were getting many calls saying PCH was calling people to say they had won money and needed to get the green dot cards and not to pay anything. A man by name of Bob Miller called me back 5 times saying this was no scam. He said he was out of Las Vegas at the shipping company. The number that showed up on my phone was (876) 503-3567. He kept calling back and I didn’t answer the phone.

Another call the day before identified themself as John Cruz (571) 377-3912 from American Sweepsteaks Promotion Co. I won $525,000.00 and I needed to pay $520.00 for insurance coverage of their package. I told him it sounded like scam and they hung up. Beware of any and all scam artists.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Elizabeth. 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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Gary Olsen said...

I received an email from Publishers Clearing House saying I was a mega winner of $5,000,000.00 to contact Dave Sayar and to contact his email(save.sayar@blumail.org) and give him my personal information for verification to collect winnings. Please verify if this is fraud or if it is really the real Publishers Clearing House Thank you for fraud protection email date July 28, 2012

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Gary. 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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L.R. Breslin said...

We have been receiving calls from someone saying he is from PCH. He is asking us to get a cash card from CVS or Rite Aid in the amount of $550. We won $5,500.000. First he said he would be by with the check and pick up the card. My husband played along with him and got two phone numbers. Then he called today and wants the numbers from the card. Needless to say we never got the card. BIG SCAM! I reported this to our little town newspaper and also to the REAL PCH. Don’t fall for it!

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi L.R., 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 Wilder at PCH

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mary ann perez said...

I received a message from a person saying that they were Dave Sayer & that I was the lucky winner of 10 million dollars. he wanted me to go to cvs or walmart & purchase a paid pal green card, money pack scratch card and pay $499.99. then Todd Sloane requested me on facebook but I haven’t answered I know this is scam

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Betty J Phillips said...

I just called in a scam so pose to be from Publishers clearing house that I had won $3,5000.00 it all looked liked it was all true. I wish I could take a picture of it and put it on so you all could see it. I would send it to you if I knew where to send it. It was confirmed . I had to call them no address on the letter. He said it was from FL. But the post office stam was Canada zip 130607 They asked for $1,350.00 for me to tell them when I got the cash and they would go from there. Has any one else got a certificate like this?

Sinceraley
Betty

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Betty, thank you for bringing this to our attention. That was definitely a SCAM! Winners of $10,000 or more are surprised by the Prize Patrol in person ONLY with no advance notice. We NEVER notify winners in advance via phone. Also, there isn’t a catch so you never have to buy something or pay a fee to enter our Sweepstakes or to claim a prize. It’s free! You may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Kathy Baca said...

I got a posting from Danielle lam saying that I was selected the 5000.00 a week I sent some money cuz she told me to call Mr j Hamilton so I did he require that I send money in the form of green dot and moneygram. I didn’t think that these people could get use the pch employee and website, but they did and stole some money from me. and to top it off they use God in it and blessed me how could people be like that.

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Kathy Baca said...

I am sad to say that I can not play anymore PCH game or entry or surveys because now I don’t know what real or fraud. Seeing how they can use or copy you names websites to make it looks so real and people get tricked I cant take the chance anymore. You should probably put the fraud issues on the front page or send out a message on your email that are sent out too many people are being tricked. I don’t have a lot of money to be fooled like this

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Kathy, we’re so sorry to hear this! We understand your concern. Sadly, we’re aware of these scams and we’re working hard to combat them. Rest assured, PCH is real and is a legitimate sweepstakes company. Remember, the real PCH DOES NOT require you to buy something or pay a fee to enter our sweepstakes or to claim a prize. It’s free! Also, the Prize Patrol NEVER notifies winners in advance. Winners of $500.00 or more from the real Publishers Clearing House are notified by registered mail or email and winners of $10,000 or more would be notified in person by our famous Prize Patrol with no advance notice and they NEVER send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications on Facebook. You can see more of our efforts against scams here: http://info.pch.com/consumer-information/fraud-protection.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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      Kathy Baca said...

      yes I see from back a few years but it still happening and now I am frantic over that they have some of information. I am sure I am not the only one who give information out and found out it a fraud I know you guys are real but if they do this to you guys and everyone who thinks they won its a very sad world we live in. I hope that this can be stop I am getting calls from Jamaica all the time now. I have gone through great length to protect my accounts and cards

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      Leslie L. said...

      PCH Staff I received the following email, please confirm if this is legitimate or fraudulent.

      We are pleased to announce to you that your email address emerged alongside 4 others as category 2 winners in this year\’s weekly Publishers Clearing House Winner. You have won One million dollars and have been approved for a total pay-out of (One Million Dollars $1,000,000.00 USD)The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order: winning numbers:7-1-4-8-7-3 Email Ticket number: FL 654/29/75. Please contact the underlined head claims officer with the Contact info belowEmail: usa-pch13@outlook.com nWinner you must resend their
      1.Name in full:
      2.Address:
      3.Sex:
      4.Nationality:
      5.Age:
      6.Occupation:
      7.Phone number:
      8.Present Country:
      Send your full details to: usa-pch13@outlook.com for claims

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        PCH Staff said...

        Hi Leslie, 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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milton carter said...

You say that we don’t need to buy anything to enter your contest. Why then when we get some of your mail it says Do not return if you are not ordering. For orders only. What happens to the Prize number on the order form. What if it was the winning Number

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MARTHA WASHINGTON said...

I JUST GOT AN EMAIL SAYING THAT I WON $1 MILLION FROM PCH LOTTO AND TO EMAIL MY NAME ,ADDRESS,SEX,NATIONALITY ETC. TO PCH13@OUTLOOK.COM IS THIS LEGIT?

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marian gallard fishermat said...

I saw only one thing here the publisher clearin house chearing people with doblers charges went we bay something his prices and offering are just a promise for people they are a big marqueting people thay move the price month by month and never anyone won that is for people dreamer just I has problems with dobbler charge and now I no buy anything else in these place because we can found more cheaper his chines trachs in family dolla family tree and diferents cheaper store

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Bobbie Joe. Hadwin said...

Have a phone number said were pch. (646)926-4489. Said for me not to go on facebook got three days would ruin the surprise. surprise I didn’t any thing .they were scam artist

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Bobbie, 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. 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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Kenneth w Kramer said...

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Kenneth w kramer said...

I recently received a telephone call of 1-876-287-0089 and a later one from 1-876-892-7199 saying I should go to CVS and purchase 2 green dot money pack paper cards. The comment from a CVS store worker said it was a fraud, so I didn’t buy any. There were several more phone calls, but I refused to listen, especially after seeing your web site. Thanks much.

Ken Kramer

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Ronaldf said...

How many times do you have to enter, it always her get close, your intials have been slected. if do not view your entry will be terminated. So, how many tiime do you have to enter?

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Cynthia Haney said...

Hi I received an email this morning saying that I won a prize and I’m fairly sure it’s a fake but I’m not sure. It wasn’t asking for any money but it wanted my info and I want to make sure I know what it is.

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Kurt. Tewksbury said...

I received an email saying that I won 1 million. Want to send my name, address, sex,nationality, age,occupation, Phone #,present country. If This is true let me know that would be grate, I just passed my GED and I’m working for Salvation Army in Tampa Florida.
Please email. Thank you

Kurt. Tewksbury

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kyle bradley said...

I got a email saying I won 1 million a year and I need to claim my prize how do I know if its real and if I really won or not…is there a way I can check ?

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melissa macomber said...

I recently recieved this email i want to know if it means im a WINNER Ive sent the form back to the email as requested

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Dee hofland said...

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Diante woody said...

Ok so who is Catherine Ann

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Carol Shinske said...

Yes, I was contacted by 3 people (apparently all working together)and was ask to confirm (pay)$10,000 for taxes on the 1st million I won. Then, the taxes would be automatically taken out of the next million per month for the rest of my life. I told them I would not send any money ever. They have not contacted me since. I’m so glad I didn’t fall for this scam. They seemed to know quite a bit information about me – how, I don’t know.

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