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

 

 


63 thoughts on “Publishers Clearing House Fraud Prevention Alert”

  1. christie says:

    My elderly mother received a letter and check in the mail “the team at Multi-State Lottery Association is pleased to officially announce you, as a second place winner in the 100 Million Dollars Super Cash Giveaway Promotion sponsored by Publishers Clearing House, Readers Digest and Mega Millions…Enclosed in this letter is a check to cover disbursement and insurance fees. “. Is this a scam or real?

  2. “OH”I did not leave.contact information[206]602-8000,IT WOULD be nice to know somewhere gives you HAS SOME TYPE OF CONSCIOUS.

  3. Hi to whom it may concern I received this from DANIELLE LAMCongratulations you have won yourself a certified cashier check of 5.6million dollar also $7.000.00 dollar ever week for the rest of your life. MY SOCIAL SHE GOT MY POVERTY KEEPS ME FROM PROPERLY PURSUING THIS AND I WAS HOPING YOUR ADVISE ME IN THIS MATTER.

  4. ROBERT RUIZ says:

    My name is ROBERT RUIZ TODAY IS 6/9/2014 MY COMPLAINT IS THAT I PLAY THE VIP GAME EVERYDAY FOR THE PAST TO DAYS I PLAYED THE SCRATCH OF GAME IT’S SAYS SCRATCH THE RIGHT # AND WIN A THOUSAND dollars I HAVE IN THE PAST TWO DAY’S SCRATCHED AND HIT THE EXACT NUMBERS AND IN MY POINT OF VIEW IF IT SAYS TO SCRATCH AND WIN THE MONEY WELL HOW COME IT THEN TELLS ME THAT I DIDN’T WIN THE CASH BUT WON A CHANCE TO WIN BIGGER CASH PRIZE’S WHEN IN MY OWN EYES SAY’S THAT I DID WIN FARE AND SQUARE HAVE ALREADY WON THE RIGHT AND LEGAL WAY PLEASE REPLY to MY EMAIL address THANK YOU SINCERELY ROBERT RUIZ

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Robert,

      For your own personal safety we have deleted your email address. Please do not post private contact information on public forums, as it is for your own safety. In regards to your question, we need more information. Please reach out to our Customer Service team. Our Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time – http://bit.ly/PCH_CustomerService

  5. Terrell Tillman says:

    Its someppl playn like they pch talkn bout i won

  6. Kevin Sanlin says:

    Over the weekend I received a letter postmarked from New York. Inside was an official looking letter stating that I’d won 2nd place in the 100 million dollar super cash giveaway promotion sponsored by PCH & Readers Digest. The claim managers name used was James Mcdonald. The letter informed me to contact him at 587-719-0107. (It’s an Alberta Canada area code.) I found out after inquiring on line. In addition, enclosed with the letter, was a check for 6,730.92 to cover insurance and attorney fees. The check is a MILSPEC INDUSTRIES check. They are located in Los Angeles. This company primarily deals with wiring. I’m pretty certain that this is a scam. One response from PCH will confirm my suspicions. Thanks. Kevin

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Kevin,
      This is indeed a scam. We do not have any sweepstakes partnerships with Readers Digest. We also do not have any number associated with Canada. Please report these frauds to abuse@pch.com, or (800) 392-4190.

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