Become A Winner! STAY SAFE And Protect Yourself Against Fraud!

Dear Publishers Clearing House Friends,

It’s DEFINITELY happening. On February 29th Publishers Clearing House will award a life-changing SuperPrize to a lucky winner. It’s an exciting time here at PCH … and at the end of February things will become VERY exciting for the lucky winner.

However, when a BIG PCH prize is being awarded there can sometimes be an increase in activity by scammers who fraudulently use the Publishers Clearing House name.  With the February 29th SuperPrize award date looming, there’s no better time to spread the word and help our PCH friends to stay safe and protect themselves against fraud.

Here are THREE important STAY SAFE tips:

STAY SAFE TIP #1:  If you’re asked to send or wire money or mail someone a prepaid card in order to claim a prize ― DON’T DO IT ― you have NOT been contacted by the real Publishers Clearing House. Sweepstakes are free – that’s the law!  You are never required to make a purchase or pay a fee in order to claim a sweepstakes prize award.  It’s that simple.

STAY SAFE TIP #2:  If someone calls you on the telephone and tells you that you’ve won a prize, HANG UP!  If someone emails you and claims you have won a prize, DON’T RESPOND!  At PCH, our BIG SuperPrize winners are notified in person by the PCH Prize Patrol, who will go to great lengths to findthem, no matter where they may be ― even if they’re at work or on vacation.

STAY SAFE TIP #3:  Tips #1 and #2 STILL APPLY even if someone tells you they’re representing Publishers Clearing House or a member of the PCH Prize Patrol or if they use a familiar and recognized name of one of our PCH employees. If they’re asking you to make a payment to claim a prize ― they’re imposters!

If you are contacted by a scammer please let us know by emailing us at abuse@pch.com. This information helps Publishers Clearing House as we partner with authorities to try and crack down on scammers who fraudulently and illegally use the PCH name.

Explains Margaret Crossan, Director of Consumer Affairs, “At Publishers Clearing House we are committed to consumer education and protection and we partner with leading consumer groups and law enforcement agencies to assist in fighting back against the fraudsters.”   You can read more about the steps PCH is taking to protect our consumers here.

Stay safe, friends.  And remember that EVERYBODY WINS when PCH consumers protect themselves against fraud!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative


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DeLayne Perry said...

Thank you,
Margaret Crossan! A live video gives people a sense of security and a better understanding of how the scam artists try to trick us! Most importantly is the #1 sweepstakes rule: the best! :)
Also very interesting was reading> How Sweepstakes Winners are selected! All the public information makes entering PCH sweeps more enjoyable and trusting! Thanks!

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Kanika Loeung said...

I had experience by received a fake check before I enter on line PCH Sweepstakes. After I found out by bank and I reported what they asked me for then the bank sent out all my information to the Faust Department.
A few weeks later I received the real PCH Sweepstakes invited me to enters sweepstakes by vai e-mail to alert until this current.

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Elaina, Yes I want to win! I trust PCH and enjoy blogging, games and the other sites. I don’t worry about the scams only because I know the rules of PCH, not paying for prizes is affordable to me!HaHa! It’s really sad how deceptive some people will be. I guess my mind doesn’t work that way! Our local news has also put out info about these scams. I want/need money but I want it legally and honestly, that’s why I enter every chance I have!

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gail block said...

i had a check sent i knew it was a fake right away. Heck 25 years i am sure they will knock at my door if i won. Next month I just hope i have a door to knock at i lost my job going on three months behind and i am sick and that is knocking me on my butt and as always goverment is no help. Because i had to stop working i can’t get unemployment great time do u knock on boxes.

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Michaela said...

Thanks PCH, that is really great information for all of us!!! I totally enjoy the PCH website from blogging to games and entering to win the big prizes at PCH. I feel better that you are trying to protect us from all these scams. I think it is SAD that there are people out there that are doing these scams, just thinking about all the elderly people that are believing that they have won, just is heart breaking. It is great that the media is trying to help the elderly so they can be informed, by watching the news. I know because, I have had in the past a letter telling me that I had won PCH and I called PCH and they told me that was not true, so, I know if this happens again I will call you just to verify the letter. I do hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Maureen Skelly said...

Hello PCH! I am not a computer wiz so I’m probably one of the ones who have been scammed or close to it. So learning as I go on is important to know. I try to do everything with honesty and if I believe I may of made a mistake somehwere I try to call the place and correct it right away. Thank you for your post. It’s very usefull when trying to understand how things work.

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Lauralee Hensley said...

Yes, the scammers are out there. I got one of their emails yesterday. I just deleted it. I have notified your security in the past though about at least one of the emails I got. The reason I did submit that one to your security team was because I actually had an IP address. Most of the times I am unable to get those from the email, probably because they have some kind of encoder that won’t allow you to, so they won’t get caught. Yet, if you know how PCH awards their prizes by reading the rules, you know that they don’t award via email inquiry. PCH would already know your name, because you have to be signed up to enter to win the PCH games and PCH sweepstakes. Scammers, rarely use your name and ask you for your name and other identifying information. So that’s a clue that it’s a scam.

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ms.wright said...

i enjoy my time i set to enter at the pch sweeps.i can’t stand it when someone barges in my space.if it does not say your name keep your hands OFF! and out of the way of someones path to atleast try for a better chance in this life.you don’t wamt your kids/familly to struggle why make it hard for the one who wants to try for a better? put yourself in a question mode 4 asecond????? why am i doing this to innoccent people/DON’T LET GREED FORCE YOU TO A SELFISH STAGE! and say it ain’t me it was easy to get it,she ain’t paying attention so i got it now.taht’s not even close to an intelligent answer.it’s always seen/what you do is always watchedLOOK UP RIGHT NOW YOU MAY NOT SEE HIM BUT HE SEES YOU.what goes around comes around.don’t make a problem for others and you could easily take time out to put your own name on it and try for the same things.its not all about the iwon mode or i can beat you to it.or you don’t deserve it so i will mess it up because it ain’t me and she won’t give me none modeTHAT’S STUPID TO EVEN CROSS YOUR MINDS IF YOU DID NOT APPLY/TRY…its like you are slicing the head off the one you love then exspect them to get up and say its o.k,duh you just offed his head so you know the he not getting back up.feelings are the same way.they get sour to every action towards the real if it does happen and that thief is happy that he did it to push you away WELL NEWS FLASH,I AM NOT GIVING UP…CHANGE MY NAME AS MANY TIMES YOU NEED TOO.i’m still putting it in wright..right…….. sorry ths is long more wants to flow out i’ll hold my peace and hopefully my spot on a pch list somewhere…

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wright.s said...

let’s keep it real! don’t issue out when you can not handle the payout.just cause someone’s intellect seems to be ready to fall off a bit does not mean that person is stupid.judge of one intellect or visual being is stupid.the best ability is trying…it has many rates on any charts.but to take away from a person because you feel leftout,or you feel you just can well aways remember when you use that money/prize you took it from a family while you are feeding your family with it you are eating away your soul and breaking down the blessings of your family.while they are innocent karma dwells. don’t give then take back or send robbers to do your dirty work it still raflects your way and shines even brighter when GOD CATCHES YOU,this goes for family members too who seem to blind to see their intellet is hanging on a string too.education does not make you any more superior than the drop out.everyone has a chance to some thing in life..

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Rochelle Poke said...

Hi PCH Family do we no when they will be taking a early look for the winner

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Rochelle Poke said...

Hello PCH Family I see no one is respone today. Is everybody off today just wanted to no when will they be taking a early look at the winning number,

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Kingsley Lewis said...

Did you all mail the 1000 dollars out already?

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Kingsley,

    The deadline to enter for the TV viewing local area $1,000.00 Giveaway is February 10. The winners should be receiving letters before the end of February.

    Victoria At PCH

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alicia johnson said...

when will you do the early look out

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DisplacedLurker said...

Wasn’t sure where to post this, but I have a question!

It says in all the sweepstakes rules that you can apply to each promotion everyday only once. I’m cool with that, however.

Was does “once” mean, exactly? Does that mean once per giveaway number, once per promotion, or once per advertising page leading to a particular promotion?

For example, giveaway 1830 comes in various different promotional advertisements that are all very different from each other (one is a 3 mil lump sum, one is 1 million a year, one is 10 mil, etc.), so, would it be wrong to submit an entry to a 3 mil sheet and a 10 mil sheet in one day?

Another example is that there are stand alone pages (like those featured on Facebook) that lead to all these giveaways, but then there is the PCH Search and Win that will lead to one of the same giveaways, and the main PCH site sometimes gives opportunities to enter all the giveaways as well. Would it be wrong to submit a form for 3 mil on say, one of those separate pages and then do so through PCH.com? Also, these same pages can be refreshed, often, to allow you to submit again. We shouldn’t do that, right? (I haven’t done the latter, I’m just clarifying to make sure.)

I’m a little lost on this matter, and I don’t want to submit multiple entries on accident and have myself disqualified from any of them, and of course, making more trouble for you guys! That wouldn’t be right especially since you guys are running the sweepstakes and all. :)

Look forward to your response!

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hello DisplacedLurker,

    This means once per advertising page leading to a particular promotion. You can enter once per day per promotion. That means that you can enter from each email you receive as well as on http://www.pch.com, as well as on any of our other properties that offer sweepstakes entries. They will not be considered duplicates unless you enter from the same website, link, or email twice in one day. I hope this helps!

    Victoria At PCH

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Danielle Brown said...

God knows what I have gone though since I was 14 years old due to my health. I will be 31 this August and never won a thing but a life of pain, hurt, trauma, devastation and grief. I’m scared if I write in the blog I won’t win. If it is meant to be it will be and I ask God sends his Angels down to lead PCH to my front door! I don’t even own a car, I live on disability at 30 years old and I just found out I can’t bare my own children. Life has been so rough.. but I am a giver and Grandmother I know you are up in heaven please send PCH to my door oneday! God bless you all for what you do and the lives you.change, if I could do what you all do that would be a dream come true!!! I would also love to get off Medicare and Medicaid to see real Doctors that can change my life so I can live like a young woman should live. I then can live out my dreams and goals in life!!! God Speed and I truly hope I can still win even though I wrote on the blog…. Sincerely, Danielle A. Brown

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    Nitesh said...

    As usual, Food Blogger Forum is right on target with uesful information! I do not write for other sites anymore, unless I am paid or doing a favor for a friend (my friends are worth anything and everything to me), and since I am currently writing a cookbook I have no desire to give recipes away to anyone other than my readers. I am, however, currently doing my second competition on my blog (polls are open to determine the best Ladies That Lunch Menu out of my four finalists). My readership is definitely growing. I also have a loyal following that have gotten very creative and had fun with this, so I highly recommend doing them.I am nervous about the sweepstake legalities. Mine are just competitions and sponsored by myself so far, but they are international. Can I get into trouble with this? How does one check it out without spending a fortune on lawyers?

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GARY CROSBY said...

I PLAYED THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE AND NEVER WON A THING.

WEDNESDAY THEY AWARDED MR. CLARK OF POKOHAUNTIS ARKANSA A MILLION DOLLARS, THEN CAME TO MY OWN HOME STATE OF TEXAS AND AWARDED THEY SAY 10,0000.00 PLUS 10,000.00 TO A MR. WIMBLEY IN ORANGE,TEXAS.
I HAVE LOOKED AT ALL THEIR WINNERS ONLINE AT PCHTV.COM AND ALL THE WINNERS ARE IN RURAL AREAS, NEVER IN LARGE CITYS LIKE DALLAS,RICHARDSON,TEXAS, HOUSTON,TEX, DOWNTOWN NEW YORK, PLACES WHERE BIG MEDIA AND ALOT OF PEOPLE LIVE.

IT MAY BE TRUE WHAT THEY AWARD, BUT I SERIOSLY DOUBT IT NOW.
WHY:
I RECEIVED NUMEROUS EMAILS STATING:

1.) YOU HAVE A CHECK REQUISITION NUMBER- YOU MUST RESPOND NOW!

2.) YOU”ARE A GOOD FRIEND-YOUR INITIALS GC WILL WIN YOU CASH AWARD TODAY!

3.) YOUR IN THE LESS THAN 1% OF PEOPLE WHOM HAVE SEARCHED ON PCHSEARCH, YOUR A GOLD MEMEBER!

ON AND ON THEY GO.

SO; I CALLED PCH CUSTOMER SERVICE AND TALKED TO AN OPERATOR AND SHE CONFIRMED MY WORST FEARS, SHE WAS WORRIED ABOUT MY QUESTIONS, THEN SHE SENT ME TO A TECHNICAL SUPPORT PERSON- HE HAD TO BE A MANAGER BECAUSE HE NEW THEIR LINGO.
HE CONFIRMED TO ME THAT THEIR EMAILS ARE ONY ATTENTION GETTER, AND MOST PEOPLE WIN NOTHING.
I THEN ASKED HIM ABOUT THE LETTER EMAILED TO ME FROM THE DESK OF DEBORAH HOLLAND.
HE SAID THIS IS NOT TRUE, HE FUMBLED THE BALL BY SAYING THIS; BECAUSE AT THIS TIME I WAS REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT A SCAM.
HE WENT ON AND ON ABOUT HOW THEY ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO BUY MAGAZINES AND THE SUCH
I KNEW THEN THAT IT WAS FAKE, WITH THE LAST AND FINAL QUESTION I ASKED HIM WAS THAT;
IF THEY WINNERS THEY PORTRAY ARE REAL, WITH FAKE NAMES DISPLAYING ON THEIR WEB SITES.
I EXPLAINED TO HIM I’VE PLAYED THE PCHLOTTO AND THE SOLOTAIRE,THAT I”VE WENT AS FAR AS TO DOWNLOAD THE GAMES TO MY CELL PHONES.
I:VE DONE THE SURVEYS AND EVERYTHING THEY HAVE TO OFFER,NOT A WIN!
NOTHING, HIS ANSWER:
I KNOW, WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO BUY MAGAZINES, AND OUR PRODUCTS, AND THESE EMAILS ARE ONLY ATTENTION GETTERS.

I KNEW THEN THAT THIS WAS SAD,SAD,SAD.
I THEN DID RESEARCH ON PCH, IN 2010 ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA: THIS COMPANY BROUGHT IN 700 MILLION DOLLARS, THEY HAVE 400 EMPLOYEE, THEY WERE FOUNDED IN 1953, THE STREET NAME IS NAMED AFTER THE FOUNDERS WIFE WHOM BOTH NOW ARE DECEASED.
THEIR MAIN WEB-SITE IS PCH.COM

SO; I HAVE FORWADED ALL MY EMAILS TO MR. RICHARD CORDRAY HEAD OF THE NEW CONSUMER PROTECTION AGENCY UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA.
I SIMPLY WANT TO KNOW: WHY I RECEIVED EMAILS THAT SAID DIRECTLY FROM DEBORAH HOLLAND AND YOUR INITIAL HAVE WON A CASH PRIZE AND CHECK REQUISITION AND SO ON AND SO ON.
I THINK AS AN AMERICAN I DERSERVE TO HAVE THESE QUESTION INVESTIGATED AND TO FIND OUT IF PCH IS OPERATING IN THE BEST INTREST OF WHAT THEIR ADVERTISING.
I HAVE SEEN NO MAJOR MEDIA ON THISE STORIES AND WE MY FAMILY ARE NEWS JUNKIES.
HOWEVER ME AND MY WIFE GOOGLED PCH ON THE CHANNELL 4 NEWS INVESTIGATIONS SITE, AND WE DID FIND A STORY ON PCH, AND IT WAS”NT GOOD.

GARY CROSBY
RICHARDSON,TEXAS

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Gary,

    Please note that our emails contain winning opportunities and clearly state that you have not yet won any prize. The Initials Giveaway ended on 2/29/2015. One winner with your initials, chosen randomly from all eligible entrants, will win $100.00. The winners of the Local Area Giveaway were notified by certified mail earlier this week that they have won a prize of $1,000.00. Neither the Initials Giveaway or the Local Area Giveaway are associated with the SuperPrize that Jason Clark won.

    Victoria At PCH

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Margaret Ferguson said...

WHAT CAN i SAY, EXCEPT HARDSHIP TRYING TO WIN FROM PCH 4 YEARS…WHICH NEVER HAPPENS, DAILY I ENTER ABOUT 5 WAYS, NOTHING, NOTHING!

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Margaret,

    While we have many draws, unfortunately, not everyone can win. But everyone who enters has the same chance of winning the prize!

    Victoria At PCH

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shiree halstead said...

Pch keeps sending me emails telling me i need to respond. But i dont understand. Respond to what??? Please help

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    PCH Staff said...

    You can enter once per day per promotion, and each entry has the same chance of winning. The emails you are getting only mean that if you do not respond, you will not have claimed the entry in that one email. Your previous entries are still eligible. The emails give you more opportunities to win.

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Joss said...

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Love PCH

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