Facebook Scams: Friend or Faux?

Facebook can be a wonderful place for folks like you and me to connect with friends, family and certain businesses we enjoy interacting with.  However,  like most great inventions and tools, it can be misused by people in a fraudulent attempt to deceive.  At  Publishers Clearing House,  officials have noticed a couple of “fake’ Facebook Fan Pages fraudulently created for the sole purpose of misleading PCH Fans

This is how the scam often works:

A scammer creates a “fake” PCH Fan Page in the hopes that people will “like” it.  When that occurs, the scammer will then contact the PCH Fan and ‘falsely” inform them that they have won a PCH sweepstakes prize, with one very deceitful twist – - the consumer will be asked to send or wire money, or some type of financial payment  in order to collect the “bogus” prize.

Here is some important information to help keep you protected….

1. You NEVER have to pay money to enter or receive a prize from Publishers Clearing House. It’s just that simple. If anyone says they are from Publishers Clearing House and they are asking for any type of payment so that you can receive a prize, you have not heard from the real PCH!

2. Publishers Clearing House will NEVER contact a prize winner via Facebook. If you are ever lucky enough to win a prize of $10,000.00 or more, the Prize Patrol will knock on your door and surprise you with a “Big Check.”  Should you win a prize valued under $10,000, Publishers Clearing House will notify you via certified mail that you are a winner.   And, you will NEVER be asked to make any type of payment for that prize award!  That’s the law!

How to Tell If A PCH Fan Page Is Legitimate!

The only legitimate PCH Fan Pages are the pages that are “LIKED” by Publishers Clearing House. Here’s a listing of official PCH Fan Pages that you can visit with complete confidence:

 Not Sure If A Fan Page Is For Real?

If you are ever unsure whether or not a Publishers Clearing House Fan Page is legitimate, just post a note on the wall of one of these pages and we’ll get right back to you:

  • Victoria Zimmerman At PCH
  • Laura Wolfe At PCH
  • Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol

Remember: Being A PCH Facebook Fan Can Be Very Rewarding!

When you are a fan of any authorized  PCH Fan Pages you get to connect with other fans in addition to staying on top of the latest PCH happenings. When you “LIKE” us you’ll get insider “WINNING MOMENT” information and special contest opportunities.  Just make sure you don’t “FAUX-GET” these important tips – - and make certain you are dealing with the real PCH Fan Pages!  

Sincerely,

Elliott M.

PCH Creative


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DeLayne Perry said...

“FAUX-GET” … ? WOW! That is gooood! Thanks PCH for all the info every day!!

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    Wendy McDaniel said...

    I get e-mails from a “Deborah Holland” claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House. Is she fake too?

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      Victoria At PCH said...

      Hi Wendy,

      Deborah Holland really does work for Publishers Clearing House. She is the Executive Vice President. She signs a lot of the emails that entrants receive. Just watch out for anything claiming that you have won a prize. Deborah Holland wouldn’t send those.

      Victoria At PCH

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Can you imagine what could be achieved if these scammers used their intelligence for good instead of evil. It’s sad they try to deceive instead of achieve!

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MICHAEL R said...

as a loyal entrant of PCH Sweepstakes i’ve aways kept inform on their real facebook fan pge, PCHblog pge and Others which for a fact as Real winners all day every day they also has photo of NEW and previous winners, which is Only Right that their Really Real when PCH Says a FAN (you’ve got to be in it to win it) for a Winner it meens be Smart play Smart Which can be the only ways of combating out those faudulent scams out there “So have a Happy Thursday Everybody and be Safe” :)

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david chears said...

i went on the pch website and it said “403 forbidden You don’t have permission to access this resource on this server.” does that mean im disqualified from the sweepstakes, eventhough i followed the rules to the letter?

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi David,

    That sound like it could be an issue with your internet connection. Everything on http://www.pch.com is working properly on our side. Please try entering again in a few minutes after checking your internet connection and let us know if you still face the same issue.

    Victoria At PCH

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Joseph Ralph said...

appreciate always forever for looking out for us and tell it like it is!! can’t wait to see u face to face when i will be the next big winner :-)

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Keith Drudge said...

I got a call from a man saying I was on a short to win $25,00.00
when he asked for a credit card or bank information.When I would not give to him he hung up.I know that it was a fraudulent call.I want to let you know.Also I have received E-mails from PHC in the UK.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Keith,

    You right that this was a scam call. 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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Georgina Turner said...

Thank you Victoria, I will keep a eye out for the scammers,so far I have not had any problems. I LOVE PCH:) <3

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Lauralee Hensley said...

There are scammers of every sort out there. I get over 100 scam emails a week. Once in a while they are scam PCH letters, and I’ve even contacted you with info about one in the past where I had the IPS address on it, but other times, they’ll say you’re tied with four other people for the million dollar reward. Then they want all your contact info over emailed back to them, rather than official IRS papers that have to be completed when you win a prize over I think it is $500 or maybe $600 in value. Even so, if you win a prize of lesser amount, you’re still suppose to claim it on your taxes.

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S. D. Branting said...

I was contacted on this date by phone by a “PCH representative” regarding a purported $187 overdue bill, which I do not have. When I insisted that I receive documentation to verify, with my attorney, the genuineness of this bill, the caller disconnected the call. Please be advised that I will be reporting this issue to the Idaho Attorney General and local police.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi S.D.,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You may also 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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Heather Kresanek said...

Victoria, Thanks for the info, I hope I’m a winner of the PCH.But if not that’s Ok .I’ll be fine. But if I do win that will be Great!!!

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Kanika Loeung said...

I am curious how many time that fraud did successes to get money from people who not enter to play PCH Sweepstakes? As like me,before I became a PCHfan member, I used to get a fake check and I did follow what they wanted. I almost borrow money to send to them but I was lucky that I waited for the fund (fake check) available to cash out. A few day later I got a phone called from Bank said that check was fake.
So I am worry about some victim who has the same my situation and they gonna send money out to them, they don’t know how to contact with and where is to report to the National Fraud Center? If victim know or an interesting about the real PCH Sweepstakes company or PCHfacebook will be great, very helpful, and to learn more information about a fraudulent.

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Michaela said...

Thanks Elliott M., PCH Creative!!

That is good to know. I know I got and email from someone saying that there were PCH and said I had won the big mega prize, I called PCH and got the scoop about what they do if you win and that was not it at all. I felt relieved but sad at the same time. Anyway, I just wanted to wish every one the best of luck in entering PCH!!!

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monica barbosa said...

DEAR PCH COULD YOU PLEASE CHECK your web site yesterday for st.pat day i got the web site i won i tryed to send it back with my name and it said some thing about a cookie .i dont know and to day i got on the web site you sent me with the big wheel and i won the 10million , i am at the library do this and it not sending my mess back please help i won love you pch god bless you

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ALMA MARTINEZ said...

no entiendo que es URL, solo deseo saber quien ha querido jugarme una broma informandome por carta agosto 31, 2011 que habia ganado $1,200.000.00. Contacte al Sr. Edward Carroll al 866-925-9565 ext 803 el me pidio todos mis datos inclusive mi numero del seguro social y cuenta de banco, pero jamas supe nada del dichoso premio ni de mis datos personales por lo que me tiene preocupada pues estos datos son privados y temo que alguien pueda hacer uso indebido de ellos. Suplico se me digasi fue una jugarreta de alguien en PCH o quien mas pudo enviarme the Winner Letter firmada por la senora Deborah Holland.
Gracias, espero que ustedes si me repondan.
Alma Martinez

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Patricia Maloney said...

PCH thanks for the updates.

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karen said...

Thank you very much for the awareness…..ppl r really silly!

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Steven Martin said...

What happens if we are at work or not at home when you come a knocking?

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Steven,

    Don’t worry! If you are confirmed to be our lucky winner, the Prize Patrol will use all of their resources to locate you and present you with your prize.

    Victoria At PCH

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elaine guthrie said...

thanks for letting us know the difference keep, up the good work your games are so much fun.

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Judy Thompson said...

yes and they send it thro the mail also… they said we won a very big prize and he was to fly to us but then when it got to NY and we live a long ways from NY .. so they said that we had to pay like 4,000.00 to get this million I told them to take it out of our winning then I called our local cops then called PCH … and they told me exactly what they are telling for us to do on here … grrr scamers they pry on the poor

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Joan L Gangemi said...

Thanks for the information. With all the scams out there it pays to be safe it is better than being sorry. Although one thing. Even with out the information here I would never pay anything for a prize. I get e-mails like that I just send them to spam.

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Dorothy Mullins said...

I got one the other day it’s not just PCH but I got a friend request the other day from a girl claiming she was someone important to the Mega millions and which I didn’t know at the time i accepted the friend request. later on got message from this person she calls herself Mary Williams and then proceeded to send me a thing saying I am awarded over 2 mil but I am to put 250 dollars into a bank card of some sort and am suppose to call some agent about putting that money in. i had to send a message to facebook about it. So watch out for this person as well

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Sherri Haver said...

We haven’t been hit with this FB scam, but my husband and I have been getting phone calls at least three times a week for the past couple of months claiming that we have won the PCH Sweepstakes and to go to WalMart to purchase a “Green Dot” card for various amounts of money in order to receive our $millions and some type of luxury car. Of course, we are fully aware that it is a scam. We called PCH once before when we received a call and they reaffirmed that PCH does not call ahead of time and never requires the winner to pay money to receive their winnings. The scam caller always says that they are either in Las Vegas or LA, but the area code shows that they are in Jamaica, and the man’s accent seems to support that he is from somewhere like Jamaica. My husband and I recently retired, so I wonder if these people think that we are so old that we must be either gullible enough or senile enough to fall for their scam. Of course, I wouldn’t mind winning the PCH Sweepstakes, but I’ll just wait for you to show up unannounced at my door.

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JAMES E. SPENCE said...

COME 2 MY HOUSE WITH 1 OF THEM BIG CHECKS SO I CAN START LIVING LIFE LIKE I’M REALLY A HUMAN BEING CUZ I REALLY DON’T AN HAVE NEVER HAD ANY THING AN IT WOULD BE JUST GREAT TO GO OUT AN SPEND A COUPLE A GRAND AN HAVE A NICE CAR AN JUST A FEW THOUSAND IN THE BANK..PLEASE COME AN AWARD MY WIFE A 10.000 THOUSAND CHECK AN SHE WILL REALLY LOVE U ALL 4 IT..GOD BLESS U ALL AN ALL OTHERS IN THIS WORLD THAT OUR GREAT GOD MADE 4 US..LOVE THROUGH THE LORD,JIM SPENCE

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PANDORA HAWARD said...

I’D LIKE TO THANK PCH FOR AND EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE FOR ME IN THE PAST AND IN THE FUTURE EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL I’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF WINNING THE PCH SWEEPSTAKES AND I’M PRAYIN GOD WILL ONE DAY GRANT ME MY WISH I RESPECT THIS PUBLICATION VERY MUCH AND I’M EVEN HONOR TO BECOME A MEMBER AND A FAN THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND GOD BLESS THIS COMPANY.

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Vernah Petersen said...

Hello Victoria, I am pleased to know at this moment that you create two things, fake or scams individual who post similarity of
PCH/Lotto winner. I can tell, which are legit or not. I know, I myself was approach of a blogger out of nowhere. pretending that one of the photo was (her) on it, which in her learning, I took it, for granted, was a stupid thing on her/his view about the feedback. I said, if you are a fake person who do think, you are, near drop the discussion nor I had changed the entire profile, to be away with scumbag..Now it is stop, thanks goodness!!!

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cathlee bantsari said...

glad I kept asking about that person. I reported and Blocked her…thank-you for letting me know what steps to take..

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Joyce Earl said...

YYes I also receive an email from pchlotto stating that Iwon. Knew it was a scam. So I email the real pchlotto and forward the email to you all so that you would inform all of the fans. Watch out for these people. They aredeceiving. Its a real shame that these are people out there waiting like thieves in the night.

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Muliyani Made said...

Thank you for this notice. To date no one has sent me an email on my Facebook page in connection with payment for the gift. If it was importent prize was never my serve because I have to take into account personal finance issues relating to the Bank subscribed my card. Thank you.

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Frankii James said...

Thanks so much PCH. Your information have enlightened me the more.And it has also saved me from scammers.Special thanks to Debora Holland and Todd Sloane for their email alerting services.Remain blessed.

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wright is right,wrong should be seen by now. said...

some of us do not go on facebook and are scammed for our identity for someones elses pleasures and also it is not good to trust any on your computer while at home or not,there is always some who are too nosey, or pull up things that do not concern you and often offends your rights in many ways and disrespests who you are and it resurfices later to peeve you you off because you can not stop these people from bothering you and trying to squeeze info from you you do not need to be in the open or constantly asking to help when they know they should back up and respect our rights and our computer info. i even got magizines in the mail they think is unknown to me and are trying to make me pay for i did not aply for, ESPN is not my game stop mag i don’t do sports and the games with ones identity being shared with others needs to halt when you are not going to let one aply properly to what is of interest to the one that apllies to the game/games.

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Michael J. Bisbano said...

Watch out for a Danielle Lam imposter on Facebook, who is actually using the real Danielle Lam’s Facebook page. She’ll befriend you and then tell you that you’ve won $1,000,000.00. Then she proceeds to tell you how to retrieve the money. She told me I had to go to either Walmart or Walgreen’s and buy a card for $389. 64, then tell her the number on the card, bring the card back to the store and receive a refund of 3x the original amount. Then after you do that, you’ll get your million dollars. Well I caught her in her scheme, after 2hrs of going back and forth trying to get proof of who she was. I didn’t go for it and when I told her that I would contact PCH and ask why they would do this, she quit. Watch out because PCH will never ask for money, when you win, it’s free and clear.

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Lucretia Cohen said...

I’ve just got a friend request and a message from someone claiming they’re Todd Sloane from PCH saying I’ve been approved for a lump sum of one Million dollars that would be delivered to me on Monday, but due to Government service tax and insurance associated to sweepstakes prizes a wired transaction (Western union/Money gram) or a green dot money pak reloaded card of $555.46 must be made toward the Government IRS agent assigned to your package to cover these fees so that a government golden stamp can be sealed toward your package to show that all taxes have been covered. I’m guessing that this is a scam, right?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Yes, Lucretia – that is indeed a scam! Official PCH pages do not send or accept friend requests. 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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mike mayns said...

how you doing Dave I just got a friend request from somebody using your name again kinda told him a few things but not very nice things I’m tired of these people can we do something about it , is there know technologykeep these low lifes off the internet

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Aneta rak said...

I received thru Facebook a message from Dave Sayer PCH Prizepatrol. Stating I have won. Stating they will be here at 12. Is this something I should be weary about or is it legitimate?

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Indoolal Varu said...

Great! Came to know about PCH Fan Page. Thanks for clarifying my worries. Now I will be able to avoid scammers.

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Ashlie said...

Thank you! I received a notice for winnings of three million and I noticed it was a different name (not pch) and they were asking for a payment (and not only was that odd, but one option was sending “cash”). Really? Lol. Thank goodness for internet, I was able to google the address and find a lot of comments and warning. Sad some people actually send paynents to these muther effers! Such a shame there are so many scammers makibg a living by this kibd of stuff.

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