Don’t Get Fooled By Sweepstakes Scammers!

It’s almost April Fool’s Day. Time for some to think about playing and avoiding pranks.

Some pranks are innocent and in good fun. Then there are the pranks that are literally CRIMINAL … like those crooks who pose as legitimate sweepstakes officials in an attempt to rob trusting people of their hard earned money.

The Tools Of The Trade For Scam Artists!

Just like robbers use tools like guns and knives, scam artists use tools like the telephone, email and Facebook to try and steal money from good folks like you. But even though these criminals use different tools, those posing as legitimate sweepstakes really only have one story to trick people: send us your money or valuable information to enter, win or claim a prize. The request is supported by a bogus reason such as prepayment of taxes, customs fees, transfer costs or any one of a number of false representations.

That Story is A LIE!

All legitimate sweepstakes are FREE TO ENTER, PLAY and WIN. That’s right. The one simple rule is that you never have to pay a fee or provide any money to enter, win or receive a prize that you have won from a legitimate sweepstakes.

The BEST THINGS In Life Are FREE!

If you enjoy REAL sweepstakes opportunities like the ones provided by Publishers Clearing House and PCHSearch, remember this GOLDEN RULE: No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win ! Let me say that again, because it’s that important: You never have to pay to enter, play, win or collect a prize from Publishers Clearing House or any legitimate sweepstakes.

You Know Someone Is A CRIMINAL If They:

  • Say you are a sweepstakes winner, but you don’t remember entering
  • Ask you to wire money or pay any fee to process or collect your prize
  • Ask for personal information, like your Social Security number or bank account number to process your prize

If you think someone is trying to scam you, take these simple steps:

  • Stop! Don’t provide a potential scammer with any money or information
  • Report the scam to your local consumer protection office.
  • Visit our PCH customer relationship center to get more useful information on protecting yourself from fraud (here’s the link http://help.pch.com/consumer)

Publishers Clearing House Wants Your Sweepstakes Experience To Be Fun And Rewarding!

We want your sweepstakes experience to be enjoyable. Remember the tips above to protect yourself from scammers.

As always we invite you to visit PCH.com, PCHSearch and PCHgames often to get as many exciting opportunities to win as possible where entry and winning is ALWAYS FREE!

Best wishes,

Elliott M.


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Elvin Morgan said...

Thank you for the information.It did really did help. Thank you so much.

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Georgina Turner said...

Elliott M.
Thank you, I feel so bad for the folks who get scammed by crooks. I’m so lucky that I know that Publishers Clearing House is a legitimate sweepstakes and is the real deal. Thank you PCH for protecting one of your greatest fans like me.

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DeLayne Perry said...

I’ve heard my share of “they only want your money!”… “you don’t really believe that, do you?” “nothing in life is free,”PCH just rips people off,” “they trick you into buying…” on and on and on! There will always be negative comments & discouraging people who think you’re nuts and wasting your time… so just let them think it! I tell them to enter or they can’t win. If I see something I ~really~ like & the timing is right, I’ll order..but I BELIEVE that anyone can win ~with or without~ an order. You don’t have to spend your money to win! If it’s snail~mail: pay for the stamp. It is still less than a lotto ticket! If it’s internet entry: the time it takes for you to enter can be worth every job you ever had (or didn’t have) The videos are proof… seeing is believing. Thanks PCH for giving everyone hope. I know I get my “hope fix” everyday! ~BELIEVE~

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sandra logan said...

thank you pch for the information i get mail like that saying i have won all they need is a small fee i just hangup the phone.

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Michaela said...

Aloha Elliott M.,

I just wanted to thank you for all this great information. I have been entering PCH for some time now and I have purchase somethings too, does that mean that I will not win at PCH? I am sure this is a stupid question, but i just have to ask this question. I do try to enter and play games every day, maybe not at the same time every day but I do try. I love all that you do at PCH and I love every time some one wins, I feel so very happy for them. I know you hear this every day, but I also hope, pray and dream of one day winning BIG at PCH!!! But in the mean time, I will just in joy entering and playing PCH!!!! I totally love your “instant prizes” webpage to win at PCH!!!!

I do hope you have a fantastic weekend!!!!

Mahalo,

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Michaela,

    Please note that making a purchase does not increase your chances of winning. 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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      Efrain said...

      Let me tell you a short (okay, long) story about how I ate my weight in chtcolaoe covered peanuts. My mama makes them every year and they are one of my favorite Christmas treats (second only to these Butter Cookies).

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Joseph Ralph said...

thank u PCH for always looking out for us..god bless you all!

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Mrs. A.T. said...

I agree totally with DeLayne on this. There will always be skeptics and I know also there will always be scammers. I wish the ones that scammed would put their efforts into something positive, instead of hurting people. Also report scams to your local law enforcement. Ours is reported on our local news so the word gets out what to watch out for. PCH, I’m in it to win it, I’ve been trying for years, but I won’t give up. I guess I’m not a quitter!

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clarissa pike said...

im a person who believes in the saying; “TO SEE IS TO BELIEVE”…I BOUGHT A LOTTO TICKET 20 DOLLARS FOR THE MEGA FOR THE MARCH 30TH DRAW OF 640 MILLION JACKPOT IN A WISH THAT HOPEFULLY I WOULD WIN JUST EVEN GET 4 NUMBERS HIT WOULD BE 10,000T BUCKS…NEVER DID I WIN EVEN SWEEPSTAKES…IT MAYBE TRUE THAT SOME PEOPLE LIKE ME ARE NEVER MEANT TO WIN…..OR MAY NEVER EVER BE ABLE TO TOUCH EVEN A PILE OF REAL MONEY…I JUST WONDER HOW IT FEELS TO TOUCH 5,000 DOLLARS PILE OF MONEY A WEEK FOR LIFE….FOR ME……. “TO SEE IS TO BELIEVE!!”

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Lauralee Hensley said...

I just got an unusual scam letter, the first one like it for me. I’ve received many different types over the year, usually I won something from somewhere I never knew about or entered, then those ones telling me I inherited this or that, but they never call you by name and want all your info. Well the newest one I got today, was someone wanting me to come and work for them, in a country I don’t live in, doing something I’ve never applied for in my life. They wanted me to send all my information in a resume. Boy, oh boy are these people getting slick. Beware a job offer can be a scam. I mean these people even told me how much they would pay me per week. No one around here would have paid such a large amount for what they told me the duties would be, so that’s tip one. Tip two, it’s for another country, and the link it came from was a previous link that I’ve received other types of scam letters from. Keep a list of where the scam letters are coming from (you know the email or the name they use) because they often reuse sending email and often reuse the same fake name on many different types of scam letters. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right, and don’t risk it.

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anonomously serious of this subject... said...

this is soooooo true ,i am sick and tired of these scams.car lots sending me dud keys and just recently a fake cruise to nowhere and a fake giftcard not mention all the calls claiming to be bill collecters.and i am getting charged for stuff i know noting about.these people are ruining peoples credit and their rights to do whatever they want.as if this is the true phase to a sweepstakes to ruin the life of innocent people who want to try for a better for life not some one helping them spend or ruin their lif for them someone knows something and is holding it to ruin what is good for the one that at risk for going for an opportunity a life and its better means.i got enough bills stop jacking them up to try to see what you can get too.its obvisious to whats going on so man up and keep it real….some of us are serious about our rights and what we are doing to get it right in life.if you are not real stop setting us up to constant failures we don’t need……

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curiouos abot something said...

the pranks were comming way before april 1st,it is a shame that honest people get the scoop of your info and you the one that is r=trying for a good to a lame life get pushed in the gutter for trusting that the company is legite to the payout of prize and all in all its just to find vulnerble people to test their wits to things they really don’t want and force them into contract to make them scared to pay.and won’t accept no when the person says they don’t feel right to continue the sign up deal.some of us are honest to our words to pay but what happens when money is squeezed in to make us pay what we already paid for an forced to pay for again and again?

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Schemikca,

    With PCH, you don’t have to feel guilty about not making a purchase. There is absolutely no purchase necessary to enter or to win any PCH sweepstakes. Buying doesn’t increase your chances to win either, so don’t feel like you need to purchase.

    Victoria At PCH

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      something seriouosly wright..... said...

      well ms.victoria,as past time has come it seemed to be that we had altermatum or don’t enter at all made to seem as if to be told to leave this alone.or someone had put their nose in the mail and tried to scheme away our chances,or that the mailroom had changed the name of the person on purpose to throw our hopes out the window.some of us don’t try to be too harsh but,some things need to be said.and as the quote said in the column;”THERE’S A FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE STRENGTH TO HONOR SOMEONE’S ACHIEVMENT WITHOUT ENVY”well this is greatly respected from me whomever wrote that .i never chased or stalked any in my life.and i enjoy seeing everyone happy and praise the ones who got the chance to pull through this and get it right.but when it gets too serious to the point that you feel uneasy and feel the need to be rude to others to get your way first. sit and pray and ask why you entered in the first place and why do you waste your time, if it comes up so you can be better than the next then it is time to bail-out.and leave this alone…i for one am real to me and mine and will try a way to get what is needed to get by.but the circumstances are their was nothing left and trying in honesty and to have fun with it got out of hand when others get in on your time and use you as a dummy to pull it away from the next.{look at the spelling of my name again ms.victoria}feel me now or do you care that we might have a feel of being ripped off on purpose.this is not selfish greed like most come in here.it is the feel that we might have a honest chance and keep trying cause all other hope has been drained away by selfish people we thought we knew and loved and are trying to make it for the little ones we brought to this selfish life in innocence.i have not schemed anyone i only came in here to try for a better and i still have not recieved the pch letters that were to come in the mail for me to enter too and i never won a thing in my life so.i’d like to try win a life for the i gave life too.sooo does dreams really come true?i entered this by myself and kept my entries to myself and never discussed it with anyone cause a wish and dream is never told it is prayed about so it comes true and answered properly.this blog is an acception,cause the hope of the prize patrol is like wispering to at least one angel so the rest can get nosey and help make it happen…sorry so long my heartaches out to the wrong doers.

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wright said...

how can you not be fooled when it seema that every sweepstakes claims to have your name and you only entered one?and stuck with the same one for years and still have your proof of keeping it real with this sweepstakes and they seem to be fake as well?because if that it can not be fake how can another sweepstakes be cop blocking in the picture of being in a sweepstakes and you know you only have been in one.it seems as if the policy rules are being breeched and we are not safe any more or we weren’t safe playing in the first place.wasting time and continueing to be pushed in the gutter of creditors now more than ever on purpose….

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Allen Crews said...

I have played the PCH sweeps for quite some time myself. I always ask myself, ‘DO REAL PEOPLE EVER WIN OR, ARE THEY JUST PAID ACTORS? I have never won but, the winning is real. My mom won a very miniscule prize from PCH years ago.do, though I have virtually no chance of winning before I die, at least I can honestly say the winners arr real.

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Daphne Starke said...

Happy april fool day! i do’nt spendtime his holiday at all people.

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Carmen Kersh said...

I always follow the rule , no money in advance!!
I do believe in PCH so much that I will never stop trying; like all others I dream that your van is in the parking lot in front of my job with that big check! Of course you are real! I have seen all your videos and winner’s emotions, tears have been so reals; and though I never get to win I do love it!!! Thanks for changing the live of whom really needed it!! people with dreams.

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natalie rowe said...

Sat.3/31/2012 I rec’d. letter marked “prize distribution enclosed — open immediately.” I was asked to call 1-800-235-3640 to verify my mail address. The amount of the possible winning prize named was in the amount of $1,100,000. I was given a prize entry identification number to use when I called.
I knew something was wrong when I was asked if I still have either a visa, or mastercard, then proceeded to hear that if I won, I would be given first class accommodation to Fla. to have my prize presented! She (Leona) then began trying to sell magazines, a free two night cruise, etc. and would not get to the mailing address confirmation. Of course, I hung up.
Nowhere does the letter claim to be PCH, but look at the prize amount recent to PCH!
My phone call was this morning, 4/02/2012 at 7:35 am, and lasted until 7:43 am.
My only satisfactions are that I persisted to refuse to give them any information and found a place to report the scam.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Natalie,

    It’s a good thing that you didn’t give them any information. You did the right thing!

    Victoria At PCH

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    George Khair said...

    Hi Natalie, It happened to me too. Where did you find a place to report them?

    George

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    Carlos Oliver said...

    I just got this letter in the mail this week. I thought it was PCH, so that’s why I called. If I had known it wasn’t I would’ve thrown it away. I was asked for the number and also asked if I still had a credit card, than she asked what I would do with the money, which I thought was kind of weird. As soon as she got to the part about matching his and hers Rolex watches I hung up! Thank God I didn’t give away any important info!!

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COLLEEN LOTENERO said...

HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU HAVE TO ENTER, I THOUGHT ONCE WAS ENOUGH.

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Terry Lawson said...

I this e-mail I think it is a scam but not for sure. Read blow.

You’ve Won?‏

Actions

Publishers Clearing House (info@pch.org)

Add to contacts

9:44 AM
Your E-mail has won $1,000,000.00 in the recent PCH! Finance Bonanza!. Contact: Mr. Paul Anderson

Contact Person: Mr. Paul Anderson,
Remittance Director.
E-mail: pchremittance@kimo.com

OUR REQUIREMENTS FOR CLAIMS:WE NEED YOUR: NAME+AGE+RESIDENTIAL OR OFFICE ADDRESS+OCCUPATION+TEL NO.+DRIVERS LICENCE

Thanks,
Mr. Richard Allen
Pch Senior Director.
San Francisco, California.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Terry, 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 Wilder at PCH

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George Childs said...

With PCH, you don’t stand a chance of winning if you don’t purchase magazine subscriptions.

They constantly provide the implication that you MIGHT be the winner from your zip code IF….
The fact is that in all the years that PCH has been around the one thing they have done best is teach by example. SO many other game scame are on the internet thanks to the lessons they have learned prom PCH leading by example.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi George, you never have to make a purchase to enter or to win any PCH Sweepstakes. Buying won’t improve your chances of winning either. 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!

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Wanda Williams said...

Hi! I was fascinated to see all these different scams reported. I have also been a victim of recent scams, by phone and now today by email it was almost exactly like the one reported by Terry Lawson. only one difference i noticed they didn’t ask for my Dl. They gave a phone number and everything, kinda sad to think people are doing this to others.

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Ashok Patil said...

Recently I purchased steam vacuum and they had typo my last name and I started receiving such mails with the typo in my last name. So I think the purchase by phone would later sell your info to such spammers. I learn’t a lesson not to purchase by phone.

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David Ashburn said...

I just received a call from someone telling me I had won$750,000 and a new car. They said they were from PCH, gave me some codes and told me to buy a reload money pak card and tell them when I got home so they could send someone to my house with money and car The card was to be $485.00—Well I did not get the card, just told him to send the money—-Do people really fall for this ?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi David, thank you for bringing this to our attention. That’s definitely a SCAM! PCH NEVER notifies winners via phone. Also, there is never a catch so you NEVER have to buy something or pay a fee to enter our sweepstakes or to claim a prize. Sadly, we’re aware of these scams and we’re working hard to combat it. You may report this occurrence to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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