Publishers Clearing House Cares – Can YOU Spot A Scam?

We want our fans to be able to tell the difference between the real Publishers Clearing House and the scammers. Take our quiz below to see if you can spot a scam!

If you’re a regular blog reader, you’re probably well aware of PCH’s long tradition of awarding Sweepstakes prizes! Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who illegally use the Publishers Clearing House name to take advantage of innocent folks. We want you to stay safe and protected against these scammers.  How prepared are you to spot a scam? Take the below True or False quiz to test your knowledge!

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House has been in business for over 50 years and is a name you can trust.

TRUE!  Our company was founded in 1953 and has awarded over $238 Million in Sweepstakes prizes to date. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Publishers Clearing House is a scam. Our name is so well-recognized that oftentimes scammers will fraudulently use the good name of PCH to try to scam consumers. If anyone ever contacts you and asks you to send or wire money to claim a PCH Sweepstakes prize ― don’t fall for it!

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House will never ask you to mail or wire money to claim Sweepstakes prizes.

TRUE! We NEVER ask our winners for payment of any kind. The PCH Sweepstakes (and all legitimate sweepstakes) are FREE, that’s the law!

True or False:  If you win a SuperPrize, the Prize Patrol may notify you by phone and ask for personal bank account information to transfer your winnings.

FALSE! Our BIG SuperPrize winners are notified in person by the Prize Patrol. All those surprise “Winning Moments” you see on TV are REAL. No matter how convincing someone may sound over the phone, the simple fact remains our Prize Patrol does not call to alert winners.

True or False:  There is no purchase necessary to enter or win a Publishers Clearing House prize award.

TRUE!  All PCH Sweepstakes prizes are FREE to enter. While we hope you enjoy our value-driven deals on merchandise and magazines, buying will NOT increase your chances of winning. This important message is prominently displayed in our Official Rules and in all of our promotional mailings. If you are contacted and asked to purchase or pay a fee to claim a prize, you have not heard from Publishers Clearing House.

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House sometimes contacts winners through Facebook to alert them that they’ve won a prize.

FALSE! If you’re lucky enough to win a prize over $10,000.00, the Prize Patrol will surprise you in person.  We do not notify winners via Facebook!  If you are contacted via Facebook and told you have won a PCH prize, it’s an easy way to spot a scam.  Please keep in mind that the only legitimate PCH Fan Pages are the pages that are “Liked” by Publishers Clearing House.

So, how did you do? Could you spot a scam?

5 out of 5 ― Good job! You’re a PCH Pro!

4-3 out of 5 ― Not bad. You might want to check out this page now  to learn more on keeping yourself safe against scammers.

0-2 out of 5 ― Stop! We strongly suggest you visit the above page  NOW to protect yourself.

Please write me a message below and let me know how you did!

Stay safe,

Elaina R.
PCH Creative


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DeLayne Perry said...

Hi Elaina!
I can spot a PCH scammer! :) Good information for those that are not sure… Have a great week ahead!

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Mrs. A.T. said...

I’m a PCH Pro and also Pro PCH. It’s easy to be scammed. But it’s just as easy to remember PCH gives money, doesn’t ask for it (in any form). And remember PCH already has the information they need from you, so they won’t be asking you to give that either. Thank you, for all the FREE chances!

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Maria Celia Hernandez said...

Letter to PCH, Company
Publishers Clearing House, I want you to know that I known about your Company sense 1977.I am not to sure if it was a few years back or forward it’s been so long .I used to lived in New York ,I send for orders and always receive my orders. Sadly now I have not received the magazine that I used to receive in Boston. A few days I receive an email telling me that it was very important that I read the email, to stop sending my entries to PCH and orders. That you were reaping people up . I rapidly notice the lie maybe just to get me to stop sending my entry and possibly if I was ordering to stop buying from your company, Sense I know your Company and KNOW, that is a lied, I deleted the email. PCH Prize Patrol and Company I believe you know I care and I love everything you do because I know you are a True Company and this Company Had started this Sweepstakes while Reader’s Digest was already in the public eye with a lot of costumers and I believe I know had a Sweepstakes too. I love this Company PCH because It has gone farther than any other Is in the public and between thousands of people that are learning you can get in touch with the Company buy email if there is any problem that I am sure it has nothing to do with the work and responsibility that this Company and the service they give or apply, as to delivery it is irresponsible and not a good act to make against a Company that I know has never done such a thing. I am proud of Publishers Clearing House a house Responsible for its service and work with now the best way to make people and it’s customers happier with a PCH Sweepstakes that can and will make a Dream and wishes Come true. I wish from my heart I could win .I would stand by its name because it is really valuable as to the way they do care about what they do, for their responsible name the companies seriousness and services. I Love PCH Company and all The PCH, Price. Patrol.Sincerely, 4-9-2012
Maria Celia Hernandez

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corey hageman said...

not sure how to tell

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Cheryl said...

Publishers Clearing House Makes People Happy! To know That I have mail, Addressed To Me.
Excitement Of Quality merchandise.

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Michaela said...

Hello Elaina R., PCH Creative

Thank you for that information. This is very important to know this information about preventing these scams from happening. This happened to me and I called your office and they explained all of this above to me. I felt so much better but I also felt sad that I did not win. Oh well, I know it is a long shot to win but I still enter every day on your PCH website. I love playing on your website it is just a lot of fun!!!

Just wanted to thank you again for this great information.

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

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Shameka Clay said...

I am happy to know that I am a pch pro. Thank you pch for the information and changes to win cash and prizes for free.

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Aleksey Nechayev said...

Thank you ,PCH employee ,you taught me so much about the computer and how to avoid scammers for a long time.

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Georgina Turner said...

I am very happy to let you know I am a PCH Pro? I have had no problems with scammers I have been real lucky. Thank you PCH for the very valuable information I will fallow, the guild lines you that you have given me. I am your PCH super fan.:)

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C. Richardson said...

We have been plaged with phone calls from some guy that won’t stop. After the last confrontation with me, he hasn’t called. If he calls again, I will follow through with what is available to us to stop him. You dont’ have to pay a dime to get any money that you have won. I think these scammers think that one is born every minute.

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Joseph Ralph said...

hey PCH i can tell u are for real by checking my emails daily by entering and i know u are for real! thanks always for looking out for all of us!

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Lauralee Hensley said...

5 out of 5 correct here.
I got a scam extortion letter from someone yesterday. It wasn’t related to PCH. This scam letter was supposedly sent by someone who’d been offered $25,000 to kill me. This scammer said the person that wanted it done was a friend of mine. Then the scammer went on to say they wouldn’t kill me if I gave them $50,000. Of course, as usual they didn’t use my name and said if I contacted them, I could pick the place where we would meet so I could give them the $50,000. That just proves to me that they don’t even know where I live. There was other stuff in it, but it was laughable. These scammers, trying to scare people into giving up their money to them. I really wonder how many people are that naive? I guess there must be some people out there that are, otherwise the scammers would stop and get real jobs.

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becky hallock said...

how bout if pch sends a 13 yr old stuff, can they legally do that, and how can they allow that, dont they need to verify age? cuz seriously, im pissed they let my 13 yr old sign up and sends her stuff.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Becky,

    Regular ongoing PCH sweepstakes are open to all residents of the US, with limited exceptions (e.g., employees of PCH are not eligible). People can enter online or simply by writing to us at 101 Winners Circle, Port Washington, NY 11050. You don’t have to buy anything, make a donation, join the pch.com family or agree to receive email. It’s absolutely free. However, a parent or guardian must consent before a minor can receive a prize.

    Victoria At PCH

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becky hallock said...

how can they allow a 13 yr old to sign up for sweepstakes, dont they age verify? they allowed my 13 yr old sign up, and im angry about it.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Becky,

    Regular ongoing PCH sweepstakes are open to all residents of the US, with limited exceptions (e.g., employees of PCH are not eligible). People can enter online or by writing to us at 101 Winners Circle, Port Washington, NY 11050. You don’t have to buy anything, make a donation, join the pch.com family or agree to receive email. It’s absolutely free. However, a parent or guardian must consent before a minor can receive a prize.

    Victoria At PCH

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Robin Bowman said...

Five [5] more chances to win.

Yayyyyyyyyyyy!

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Troy Haltom said...

Disappointed in your Lotto page. I have installed my password numerous times, and I cannot log on…each time, I’m told it is not valid, but I keep a record of what I enter…and your folks will NOT let me on the LOTTO.

Poor form for PCH.

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Jim Boxell said...

Ok, that’s an easy one ‘how not to get scammed’ on-line….. But what If time and time again when you have ordered something and you get ‘scammed’ by USPS?…. By them delivering mail to wrong house and complaints have been made to them but they say ‘not our responsibility’…. I have called PCH customer service and had one item replaced but ended up paying twice for that item. So I gave up, didn’t want to pay double for 1 item. I quit ordering for awhile, then just a couple at a time. Didn’t have anymore problems until lately…. I guess just going to have to quit ordering products for good that is delivered USPS. There’s no way to track on bulk mail. I will only order from now on something that is tracked. I’m tired of buying other people products because the United States Postal Service can’t read.

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gail block said...

Hmmm talking about yourself. Not good there r many people that have notice where alot of the winners live and thier ages seems i am not the only one the list is growning and growning

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P Keel said...

Hi PCH I just recieved a pop up saying there has been a security breach from a third party involved with PCH. I just thought I would let you know about it. They are offering a free credit report and say you have to use your credit card number to verify if your PCH account has been breached. Has there been any breach? If not you might want to check this out. THANKS

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi P Keel,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. We are looking into this based on the information you’ve given us.

    Victoria At PCH

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Cindy Drayton said...

To whom it may concern, i received through the mail PCH sweepstakes opportunities and instant win scratch offs. Well I usually throw them away this time I didn’t and according to the rules on scratch off, match three amounts you instantly win, that obviously was a LIE I read over the rules everal times and followed instructions even paid to send back overnght, and have heard NOTHING about the SUPOSSEDLY $5000.00 I won instantly. VERY DISSAPPOINTED discussed with friends and family and they say thats why they DON’T PLAY. SUCH A RIP OFF and PHONY.(even took pic of my winning ticket) had plans for that money. SOOOO SADDD!!!!!!

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Michelle Henderson said...

I got all of the questions right!!!!! I know it’s a long shot, but I can hope and who knows, one day I might that knock on my door!!!!!

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Deb Regis said...

My mOm got a phone call today from someone who could barely speak English stating my dad had won 2 million dollars and a Mercedes in the monthly giveaway
He verified her address and she sensed a scam. , told him she wasn’t interested and hung up. He called back, irate that she had hung up on him. He gave her this number to call and verify . Maybe you could bust em. 631-701-1529

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Deb,

    Thank you so much 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.

    Victoria At PCH

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leake said...

I hate give out any information to anyone.you can be scam that ifyou arenot look for the real and right information fro publishers clearning house.I know that they have told me if someone try to sale you anything to get intouch wit our fraud office.yes i will do that.give no S.S or credit card to anyone to whom you speak with over the phone.true your feelin that it tell you inside of yourself.

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Jayne Quintero said...

See below, this is the scam I got today!Notice it reads from I think New Zealand.

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 PCHlotto. 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 below
Mr Dave Sayer
Email: usapchlot01@gmail.com

Winner you must resend their
1.Name in full:
2.Address:
3.Sex:
4.Nationality:
5.Age:
6.Occupation:
7.Phone number:
8.Present Country:

This information is to process the immediate payment of your prize.
Best Regards,
Mr Todd Sloan
Publishers Clearing House We also encourage you to act fast.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Hi Jayne,

    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. 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.

    Victoria At PCH

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Robert Sansom said...

Thanks for the wonderful information…based on my responses to questions listed above should be okay. The information concerning where to report fraud was very helpful! Again, thanks

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Tara Schouster said...

Scammers are out there. One just tried to scam my gramma using PCH.Saying she won & they were delivering the check today between 10am & 2pm. Then they called again @ 1pm and said the funds were held up coming from Costa Rica, etc & there were some taxes they needed paid, etc. The guy who called today said he was a US Customs agent & everything, was on the phone with him for an hour. I wound up calling Homeland security(by mistake) then the local police dept & then the real Border patrol & customs agency. It is a real shame how they prey upon the elderly.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Tara,

    It is a shame how they prey on people. 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.

    Victoria At PCH

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Kisha Padilla said...

Hi, I placed an order through pch. When I received the invoice, I mailed it back with a check paid in full. My checking account reflects that the check is null and void, as if pch rejected it. Why? I am reluctant to ordering anything else from publishers clearing house.

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summer dawn said...

Hi I was just wondering if this is a scam, I have been getting letters in the mail from PCH saying things like send $11.89 an the judging form back signed an they will send me my winnings and I also got one that was kinda the same that asked me to mail them $20.00. Does that sound right or is it a scam ??

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    PCH Staff said...

    If you are contacted by someone who says you won a prize, but in order to claim it you must drive somewhere, pay a shipping, handling, or delivery fee, prepay taxes, pay a deposit, give a credit card number, call a 900 number, or purchase a product with a ‘discount voucher’, it is NOT affiliated in any way with the real Publishers Clearing House. Please take great care to undertsand the identity of the contest sponsors as well as all the details and requirements before participating in any sweepstakes program. If you think that you are the victim of a scam, please contact us at http://pch.custhelp.com/app/ask or contact abuse@pch.com. Thanks!

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janice russell said...

I had TO GIVE A COMPUTER REPAIRMAN
MY PCH PASSWORD. TO HELP FIX A
TECHNICAL PROBLEM ON MY COMPUTER THAT I RECEIVED FROM PCH . DID I DO THE WRONG THING, TO HAVE DONE THAT ? WHAT SHOULD I DO TO FIX IT NOW ? PLEASE HELP !

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mehrnoosh khosrotaj said...

I have received a Judging Sheet from this company that required to pay $ 11.89.I just want to be sure this isn’t scam.

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