PCH Helps The Fight Against Publishers Clearing House Scams!

Dear Friends,

Here at this blog we often remind friends like you to beware of scammers who illegally use the Publishers Clearing House name to take advantage of innocent people. But did you know that Publishers Clearing House is on the front lines in the fight against Publishers Clearing House scams?

That’s right, Publishers Clearing House regularly provides law enforcement with important information that helps them catch fraudsters and stop PCH scams!

In fact, just a few weeks ago, four Canadian men were arrested and charged by Canadian law enforcement for tricking unsuspecting consumers in the U.S. into wiring them money.  In one of the scams, a 76-year-old man from Pennsylvania was duped into wiring $10,000 to an address in Canada after getting a telephone call from someone who pretended to be from Publishers Clearing House. Click here for the news story.

According to Chris Irving, Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs, “You can be sure that Publishers Clearing House will provide the necessary support to the authorities to ensure that the bad guys in this case or in any other case where our name is illegally used will be brought to full justice.”

We at PCH want the fraudsters out there to be warned  ― Publishers Clearing House is always on the lookout for PCH scams! And did you know that readers of this blog can help us in the fight against fraud? If you ever receive a suspicious letter, email or telephone call where someone is fraudulently claiming to be from PCH, we invite you to contact us.  The valuable information we receive from consumers about Publishers Clearing House scams is entered into our internal anti-scam database that is regularly shared with law enforcement both here in the US and around the globe to support their investigations.

While we’re thrilled with these recent arrests, we’d like to take the opportunity to share some important reminders about how you can stay safe and protect yourself against fraud from any other scammer who might try to illegally use our name:

1. Publishers Clearing House will NEVER ask you to pay to enter or collect a prize award.

2. PCH and our famous Prize Patrol will never call our winners ahead to time to let them know they have won.

3. 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 ― you have NOT heard from us at Publishers Clearing House.

We’ll share more updates on our efforts to work with law enforcement and stop the Publishers Clearing House scams.  Until then, stay alert, educated and always aware that at PCH you never have to send any money or pay any fee or tax to enter, win or collect a PCH prize! If it is not free, it is not a legitimate sweepstakes offer —and it’s certainly not from Publishers Clearing House!


Elaina R.
PCH Creative

98 thoughts on “PCH Helps The Fight Against Publishers Clearing House Scams!”

  1. karen says:

    I have received an email stating that I have won about three million dollars they wanted my name,sex,address,state,county,my title of work I do,phone number and they said that when I receive some papers they want me to contact Christopher Irving.there are some other stuff. How can I be sire this is not afraid?

  2. I got a friend request on Facebook frm pch,”Dave Sauer” n said I won 3million 7000 a week for life. He asked my name n phn num then wntd me to go to a western union a send $275. Such a joke n they need to b stopped asap..

  3. John Brown says:

    publishers clearing house is a fraud, scam, they have been sued all over the States for violation of the State and Federal laws relative to PCH deceptive and unlawful sweepstakes and prize promotions. PCH must be barred from business

  4. Yummy says:

    I got a call from a guy with a accent called David Henry. He gave me all these numbers and saying he was from PCH. Saying I won a car and 1.5 thousand dollars.Though what really got me was it was from a restricted number. Though I sadly gave out my name and address before really thinking about it. Could they do anything with my name and address?

  5. I was contacted by someone pretending to be Danielle, said i had won a million dollars, they were already in alabama and on their way to my house, wanted to know what color ballons i like, what my favorit color rose was and then she adk me ro go to cvs and get a scratch card, put 200.00on it and i stoped her and told her i wasnt paying them anything, i knew they were a scam, then they went off and didnt here from her again she messened me, i have it all on messenger, they really should be stoped.

  6. Just received a call saying I had won 850,000 and a Mercedes Benz (ha, right). He called at nearly 6:00pm asking if I could come down to claim the prize and I said no. He then asked me for my address and I said, tell me the number your calling from and he hung up on me. I’ve had others call before so I didn’t play into it or get excited and I think that surprised him. I wonder if he thought I was going to be ecstatic about it. I knew it was a scam especially since they were calling from a blocked phone number.

  7. steve says:

    where do i send a boges email

    1. William T Crooks says:

      if I don’t win something this time I am just going to quit entering. I have spent lots of money on products hoping I would win, now I don’t buy anything.

  8. ina reinier says:

    My neighbor lost $200.over what she thought was a PCH win. I he lped her to finally stop calling. Once these people get u it take s for ever to get rid of them!

  9. William T Crooks says:

    I have entered PCH since the sixties and have never won anything. They do have good buys but the contest sucks.

  10. R Hansen says:

    Here is another set of numbers to add to your Scam list out of Jamaica.
    They said to call 1-876-595-5745 and ask for Mr. Golden.
    They called from 1-876-393-6441

    1. Kelly Harrell says:

      My dad is also receiving calls from Jamaica! I don’t know the exact amount of money he has sent but, at one point when he sent $250. It came to 10’s of thousands of their currency on their end. I believe my dad stated that someone is enjoying 3/4 of a million of Jamaican currency right now. The only thing stopping my dad from sending any more is because he was hospitalized for a few days and now can’t get around very well, much less drive. He is even being told by ‘the FBI’ that if he sends a small amount of money that they will open up a case so as to track these ‘bad guys’. Help! My parents are retired and this needs to end before they have NO INCOME to live, let alone survive on.

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