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!