Meet Margaret: She Helps PCH Fight Against PCH Scams!

Watch the video below from Margaret C., Director of Consumer Affairs at Publishers Clearing House. She tells you blog readers all about how Publishers Clearing House is fighting back against PCH scams!



Remember blog readers: As Margaret says, the winning is always free at PCH, and you’re NEVER required to pay a fee to claim a prize award. Don’t be fooled by those terrible PCH scams!

Let us know if you have any questions about PCH scams or about what you can do to stay safe! We’ll be happy to help!

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    1. Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. Large prize winners are notified in person. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win!

  1. We received a call from Paul Williams (402/835-0805) today asking we send an amount of money ($500) to him at PCH and meet someone at WalMart to receive money and a car. She said Deborah Holland works for him. Please reply – this must be a scam. Thanks!

      1. Hello Laura,
        We’re glad you knew that wasn’t the real PCH. We don’t encourage anyone to engage with a scammer any longer than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them you know they’re a scam and hang up. PCH doesn’t notify major winners by phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via the following link: You can also check out this FAQ for info on how you can block scammers from contacting you via Facebook: Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

  2. I just received a letter stating that I won $1,000,000.00. It’s from Canada and gives a phone number to contact John Mitchell at 626-308-1496. I believe it’s a scam. I researched on line the phone number. The location of John Mitchell is Bronx, NY. I will contact the New York State Attorney General’s Office to report it.

  3. They try to scam me today i thought it was real they asked for my full address n my full name n how much money i had….im afraid they have my info :\ but when they asked me to send them money i did research n im.convinced now its a scam the Facebook page looks so fake n have only 3 friends on it

    1. Hello Blanca, we’re so glad that you knew that wasn’t the real PCH. As you know, the Prize Patrol will ever ask for money to claim a prize. We also don’t notify winners via social media, standard mail, email, or phone. Please report any details you have about this scammer to PCH here: . You can also check out this PCH Blog for ways to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: . Stay safe and protect yourselves from becoming scam victims!!