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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Joseph Ralph said...

thanks PCH for always looking out for us and cracking down crime against scammers :-)

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Stancio Butler said...

Hi Margaret C. At PCH, What happens if I post prank questions on both Facebook and the Publishers Clearing House Facebook page again? Because I was being very rude both last year and the year before when I already posted too many prank questions on both Facebook and the PCH Facebook page.

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Georgina Turner said...

Hi Margaret, Thank you very much for this blog and for protecting us against PCH scams. I am a PCH fan and I appreciate all the hard work you do in keeping PCH fans safe.

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eileen ther said...

I am so glad you are addressing this issue,
i have had this joke played on me so many times and its not funny. i even saved the e-mails and paperwork.
Thanks,
i enjoy playing the publishersclearinghousecontest and i wish to win big soon.

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi PCH, Thank You Margaret for the video. I know PCH dislikes scammers as much as I do. You warn about them all the time. And yes even our local news had a story of phone calls from the scammers saying they were PCH. Just this week I received an automated call from “my bank” I hung up and called the bank. Another scam. People have to be very careful and you always get the word out! Thank You:)

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Kanika Loeung said...

I used to be a victim to receive a fake check before I entered the PCH Sweepstakes online. They sent me a check that looked real. I contacted the company the check was from before I deposited it. However, they said to send back some of the money. I wanted to borrow some money from my relatives but it was a no-go.
A few days later I found out that the check was a fraud from the bank and I did report it to Fraud Org. The bank copied all the information on the letter and fake check that I received.

I used to play PCH Sweepstakes since 1995 by mail.
Later in June 2009, I received a fake PCH Sweepstake check. I thought it was from me playing in 1995. After that whole incident, I received a PCH E-mail. I still play everyday now I understand the truth and false about Publishers Clearance Hoouse.

I wise and hope to receive a real lucky check $1 Million and show by on TV or Online to the people who did played fraud to me. I believe they still recognize my name.

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rhoda williams said...

No matter how much she try to stop spam this whole game is.spam when I play the slots and at the end of the game I press for my diamonds it gives me something lower then the one I press you’ll are scandalous very scandalous and the truth is you don’t win no money it just goes on entry and try again and I really believed in you’ll

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Stancio Butler said...

Hi Margaret, are you going to apologize to Danielle Lam for me about last year and the year before right now so that she will stop by my house in fairfax,virginia with something special to apologize to me also? Because I was being very rude to both the Facebook page and the PCH Facebook page with both rude comments and prank questions.

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    Stancio Butler said...

    Hi Margaret, Why am I not a Facebook fan anymore at all just because I tried sending some private messages and a friend request to Deena James Moore on Facebook when she already blocked from me posting both rude comments and prank questions on the 4th of july holiday of last year just because I haven’t seen her in person for years now? Because posting both rude comments and prank questions to non PCH members on Facebook is just a scam.

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      Stancio Butler said...

      Hi Margaret At PCH, are you going to call Deena James Moore and apologize to her on the phone right now for me posting both rude comments and prank questions to her on Facebook last year when she already blocked me on Facebook on the 4th of holiday of last year because I’m not on Facebook anymore at all when I haven’t seen her in person for years now so that she will stop by my house in fairfax,virginia with a very special surprise for just me to apologize to me in person also?

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    Stancio Butler said...

    Hi Margaret, My favorite thing to do in the evenings is having publishers clearing house come over because that’s the way what I can do to stay safe from both Scams and PCH Scams! You’ll be happy to help me!

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Stancio Butler said...

Hi Margaret, What I can do to stay safe from both Scams and PCH Scams in the evenings is having both the publishers clearing house prize patrol deputies and a very special guest which is a hollywood celebrity named Alanis Nadine Morissette come over to my house in fairfax,virginia with something special for just me. Because individuals who post both rude comments and prank questions can be reported or blocked from posting to both the PCH Fan Page and other websites PLUS the Facebook page.

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Stancio Butler said...

My parents told me in person that I will not put my own home address,my own home telephone number,and finally a cash flow note lottery on both Facebook and the Publishers Clearing House Facebook page including online ever again from now on because if I do that again,my parents will take my own computer away for good from now on because putting those bad things online is just a scam!

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Joyce G. Parker said...

Does PCH have an email address where we can forward fraudulent winner emails, requesting all of our personal info, even our SS#? I would think you would want to have a way to shut down these people and provide us with such an email address. I won’t post my email address here, but you’ll have it since I have to give it before posting this comment. And please, do NOT share or sell my email address.

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Janet Adams said...

Just had a call from a man who sounded as if he was drunk.He knew my name and address and went on and on about me winning a large amount of money from PCH It was hard to understand him. He said because I shopped at stores he listed and had built up points to be the winner of this cash prize in a raffle.
Then I told him this was a scam and I didn’t want to talk to him anymore and hung up. He called me back and wanted to borrow money from me. He said his name was Robert Peterson and the phone number on my phone was 876-508-3267 (Kingston Jamaica). Though you should know.

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    PCH Staff said...

    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.

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juanita southard said...

recently ive had a problem with nosey roomates who would love nothing more than to sabotoge my chances to win . im so frustrated about it . no matter what i do this envious person puts a damper on my life , i want to thank you guys at pch for your follow up pages cuz had i not of recieved a message from u stating my password was sent to another email address . id be totally nieve to it. thanks and keep up the great work . i spentd alot of time with u giuys and its a pleasure . im hoping to become a part of the pch family of winners . thanks js

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DeLayne Perry said...

I remember watching this before but guess I was probably to comment on it. So once again, thanks to PCH for helping uncover the phoney scammers!

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Edna watkins said...

Ya I got a few on facebook they told me that I had to go to Wal-Mart or walgreens and buy a green-dot card for 140.00 and I give them the numbers frome my card so I could get the 1mill dollars winnings I didnt even know what that card was so I told them no they calle it a scratch card and they said give them the numbers so I told them I guess I’m not a winner then they used Danielle Facebook and daves Facebook so check your accounts guy’s.

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Jorge Ramirez said...

thanks a lot Margaret for the scam updates and how to prevent future scams and stop them from growing keep up the good work :]

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Jorge Ramirez said...

thanks a lot Margaret for the scam updates and how to prevent future scams and stop them from growing keep up the good work :]

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Yvonne Powell said...

I just got a call that i won 2.5 million, just had to go to walgreens and purchase a green dot card for $299 dollars and give them the number on the card. They knew my name and my address!!! Very scary.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Yvonne, 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.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Rosemary Jenkins said...

I was contacted by a man who told me to call a number and gave them a package prize #.when i called this number the woman told me they were waiting for me at the wal-mart with a check for 16,000,000, a briefcase with a 100,000 in it and a mercedes car. all I needed to do to get this was to tsend an 800 amd 600 paypal to a woman in las vegas. when i told her i did not have the money she wanted my bank accout number and they would send the money to my bank so i could make the payment.I told her my husband had my checkbook and i didn’t know the account #. I contacted the 800 number you provided and gave all of the information to them.by playing along and telling her i would have to call her back i was able to get a lot of information from her. thank goodness you try to follow up on things like this.

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Kenneth Fox said...

On 9/28/13 I spoke to your office and I thank you for the information. The question I wanted to ask you was how do these people know we are customers of PCH and have some info on us (unlisted phone numbers) Is it coming from our mail or from our computers, are they hackers or some other type of thief? Keep up the good work. Thanks again..KF

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Louise Hawkins said...

I wanted to inform you of a new scam involving your name that just arrived at my uncle’s. The check was from (supposedly) a company named SDS Logistics Services, at 19 Colonial Dr, Youngstown, Ohio. This firm is a legitimate trucking company whose name is apparently being misappropriated. The check was for $977.55 of a so-called winning of $75,000. There were numerous grammatical errors in the letter, so I knew at once it wasn’t real. The contact number was listed as 1-514-458-1659 and the name was Michael Wasowski. I hope this helps in some way.

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