You Can Help Us Stop PCH Scams!

At Publishers Clearing House we take consumer protection and the fraudulent use of our good name in PCH scams very seriously. We’re working with authorities to stop these scams and doing everything we can to educate and protect fans like you!

Well, it turns out we’re not alone. Just a few days ago, we came across a blog post from Toni H., a blogger who was contacted by a PCH scammer. Titled “From Millionaire To Broke In 3 Hours With PCH Scam,” her blog post urges readers to beware of these scammers and come together to stop them.

I knew I had to find out more about Toni’s scam experience so I could share it with all of you. Below is my interview with her. Please note that all the graphics displayed were sent by the scammers, not the real PCH!

Amanda: Before writing your blog, had you ever entered our PCH Sweeps?
I had not thought about Sweepstakes for some time. Not because I do not believe in the magic, I do. In the past, except maybe the last 10 years, I entered every chance I had.

Amanda: How were you contacted about the PCH scam?
Through a series of emails. I thought this odd since I’d never before seen an email from Publishers Clearing House, but it felt credible. That’s a key thing I think, we do not as consumers realize how good these people attempting to scam us are in terms of masquerading themselves as legitimate.

Amanda: What did the e-mail say?
They told me I had won. They asked for my name, age, gender and address, which also contained information of their supposed credible details and how I was chosen to win.

This is the first PCH scam email Toni received.

Amanda: Did they ask you to send money?
They did ask for money, but not until they believed I was hooked. Once they had the information requested (name, age, etc…), I received the shocking amount needed to ship my check and the envelope. They even had the weight of each item (paper) and what the cost was for each. An itemized statement for what it would cost me to win!

This PCH scam asked Toni to send money to collect her winnings. Remember, at the real PCH, the winning is ALWAYS FREE!

Amanda: How did you know it was a scam?
The request that I keep my winnings confidential. Why would PCH want me to stay quiet about winning? And another item that caught my suspicious eyes is that this is because of their “security protocol to avoid multiple claims”. Absolutely one of the biggest things that stood out was having to “Pay To Win”.

 Amanda: Is there anything else that might help others spot PCH scams?
The lack of punctuation and the vernacular of the writer was off. The fact that there was a third-party involved from England, UK, and that it was a securities company also raised my eyebrows.

This PCH Scam used an address in the UK. Remember, PCH Headquarters are in Port Washington, New York!

Amanda: What final words of advice do you have for others?
Toni: It takes little out of us to pass forward details that you become aware of that might save one person some stress and heartache concerning scams in this world.

I couldn’t agree with you more, Toni! As for you blog readers, I hope you will be smart like Toni was and look out for warning signs like scammers asking for money. Remember, you NEVER need to pay a dime to claim a Publishers Clearing House prize! If you ever receive a suspicious letter, email or telephone call where someone is fraudulently claiming to be from PCH, please contact us. And if you want to help us spread the word about PCH scams and keep more people safe, please share this blog with your family and friends.

Amanda C., PCH Creative

Amanda C.
PCH Creative


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  1. I’m getting a lot of Lotto emails and processing emails with my name spelt wrong that I played and they have my name spelled wrong. I didn’t catch it until after I played on

  2. the Facebook Publisher Clearing House tells me To chat with Monica Marie Soza here in Facebook so I did after answering a bunch of questions & proving that I was Me showing two type of ID Now I
    m going to have a party and you all can come I pay your travel arrangements here is what I won
    For security reasons, we advise all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel
    thank you for your kindness
    Finally, You have to pay for your Case file fee and the shipping fund, so we can bring the money to your door step in the next Six hours…..
    You pay $300 and get $30,000,00.
    You pay $500 and get $50,000,00.
    You pay $1000 and get $100,000,00.
    You pay $1500 and get $150,000,00.
    You pay $1800 and get $200,000,00.
    You pay $2000 and get $250,000,00.
    You pay $3000 and get $350,000,00.
    You pay $5000 and get $500,000.00
    You pay $10000 and get $1,000,000.00
    You pay $15000 and get $1,500,000,00.
    You pay $20,000 and get $2,500,000,00.
    so which of the prices will you like to claim now just select one out of the price now…
    Hello, are you there with us ?

    1. 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. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win! Check out this blog to find out how to prevent scammers from contacting you: Please report any and all scams to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: Stay safe!

  3. Hello, I received a email, someone pretending to be Danielle, and wanting to be friends, they ask If I won what would I do with the money, I told them and than they emailed back saying I had won it all, I said thank you, be I thought PCH didn’t let people know if they won, they just came to your door, they said, it depends on the winning’s. I said thank you and told them I liked Pch because they gave people hope, they emailed back and said they want my phone number so an agent can contact me, I haven’t emailed back yet, this was tonight, 6/22/16. Now what do you think I should do. Thank You, Bill Ellison.