How To Spot Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scams!

Hi blog readers! Have you ever received a message from someone who claims to work for PCH? Maybe the message notified you that you won a big prize. Maybe it told you that you needed to pay money to claim that prize. Unfortunately, these messages are Publishers Clearing House scams! They are not from the real Publishers Clearing House. We’ve done a lot here on the blog to try to alert you to these PCH scams, but we thought it might be helpful to provide you with some excerpts from actual scams that were sent by fraudsters illegally using the PCH name, in order to dupe you.

Before we get started, here are few important things to remember: You NEVER have to pay to claim a PCH prize. Winners of our larger prize award amounts are surprised in person by the Prize Patrol, NOT sent messages on Facebook or emails like this. Publishers Clearing House scams often have MANY spelling and grammatical errors. Try to read them out loud … you’ll see how nonsensical they sound. An official PCH message would not be written like that!

Let’s get started!

This message is not from PCH, it is a PCH SCAM! How can you tell?

For starters, none of the above or these contest details are legitimate. If you were to ask a PCH employee about a “Super Bucks Giveaway,” we would be quick to tell you it does not exist. Also, we are in no way associated with the U.S. Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission. AND if you were to use PCHSearch&Win to research that supposed government authority, you would find that it does not even exist in the U.S.

This message is not from PCH, it is a PCH SCAM! How can you tell?

Again, the grammar is off in many places. Just a few examples: “you are been advised,” and “your fund remitted to your account”. Plus, take a look at how the prize amount is written: “$1.200,000.00”. There’s a decimal instead of a comma after the “1”.

This message is not from PCH, it is a PCH SCAM! How can you tell?

They repeated the “this is part of our security protocol” sentence TWICE within the same paragraph! Also, PCH never asks you to keep quiet about your winnings. Quite the opposite! We’re always proudly posting pictures and videos of our winners! But the scammers want you to stay quiet so they can get your money without the authorities finding out.

This message is not from PCH, it is a PCH SCAM! How can you tell?

It’s easy! This message contains the BIGGEST red flag — it asks you to pay money to claim your prize. Remember: you NEVER have to pay or make any purchase to claim a prize from Publishers Clearing House. Also, if you ever hear/see the words “GREEN DOT MONEY PAK CARD” in a message from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, head for the hills! The scammers will take the account numbers from this card, cash the money you spent on it, and never award you the prize, because there never was a real prize — they are scammers.

There you have it folks. These are just a few ways you can spot PCH scams! As always, you should always verify the information in any winner notification you may receive before making any risky moves. And if you ever have any questions, let us know!

Stay safe everyone!

Laura Wolfe @ PCH

479 thoughts on “How To Spot Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scams!”

  1. Kimberly Weeks/ boston says:

    i supposedly won back in april and continued on with the win it all, now im getting calls emails and people hacking into my email address..they put up blogs and comments telling you what to do next, you figured maybe pch is trying to tell you some helpful hints but next thing i k now someone is running my email and telling me to go back to crap from 2 months ago…like i said this isnt really fun anymore…i dont know whats true an not but ill just go with my gut an do what i think is right…no contest is worth the risk of my son or my life an family thats for sure..sorry pch i know your doing everything but i cant continue to feel unsafe an when i call the service dept says dont worry use fierfox which i do an it still doesnt matter..

  2. melissa safford says:

    I am now and have been txt about I have won I have a phone number.

  3. Zintka O. Bilyeu (Polly) says:

    i get two or three calls a day(which I do not answer) from John Brown or Peter White telling me I have won big bucks. I am so tired of the calls. What can we do to get them to stop? P Bilyeu in Illinois

  4. Janet Baker says:

    The scam letter I received was just a photo copy…not even a try a being professional! Easy to spot!

    1. Lavontia Coleman says:

      What about the emails sent talking about claimyour entry now!! Or Don’t miss out on this! All the emails that make it seem if you donot follow through with whatever it is about your chances of winning are at stake?Is it legit? I donot have time to waste on emails that are not going to enhance my chances of winning,,,,,,

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  5. Nicki Peaker says:

    Todd Sloane texted me to ask me 😁 what would I do with one million via instant messager via Facebook yeh RIGHT then asked to go to Walmart or Western Union to claim my numbers…I said LOL if I had money to send Mr Sloane $200 I wouldn’t need PCH winnings I’d be rich already Plz be careful

  6. John J. O'Connor says:

    I have been inundated with phone calls from someone claiming to represent PCH. They told how much money I won and asked what I would do with this windfall. Then the she hit the floor as they asked for 1% of the prize to cover their cost. I am just wonder how did this individual get my cell phone number and my address.

    1. Deborah Wilson says:

      John, see my reply to Zintka O. Bilyeu (Polly).

  7. mandy says:

    this was just done to me today I got my hopes up and as soon as they asked me for money I knew it was a scam everything I read on this page is what they were telling me to do

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