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


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

  1. Jackie Anderson says:

    I just got a call this morning from “David Hill” 1 876 856 7045, telling me I won the grand prize and I do believe that the real PCH prize was being given out today. Well I was supposed to go to Dollar General purchase 2 Green Dot Money Packs,for $205 at customer service. Then be home at 1pm and the Prize group will be there to present me with my prize and actually give back my money. I told them I do not have that kind of money, that is why I enter the PCH games in the first place, Then he asked if I wanted to work for them…a licensed Merchant Bank, picking up winnings that were not claimed and put that in my bank then send that money to the company and I would get a percentage. I said I already had a job and was not looking for more work, that my job pays for my groceries, and his offer did not sound legal. He said he would have to call me back. I believe that was right after the dog barked in the background.

  2. Mark Dufresne says:

    I think I’m getting the scam right now via face book some dude claiming to be Todd even using pch pictures wants me to get a 199 money card. I sent them this article instead. I took snap shots of the text conversation too

  3. SHIRLEY K ROCHE says:

    well, that indicates I’ve been getting the scam emails.from pch

  4. Diana Medina says:

    learn more about spam to protect my family

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