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


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

  1. David Moore says:

    I was contacted by someone saying they work for PCH and they were on there way to my house with a million dollar price and I needed to get a Paypal card I didn’t but it cost me 100.00 in international phone charges its a little disheartening

  2. Smokin' Joe says:

    Got a call this AM from some one sounding like they were speaking through a tin bowl who claimed to be a Mr Michael Chopper from Publisher’s Clearing House. He also claimed his company was “100% illegitimate”. I asked him if he knew what “illegitimate” means. He said yes, and repeated that his company was “100% illegitimate”. I just laughed and said “That’s what I thought.” Anyway, like I said, “If I won the money, stop by, we’ll take pictures, and bring the check.”

  3. louella says:

    i sent my e-mail to pch so they could see the mess you could get into if you answered it be careful they want all your info so they can steal your income

  4. Allie says:

    I recieved a call this morning. Claiming I won but needed some money card. Does anyone know about this???

  5. Two people have friended me on Facebook claiming to be prize patrol people, with their pictures and everything. I excepted and now I feel paranoid. I think it’s fake.

  6. Shirley Chapman says:

    When they call me sometimes I can spot them. I tell the police Dept. told me to keep them on the line so they can trace the call. They hang up on me and that stop them for a while.

  7. I I ORDERED A MAGAZINE FROM PCH LAST NOVEMBER. THE FIRST MAG. ARRIVED 7/8/2014. I CANCELLED THE MAG. IN JANUARY BECAUSE I DIDNT GET IT. NO WAY AM I PAYING FOR THIS MAGAZINE. PCH REALLY IS A FRAUD. BEEN ENTERING FOR 33 YRS. NEVER WIN AND ALWAYS TELL ME I AM ABOUT TO FORFIT MY PRIZE. WHAT A JOKE.

  8. Elvira C Schofield says:

    Someone named Elizabeth Hanks emailed and said that I won a million USD from pch.
    Does she even work for pch and how do I find out if it’s true.

    1. Edward Morrison says:

      I received two e-mails similar to the one you received. Althought you wonder about it,
      Many bogus e-mails truly are not legitament.

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