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

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  1. I recevied a letter with a refence # and phone# with the name jhon peters and to contact him that im a 3rd winner. Is this real.

  2. Publishers Clearing House.
    1O1 Winners Circle,
    Port Washington, NY 11050,
    United States.


    Dear Lucky Winner,

    Publishers Clearing House is a direct marketing company that sells merchandise and magazine subscriptions and operates prize-based game, search and lotto websites. Its products are promoted through sweepstakes and prize award promotions.

    Congratulations to you for emerging one of our lucky winner of this year Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Sweepstakes Promotion which was organized in India for the first time to promote our products all over Asia countries. The process for claiming your winnings has been made very simple so that by the end of one week at most, you are assured of having received your prize amount of the sum of $1,000,000.00 USD *(US $1 Million Dollars)* and all the legal documents backing your winning which will requires your signature. In the regards of the above, you are to contact the assigned delivery courier company to handle the delivering of your winning prize CHECK amount to you.

    Note: You are to contact the EVERGREEN COURIER COMPANY for the delivery of your prize check to your home, find below the details of the courier company and proceed to contact them.

    CONTACT PERSONNEL:- Mr. Mark Peterson.
    CONTACT MOBILE NUMBER:- +91 966 513 9890.

    You are to contact the EVERGREEN COURIER COMPANY through their contact email address above. Please be advice to follow to the instructions of the delivery courier company so that your won prize can get to your present address on time. When contacting them, you are to include your full details as required below and this parcel identification number; PCH-83839292939. as your message subject, please you are advised to write down the parcel identification number and save it.


    Complete and forward the above details to the EVERGREEN COURIER COMPANY E-mail Via:

    Note: For security reason, that you are to keep your winning information confidential and do not discuss with third parties until the EVERGREEN COURIER COMPANY have successfully deliver your winning prize check to you, in-order to avoid double claims which may lead to disclaiming of your prize amount.

    You are to forward your complete names, address, prize parcel identification number and your direct phone number so that the Delivery Courier Company will honor your message.

    Congratulations once again.

    Yours Sincerely,
    MS Debra Holland ,
    PCH Accredited Fiduciary Agent.
    Publishers Clearing House Department.

  3. A Ricky Tillman contact me said he work for PCH like to no if it true u no how scam are his Facebook said he live in port Washington new York does he work for you