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

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

  1. Carissa says:

    This is an email I received today. Just want to see if it’s real or a scam.
    Released Date: 10-February-2016

    Winning ID #: PCH-8209372628323

    You have been emerged with the February sweepstakes alert prize of 500,000.00 USD from the Publishers Clearing House 2016 promo.

    You are requested contact ( ) for more detail and claim release.



  2. I have been trying to win this for years , told to take servos I do told to put in information to claim my pride but never received prize I have done this for to many years a believe it is a scam to people like me

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Patricia, we would like more details about the survey that you had to take. Please contact customer service at at 1-800-566-4724 between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day!

  3. meka says:

    i just got an email saying i won this morning :
    « Inbox › Message

    You have Won pch prize
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    12:39 PM
    Castro, Tomas A. (CL – Santiago)
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    The team at Publishers Clearing House is pleased to announce you as a second-place winner in a $250.000.00 give-away,” For claims verification contact our agent on this specified email address ( providing your name, address, email id and phone our number
    Confidentiality Warning:
    This message and any attachments are intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s), are confidential, and may be privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, retransmission, conversion to hard copy, copying, circulation or other use of this message and any attachments is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail, and delete this message and any attachments from your system. Thank You
    If you do not wish to receive future commercial electronic messages from Deloitte, forward this email to
    Avertissement de confidentialité:
    Ce message, ainsi que toutes ses pièces jointes, est destiné exclusivement au(x) destinataire(s) prévu(s), est confidentiel et peut contenir des renseignements privilégiés. Si vous n’êtes pas le destinataire prévu de ce message, nous vous avisons par la présente que la modification, la retransmission, la conversion en format papier, la reproduction, la diffusion ou toute autre utilisation de ce message et de ses pièces jointes sont strictement interdites. Si vous n’êtes pas le destinataire prévu, veuillez en aviser immédiatement l’expéditeur en répondant à ce courriel et supprimez ce message et toutes ses pièces jointes de votre système. Merci.
    Si vous ne voulez pas recevoir d’autres messages électroniques commerciaux de Deloitte à l’avenir, veuillez envoyer ce courriel à l’adresse

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Meka, PCH will never notify a major prize winner by email, phone call, text or social media. Please take a moment to fill out the information you have about this scammer by following this link: I encourage you to read these safety tips as well: Stay safe everyone!

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