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

1,034 thoughts on “How To Spot Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scams!”

  1. Lynn Horn says:


    I received this notice with no grammar errors.

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)
    Email Ref:# PCH-820171
    Draw Released Date: 20/09/2016
    The publishers clearing house(PCH) draw released for the Month of September have been emerged to you.
    To redeem prize make sure to contact agency email via:
    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)

    This notice comes from a woman from Los Angeles that is supposedly an engineer there.

    I will fill out a scam report!

    Thank you!

  2. i was contacted by jimmy culins from facebook. saying I won a publishers clearing house facebook funding and needing my info. is this for real?

  3. Paul says:

    I was contacted today (9-21-16) by phone from an unknown number. The caller said that he had a UPS delivery team 45 minutes away and that he wanted to know if I wanted them to deliver my Mercedes and 500,000 check. I asked what address he had on file for me and he got mad stating, “you know if you entered and I don’t have time for games.” He then said the lawyer they will be sending to handle the transaction is named Barbara Williams. He further stated that he knows ” I am a senior citizen” (which i am nowhere near). He grew increasingly impatient as I tried to ask him questions and then he told me, “this is not a legal interrogation in a court room” then he hung up.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Paul, you’re definitely describing a scam. PCH does not contact winners via phone and you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize. Please report this scam to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how:, and be sure to check out our Fraud Protection site to find out how to stay safe: Stay safe and have a great weekend!

  4. Clarence Humble says:

    I received and email in my spam folder it said to contact for some reason, does anyone know if this email account is legit or if they are just trying to spam me>

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Clarence, we’re sorry, you’ve been contacted by a scammer claiming to be from PCH. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, Instagram or on Facebook. PCH does not send out friend requests, private messages, or chats on Facebook as well as Instagram. Most importantly, PCH will never ask you to pay money to claim a sweepstakes prize award. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: Stay safe!

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