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


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

  1. Cai White says:

    I received this message today.

    Erik Startzel
    8:49 AM (4 hours ago)

    to
    Attn.; Winner Dated 27th of April, 2016.

    Email Ref#: PCH/1209-222-578.

    You are our star prize winner dated 27th of April, 2016 and for claim process
    get in touch with our agent on address ( debh.pch29363@outlook.com )

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)
    ____

    This message and any included attachments are from the sender and are intended only for the addressee(s). The information contained herein may include privileged or otherwise confidential information. Unauthorized review, forwarding, printing, copying, distributing, or using such information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you received this message in error, or have reason to believe you are not authorized to receive it, please promptly delete this message and notify the sender by e-mail with a copy to emailcompliance@homebridge.com.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Cai, PCH will never contact winners via phone, email, standard mail, text, Facebook requests, or private messages. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win! Check out this blog to find out how to prevent scammers from contacting you: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please report any and all scams to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe and informed PCH Fan’s!

    2. WILLIAM p WALSH says:

      Long, Brian (CCI-Virginia) Brian.Long@cox.com via coxcomminc.onmicrosoft.com
      3:27 PM (0 minutes ago)

      to
      Attn.; Winner Dated 27th of April, 2016.

      Email Ref#: PCH/1209-212-5787.

      You are our star prize winner dated 27th of April, 2016 and for claim process
      get in touch with our agent on address ( debholland-pchinquiries@hotmail.com )

      Publishers Clearing House(PCH)

      1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

        Hi William, we’re so sorry to hear the scammers have contacted you! Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Facebook. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe and informed PCH Fan’s!

    3. Rita Delgado says:

      Lol I received the same scam message lmao 😅 if we really won anything they would not contact us through email

  2. Paula Patnode says:

    I receive this today, believe it is a scam.

    Attn.; Winner Dated 27th of April, 2016.

    Email Ref#: PCH/1209-222-578.

    You are our star prize winner dated 27th of April, 2016 and for claim process

    get in touch with our agent on address ( debh.pch29363@outlook.com )

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)

    1. Bradly Bishop says:

      I have received this same email

  3. Jason Love says:

    I received a phone call from a guy and he told me he was from pch. Told me I won 2.5 million dollars. And that there was a 150 dollar fee to get it sent. He also sent me a email that had mega millions on It.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Jason please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. Chris C says:

    I just received this on Tuesday:

    Congratulation Email Winner of 3,000,000.00 USD in the recent PCH Lottery.
    Kindly send your contacts to pchclaimsdeptoffic@qq.com.
    Full Names
    Residential Address
    Telephone
    Sex
    Age
    Congratulations
    Mr. Todd Sloan

    Along with a text attachment:

    pchclaimsofficenet@qq.com password: master123

    pchclaimofficenet1@qq.com password: master123

    AMS Activation:
    name: bobyMaxilon / sn: 4C957A716AB1286E

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Chris please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  5. i received an email from pchbig2@hotmail.com saying “we sellected you in our pch draw” reply with name and address. i don’t know what to think about this email. i have not replied it just seems to be some kind of scam. If anyone can provide me with any info letting me know if this email is legitimate from PCH i will greatly appreciate it because it is weird that i have entered in the drawing but how would a scammer know. anyway some feedback will be great.

    1. Cam says:

      It’s a scam. Mark it as spam or just delete it.

      1. Cam says:

        Publisher’s Clearing House would have a LOT of better ways to contact you than through just email. Also, they will not send something so simply worded. As far as having actually entered into PCH drawings, most people in the U.S. have entered at one time or another thanks to earlier commercials with Ed McMahon.

  6. Mary Albert says:

    So you are saying that we are wasting our time to even try and win with this PCH games .. I know for a fact I do the search and win and it never lets me put in and entry, or it tells me there are technical problems…

  7. David Woodley says:

    Is there any authority that I can contact about these scams. I have received a scam email saying I won 500000 dollars. They have asked for 500 bollard to send it to me.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi. David! Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who try to use our name to scam people. This is why we try so hard to educate our customers on how we award our winners. With our sweepstakes, you never have to pay to claim a prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, standard mail, or on Facebook. You can report these scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH partners with the Federal Trade Commission as well as Law Enforcement Authorities when it comes to sharing the details of these scams. Feel free to check out our blog for tips to recognize these scams by clicking here: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe and keep informed PCH Fan’s!

  8. Irene L says:

    I just received the following email:

    PCH Sweepstakes Notification Dated 11th of April 2016.

    Email Ref#: PCH\122\3223.

    You have been selected as a winner of the Publishers Clearing House Promo dated 11th of April 2016.

    For claims contact Ms. Deborah Holland on email: debholland-pchinquiries@hotmail.com

    Congratulations!

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)

    ———————————-

    This message (including any attachments) may contain confidential, proprietary, privileged and/or private information. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual or entity designated above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender immediately, and delete the message and any attachments. Any disclosure, reproduction, distribution or other use of this message or any attachments by an individual or entity other than the intended recipient is prohibited.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Irene, I’m sorry to hear the scammers have contacted you. Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Facebook. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe and keep informed PCH Fan’s!

  9. zahra says:

    I got an email from pchclaimsdeptoffice@qq.com saying i won 3 million dollars and i need to send my name and address. HELP …. is this address legit?

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Zahra, We are really sorry to hear that you were contacted by a scammer who was only pretending to be with PCH. Unfortunately, scammers will use the good name and reputation of PCH in an attempt to deceive people. We take the illegal use of our name and the issue of scams very seriously, which is why we regularly educate our fans on how to protect themselves. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report them to us here: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. It’s important to remember that the real PCH will never contact major winners via phone, standard mail, email, or Facebook (friend request or private message). We also never ask for money to claim a prize. Check out these Safety Tips for some more great info on what to watch for: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips

      1. Mikishea M Haymond says:

        I also just received an email saying I won 3 million dollars as well but with an email pchclaimsdept@foxmail.com it didn’t ask me for any money it just asked me to send my name, address, phone, sex, and age to claim my prize is this real?????

      2. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

        Hi Mikishea, that is a great question! PCH will never contact a major prize winner by phone, email, standard mail, text or by social media. Please make sure to be a part of the team effort to stop these scammers in their tracks! To report this scam to PCH, click here: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Please stay safe and informed PCH Fan’s!

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