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


1,090 thoughts on “How To Spot Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scams!”

  1. Latoya says:

    I received a call yesterday morning about being a pch winner he did provide a badge # pch11 name and so on. He’s been calling all day

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Latoya, the real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam call to us at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!!

  2. Renee says:

    Hello My name is Renee, i got an email is this fraudulent.

    You have emerged email winner of 750,000.00 USD in the recent PCH Lottery.
    Kindly send your contacts to pchclaimsdepartmnt@foxmail.com

    *Full Names
    *Residential Address
    *Telephone
    *Age

    PCH Official Notification.
    Dave Higgins
    Claims Director

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Renee, 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!

  3. Daleena says:

    Actually that message came in 8:26 am , but I just didn’t read it till couple hours ago . The message about winning 850,000.00

  4. Daleena says:

    I received an email just a couple hours ago claiming to be from publishers clearing house an that I won 850,000,00 , an asked for my contacts . The email address is : pchwinslottoclams@foxmail.com . Below , has the name Todd Sloane . I guess if it’s a joke an they come not trying be a serial killer , I hope they bring a burger , steak or something , cause I’m starved an don’t get my check till the 3rd . Lol

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Daleena, 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 Social media. 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. Travis says:

        Mine has claims director Dave Higgins on it, is this your staff?

      2. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

        Hello Travis, the real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam call to us at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!!

  5. Brenda Sinclair says:

    I got a message from ccaniglia@regis.edu that my cell no was picked in P C H Sweepstakes. The message came as a text and asked me to send my name and address to drawpch@hotmail.com.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Brenda, The real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam call to us at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!

    2. Kevin Harmon says:

      Yea I got the same message today as well!

      1. Dee says:

        Me too! I smell another scam.

  6. Mario Echeverria says:

    Dear friends thanks for this great opportunity to say you with your help I want to win my PCHGWY No.6900 lifetime prize 10 K. Per week. Please, can you help me I need to do the final step for to have my prize number and complete compliance for to have the prize patrol event. All it’s something to much impportant for me. Thanks for your help and support. ME

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Mario, we are thrilled that you’re so eager and determined to win! You’ve got to be “in it to win it” so keep trying and don’t give up. All of our winners are randomly selected and every entry has the same chance of winning; there’s no way to know who we’re going to surprise next. To see all of the ways you can enter each day for your chance to become a lucky winner, click here: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and everyone who enters!! 🙂

  7. LaVina Wells says:

    Good Evening PCH Patrol, I have purchase some items from a company that is using your name and I want to know that this company is with you? Here is the information: Publisher Clearing House, P.O Box 6343 Harlan,IA 51593-1843 and the invoice has prize number 4423 2876 3512 and another invoice had this prize number 4426 5832 2610 and I search on PCH & Win Search. The prize amount is different then the prize that is being pubilize, they sayingthat the amount is won 5k for a week for life, plus a special 50K Cash. When I receive this and I looked that this invoice isn’t right, I knewn that something wasn’t right. Well PCH Patrol I’ve learned a great lesson in being a VIP PCH Fan, in searching and knowing the history behind PCH other thing as well.Thank you for all the information that help me to know that people out there real scammer and con artist(excuse any written mistakes).Thank you

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi LaVina, Publishers Clearing House has many different drawings throughout the sweepstakes period. Each entry enters you into one or more drawings with potentially different end dates. Your entry may also list a “Special Early Look” date for a major prize award.

      In the event of a “Special Early Look”, a SuperPrize number is drawn and, if the winning entry has been returned, the prize is awarded. If the winning number was not returned, the prize rolls over to the next drawing date. If the prize is not awarded on any of the “Special Early Look” drawing dates, the prize will be awarded on the end date specified in the Sweepstakes Facts.

      To determine which drawings you are entering, when their end dates are and what your odds of winning are, please review the “Sweepstakes Facts” pamphlet that came with your entry or click on the “Sweepstakes Facts” link on your online entry form. We apologize for any concern this may have caused.

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