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

1,004 thoughts on “How To Spot Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scams!”

  1. Pandora Shick says:


    From: Mr Todd Sloan [Add to Address Book]
    Subject: Re: Wells Fargo Bank Contact E-mail:
    Date: Aug 22, 2016 9:39 PM
    Please note that the reason why we decided to deposit this total sum in the bank is because we find out that there is limit of amount we can send to you through Wells Fargo bank and this is going to take much longer before we will be able to send the total sum to you, so this is why we decided to use the bank wire transfer to transfer the total sum to you at once and we believe this is going to be the easiest and fastest way for you to receive this funds in your possession on time. So you are to contact the Wells Fargo bank with the email address below indicating that you are the beneficiary of the funds of ($1,000,000.00 USD) that was deposited in their bank by our delivery agent

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Pondora, this is definitely a scam. As you will note, we have edited some of the information you provided for the purpose of reporting this scam to our proper department. We’re sorry you were contacted by this scammer. Please be aware that PCH will never notify a winner in this manner. Sweepstakes winnings over the amount of $10,000 dollars are awarded “live and in person” by our Prize Patrol. No advance notice is ever given prior to the Prize Patrols arrival. PCH will never ask you to provide any personal information. Please check out this helpful Fraud Prevention FAQ for some additional information pertaining to scams: We trust this information will be helpful. Please stay safe!

  2. Tresa Templeton says:

    My mother recieved a letter stating she won 2,5550,000,00 it also inclosed a check for 5,799.53 this is for processing and insurance fee once requirements are met 2,550,000,00 will be released! Is this a scam?????

  3. Amanda says:

    What if you had a claim number?

  4. Kenneth Chidester says:

    I just received a phone claiming I won 2nd prize for the month of August of 2.5 million and a 2016 Mercedes and a bonus of $500,000 in cash.
    I was told I need to transfer $625 in a Walmart to Walmart transfer to Glenn Botawright ll and show this when they deliver the money and car within 2 hours.
    Is this a scam?

    1. D. says:

      At the top of this page: “Before we get started, here are few important things to remember: You NEVER have to pay to claim a PCH prize.”

  5. Michael meads says:

    I got a call today from a David newman saying I won 4.7 million an white BMW.
    He didn’t ask for none of my personal information or anything. I was wondering if it was true or not

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