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

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

  1. Linda Rea says:

    I got a letter with a check for $6,418.00 Said I should contact he claims manager prior to depositing the check. Scam?

    1. Troy says:

      Got a similar letter check was for $6710.12 the letter claimed it was to help with insurance & attorney fees. Scam I am assuming? Says contact claim manager before depositing check.

  2. January says:

    I received this message from PCH 101 Winners Circle, Port Washington, NY 11050 NY
    Congratulation to you for emerging one of our lucky winners of this years Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Sweepstakes which we organized in India. blah blah blah blah . Then it goes on to tell me to contact SA Express Courier Company so the prize won can be delivered to me.

    Provide the company with my full name, address, Tel, Country and Parcel ID # Direct# is +917291054813 Mr. Marcus Steve-Acccredited Fiduciary Agent

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello January, we’re sorry but you’ve been contacted by a scammer claiming to be from PCH. We will never notify winners in this manner nor will PCH ever ask you to pay money to claim a prize. Prize amounts over $10,000 are awarded in person by our Fabulous Prize Patrol. Please view this helpful blog that will explain how you can identify scammers: You can also report this scam to us at Please stay safe!

  3. Roberto Morris says:

    You have won publisher clearing house draw contact ( ) for claim. Is this a scam?

  4. Tracy Salsbery says:

    From: Publishers Clearing House
    Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:29 AM Subject: PCHLotto

    We are please to announce to you that your email address emerged along side
    4 others as a category 2 winner in this New year weekly Publisher’s Clearing
    House Consequently. You have won One million dollars and therefore been
    approved for a total pay out of One million dollars($1,000,000.00) Winner
    are to send the details below to process the immediate payment of your prize

    1. Name in full:
    2. Address:
    3. Sex:
    4. Age:
    5. Present Country:

    Yours Sincerely,

    Servicio de WebMail REDCyT – IMP:

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Tracy, we’re 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, standard mail, or on social media. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: Stay safe PCH Fan’s!

  5. Joe says:


    I just got an email saying :
    You have won the publisher clearing house draw, contact ( ) for more details and claim.

    Is this a scam?

  6. Delores Pace says:

    I just got a message that I won a million dollars and I should go to http://www.pchc@gmail.comChris Irving. Is this a scam. I do play the games on PCH.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Delores, I’m sorry but you’ve been contacted by a scammer. Please check out this helpful blog that will provide you with information on how you can identify if a scammer is contacting you: You can also report this scam to us by clicking here: Please be safe!

  7. Dan Olin SR. says:

    I’m on phone now with some one saying there calling me to let be know his from PCH I won 1,500,000 and a 2017 Chevy Malibu. He gave me a check # and his name Omar Freemayson. and some other numbers. he wanted a receipt to go to the bank and get a receipt no cash so my girlfriend and I went to walmart to the bank.
    He ask how much money can. I come up with if I could come up with $199.00 he would pay the rest of Tax title and licenses. We stayed on the cell phone for 2 hours. Girlfriend and I went to Walmart Then he said Draw 190 out and go back to car he would tell us how to get the receipt. Now he telling us to send 190 through money gram. And the lawyer will reimburse us when we when he prosent the 1.5 mill check. He stated before don’t take cash, money orders or checks “Money gram is money” I figured that it was a scam. Am I Right ? I don’t think family publishers would do that.

    1. Dan Olin SR. says:

      If They Did come by they would have to bring an ambulance I surly would have a heart attack. But, I’m not that lucky.

    2. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Dan! As you suspected, that is most definitely a scammer who contacted you and not the real PCH! PCH will never ask you for money, for any reason, to claim a prize. We also do not notify our major prize winners in advance via phone, standard mail, email, or social media. At PCH we take the issue of scams very seriously and we partner with the Federal Trade Commission to try to combat these types of scams. Please report the details of this scam call to us via the following link: You may also wish to check out these Safety Tips for some great information on what to watch for and how to stay safe from scammers: Stopping scammers is a team effort so we ask that you always report any type of scam contact you may receive from someone illegally using our good name and reputation. Stay safe, everyone!!

  8. Susan Davis says:

    I just received this text message:
    (You have won the publisher clearing house draw contact ( )to claim.)

    Is this valid?

    1. Courtney K says:

      I received the sane message yesterday at 5:13pm.

      1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

        Hi Courtney! If you have been contacted by a scammer who is posing as the real PCH, please report the details of the incident to us here: As a reminder, PCH does not notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media. We’ll also never ask for money to claim a prize. For additional info on keeping safe from scammers, check out these Safety Tips on our FAQ page: Stay safe, everyone!!

  9. Earl Bishop says:

    I got a phone call from a David Carter saying That I had an Unclaimed prize of 900,00 dollars and a car, but wanted me to pay about 300 dollars shipping and handling

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Earl, That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

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