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


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

  1. Shelby Beckstead says:

    Question. Do they ask if you like flowers and balloons? And give other prizes?

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  3. I have contacted my official representatives to prevent scams and fraud

  4. Arnold says:

    Why do some of your cotest block me from entering the contest if is not bogus and a scam

  5. Kathy Kral says:

    Did any of you get call from all over the US? I received 5 calls 2 from CA, then from AZ, DC, WA and CO, all in the same day. This is totally ridiculous! I don’t know how they got my cell # but it gets really aggravating receiving this many calls w/in a couple of hours. Is there anyone to report this to? Thank you!

  6. Donna H. says:

    I was emailed and spotted an error within the name of a supposed HUGE sponsor. Boooo!!!

  7. Chris G says:

    I just got texts with not the real Danielle Lam & Dave Sayer. Asked if I had credit cards
    How I pay my bills, who I live with, occupation, & that there is a $5000.00 claiming fee.
    To ensure my ” package ” & everything must be kept secret & not to call their office.
    She even asked me if I have a weak heart to ensure no heart attacks. I called both of them on their lies & before I could say anything to him?? He was gone..friendship
    was deleted..she kept trying..when I turned the tables on her. She wanted to verify my cell number & I told her PCH has all my info, she was gone..I had to delete her friendship. Both gone..not even online…gone. Just turn on them & tell them to tell you the info PCH has on file & you will tell them if they are correct…Guaranteed… They will be gone within 30 seconds of them catching on to you…Good Luck..

  8. Tricia says:

    Yes! I had a call from pch that they wanted a pre paid green money prepaid card . I advised to everyone not to purchase a money card . They well get all your information from this card and take all the money you have invested . I would like if everyone would check all sweepstakes people to make sure you know what kind of scams are out there before entering

  9. Helen H says:

    Both my husband and I have received call all with ID “Jamaica) I did not answer but on my husbands phone he did and got an extension number and contact of Albert Johnson. Not keen on getting these calls especially when one is on a work phone.

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