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


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

  1. I was contacted today and they’re calling from Jamaica. Red Flag!! They asked me to purchase a 500.00$ card from a store near me and they would stay on the line until I gave th the number the. They would show up with the $900.000 and a new Cafillac too!! I was crying with disbelief. I didn’t buy the card since when they asked me to do that I didn’t believe a word they said.

  2. E. McCurry says:

    I received a email saying I am a winner, however in trying to get more information from pch scam location, there is a 1- 800 telephone number listed to call to get more information the number is for a purchase of product for skin care, I am trying to get information from pch sight on this e’mail however I cant get anyone in person to talk with in person, how can I check to see if this is a scam if the number listed in your 5 ways to find out if pch is a scam is not a good number.

    thank you

    E. McCurry

  3. Audrey battle says:

    All sweepstakes are scams, they stay in business by the number of replies they receive. I been entering the sweepstakes loch for over 16 yrs and hadn’t won a penny nada. Give me a break. Get out here. Shut the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$!

  4. I keep getting a message from Daniele Lam,saying I won $3 million in a Certify Casher check also the weekly prize of 5,000 for life. Is this a scam?

  5. Carla M Antee says:

    I keep having the same phone calls asking for $500.00 then someone told me to overnight a check for $6000.00. They upset me.

  6. Dorothy Weems says:

    They call three time nov 3rd and early the next day and told me that I had to buy a green PAC card. I put 130.00 dollar on the card. Now they want me to use my credit card to buy this golden seal card.they. R still calling me

  7. esha esha says:

    they contacted me on facebook with a fake profile Danielle

  8. latasha says:

    How did they get our numbers, and they asked me to send 350 dollars to the Bank of America. Then they would bring me my money and it was hard to understand them.

  9. Shelby Beckstead says:

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

    1. LaToya D says:

      I received a call yesterday from pch n they asked for my credit card number. Saying the logo on something that i bought with my card entered me into the sweepstakes. And then asked for the card number to see if it matched! I gave him a bogus card number and he said they don’t accept prepaid cards. But right before that he gave me his name number and badge number. These ppl are crazy!

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