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

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

  1. Mark Stiber says:


  2. Heidi Banda says:

    My 81 year old mother received an evening phone call from individual stating to be a PCH representative. Identified himself as John Cheney from PCH with a phone number of 202-241-8081. Stated my mother had won $3,000,000.00. Over the course of multiple phone calls to my mother in the same evening individual stated they were legitimate and gave the name of Jackie CHeney and a confirmation number of #90512007 stating they would be by the house on Friday to present prize. Contact Idaho State, as well as Washington D.C. State Attorney Generals offices, PCH consumer fraud hotline and the Idaho Better Business BUreau to report.

  3. Britt Barone says:

    Received a phone call from John Baker, driver from PCH wanting to deliver my Mercedes and the cash price tomorrow. Give me a phone number so I can verify
    With PCH that this is true. Gave me 509 877-9521, dialed on my cell phone, no answer. Chris Carter manager of PCH must have been out. the driver called again
    On the land phone asking why I didn’t call, asking me to call again. Sounds like a
    Scam to me.

  4. Ray Gettings says:

    I received a letter claiming to be from PCH Claims Manager David Turner…Telephone 1-587-719-0267. Did some research and found that phone number is in Calgary, Alberta Canada. So figured this is another scam

  5. Tami says:

    i got a friends request this am from PCH on face book, i told the guy i called pch he said i heard the hole convo. now he won’t leave me alone and wants money. ugh this is crappy for people to do. the messages come from face book page.

  6. John Whitman says:

    just got a e.mail that say’s i won 1,000,000.00 publishers clearing collaboration. it came from BEVERLY HENDERSON WEST….. PLEASE REPLY

  7. ray barta says:

    when a person from pch wins a prize like 7,000.00 a week for life, do they show up announced or do they give you a hint. because if i win i’d like to know so i can take the day off.

    1. Britt Barone says:

      I would like to know as well how PCH notifies the winner.

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