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

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

  1. I was notified last nite that I won $6000,000 and a car I didn’t feel comfortable. I told them I didn’t have the money. They Will be calling today. For an update.

  2. Jayne Druley says:

    –Yesterday I received a telephone call from a Mr. David Sayers telling me I had won Pkg. No. 1949 from PCH and it was for 2.5 million dollars and %000/week for life and it also included a 2015 Mercedes Benz and what color would I like – they had chosen black but I could change the color to red, blue or white and also 5 years of free gasoline for 5 years from Texaco. When I told him I didn’t know where a Texaco station was he wanted to know where I usually bought my gas and I told him Marathon. He thought he could get the gas card changed to Marathon. Then I was informed that the IRS needed 98% of &&&& (I think the taxes on the car) before they could release the pkg to me. I told him I did not have that kind of money available he wanted to know how much I could send by certified cashiers check to the merchant banker Elsie M. Bond by Fed-Ex overnite express. So gullible me, I went to the bank and had a certified cashiers check in the amount of $1,500.00 made out to Elsie M. Bond at 365 N 8th St in Monroe OR 97456 and sent it by Fed-Ex last nite. He has called me several times to reassure me that I am in good hands and not to worry that everything will be okay. I guess I should have asked who was in good hands and whose hands those were. I am now leaving this matter in God’s capable hands to deal with this in the best way possible. Also several times I have been instructed to keep this all very personal and confidential..

  3. Ann says:

    This is the letter I just received today……


    We are happy to inform you of the result which concluded annual final draws held on the 20th of February 2015by Publishers Clearing House Promotion your email was among the 4 Lucky winners who won $1,000,000.00 USD each on THE PCH PROMOTION.

    However the results were released on the 22thof February2015 and your email was attached to Winning Numbers:7-1-4-8-7-3 and Email Ticket Numbers: FL 654/29/75 The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 4,000 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.

    However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 10 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.

    You are advised to complete the form and send it immediately to our Promotion manager through email for prompt collection of your fund from the designated.

    1, Full Name:
    2, Country Of Residence:
    3, Nationality:
    4, Residential Address:
    5, Date Of Birth/Age:
    6, Marital Status/Sex:
    7, Telephone /Fax No:
    8, Mobile No:
    9, Occupation:
    10, Company Name:
    11, Winning Email Address:

    Note For your claims kindly send your information to our claims dept

    Yours Sincerely,
    Publishers Service Terms
    All Right Reserved Terms of Service – Guideline

  4. Cautious is SC says:

    I was contacted yesterday by someone named David Carter. He called me on my cell phone. Scam clue 1- His number came up as Unknown. He was going on and on that he is with PCH and they attempted to contact me last week and that I was the winner of 2.5 million and a 2015 Mercedes. I asked him if he was joking? He said no it was not a joke and he was a Christian and he does not lie and that the prize patrol is 45 minutes away from my home. I told him I needed to get home so I could receive my prize. Clue 2-He went on to say, in order to receive my prize I needed to go to the nearest Walmart and pay a refundable $850 to get my prize claimer. I told him that I need to call him back. He said ok but to call back right away to 1-876-806-0024 and to ask for David Carter. I did call back and spoke to him again. Clue 3- He kept asking if I had the $850 to go to Walmart, western union and pay for the prize claimer. I told him that this does not sound true and he got offended and said he is a Christian and asked if I were. I said yes and that I needed to go and would call him again when I was in my car. He said I would be forfeiting my prize. I told him I would call him back. He said to do so right away. I called a few moments later and got a message that my call could not be completed. Final Clue- I tried the number again and the same message.
    It is really a travisty that there are evil people that prey on folks. They have no conscious. I’m just glad I had the good sense to keep my money in my pocket. I told my husband about this and he reminded me that PCH suprises folks and prizes cost the recipent nothing.

    Cautious in SC

  5. Last night I also received a Facebook message from so called Dave Sayor claiming I won $500,00 but I needed to pay $1000.00 to clear the taxes. When I read on the PCH website that you never have to pay to claim a prize and bright to this person’s attention they got really upset and keyed on asking me if I trusted them. There was a lot of gander issues. I also told them that I contacted the real pch and they tried to make me feel bad for wanting to give up this money that I knew was a scam.

  6. arby snyder says:

    my first name is spelled incorrectly and I “ve been trying for 2 months to have the situation corrected to no avail

  7. Ernest Jerry Murphy, Jr. says:

    I received a call from a man named Michael ,Phone(1 876 485 8192) that I had won $1,250,000 and a new mercedes car and I was instructed to send $1000.00 in cash to Melvin Owens at 13011-227 Sereet Street 2273 Laurelton,NY 11413. I was instructed to not tell anyone about this transaction. The money was to cover State and federal and income taxes.

  8. dawn says:

    I recieved a chat on facebook from danielle lam SCAM wanting ne to but a preloaded card for $999.99 from a local store I told them I worked for or the sheriffs department and hung up and called the real PCH and reported it than I sent a message back and told them that I contacted the FBI ,my son’s brother in law is FBI so I did tell my son who is a cop he knew about the scam

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