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


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Cynthia Tobin said...

Thank you so much publisher clearing house I get the scams on my phone too. Dave expect me to buy a green dot card they expect me to buy life insurance.. did you know there are partners scams. They need to be caught.

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Cynthia Tobin said...

I would like to put my vote in for St Judes hospital the children. if I should ever win I would like to donate to the St Judes myself. I’m sure winning would be a beautiful thing for anybody.

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Della truitt said...

Green Dot is as bad as the scammers because they have the information you need to get the scammers but they won’t release it to you. All they care about is money and know one should deal with Green Dot.

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Cheryl Ingels said...

I just received a call from a guy named Frank Miller claiming to be the UPS delivery driver that delivers all Publishers Clearing House prizes and that I had won second prize which was a check and a new car. He wanted to know if I would be home to claim the prize and if not how long it would take for me to be home.
I notified the police to check out my house

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Joanna Brock said...

My 90 year old friend received a letter today supposedly from PCH. I recognized right away that it was not. BEWARE. A check was enclosed for $4712.06 to cover Processing duty taxes and must be deposited only after speaking with your claims agent. The check looks real but the envelope has no return address on it and the stamp is Canadian.

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Dorothy Brittingham said...

Well, this sounds like a scam too. Your almost close to winning or they are in your area. Seeing is believing, how far do they really travel…..

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stephen osborne said...

I just received a notice about a million dollar prize from PCH LOTTO. they want my personal info sent to pchindia!

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shabreta terrell said...

well I have been going on the search and win website daily, and I recently got a call from two guys saying they work for the prize patrol and that I had won the second prize from pch. they then told me I had won a vehicle in which the IRS required me to pay $2000.00 before I could claim it.They had me to send everything I had in a moneygram which was about $300.00.This was my bill and grocery money for the week.These people have no remoist for a single mom working two jobs trying to take care of her family. So u guys be ware they are calling from long distance and charging it to you some how. The number they continued calling me from was 1-876-584-2384. They even have another number set up for u to call to verify and accept your fake claim number. this has destroyed me to the fullest now I don’t know what to tell my kids what happen to dinner and christmas

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Peter Schurman said...

I have been getting several telephone calls a day originating in Jamaica from PCH representatives. I have responded politely, yet firmly, be advised that someone, somehow, has tapped he communication between PCH and myself. that I know they are scammers. Please tighten up and I will do the same. Maybe I’ll win a real prize someday!

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Nadia Ketola said...

Ok, here’s my question; I’ll try to be as detailed as possible without being excessive. I got in the mail today a brown envelope from “World Headquarters Office of the President of Processing and Judging” in Kansas City, KS. It says it is Form No.: W098. I’ve looked the entire thing over for any kind of grammar or spelling errors and have found none. The letter itself includes some kind of bar code from the Award Notification Commission, there is a deadline in effect, etc. It has an annual payment schedule, Judging Sheet (that I have to fill out and send back), and a section that says “Amount of funds value for winner delegation; opportunity for a chance of total unhindered sum $3,000,000.00″ etc. The only real “red flag” I see is the applied fee of $11.89. Everything else on the page looks entirely legitimate. They give me confirmation numbers, “exclusive I.D. No.”, etc. It is signed James Mallory, Administrar of Award Notification Commission. Scam or no scam?

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Judy Corley said...

I was contacted by someone who said they were Danielle….then I said for them to call me if they were real and so a guy who had a heavy accent said he was Dave Sayer from PCH. He wanted me to go to walmart and put $200
on a green dot pac card…I knew that he was full of it, but I wanted to see what all he would say…He is supposed to call back this Friday the 13th…I would like to see if he could be caught! These scammers have no shame… what a shame……as much as I would like to win I knew this was not a true win…he said I won 1.5 million and $7000 a week for life. What a scammer! Just wanted you to know…thanks, Judy

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stephanie said...

I keep getting calls from Colorado saying its pch and if i have a matser visa card. It sounds like a machine so i just hang up

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Dorthann Cloud said...

how does this ‘money dot green card pak’ thing work? All day long have been getting calls regard a $750,000 2nd prize in a Dec 2nd Christmas contest…how can I verify for real?

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PAT ADAMS said...

IT JUST SEEMS STRANGE THAT PCH WOULD HAVE ONE AFTER ANOTHER PRIZE OF SO MUCH MONEY TO GIVE AWAY, LIKE 5000. FOR LIFE AND BEYOND, THEN 5000. FOR LIFE, 7000.FOR LIFE, NOW ONE MILLION A WEEK FOR A YEAR. WHERE DO THEY GET SO MUCH MONEY TO GIVE AWAY IF IT ISN’T A SCAM?

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Anthony Engelmore said...

Send me your email address and I’ll show you
a letter I just received from a scam artist claiming
I won $1,000,000 in a PHC drawing. I think your
readers should see this and be warned.

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T. Allen said...

If it says PCH on it?

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Elizabeth Norton said...

I received a conformation on an order I did not submit dated Jan. 1,2014. I had been ill and had not been on the web on that date. I called the # and cancelled the supposed order. Seven days later, I received a billing dated Jan 2nd, one day after the “order” was submitted. Check or Money in the amount of $49.87 because I had exceeded the “item limit”. Payment was to be sent to:

Payment Processing
Publishers Clearing House
PO Box 6342
Harlan,IA 51593-1842

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Heather Cantrell said...

Just got scammed but didn’t go put $ on the card they keep calling saying the truck is close hurry they totally broke my heart

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Shelita Vazquez said...

So i got an email asking for my name n personal info to claim my prize is it a scam then?

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Lisa jones said...

Congratulations, your email address has won in the on going Publishers
Clearing House lotto draw that was held today, we want you to confirm your
previous details that you have used to register with us before if there is
any changes to be made, mail us back with details below for confirmation and
claims.

Email us back: sweepstakes@pchonlinegameresult

Is this real?

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KARLA Perfetti said...

Worried I’ve been scammed ! Provided name and dob but no questions about sending money?

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Frank Smith said...

just got off the phone with a person who wanted to give me a new car and $500,000. All I needed was ID and the “Green Dot Card” which would somehow get me to pay at Seven Eleven or K-Mart. Would not show up until I agreed to give him that info! Thanks for the heads up

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Angela Norsworthy said...

Hi,
I was called this morning from a man in Jamaica..while speaking with him, I googled the number 876-463-3276 and at that time found no warnings. We have also been entering and dreaming of one day being surprised and of course when you get a call you wish it was real when you have 4 kids and work full time as well. People are horrible, don’t know how they sleep at night. I caught on quickly. He stated I had won 2.5 million and a pearl white BMW as a 2nd place contestant in the PCH Lotto that my phone number was chosen for my state to win in their the weekly grand prize drawing. I didn’t give him time because I got the eerie feeling when he said that a package would be delivered today and would I be there to receive it and asked what would be a good time. With everyting in this world going on..even the thougth of some package showing up scares me. Until the day I see the PCH van, balloons and a check..I’ll just wait :) Thanks so much Angela N.

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Darlene Wagener said...

How can we stop this insanity, it’s not fair and it gets you excited until you find out it’s a fraud. My letter is stamped with PCHSA LOTTERY COMMISSION
APPROVED, UMSLA LOTTERY BOARD. I will hold on to this check until I hear back from you, just in case it’s for real, Yeal! in my dreams.

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marilyn acevedo said...

are u people a scam

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Louis Commiso said...

Very helpful information

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linda jones said...

American smoke sent me a starter kit and charge me debit card 109.00 even when I told them I didn’t order the kit, finally I went to post office to send it back, only to be told they didn’t get it. I am disabled with kidney failure and heart failure,on a fixed income, cant afford my money to be taken from me never smoked and never will. please help me get me money back from this company please.

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Carla Harmon said...

This email is from Elizabeth Jacobs and says my email ID has won $1,000,000.00. It asks me to send my name, address, sex, age, telephone, and occupation to a pch email address. (oh, no money was asked for, so is this ligit?)

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MaryJo Bell said...

I didn’t get an e-mail. I got a phone call. They wanted me to pay 4500.00 to get 3.5 mil. I told them that they were trying to scam me. I haven’t had a call after that.

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mvandam said...

I got a letter with a check. They called me and told me to bring $5860 to pay for insurance and attorneys. I am scared as they know where I live.

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barbara wright said...

If i get a letter in the mail with pch and the logo stating that i am a third placee winner of the pch mega million prize draw, and their logo,and also a check drawn from a bank made to my name for any exspense i need to pay before i get the check. A claim manager name and ph no. And also a chief financial officer name and ph no. I have been plcking pch mega million numbers on line for some time. Please advise me. Barbara Wright

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william j. berry sr. said...

I JUST RECEAVED A LETTER FROM PCH WITH A CHACK FOR 5,967.88 TO HELP ME PAY INSURANCE,HANDLING,SHIPPING AND ATTORNEY FEES . I WAS TOLD TO CALL CLAMS MANAGER MICHAEL DAVIS . HE TOLD ME TO PUT IT IN MY BANK AND CALL HIM BACK . I DID SO AND HE TOLD ME TO CALL HIM THE NEXT DAY . I CALLED HIM THIS MORNING . NOW HE WONT ME TO TAKE OUT 5,800.00 AND CALL HIM AGAN . IS THIS A SCAM .

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s payne said...

just received a scam from someone saying that he was dave asking me to pay $500 for a card,but when i questioned him, he disconnected.

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Rachelle Gotchall said...

pretty sure I just had a scam. Pretending to be Todd. Said I won and had to go purchase a moneyback card for 500.00 I wanted to win stupid scams.

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Danielle Belair said...

Wow…well someone has a page under danielle the prizepatrol ladies name an I just about feel for it…man I ain’t never been that excited! Geeze… thought I got lucky! So if there is someone on facebook saying you won an they need your confirmation card #…its a green dot! Dont do it! Staying humble tho! It will be my turn someday!

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David Pitts said...

I was just contacted on my cell phone and told I won $525,000 from PCH. The # was 1(876)481-5322 from Kingston, Jamaica. The man told me to call this # 1(876)313-7794 and ask for Robin Smith. I did this and a man wanted me to go to a Kangaroo gas station and buy 2 green dot money pack reload scratch cards, one for $500 and one for $300. Then he said he would have the prize patrol come to my house with a check for $500,000 and cash for $25,000. By this time I had pulled up scams on the PCH website and found out it was indeed a scam. Be careful out there. Thank you for having this site PCH. -David-

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Retha said...

If dig this you have the potential to convert visitors to paying customers at your
store? Doesn t cheap mean that it physically sets dig this uup an office.
After all, at the same; don’t treat them as if they were shared on a
social networking website. Even though humans don’t uuse these directories often, the cost of other means to the search.

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H.C C. said...

PCH smells like DogBuns and Sausage. Poop that PCH. I got fraud mail or what? Sux for me.
Not unless i really won… whoaoooo! Public anouncement; If anyone don’t want your dogs, i’ll get them hott. Hahaha.

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Ronna Graham said...

I received a call from a guy who said he was in New York (calling from a Jamaican number!) who said that my son has won $10,000 a month for life and that the prize patrol would be delivering a “package” today along with three officers (he gave their names and ID numbers) and told me what the number on the package would be. He gave the names Mark Thompson and Katy Burk, as well. They never asked for any money and he said that when they come to the door to verify who they are by their ID numbers and to not give any money or personal information. Sounds KIND OF legit, but… Probably not.
So, what do we do if they actually show up??

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Ronna Graham said...

He also said my son filled out a card at CVS pharmacy.

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Phyllis Berwager said...

Does PCH send out letters for an April 30th prize of $1,500.00 a month for one year? I received a letter on March 10th stating this and that I would receive a brown package marked with a green star to enter in a few days. Maybe scam?

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Detra McCarty said...

laura thanks for sharing. i recvd a letter today in a plain envelope no pch letterhead stating i was a winner in the february giveaway snd to call 13156008585 or 18006051836 And speak to mr dave sayer and give him my personal code number to verify my winnings. ive called the number but no answer. is this a scam. dazed and confused

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Kelly Koenig said...

Just received a phone call from a John White claiming to be in Mexico, MO and working for the United Postal Service. He stated that I had won $750,000 from PCH’s weekly drawing. Told me he was with the “Claims Departments”, even gave me a claims #. Told me to go to Walmart to get a “Green Dot Money” card call him before 5pm and he would transfor the money to the card. A RED FLAG WENT UP WHEN HE TOLD ME HE WAS FROM THE POST OFFICE IN MEXICO, MO calling me about a claim and to top it off he didnt speak clear english

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JoAnn Scobee said...

I was contacted in my message center on facebook. It was a recording. I went along with it till it finally got to the point of telling me I needed to buy a convermation money pak for $250.00 and they gave me a list of stores I could buy this,and they would be at my house in 3 1/2 hrs. They did have my previous address. I didn’t answer after that and there were no more messages. This happened Monday afternoon. They first said hello Monday morning and it was afternoon before I answered and had the conversation. I looked today and my comments to them are still there but theirs are blank. Just shows the pretty picture of Danielle where they commented.

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Rusty Doud said...

I got a message saying i was a cleared winner for the pch 1m and to send my name and sex is this true

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KENNETH HOLMAN said...

RECEIVED A CALL TODAY FROM NUMBER 1-876-892-6667 CLAIMING I HAD WON 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS.
CALL ORIGINATED FROM JAMACA AND I WAS TOLD I NEED TO SEEN 500 DOLLARS FOR INSURANCE. TOLD IDIOT ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE PCH DOESNT WORK THAT WAY AND HUNG UP.

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Danielle Ridler said...

I had this happen to a friend of mine today, they called her told her she won PCH and that they were in route to her house with $900,500 and a white Mercedes. She was to go to CVS get a green dot or paypal card with 1% on it but she was to buy the card with cash. I thought it sounded fishy so I took her to my bank and the bank manager got on the phone and said this is the bank manager how can I help my customer claim her prize. The man said he’ll just give it to charity. She never got asked for any numbers but I’m sure once they thought she had bought the card they would have. Red flag if they want you to buy said prepaid card with cash run, you have some protection if you buy it with your credit card and the cc companies go after them, when in doubt go to a local bank and ask they know what scams are out there.

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Donald Holcomb said...

I have been contacted more than once to contact Todd Slone to get my $100,000.00 prize. It would be delivered fror England, therefor there was a transfer fee.

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Ann Sawyer said...

I just received one, and he informed me that I had to pay $500 to receive my $2.5 million. I had to tell him I was broke – -which in this case is the truth!

Why are there people like that?

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Sarah Rhyne said...

Someone tried to scam me by cell phone today. He said he was an agent from pch and that i had won $950,000.00. + a new mercedes benoz. He was agent Malone and i was to call agent James Anderson to collect my winnings. He called me about every 15 min 4 times.Then as i told him i needed the real pch phone number he gave me 1-876-460-8015 and said it was pch in New York. Meanwhile i had called the real pch comsumer number to report fraud. >>1-800-392-4190 and they took all the info and phone numbers from the caller and reported it to agencies to stop fraud.If you are reading this help stop fraud by folling the good info pch gives you. God bless you and have the greatest day and be so wise and informed. Sarah

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Deborah Carneal said...

Just had this happen to me ..The friended me on FB & said they were Danielle. I swear,my faith in humanity is at a all time low. I don’t know how folks can do this to others.Something must be missing from their soul.I am as broke as the day is long,but I would NEVER EVER steal or shatter dreams to get anything..Have a great day all.Deborah

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Michael Ballard said...

I was scammed on facebook and they used Danielle’s page and they told me I won and that I had to secure 155.95 on a money pak card and give them the number and they stole the money from the card,well this idiot called me and I got his phone number and called them demanding my money back and now its my turn to keep bugging them

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Deborah Vancil said...

i just got one yesterday ( an email ) Damn it.

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Thelaniece Guidry said...

I was connected last night by a Todd Sloane PCh asking my how I was doing and if I was felling lucky. I said I was glad too have life and God’s grace. He asked me for my address and I was alarmed. He then asked if I had a scratch off ticket so he could stop by my home (Prize Patrol). I said I had to go too my PO Box cause that is were I receive my mail. I explained I lived in a Christian Shelter with my daughter. He gave me a list of the stores I could go an purchase a scratch off card in order for him to stop by my residence. Rite Aide, 7-11, Walmart were all on the list. The card would cost me $199.99. When I explained that you should not have to pay to win prizes he blocked my messenger on FB account. That is the same name of the actual person?

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Belinda Cox said...

how can i report someone from JAMAICA 876 427-0784

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Mary Lewis said...

Yeah, I think I am dealing with a PCH scammer right now.. I was told I am talking to Todd Sloan, but the creepy thing is that they knew my address…They have been telling me that there was a claiming number mailed to me last week and I would need that along with my ID…When I said I have not recieved a claiming number they said double check today and let them know ASAP…

When I asked how I would know this is real, I was told when the crew shows up!

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ebony hoyt said...

Does pch hold drawings for emails
Cause i got a email say i won a certain amount because my email was picked

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Debby Vancil said...

i just got another email from those people ….they want my name address and i told them i know who they are

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Nicole Brown said...

We just had a several phone call from Publishers Clearing House co, they are saying for $275 we will receive a check for $350,000. Is this the Green dot scam?

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Debby Vancil said...

This is scary, can’t even play sweepstakes without some people screw everything up

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Terence Scott said...

I get 10-15 emails a day regarding PCH. Are the ones asking me to conduct a search legit?

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Bernice Tam said...

I received a letter by mail notifying me of being a “Third place prize winner of the ten million ($10,000.000.00) prize draw sponsored by Publishers Clearing House, Reader Digest, Mega Million and Multi-State Lottery Association is mandated to find winners that have not claimed their winnings.” There are (4) errors in the above statement. A check of”US $5,865.88 is provided to help you pay Insurance, Handling, shipping and Attorney fees.”

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kimberly Vaughn said...

I have been contacted 3 times in two months about / this. You pay us money and we send u your winnings / well I did not fall for it”’. I wish everyone at PCH the best and thank u for posting this page.

Kimberly Vaughn

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Sharon Cuddy said...

I received a phone call from someone saying I won 2nd prize of $900,00+ from publishers clearing house and they wanted to know what my debit card # was. I told them I would not give out that information over the phone. I hope people are being informed of this scam and not giving information over the phone!!

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Paula Parks said...

I believe a recent email is a scam saying I won $1000,000.00 signed by Mr Todd Sloane. This is the email address:publishersclearinghouse0@gmail.com

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Bill DeBus said...

what is “Super Cash Giveaway”?

I got a letter asking me to call 1-855-488-8777.

Claim #GKA-239849488

The letter had a Canada stamp

Bill

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Demetrio Baca said...

I don’t know why people mock Publishers Clearing House to me I’ve had fun playing it like I said if it was meant to be so shall it if it wasn’t at least I had fun doing it thank you so much publishers clearinghouse for making my dreams a reality sincerely Demetrio Baca

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marty richardson said...

They tried this on me and I know that up front money is not a requirement. One problem is that they use our trusted stores to get you to buy a “scratch off” for 299.00 to be able to claim prize. Ding ding. I may be naive but not stupid. Did not loose any money just faith in winning any money . So disappointed wanted so much to be able to help my mother in law and her disabled granddaughter who she has to be primary caregiver.

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