Beware PCH Scams Like The Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card Scam!

Hi blog readers! When we talk about scams and frauds, we often tell consumers to be wary of anyone who asks you to pay to claim a prize. That is one of the biggest red flags when it comes to identifying a scam. Remember: with Publishers Clearing House, and any legal sweepstakes, you NEVER have to pay any amount for any reason to claim a prize.

Well today we want to warn you about a new kind of PCH Scams involving prepaid cards. You see, some scammers are no longer directly asking victims for money for a fake prize – but they are still trying to get their hands on your hard-earned cash. Pre-paid card scams are being used more and more frequently to swipe victim’s money. And it all happens very quickly. Fortunately though, we’ve heard a lot about how these PCH scams work and can share that information with you to help you keep safe!

It often works like this: someone claiming to be a PCH representative contacts you and informs you that you’ve won a big PCH prize. But in order to claim that prize, you must go out to Walmart or a convenience store to purchase a prepaid card. You’re instructed to put a certain amount of money on the card and then provide the card number to the “reps.” Once these fraudsters have the card number, they’ll wipe the card clean of the money on it and disappear. You’ll never see your alleged prize OR the money spent on the card again. Yikes!

This scam has even spread to Facebook where imposters who are pretending to be the Prize Patrol are trying to trick fans like you into sending money! Take a look at the screenshot below from an imposter Dave Sayer on Facebook.

Blog readers, DO NOT FALL FOR THESE PCH SCAMS! Green Dot Money Pak is NOT associated with Publishers Clearing House in any way. So if you hear that name or receive a friend request from someone claiming to be a PCH Prize Patrol member who has pictures of the Green Dot card on his or her page and are telling you to send money, it’s definitely a SCAM! Remember that PCH would NEVER ask a winner to provide us with any money before claiming the prize. We’re giving the money to you, not the other way around!

So be alert, be vigilant, and be aware of the signs. And as always, if you’re ever in doubt, let us know! We’ll be happy to help.

Laura Wolfe @PCH

P.S. Remember, the only official PCH Prize Patrol pages are Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol, Dave Sayer PCH Prize Patrol and Todd Sloane PCH Prize Patrol!


144 thoughts on “Beware PCH Scams Like The Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card Scam!”

  1. sondra hinckley says:

    Sondra says – Received a call today from a Robert Bernard – # 1-876-528-8490. The number showed Jamacia on my cell phone. He said I had won $955,000.00 and a new Mercedes just like Kim on December 18, 2014. I strung him along until he started to ask me if I was married, etc and my age! The age I never give out!! At this point I told him this was a scam and to hang up. Watch out everyone as these people are out there and out to get you.

  2. I just got off the phone with a James Anderson, I took down the information he gave me but I doubt it is real. Is there any way to report this person?

  3. When I began to participate in the sweepstakes from PCH I almost fell for the green dot card because I did not get any type of warning whatsoever from PCH so now that we’re having these warnings it’s appreciated.

  4. tomfluce says:

    Thanks of for the heads up! Got the call from a Mr. Mike Goldberg, very happy to give me his name. Call back 876-771-8574. Spent 45 minutes going over his pitch and questions for me, basics like married or single, etc. and then whether I would like a private or public reception of the $1.5 million. Then got the instructions to go to either a Kruger, Family Dollar or Dollar General store and pick up the “Greendot Money Pack Scratch Card (green-white cardboard card). That would have my registration number. Nothing was said about having to pay anything up front. He said that Donald Trump was backing this sweepstakes, paying for all the expenses. This Mike called me back to check on whether I was going to get my card. I told him that I’ve read the PCH pages on scams. He said that he was PCH and that they have been working for 5 years to deal with scams. What they have done is to establish a security process to prevent further scams. He says they cannot divulge this process on line because that would give info to the scammers. Finally when he reviewed the steps I had to take–going to DollarGeneral in Concord Ca (20mi away) to pick up the Green Dot card, I had to bring $1500 in cash! This I didn’t remember from his previous call. And so I said this is impossible, even if it were not a scam. And he hung up before me. Hope this helps someone!

  5. kim says:

    I received a call today people be on guard for these two phone numbers 1-876-535-5913 & 1-876-327-9927 said i won 955,000$$ & a 2014 Mercedes wanted 850$ between 2 cards

  6. Wendy Sharp says:

    Beware of someone contacting you asking for a claimers card and calling herself Danielle Lam Sweepstakes! She contacted me and wanted money. She also said that no one could know about any of it.

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