PCH Warns: Beware Of Publishers Clearing House Phone Scams!

Can you spot a Publishers Clearing House phone scam? Take this “quick quiz” and find out.

Imagine you’re at home and you get a call from someone who tells you he is from Publishers Clearing House. He says you have won $500,000.00, but in order to claim your prize, you first need to wire him a $300.00 delivery fee. What do you do?

A. Hang up!
B. Report this person to the authorities.
C. Wire him the money. After all, $500,000.00 is at stake!

I’m hoping that all of our PCH friends know that the correct answers are A and B ― NEVER C! And if you didn’t get the answer correct, then keep reading because this is very important.

PCH does not call our winners in advance. In fact, if you’re named a BIG PCH winner, you’ll find out when you open your door and see the Prize Patrol standing there holding a “Big Check” with YOUR NAME on it!

More importantly, PCH NEVER asks our winners for any money in order to claim a prize. It’s because the Publishers Clearing House name is so well known and trusted, that fraudsters use it to attempt to scam unsuspecting people out of money.

Just recently, an Arkansas woman received a call from a man claiming he was with Publishers Clearing House. He told her that she had won $1.5 million and a brand new car, but first she would have to pay a fee of $500.00 before she could receive the money and the car. Fortunately, this smart lady knew to call the police and not give the fraudster one cent!

Unfortunately, some seniors are not as lucky ― or as well informed.  Earlier this year an 80-year-old Chicago grandfather was conned out of several thousands of dollars by fraudulent criminals who claimed he had won $5 Million from Publishers Clearing House. The scammer repeatedly kept asking him to wire money for “shipping and handling and safe delivery.”

Don’t risk letting this happen to you. Remember these important A, B, C’s.

A. PCH awards are Absolutely free! Publishers Clearing House will NEVER ask you to pay to enter or collect a prize award.

B. PCH and our Prize Patrol will not Buzz you on the phone if you’ve won a SuperPrize!

C. Fraudsters may Claim to be with Publishers Clearing House ― but Call the authorities if you suspect any wrongdoing.

You can also fill out a Scam Incident Report if you think someone is trying to scam you using the PCH name.

Protect yourself and stay safe!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

189 thoughts on “PCH Warns: Beware Of Publishers Clearing House Phone Scams!”

  1. Hi ,My Name Ghoitom Gebre today received a Special Message as winner for 10 Million Gwy 6900 on 10/13/16 there was optional A and B to select how pay out me.. I was thinking to decide either one then before I took decision within few minutes diapeared there isn’t in box [ Mail ].Please save my opportunity to see chance .God bless you all..

  2. Marlene Sanders says:

    I really wish there was some way to jail these people they are calling my dad who elderly and was really fooled by this man, who told him he won 250,000.00 and black Mercedes. I told him three times this was a scam and to take the information to the police station if he didn’t believe me. They are now in the Cincinnati area so please beware and yes it was a 876 area code.

  3. Dawn Walton says:

    Yes they are in Fremont Michigan now atvWalmart 07-29-2016

  4. Maggie says:

    I received a call from Buford, GA but not sure if they are lying or saying the truth in which they’ve mentioned that they were with Publishers Clearinghouse. They called me to say I’m a winner in one of their sweepstakes but at least they didn’t ask for payment, however, they asked if I had a credit card. Huh??? This is the number they called me from which is 678-318-0818 and they said I would get something in the mail.

  5. I WAS TOLD I WON 1,000.000.00 there is a delivery coming my way 3 options to pay for it.

  6. otto says:

    called my cell phone. Victoria Golden gave badge number, confirmation #, check #. packet #. For 1.5 million dollars and 2015 pearl mercedes benz as a bonus. phone # (876)595-0936 other number popped up restricted a man ‘ john edwards’. $450 dollar registration fee. Played along with questions until they caved and hung up. turning them in.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Otto, we’re glad to hear that you recognized that the caller was indeed a scammer. Remember, if the prize isn’t free and you’re requested to send some type of payment to claim it, it’s a SCAM! This link will provide you with some helpful information pertaining to scams: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Have a safe day!

  7. E. E. Espar says:

    876.467.1503 Yup I got a call that I would receive 2.5 million and a car but I would have to call back. I didn’t since I saw the posts that PCH doesn’t contact people by phone!

  8. Nelson says:

    I got a phone call from (876) 296 1540. This morning and I know it was a scam. I wish I would win P.C.H.

  9. Willa Johnson says:

    I received a friend request on my Facebook from pchdanielle and i thought is was a little odd but i thought well alright. She proceeded on messenger to tell me i won $2,000 ,000.00 dollars plus $10,000 a week for life but she told me as a state law to make i and that i won it legally i had to pay $300. 00 first and she would tell me where to send it when i got the money but she would not tell me before this so is this real or a scam.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Willa, that is a scammer pretending to be Danielle Lam – not the real Danielle Lam. The real Prize Patrol never sends friend requests, winner notifications or private messages on Facebook and you never need to pay to claim a prize. Do not give the scammer ANY of your personal information or any money! Please report this scam to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this blog to find out how to prevent them from contacting you: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Stay safe PCH Fan’s!

  10. carol says:

    just received a call from John Peterson saying a won 2.5 million and a new car. I only had to pay $488 to receive my prize. Phone# (876-365-3294). I didnt fall for it.

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