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 call our Customer Service hotline at 1-800-392-4190 if you think someone is trying to scam you using the PCH name.

Protect yourself and stay safe!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative


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

  1. Brenda Nelson says:

    THANKS FOR ALL THE INFORMATION YOU GIVE THE FANS. I AM IN IT TO WIN IT. PCH FAN WHO PLAYS DAILY AND WANTS TO GIVE BACK IF I AM LUCKY ENOUGH TO WIN THE FOREVER PRIZE. KEEPING THE FAITH AND TRYING HARDER EVERY SINGLE DAY. PCH FANR FOREVER. I BELIEVE THAT HARD WORK WILL PAY OFF AND PCH MAKES DREAMS COME TRUE FOR ALL OF US AND FOR THOSE WE GIVE BACK TOO. THANK’S AGAIN FOR ALL YOU DO AND KEEP THE SMILES COMING. SO PLEASING AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  2. Tracy says:

    I too just got a call on my cell phone saying I was a winner and a driver would be at my house in 45 minutes and would I be there to sign for the delivery and a car! I hung up and he called back! ugh! So this time I wrote down the number he wanted me to call and even read it back to him then hung up again! He called back a 3rd time to see if I had called the man he told me to call. I had actually googled publishers clearing house scam and sure enough I am just one of many people they are calling. I told him it was a scam I would be reporting this number. He told me a few time what I could go do to myself!! The numbers I got were 876-xxx-xxxx and he called from 876-xxx-xxxx.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Tracy, I am glad you did your research and did not fall victim to the scammer. Please report all the information that you have by following this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. It’s important to remember that the real PCH will never contact major winners via phone, standard mail, email, or Facebook (friend request or private message). We also never ask for money to claim a prize. Check out these Safety Tips for some more great info on what to watch for: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!

  3. emily pass says:

    I received a call today saying he was a delivery driver for PCH and that he had a package for me to be delivered that it was 250,000$ and that I needed to call him back as soon as possible. I work alot of hrs. I was just wondering what if PCH dose knock on your door and your not home what happens then? The # he left. Was 1-876-360-0244.

  4. Joe Tetraulr says:

    Received a call Josh Kennedy saying it was PCH calling about me winning $5,000 a week for life and I needed to call John Price at 876-xxx-xxxx. I called John Price at the number and was promptly told that in addition of the $5K a week for life I won $750K and $500K along with a car from PCH. I just needed to call 866-xxx-xxxx and give them a claim number that John Price supplied me and call him back. When I call him back he asked if I had given him the number and what I was told which was to call John Price back and be prepared to write something down. Then John Price told me I needed to go to the local Wall Mart and meet him there to get my prize claim form and pay $471 for taxes. I mentioned that $471 would not cover the taxes of the prizes he indicated I won. Hi story started to change and this $471 wasn’t for taxes now it was the cost to get the claim from Wall Mart. I told him sure I will meet you at the local Wall Mart and it would take about 30 min to get there. He said he would meet me at Wall Mart and I promptly told him I was not planning on traveling to the Wall Mart in Jamaica so how was he planning on meeting me there. He wanted to know why I thought he was in Jamaica at which point I told him that was where his GPS comes up on my computer. Things started to get a little shaky with him at this point and he said he was not in Jamaica that was just where the phone system for PCH was located. I inquired on which Wall Mart he would be meeting me at and he told me the one I was going to. I said OK see you in 30 min. He called me back about five more time at which point I finally asked him if he thought everyone would fall for his scam at which he became very defensive and finally hung up. This whole things took several hours and my thoughts are that during this time he wasn’t bothering any other people.
    The numbers to watch for are
    876-xxx-xxxx
    866-xxx-xxxx
    866-xxx-xxxx

    Please enjoy yourself, but PCH should track these people down and do something about it not just post about the scam

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Joe, we certainly take the issue of scams and the illegal use of our name by scammers very seriously; that’s why we regularly educate our fans on what they can do to protect themselves. Unfortunately, scammers aren’t always easy to locate since many of them operate out of country. You can do your part to help us by reporting all scam contacts that you receive. Here’s how to report scammers : http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe!

  5. Wes says:

    Been receiving numerous calls with area code 876- This is a Jamaica area code- caller said we had won 5 million dollars. said his name was David Myers (not sure of spelling) and was with publishers Clearing House. Wanted to send out a certified check. Call block worked until he started coming in as unknown name and number. He is still trying but we are not responding.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Wes, we’re glad you knew that wasn’t the real PCH. As tempting as it may be, we don’t encourage anyone to engage a scammer any longer than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them you know they’re a scam and hang up. PCH doesn’t notify major winners by phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. You can also check out this FAQ for info on how you can block scammers from contacting you via Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

  6. Clara Hegwood says:

    Just received a call from a JM Kingston 876-xxx-xxxx said I had won a million dollars and I needed to go to my local western union and pay 250 and get my number for a winner and the people would bring my money to my door….I laughted and he said I was being rude and he said he would donate my winning to a charity….I said good and he hung up…

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Clara, please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

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