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 1-800-476-4724 if you think someone is trying to scam you using the PCH name.

Protect yourself and stay safe!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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Showing 26 Comments
Kanika Loeung said...

I used to have experience before I was entries PCH sweepstake.

michael rolle said...

my only objectives is to enter the Sweepstake On-time and to be inform by each Sweeptake facts and the Official Rules of each Entry Game

yvonne faust said...

hanging up is the only thing I’ll do if I get suspicious calls. There’s been a lot of reports posted at Callercenter.com and one thing I noticed, those victims who lost money to the scammers were those who hesitated to end the call and took time to listen to the scammer’s offer.

yvonne faust said...

Well, hanging up is the only thing I’ll do if I get suspicious calls. There’s been a lot of reports posted at Callercenter and one thing I noticed, those victims who lost money to the scammers were those who hesitated to end the call and took time to listen to the scammer’s offer.

Stancio Butler said...

Since I already won just $100,000.00 in the PCH scratch off card game on the PCH.com website which was last month on Wednesday,December 12, 2012 when the prize patrol already surprised a $1.25 Million PCHlotto Jackpot Winner named Gerard Rivera of Philadelphia,Pennsylvania on that day,when will the prize patrol going to surprise me with just $100,000.00?

Delayne Perry said...

Thanks… :)

anne hoover said...

I was unfortunately scammed people claiming to be from pch calling me on the phone. I have a list of 11 names, 3 of the names is the same person. all of the phone #’s are frpm area code 876 which is the area code for Jamaica, w.i. they took me for a total of $5000.00. they started calling me the beginning of may and are still calling me. I don’t answer I put a block on my phone and they then use a phone with a las vegas area code.

christie hale said...

Last night I was playing the pch.com lotto cards 1 thru 7 or 8 anyways it said I won $1500. On #3 card then again on #4 card $1500., and #5 card $1500., and again #6 card 1500.00 and #7 card $1500. And if there was a #8 $1500. On that card too! How do I collect this $$ please…or is it for REAL? Thank you for your time. Christie hale @ 205 star Circle, Hueytown, AL 35023. 205.223.0046

nevin said...

this call came from 1-876-775-5942
says they are calling from Texas from a drawing.

Tarah Rhodes said...

God id good All the time

angela cogdell said...

Dr.felix h said i won 1.5 million but i have to fill out this form but he also wants 350 bucks proccesing fee he says he is from clearinghouse

Paula Byrd said...

This man is targeting Deaf individuals via video relay too. Many haven’t heard of PCH, so my husband made a vlog in ASL abt this to spread the word in preventing this scam from continuing.

Robert Brown said...

Sounds like a scam to me.

tony said...

I have recently had one of them calls the number that came up on my phone was. 1 (876)366-2047. the caller ID said it was from Jamaica

dustin minatrea said...

I would like to talk to a rep, i receved a winner email under yalls name please call me at 903 286 4190

Nolan Lennett said...

I keep receiving calls from some one claiminh to be pch from 876-324-1982 ….and 876 -374-4364 they are annoying