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

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

  1. Nena says:


  2. Rachal Douglas says:

    Yea…so if ANYONE calls you about a winning from pch then call them IMMEDIATELY. They are building a federal case out of it and plan on compensating people who have been scammed. I have to admit they are pretty convincing with all the information and whatnot. I called pch at once and told them what was going on and they said that they would NEVER call a prize winner to see if they are home nor obviously ask for money. I called the people back and got them pretty riled up. Told them they might want to get a different job bc pch is going to prosecute every single person involved inuding the pathetic telemarketers. Jesus. People who aren’t as smart as we are or are in a desperate situation are very likely to fall for this and pay their last dime! Smh.. Evil. I called the police as well.

  3. johnitta says:

    I have 817 374 5808 weatherford tx callin me telling me that I have won a grip over $3000 and all I have to pay is 3.60 to get it

  4. notasucker says:

    here is another scam number 970-670-6187

  5. Ma says:

    I got a call today saying I had won $75,000.00 and a 2014 Toyota Camry.
    I talked to him for about 15 minutes trying to figure out what was the scam.
    At the end he said I had to go buy a reloadable money pack scratch card for $395.00 to pay the shipping and handling of the car.
    Then I had to call them back @ 876-567-6003 and give them the 14 digit number on the back of the card. I told him that was not good because they could use that to get the money. He of course said they would not take the money. So I told him I would call my husband and get back to him. I got on the computer and here I am. Thanks!!!!!

  6. Karen Larson says:

    I got a call today on my work phone. I was immediately suspicious but wanted to see how far he would take it. He told me his name was George Baker. He had a thick Middle Eastern or Indian accent. He wanted to know when I would be home so they could come deliver the package. He told me he had a certified check for $11.5 Million and a $146,000 American Express Gold Card. He asked me if I knew what a gold card was and how to use it. Asked me if I had a CPA or financial advisor. Then he started to tell me about how I’d have to pay Florida taxes. I said “Why? I don’t live in Florida”. (I’m in Arizona). He got flustered and put me on hold. When he came back I asked him to confirm the address he was trying to deliver to because I wanted to make sure he got to my home. He put me on hold again. When he came back on, I asked him who he thought he was talking to . He said “Mrs. Carlson”. I asked him again who he was trying to speak to and he couldn’t give a first name. I told him “I’m not Mrs. Carlson and I don’t live in Florida ” and he hung up.

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