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

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  1. I just got a call from a Mark Merchant who said I won $2.5 million and a Mercedes, I had to pay up front $499.99 to a Florence Clarke Bank of America Acct number 375018979719. They said he is a certified public account. Merchant’s phone number is 876-504-0463

  2. I just got a call from a guy saying he was from PCH and that I had won $2.5M and a “brand new Mercedes” and that I needed to go to Wal-Mart to get a registration receipt and meet the people who would give me my prize–today. Then he said something about the company would pay all by 1% of my taxes (which would be $199,000 which sound like way too little to pay in taxes on a $2.5M prize).

  3. A “Private Caller” told me I won over $800,000 dollars from PCH. I NEVER fill out entries for the Publishers Clearing House. Started asking questions about my location. I told them I didn’t trust them and hung up. They called back & left message to call the CEO at this number: 409-527-5763.

    1. Hello Ruth, We’re glad you knew that wasn’t the real PCH. We don’t encourage anyone to engage with 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!

  4. I was contacted this afternoon from a man that claimed he was from pch. He asked me if I was home. My reply was no I’m driving. I’m in Columbus Ohio with a consumer. He preceded to tell me that he had a unclaimed check from last month for me in the amount of 25 million. The call came up on my phone as unknown. He first wanted me to call back tomorrow morning but I told him his phone came up unknown so how was I supposed too. He said he would call me back tomorrow morning. It seemed really suspicious but I’m going to listen to what he says and if I feel Leary about it I will notify the authorities.

    1. Hello Karyn,
      That is not the real PCH contacting you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips

  5. I was contacted by someone claiming that I had won 1.6 million dollars from PCH, I became suspicious immediately because I had never even entered. When I told them I was not willing to provide them with any additional information they became rude said “I not send, I not send then” and hung up on me. This is TERRIBLE. I wonder how many people have actually sent them money!

  6. I was contacted today by phone. he told me he work for PCH .He was very convincing, that I won 500,000 and that he needed money to pay my taxes to get my winning today.
    I was scam his phone# 434-533-1293 Janique Gordon he said work for the IRS

  7. Yes, I did receive a call exactly like the one described, however, I did not call the number. I did this lookup about Publishers Clearing House and is very glad that I did not respond to the message left on my telephone. They wanted me to call them back at 518-594-4351. I’ll erase the message. Thanks for the scam warning.

  8. I have been repeatedly contacted by person claiming to be mr. Sloan Publishers Clearing House saying that I won $850 thousand dollars on PCH Lotto said my email was drawn from a bunch of others and now they want my contacts and all my information. It felt like something was wrong so that’s why I contacted Publishers Clearing House. Though I wish it were true because God knows my family could use the money pairing the handicapped daughter and physical ailments then impaired me from working. I wish these people would stop trying to come and steel from unsuspecting gullible needy people. My name is Charles box and I’m not going to be fooled into sending any money to collect it