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


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

  1. brandie says:

    I just got a call telling to to call 876-521-2828. When i called that number i was then told i won 2nd prize of $850,000. But the IRS needs me to pay my part first. Was told to go to CVS and get a greendot money pack scratch card worth $499, and call them back and they could be at my door in 4 hours. Do people really buy into scams like this? The guy could not even tell me what name the winning was under?

  2. I WAS CONTACTED BY A MAN WHO SAID HIS NAME WAS JAMES WILLIAMS OF 101 WINNERS CIRCLE EASHINGTON NY PHONE 1800314 3951 HE SAID I HAVE WON 10 MILLION CASH, 10 MILLION A MONTH FOR LIFE AND A MERCADES BENZ

  3. I really want to take win and all prizes

  4. I want take all the win

  5. Joy Igiewe says:

    PCH PRIZE PATROL YOU ARE RIGHT NOW NOTIFY WINNER BY PHONE OR E MAIL OR FACEBOOK, A WHOLE BOUNCH OF THEM ARE OUT THERE WANTING TO BE PRIZE PATROL, WHICH NOT BECAUSE PCH SEARCHERS KNOW THAT THERE ARE ALOT OF NOT REAL PRIZE PATROL OUT THEIR, DON’T BE ANXIOUS AND BE CAUGHT OUT WITH MESS.

  6. Lewis covin says:

    Yes, as I was reading my latest PCH email when my call came in. They have tried this 2 times now. The call came in from my area code from the number 904-270-9925. In the past I have received other scam calls from a Texas area code. When I tried to find them via a number search they were actually calling from Oklahoma. Some how they were making calls from a different area code and the number would trace back to totally differing locations.

    At any rate they are crooks.

  7. joanne park says:

    Thank you for clearing that up. Because I have heard a couple of reports to fraud connecting pch on our local news. I just thought you should be aware of it. So you could answer my question also. I hope to see you at my door with the big prize.

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