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. A Dale Newman called the afternoon of Oct 13, 2017 and told my wife she had won $2,000 a week for the rest of her life. His badge number is GL24 and his phone number is 1-702-421-0007. He ask for $2,500 for federal taxes. He claims to be from PCH.

  2. I think this has happen to me yesterday, he said his name was James peterson and he was with pch, l had won 2.5 mil. dollors give me all details, is there a james peterson with pch?

  3. Just received a phone call that said I needed to call 1-876-368-4260 and speak with Tony Parker at Extension #5. They said I have won a car and a check and that it was waiting for delivery in Reno.

  4. Donna M. I just recieved a phone call from PCH David Webb. He wanted to know if I was home to sign for a check coming from UPS . Also wanted me to go to Walmart to get a US GOVT REGISTRATION RECIEPT at their customer service desk. Really !!I was told that I won 450,000.00 plus 10,000.00 cash bonus plus 5000,00 a week for life and a 2017 Mercedes car. Im guesding that once I left the house id be robbed or id have to sign for something id eventually have to pay for out of my pocket. The phone # given to me is 989-220-4596 . The # is a michigan # Beware !!! PCH please check into this and stop it. I will be calling the police next.

  5. 876-770-2719 is calling me repeatedly telling me to calm down and send $550 to receive $550,000 I won Publishers Clearing House I just want this calls to stop

  6. Tonight I received a pch scam telling me I won the $5000 a week for life and then proceeded to explain why I need to send $950. The number he called from is 876-364-1041. I actually for a moment believed him and thought wow the miracle I needed to save our home for our furry family and my mom and I actually came true. I hope this helps someone else. Sincerely, Cristin Goodwin

  7. Thank you so much for this article. Only minutes ago we were faced with same senecio. My 72 year young mother was on the phone with these criminals. I showed her this article put a stop to the scam…I don’t have the smarts or the time to deal with them but here are the numbers they called her from 1-876-404-2299 and 1-876-278-3893. Take care God bles. Bring them to justice!

  8. I received a call this morning from a man who asked for my husband by name. When I asked who was calling he said Publisher’s Clearinghouse. I told him we were on a DO NOT CALL list & to never call here again & hung up.