PCH Facebook Scammers Target Publishers Clearing House Employees

Beware of PCH Facebook scammers pretending to be real Publishers Clearing House employees!

Andy Goldberg
Deborah Holland
John Princiotta
Todd Sloane
Craig Anderson
Rick Busch
Bill Low
Anita Goldstein
Kevin Prinz
Wendy Smith
Susan Manning
Keith Bergendorff

Do these names sound familiar to you? They just might, because they’re all part of the Leadership Team here at Publishers Clearing House. Maybe you’ve seen their photos on our site  or read about them in the PCH blog. They’re always hard at work to ensure you have the best possible experience at PCH!

But, one thing they never do is send out friend requests to our fans on Facebook. So if you do receive a friend request, chat request or private message from someone claiming to be Andy Goldberg, Deborah Holland, Josh Glantz, (or anyone else from PCH, for that matter) ― they are NOT who they claim to be! They are PCH scammers on Facebook!

Unfortunately, some criminals are creating fake profiles of prominent figures within our company and reaching out to good, unsuspecting people with the intent to scam them. It’s important for you to be able to tell the difference between the real PCH on Facebook and imposters.

So here’s the first thing you should know:
What are Publishers Clearing House’s official Fan Pages on Facebook that our fans can connect with and enjoy?

Here’s a complete list:
Publishers Clearing House
PCHSearchAndWin
PCHgames
PCHlotto
PCHtips
Candystand.com
PCH Prize Patrol
Rest assured, you can safely follow Publishers Clearing House on all these pages! But remember: no one affiliated with our official PCH Fan Pages will ever send you a friend request or private message.  If you look closely at our legitimate pages, you will notice that they are Fan Pages for businesses and public figures. It’s impossible to send friend requests from this type of page.

If you DO receive a request from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, either an employee or from the Prize Patrol, you can be certain that it’s a fraudster who is trying to scam you or wrongfully obtain your personal information.

So what do you do if it happens to you?

Do not – I repeat DO NOT – add this person as a friend. Click “Not Now” on the request. Facebook will then ask you if you know this person outside of Facebook. Click “No” and the person will be blocked and unable to send you any additional friend requests.

If you have already accepted a friend request from a PCH Scammer, please cut and paste their information in the browser and send it to the administrator of one of our legitimate pages so we can report them to Facebook as well. After you’ve done that, block them right away.

We want to put a stop to PCH scammers fraudulently using our good name and the names of our real PCH employees on Facebook. Please remember that no one from Publishers Clearing House will ever send you a friend request. More importantly, the real PCH will never ask you to pay a cent to claim a prize!

I hope that the information above will help you be able to tell the difference between the real PCH on Facebook and pages created by PCH Facebook scammers. As always, let us know if you have any questions!

Stay safe fans!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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  1. I just received a call from Andy Goldberg too! He said I won a 2017 Mercedes and 1.5 million dollars. When I questioned him about it being a scam, he fumbled around in his denial and forgot to give me the confirmation numbers he had previously mentioned, nor his phone number which he said I would need should my Mercedes not arrive tomorrow at precisely 11:30am. He politely, yet abruptly ended the call.

    1. The number that showed up my caller ID was from Jamaica 876.860.7087 and he answers the phone identifying himself as Publishers Clearing House. Yes, I called the number from a different phone and he did answer!

    2. We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win! Please report any and all scams to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe!

  2. I got an email from a faith wallace and it doesnt ask for any money but it say i won 850,000 dollars in some pch lotto

    1. That is a scam! We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. Large prize winners are notified in person. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win! Please report any and all scams to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe!

  3. I received a phone call from Telephone #1118765051566, so I knew better. The same “Craig Anderson” called my mother in law and tried to find out if she was at home and get personal information from her. Forget that!

  4. Hello PCH I just got a call from some guy name Richard Nelson, he said he works for you at PCH, and he’s been calling me everyday saying to me that I won the sweepstakes, earlier this afternoon I got a call from some guy, I don’t know what is name is and he says to send in some money so that I can get my prize, this is their number 876-491-6867, they’ve been calling me nonstop pestering tell me send some money to this person, that person from out of town. Now I been entering for the sweepstakes for months, if won this thing why don’t they just send me the check. From what I’m thinking I think this is a scam.

  5. I’m getting texted messages from someone saying that they are Andrew Goldberg the number is 1347 269 4497 telling I need to use a code ask me to log off facebook and the woman name is Danielle Lampchteam they said I need 399.99 the get claimed receipt it’s 851pm where I’m at and he keeps texting what do I need to

  6. I have reccieved a message from a tony rozzo that says he works for u guys and he wanted me to call 7023474292 and everything he said i won the prize tomorrow. He didnt ask for anything but i sent him a message from u guys saying u never send messages on facebook and he said u guys do that to protect people.

    1. Hi Janet! That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

      1. I just received a phone call from a gentlemen who said he was Andy Goldberg from PCH. He kept telling me I had won from a ticket I filled out. Then he was giving me numbers of a check and a package that I was supposed to give to three people a Dave Sawyer, Darnell Lam and Todd Sloane. I am at work and had to put him on hold after we had already been talking for a Long period of time. He was being very vague about anything I would try and ask him he would just keep saying are you interested or not. I told him I had to put him on hold because someone had walker in and when I went back he had hung up.
        I figured it was a scam. Just thought I would let you know. Because if not he would have still been on the line when I went back. The number came up anonymous.