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
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. (424) 275-0951 Do this number belong to your company? Received a called from someone saying they are Andrew Goldberg!

  2. Now this is three in one day. Friday 13th. One friend request said Danielle,another Paul Peterson, and Sally Price. Whoever they are, all said they were PCH employees. Asking little old me to be a friend!!

  3. Got a call from John Princiotta say i had won. Someone call while i was talking to him told me to hang up they were not from PCH. I hung on them and he hung up on me.

  4. Are your employees text messaging people giving their name and saying the are from pchtoday@Hotmail. Com
    If not, please advise the public for me. Thank you
    Mae S

  5. I got a text saying I won $250,000 with a link saying to send an email for info. They then sent me an email asking for my name, date of birth, phone number, address, bank name and ( wire transfer or cheque. I don’t know if it’s real or not.

  6. I accepted a friend request from Andrew Goldberge Hgtv claiming he was both a Designer for HGTV and the CEO of PCH. So I researched him. He used a clip of the photo from your page, but spelled his own name wrong, spelled “share holder” wrong and claimed to have attended Harvard Business (which is why I laughed so hard at “shear holder”). Still figured this would be no big deal if I never heard from him again. But he PM’d me. Asked me what I would do with $5 million, a 2016 BMW, and a 6 apartment dream home. Hypothetical question, so I gave him a hypothetical answer. Then he asked for my email, phone number, full name and address. So I replied, “Strange as this may sound, Andrew, I’m not sure you are who you say YOU are. How about you give ME your email, phone number, full name and address? “Cause I gotta tell ya, MOST people who ask you for that info on facebook and NOT on the level.” He then sent me a picture of a security tag, like a name tag, with the same photo as his profile pic. So I asked him to do a selfie with it, since it in itself proved nothing. He offered, then sent, a “blueprint” of his driver’s license. I wish I could include a screen shot of it…it’s that bad. Actually, I’m gonna go back to FB and make that go viral; it’s hilarious. It identifies his *sex:mail* SERIOUSLY I didn’t change the spelling…20 years between issue and expiration…awful. Awful. Good luck with these people, PCH.

    1. Hi Julianne, you are definitely describing a scam. No one from PCH will send you winner notifications or ask for fees on Social Media. Winning is always free with PCH! Please report this scam to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We want all of our Fan’s to be safe and secure while participating in the PCH sweepstakes. To find helpful information on how PCH will notify their winners, click here: http://bit.ly/How-are-PCH-winners-notified. Stay safe and keep informed PCH Fan’s!