Don’t Be Fooled By PCH Scams — At PCH, The Winning Is Free!

This year March 3rd – 9th has been designated National Consumer Protection Week. PCH is pleased to join in this coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. Check out the video below from Margaret C., Director of Consumer Affairs, and Danielle Lam, Prize Patrol Elite.

At Publishers Clearing House we care about consumers and want to be sure you stay protected from SCAMMERS and PCH SCAMS fraudulently pretending to be associated with our well-recognized PCH name!  As a company that has been in business for over 50 years, PCH is an iconic brand, recognized and welcomed into households all across the country. And, if you are familiar with the PCH name, you can be sure the scammers know us, as well.

Recently we’ve been hearing reports that scammers are accessing and using the names of our real PCH employees in their criminal attempts to deceive you.  Names you’ve come to know and recognize such as Dave Sayer, Todd Sloane and Danielle Lam  – all real members of our famous PCH Prize Patrol.  Even the name of Deborah Holland, our Executive Vice President whose name appears in PCH promotional mailers, has been hijacked and illegally used by scammers.

Our message is simple:  If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to represent PCH, or claiming to be one of our employees, and asked to send or wire money (for any reason whatsoever, including taxes); or send a pre-paid gift card or Green Dot MoneyPak Card in order to claim a sweepstakes prize – DON’T!  It’s a PCH SCAM. If you are sent a check, told it’s a partial prize award, and asked to cash it and send a portion back to claim the full prize award, DON’T.  The check is fake, but the SCAM is real!

Remember, at PCH the winning is free.  So, stay informed and stay protected! And if you want to find out more about how PCH works to stop PCH scams, check out our Consumer Affairs site.

Margaret C.

Director, Consumer Affairs

262 thoughts on “Don’t Be Fooled By PCH Scams — At PCH, The Winning Is Free!”

  1. Aaron says:

    Attn.; Winner Dated 27th of April, 2016.

    Email Ref#: PCH/1209-222-578.

    You are our star prize winner dated 27th of April, 2016 and for claim process
    get in touch with our agent on address ( )

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)
    Is this a scam?

  2. Jason Watson says:

    Want to win it all

  3. Noami hayes says:

    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)
    1O1 Winners Circle,
    Port Washington, NY 11O5O New York,
    United States.

    Dear Lucky Winner,

    Congratulations to you for emerging one of our lucky winner of This Year Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Sweepstakes Promo which we organized in India. The process for claiming your winnings has been made very simple so that by the end of one week at most, you are assured of having received your prize amount of the sum of $1,000,000.00 *( ONE MILLION US DOLLARS)* and all the legal documents backing your winnings which will require your signature. In the light of the above mentioned, you are to contact the courier company (SAS-EXPRESS COURIER DELIVERY SERVICE) they will be handling the delivery of your winning amount to your home with the contact details as mention below.

    Note: Find below the details of the courier company:

    Name of Courier: SAS EXPRESS Courier Company
    Contact: Mr. Henry Terry
    Direct Contact Email Address:
    Direct Tel: +9xxxxxxxxxxx

    Publishers Clearing House is a direct marketing company that sells merchandise and magazine subscriptions and operates prize-based game, search and lotto websites. Its products are promoted through sweepstakes and prize award promotions.

    You are to contact SAS EXPRESS Courier Company with their email address above, please oblige to follow the SAS EXPRESS COURIER Courier Company instructions so that your won amount can get to your present address on time. When contacting them, you are to include your full details as required below and this parcel identification number as your subject. Please you are advised to write down the parcel identification number and save it.

    1. FULL NAMES:
    3. AGE:
    5. TEL:
    6. COUNTRY:

    Note: For security reason that you are to keep your winning information confidential and do not discuss with anyone until the courier company have successfully deliver your winning prize to you. You are to provide your complete names, parcel identification number and your direct phone number so that courier company will honor your message.

    Congratulations once again.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Mr. Marcus Steve
    Accredited Fiduciary Agent.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Noami, this indeed is a scammer contacting you. The real PCH will never notify our major winners via phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. Please take a moment to report this information by following this link: I recommend everyone to take a minute to read these great safety tips: Stay safe everyone!

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