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

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  1. Im treva kellum i was contacted by david newman on messenger at 1 in the morning he sayed he was with the prize patrol he said i won 1 million dollars and 5 thousand a week for life and a brand new white bmw and wants me to stay off facebook and wants me to send 500.00 dollars from walmart to another walmart ive got pics of car the suit case with pch put on it and danielle lam holding the check and the money in the suit case and a women named is this real or scam

  2. I was contacted by someone claiming to be from pch. The phone number is 876-874-2421. Let me know what to do.

    1. Hi Eugene, Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. I was contacted today and need to know if you are really coming to my townhouse in FL this Thursday, March 16, 2017 with a check for $500,000.00!

  4. Recently received a check along with a letter saying I won 2.5 million. The check was for $6,707.00. The letter stated the check was to cover insurance and attorney fees for the 2.5 million. It included a number to call which I did I was told I would not have to send any money to anyone but to call back as soon as I had deposited the money in the bank. Is this legitimate?

  5. My sister got an email claiming to win $850,000.00. In the email they said she hit 10 out of 10 cards and that’s how she won this money. That was all that was said in the first email. The following day she received a 2nd email telling her to email another company called sky net express and provide her personal info since they would be the company overnighting her Check. It also asked for her to pay $399.00 to the sky net for shipping and gas for the plane. My sister then sent them a email with her personal info and wanting to know why she had to pay for shipping. She received a 3rd email informing her to receive her check she had to pay the $399.00 or lose the money. Thank God she called me so I could check this out. Please don’t fall for this scam. These people are the scum of the earth praying on disabled individuals who barely make enough to live on each month. Of course she wanted to believe this is true. It would change her life. They need to be stopped!!

    1. I just received a email just like this
      Our family could desperately use the money
      But reading this it must not be a real thing
      The scammers are just looking to hurt innocent families

  6. There lady who said she with pch./dhhs
    I sent text about help I was told you do she said I win 50,000.00 but she said need send 700.00 her name is Kimberly Morgan from department of health and human services am trying find out if this real not a scam please get back to me

    My name is Pamela Brooks

    1. This just happened to me a friend on facebook was hacked and i thought it was her she said she won 50000.00 from pch dhhs snd its a program for disabled people and working people,widows,young and old. She said she seen my name on the winner list when ups came to her house.i didnt find anything else out as i told her i didnt believe it was really her so i asked a personal question And didn’t get a response..