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


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

  1. Steve says:

    This is what i received the other day
    Please reply

    Publishers Clearing House
    Publishers Clearing House
    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)
    A 337 Winners Circle,
    Ground Floor, Charan Das Complex Vasant Kunj Road
    New Delhi 110037 India

    PARCEL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: PCH-72139035577

    Dear Lucky Winner,

    Congratulations to you for emerging one of our lucky winner of This Year Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Sweepstakes Promo which was organized in India to promote our product all over Asia countries. 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) 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 Person: Mr. Solomon Newman
    Email: sas-expresscourier@outlook.com
    Direct Contact Email Address: sas-expresscourier@outlook.com
    Direct Tel: +919860237359

    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 with their email address above, please oblige to follow the SAS Express Courier 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:
    2. FULL DELIVERY ADDRESS:
    3. AGE:
    4. OCCUPATION:
    5. TEL/MOBILE:
    6. COUNTRY:
    7. PARCEL I.D NUMBER: PCH-72139035577

    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,
    Ms. Deborah Holland
    Accredited Fiduciary Agent.

    ________________________________________
    From: steve blakeslee
    Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 7:26 AM
    To: debh.pch29363@outlook.com
    Subject: Claims

    And…

    Thank You
    Steve Blakeslee

    Sent from my Iphone
    Please excuse any errors.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Steve, we’re sorry to hear the scammers have contacted you. Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Facebook. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe everyone!

  2. ASTRID KATANINZA says:

    I receive a message from David Harrison + 1 518 293 4997 saying that I was one of the 3 winners for a Mercedes Class A and a sum of money. He said that I have to be registered to claim the price and provide identity. Is that also a scam ?

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Astrid, you’re definitely describing a scam. PCH does not contact winners via phone and you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize. 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, and be sure to check out our Fraud Protection site to find out how to stay safe: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Please be safe everyone!

  3. i got an email stating my pch # was a winner from qgk671@alumni.k.udk. so i called it in and i was told it was scam.

  4. Lori Bradley says:

    This is what I received today.

    Batch#: PCH/111092207
    Karen Weir (Karen.Weir@novachem.com
    2:52 PM May 13, 2016

    Karen.Weir@novachem.com

    (Your Reference#: 99122/12721)

    (Batch#: PCH/111092207)

    (PCH Sweepstakes Notice Dated 14th of May 2016)

    You have been selected through your email as the PCH finalist winner in our Sweepstakes Promo Dated 14/05/2016

    For more details to claims contact Ms. Deborah Holland on address
    ( debholland.pchinquiries@hotmail.com )

    Congratulation!!!

    (Publishers Clearing House)

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Lori! As you suspected, that email was from a scammer and not PCH. The real PCH does not notify major winners in advance via phone, email, standard mail, or social media. We also never ask for money to claim a prize. We take the issue of scammers very seriously and ask that you report all contacts you receive from those who are illegally using the good name of PCH. To report a scammer who has contacted you, click here: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Have a great day and stay safe, everyone!! 🙂

  5. I to received an email stating that i won $500, 000. 00 us dollers and contact the same courier as above mentioned. I knew it was a scam right away so i am sending everything they sent me.

  6. Glenna Maxcy says:

    I received an emailbthatbsaid You are a star prize winner. Nothing else asbsaidnor written. A scam right?

  7. mgarcia says:

    I received the following

    Long, Brian (CCI-Virginia)

    Apr 27 (4 days ago)

    to

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

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

    You are our star prize winner dated 27th of April 2016, for claim process

    get in touch with our agent on address ( xxxxxxxxx@outlook.com )

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Mgarcia, this is NOT the real PCH contacting you! PCH will never notify our major winners over the phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. Please report any and all information that you have by following this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. There are a lot of scammers out there who use the good name of PCH and the names of those on the Prize Patrol, I recommend that everyone take a moment to read this to protect themselves: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!

      1. Nini says:

        Hello Marcia,
        I got the exact same email with the same names. These are sick people!

      2. L says:

        debholland.pchinquiry@outlook.com This is the email they send me from

  8. 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 ( pch.desk@outlook.com )

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)
    Is this a scam?

  9. Jason Watson says:

    Want to win it all

  10. Noami hayes says:

    Publishers Clearing House (PCH)
    1O1 Winners Circle,
    Port Washington, NY 11O5O New York,
    United States.
    PARCEL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: FWCS-8035398586

    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
    Email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@outlook.com
    Direct Contact Email Address: xxxxxxxxxxxxx@outlook.com
    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:
    2. FULL DELIVERY ADDRESS:
    3. AGE:
    4. OCCUPATION:
    5. TEL:
    6. COUNTRY:
    7. PARCEL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: FWCS-8035398586

    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: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I recommend everyone to take a minute to read these great safety tips: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!

      1. Michael Durkin says:

        I received the same email as Niomi did only it said that I won the PCH lottery for the date of 10/5/2016. That’s funny cause how could I win a prize if the winning number hasn’t been picked yet…lol…..Plus all you have to look for is all the misspellings in the email and all the bad grammer….
        Thank you, Mike

    2. Kimberly says:

      I realized it was a scam when i saw that the return address was in India. Then it told me I had to keep the information to myself. Who wouldn’t want to share the good news if it was real.

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