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

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

  1. san Demi 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 New York. 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:
    Contact: Mr. Henry Terry

    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 SP EXPRESS Courier Company with their email address above, please oblige to follow the SP 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.

    Security Advice: At The Publishers Clearing House (PCH) International Lottery we understand the importance of security. That’s why we’ve created highly secure facilities to give you confidence during our promotions programs.

    Warning: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appears to be using (PCH) International Lottery addresses, but are not from us. If you receive similar email that is not from us, kindly disregard/discard it immediately. Do NOT reply any such email but genuine email from us via this email address. Our security pages that will give you more information about current scams and what measures you can take to protect yourself

    Mission Statement of the Bureau of State Lottery
    To help and limit hardship round the globe through financial assistance.
    To generate revenue for the state of International consistent with the public good.
    To provide quality gaming/lotto entertainment to the International consistent with the Statutory mandate.
    To maintain the integrity of lottery games and activities.

    Congratulations once again.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Mr. Paul V White
    Accredited Fiduciary Agent.

    I sent this info to PCH, I don’t believe it !

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      As you can see, there are scammers out there who use our good name to try to deceive people. We are happy that you knew that this was not the real PCH who emailed you. Stopping scammers is a team effort and we appreciate that you’ve done your part by reporting this scam to us. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as PCH or the Prize Patrol, please report it to us via this link: Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

  2. I won i am trying to find a form to claim my prize

  3. Jeff Tyrrell says:

    on 11/21/2015 I receive an email from a John Ervin informing me I was a winner and requested my address phone and email like a fool I sent him the info but I have not herd back and John Ervin did not as of yet ask me for any Money ill take the appropriate measures if this is to go any further im glad I looked this up and thank you fro all your comments

  4. Zuheidi j says:

    I just received an email by John Ervin, I never heard from him but on the email said PCH Sweepstakes Dated 21st of November 2015 We the Publishers Clearing House are using this medium to inform you that you have emerge our lucky star prize winner Dated 21st of November 2015.
    For claims verification contact our agent on this specified email address ( providing your name, address, email id and phone number. I DIDNT RESPOND BECAUSE THE EMAIL DIDNT LOOK REAL

    1. C Morelock says:

      I received the same email and felt the same way, so I did not respond either!

      1. Melanie Breech says:

        I received the same e mail .. Bummer hate these scammers

  5. David pope says:

    I just got facebook friend request from Daniele lam claiming that I won a major prize and I needed to get to the western union or money gram to order clearance recent.being a real member of pch I knew the rules and knew I would never be contacted by email of major prize winnings so I blocked’s a scam.

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