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

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

  1. Please beware of John Banks calling from international number 876-475-4877, requesting you pick up you winnings of 1 million at a western union location. Called today at 10:45

  2. getten 7,000 a week for life would be wonderful

  3. Stephanie Carlisle says:

    Hope to win 7,000.00 a week for life on April 30th gwy. no 4900 … THank you!!!

  4. High hope of winning forlife
    Always believe in something!

  5. Susan says:

    I’ve been entering all sorts of PCH contests. Everytime I enter one they try to get you to buy something, saying “Four easy payments of $2.99 (or whatever amount). What they don’t tell you is they’re going to charge you a fortune to ship the item to you. I think this is a total rip off.

    Then when I cancelled my order, they sent it anyway. I didn’t accept it. They still sent a bill! If that isn’t enough …. What is the “SEARCH” nonsense? Isn’t that why I have Google? Why do I have to sit in front of my computer and make something up to search for, that I don’t even care about?

    I wouldn’t enter a PCH contest EVER AGAIN!

  6. Jason Watson says:

    Did Someone Say a ‘Set for Life’ Prize Now how about the real question: Will I win a fortune from this notice and join the Winners Circle Pch Gwy No. 4900 superprize 11-06

  7. Merry E Warren says:

    Have entraed last forty years never won so to me you are scram artist all you want is money

  8. Hope to be a winning on April 30th gwy no4900 and hoping to

  9. Jesus Macias says:

    Yes I Jesus Macias claims bonus entry. Go Rocks

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