PCH Supports Senate Hearings on Jamaican Lottery & Sweepstakes Fraud

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) supports Senate effort to stop Jamaican lottery and Sweepstakes Scams.

We have previously warned you about the rise in lottery and sweepstakes scams originating from Jamaica.  This growing problem is now the subject of an important Hearing by the Senate Special Committee on Aging  to be held on Wednesday, March 13th. We fully support this effort to find ways to better educate consumers and target the scammers who are behind these nasty scams.

The Jamaican lottery and sweepstakes scams all follow the same basic pattern  – consumers  are  told that all they have to do to collect a prize is send or wire money to claim the bogus prize.  DON’T FALL FOR THIS!  Anyone asking for payment of any type in order to claim a sweepstakes or lottery prize is a SCAMMER! At Publishers Clearing House, if you have won, we never ask for money to claim a prize award, and our ‘no purchase necessary’ message is prominently displayed in all of our promotional material.

Publishers Clearing House continues to actively work with law enforcement and consumer protection officials on this issue, sharing information gathered and tracked in our anti-scam database.  We regularly provide such data to law enforcement officials including the Postal Inspection Service, Office of Homeland Security, FBI and the US Attorney’s Office.  We are just one of a handful of private companies that contributes anti-scam data directly to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Database network. This secure online database of consumer complaints is available to law enforcement around the country and throughout the world.

You can learn more about these Jamaican lottery and sweepstakes scams at our PCH Sweepstakes Learning Center. In the meantime, here are some basic tips to protect you from these Jamaican based lottery and sweepstakes scams:

  • Beware of any unsolicited calls that may come from the Jamaican area code of 876 and includes an offer that sounds too good to be true. Hang up the phone!
  • If you are asked to send or wire money or provide a prepaid Green Dot MoneyPak card for any reason whatsoever to claim a prize — DONT!  It is a SCAM! At Publishers Clearing House we NEVER ASK FOR MONEY to be sent to claim a prize.
  • At Publishers Clearing House our major prizes of $10,000 or more are awarded in person, unannounced, by our famous Prize Patrol, or through notice in a certified letter.  We DO NOT call our winners ahead of time.
  • Never provide your credit card or Social Security number to someone who calls.

If you ever have any questions, you can call our customer service hotline at 1-800-392-4190 or leave a comment below.


Chris Irving
Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs


49 thoughts on “PCH Supports Senate Hearings on Jamaican Lottery & Sweepstakes Fraud”

  1. T. Franklin says:

    Just received one from 1-876-460-1420 saying I won but has to pay 1% of 1 milliom dollars. Gave the name David Sears.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi, we’re sorry to hear that you were contacted by someone claiming to be from the real PCH. We take the issue of scams very seriously and we strive to educate our consumers on what to watch for and how to protect themselves. We regularly post links to our PCH Fan Page with valuable information for our fans. Here’s one of those links that I encourage you to take a look at: http://bit.ly/PCHConsumerProtection. Since scammers are sneaky and many of them are overseas, it’s not always easy to catch them. We feel that it’s a “team-effort” to try to stop them which is why we ask that you report all scam contacts to us here: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Be careful and stay safe everyone!

  2. CU2 says:

    They are still going strong. I just received one from Mandeville, Jamaica (876)796-7434 that said they were from publishers clearing house.

  3. Teresa Johnsoni says:

    Thank you for the warning of scams Everyone wants to win from pch but there only one pch.

  4. Randall bryan says:

    Thanks I respectfully appreciate this

  5. ethankcarla m Antee For Life myk says:

    Support totally

  6. Jesus Macias says:

    Yah got to becareful go PCH.COM GOD BLESS

  7. Floyd Gaudet says:

    Thanks for additional info. They are good at being bad!!! They stole $2000.00 from a disabled American Veteran. Charles Gray and John Morgan impersonate customs and FBI officials BUT no one cares as it was all over the phone after a letter stating they are Jamaican Publishers Clearing House. May they rot in jail BUT I KNOW THEY WILL ROT IN HELL for being so evil!!!

  8. jmasias305 says:

    I jesus macias would love to win november 25, 2014 go pch.com god bless

  9. Charl says:

    I’ve been lokinog for a post like this forever (and a day)

  10. Nel says:

    You were the toughest ball pelayr I ever saw. It was Elmer Layden. He was one of the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. He said they played baseball against them in some tournament in South Bend. My Grandfather was so humble with himself. He didn’t even know who the man was. He just did his job. Imagine that.

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