5 Ways To Know If It’s A Publishers Clearing House Scam!

4_5_Spot A Publishers Clearing House Scam


Publishers Clearing House is the REAL deal― a legitimate sweepstakes company that has awarded more than $225 Million in Cash and Prizes so far! Unfortunately, sometimes criminals try to cash in on our good name and trick unsuspecting people like you with Publishers Clearing House Scams. While they may be convincing, here are 5 foolproof ways to know for sure if an offer is from the REAL PCH — or if it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam.

1. If you’re required to wire or pay any amount of money in order to claim a prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. PCH sweepstakes are ALWAYS FREE to enter, and there is never any fee associated with winning.

2. If you’re asked to load up a Green Dot MoneyPak  or other money transfer card, in exchange for claiming your prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Again, PCH will NEVER ask you to pay a cent to collect a prize.

3. If someone tries to contact you in advance regarding a prize delivery, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam! After all, that would ruin the surprise! For decades, our Prize Patrol has captured the elated reactions of surprised winners and used them in our nationally-televised commercials. You’ll know you’re a big PCH winner if you see the Prize Patrol at your front door holding a “Big Check” with your name on it!

4. If someone calls you on the telephone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and says you have won, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Do NOT give them any personal information!  As stated above, the Prize Patrol awards all our Big Prizes in person and would never call you to update any personal information in our files.

5. If someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House tries to send you a friend request on Facebook, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Even if they are using the name and photo of a prominent PCH employee  ―do NOT believe them. Our PCH employees and official PCH Prize Patrol Fan pages will never private message you on Facebook.

So fans, keep these 5 tips in mind, and you’ll be protected against Publishers Clearing House Scams. And if you ever have any concerns about whether something is legitimate or a scam, please email us at abuse@pch.com, call us at 1-800-392-4190 or comment below!

And remember, you can’t WIN if you’re not IN! So, keep entering the PCH Sweepstakes daily.

All the best!


Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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1,794 thoughts on “5 Ways To Know If It’s A Publishers Clearing House Scam!”

  1. Alex coxx says:

    A friend is to receive 1.3 mil, 30,000, etc. It changes all the time. BUT must have $$$$ for processing, taxes, transportation, etc. to be delivered next week, tomorrow, will fly in. Tomorrow and boss by helicopter with check. One excuse after another because they could not make it town. So far, out $20,000. And still no check but we will be there tomorrow. That is what is happening to an elderly lady living by self.

  2. Dawn says:

    I just received a call from 516-442-9835 stating they were Publisher’s Clearing House and that it was very important that we return the call. So thank you for letting me know that the call was a scam! :)

  3. Darlene says:

    Just received call from 876-802-9280 that I won 3.5 mil. Called twice…didn’t let him talk much lol.

  4. Janice says:

    I just rcvd an email saying I won a monthly prize.

  5. Chuck Twombly says:

    the only thing that PCH is guilty of is selling products. They do use the ten commandments of salesmanship and they are very good at it. The only problem I have is their customer service. They never reply to an enquiry. Well in my case.

  6. Sylvia Ellerman says:

    Just received a call from 414-875-3387. He wanted $150.00 wire through Western Union to claim my prize of $7,000 a week for life. The man was rude to me and my son in law who questioned the validity of the call.

  7. Shenica says:

    Just received a call from 239-234-4377. Very persistent too. Kept calling me back.

  8. Rhonda says:

    I just received a call from the same 8763928496 in Jamaica telling me to not let anyone know that I won $880,000. He also stated that he is a man of God and he wouldn’t play with this due to this is from PCH. I in turn went home and reversed googled the number and it came up in Jamaica .Now I also grilled this John Miller about having my info and calling me on my Vehicle telephone smh and lol. He gave me control #485362USA …So glad I didn’t hype myself up about this.

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