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 1-800-392-4109 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

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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Jorge ramire said...

Thanks a lot for the scam tips they are always helpfull :) and yes I belive.. Stay safe everyone and good luck

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David Faas said...

I got it !!! I will be wary of Potential Scammers!!!No Scammer is going to get me!That is for Sure!!!And Be safe out there,Do not let Scammers try to Sucker you!!! Best Regards,Mr.David Faas,Duluth,Minnesota

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hope said...

Good reminders to keep in mind as the big prize day approaches four Tuesdays from today! Any other prizes to be delivered BEFORE the 30th?

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Karen Shelton said...

Elaina,

Thanks for the blog/update on scamming. It’s so helpful to us PCH fans, you never know what the scammers are up to next.

Have a great day everyone!

Come on April 30th, PCH come on to my home town.

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WOODS DINA said...

Thank you Elaina,it is great when a company (like PCH) keeps their fans and customers informed.Scammers are relentless,and go after people who are unaware and believing.So I appreciate the warning.This keeps we alert and in the know!!”Don’t friend the PCH crew!!”

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Elaina R. said...

Hi Karen, Glad you found this blog helpful. Have a great day, too. Elaina

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Kamie cook said...

Thank you for the info!!! It’s greet to be informed!!

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TERRI OLSON said...

Hi,Wow i have gotten soooooo many phone calls saying i won and all i need to do is apply for the Green Card.Iknew right away it was a Scam .So i put that caller on a NO CALL LIST and hopefuly i wont have to deal with that again

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Michael Rolle said...

Good Morning as Fans of Publishers clearing house Sweepstakes, I’ve always play-Safe! to pervent the odds of loss. And I do to Play (Smart) not just for myself, but for my Families Sake I play by the PCH Facts and Rules of the official website also educating My-Self about the Life of the Sweepstakes Official end-dates I am Definitely In it to Win! Plus keeping ourselves visualent from the weakness of Cams and Stearing our team in the Right Direction.

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Josphat njenga said...

Thanks pch for your awarenes.

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Joye Hamilton said...

:D Hello Elaina & ALL Of The PCH Teams!

A Wee Rhyme For You Folks At PCH!

Thanks For The Reminders You Can Never Warn Us Enough…It’s A Cryin’ Shame When PCH Has To Be So Darn Tough! :P

:D Have A Great Weekend ~ Lord Knows You’ve Earned It! :)

As Always, Warm Regards, :) Joye H. ^_^

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susan varughese said...

PCH is real because real people win money with them, so i do not think it is a scam.

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Nettie Jenkins said...

I am so glad PCH keeps posting this !

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DeLayne Perry said...

sharing the link to this blog on my FB timeline! Thanks PCH!

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DeLayne Perry said...

thanks again… got it!

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Nan Spiegel said...

Sounds logical I tell them I am on the do not call list and can be reported Publishers Clearing House has been sending out strange e-mails and did contact them they were checking registration but on facebook and website sending out $5000 a week contest which has already occure

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Kanika Loeung said...

Have a great weekend all of you!

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Louis Holly said...

I have had all five of these scams attempted! I ignore them now and just continue to participate accordingly!

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Brenda Liz martinez said...

yes pch is the best I see all this winne r on T.V I fell happy for all congrats We here Waiting

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myron s drake said...

thanks you can never warn us enough.don,t let scammers suck you into there game.

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mike m said...

What if someone is out of town for a few weeks and they win? Would you ever try to contact someone if they were never home?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Mike, if you are confirmed to be our lucky winner, the Prize Patrol, headed by Dave Sayer, will use all of their resources to locate you and present you with your prize. No need to be home!

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Marcella Jones said...

Thank you PCH for helping me to be aware of the tactics of those trying to commit scams.

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Marion Hardeman said...

Thanks for those five outstanding warnings as it relates to scamers .

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Linda Chrisley said...

I will keep and eye out for all them tips there pch.

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Shawna Cheri Reese said...

Thank you for the info. on the scam tips. I answered back to one and I said, I know your not Dave so why are you doing this scamming and they said, for the money, and I told him there is other ways to get money like mowing lawn. Well he didn’t answer me, I guess he is to lazy to do real work.

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Vance Yung said...

Like with me… someone contact me with the name Todd Sloane saying that I won $10 million dollars. Then asked if I have q Green Dot card because I was told that I had to give a Claim Number from the card. LOL. Good thing I wasn’t tricked. HQHA

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Lois Hussey said...

Thanks for the info..I need a Winning Moment,I am ready to Win April 30th from Publishers Clearing House 1,000,000 prize.

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Lois Hussey said...

I’m ready to win,how about coming to New Hampshire!!!!

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Elizabeth A. Hyland said...

Then you better talk to Todd Sloan and Danielle because both of them today 4-6-2013 told me to buy a money dot for 14 credits Todd’s was $239 and Danielle was $399.

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Diana Hanlon said...

I enter every day and wishing for my Dream Come True !!

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lydia florez said...

thank you for the warning

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Kendra Bigs said...

Okay so Im still getting emails about entering the superprize of 5000 a week for life giveaway number 1830 and its says its from PCH and everything the thing is you guys already gave that superprize away and thats not the current giveaway so are those emails scams?

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maria estrella baccay platecki said...

thank you very much for the tips i really appreciate so much.i know god is always with us and unril now i keep pray pray that someday my dreams come true in publishers clearing house.this is real i guarrantee hundred percent cause i win here before twice but not that big its 50 dollar cash i have a souvinier with them and i am so proud to the company cause they help a lor of people including me.more power and more blessing to come.to elaina thanks for the information god bless you and your family too

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Kanika Loeung said...

It is very helpful and it has a good advice too. Thank you and I appreacite!

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foresteen walker said...

Thank you so much Elaina R. somebody did send me a friend request showing MR. dave sayer Photo and I did accepet his friend request. But unfortuntely this is not no laughting matter. (sad)

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NATIVIDAD MASCARENAS-GALLEGOS said...

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative,

Thank you so much for your very detailed informative blog! It is so sad that there are so many people out there who actually try and ruin over people’s lives! (Especially our Elderly!)

I think that it is so important to help each other watch out for these types of individuals and not be afraid to speak up if we see or hear something that just is not right!

Again, I love your PCH Blog!

Have a great day and May God Bless You Always!

Respectfully,
NATIVIDAD

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Diane malone said...

Great info in fact I had just such a call about a month ago but i knew it was a scam so i just hung up on them.

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Barb S. said...

Thanks for the great reminders!

This is sort of off topic, but just to let you know – and maybe it’s just me – but today everything on the PCH site has worked great for me via Firefox (my preferred browser) except for the Lotto game. It would load but it was like nothing was clickable, so couldn’t get anywhere. I finally went to that page in IE, logged in from there, and was able to get through all the PCH Lotto games just fine. No idea why everything except Lotto is working in Firefox, but thought I’d mention it! :)

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FRANK MARTIN said...

Thanks for alert us from that type of scam. I do believe in the PCH’s seriousness.God bless you and all the staff who work there.

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Stancio Butler said...

Elaina R.

PCH Online Creative,

Thanks a lot for a bunch of tips to protect a lot of people including myself from those horrible Publishers Clearing House Scams.

I love your PCH Blog!

Have a great day and May God Bless You Always!

Respectfully,

STANCIO BUTLER

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Liz Jenkins said...

Just wanted to let everyone know that yesterday I received a e-mail, stating that I had won $1,000,000.00 from PCH Finance Bonanza. They requested my info to be able to get the money to me. I call PCH and was told that it was a SCAM, they gave me an e-mail address to forward my e-mail too.
Thanks PCH for keeping us safe.

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Junal Gerlach said...

I been praying entering for 18 years and enter every day…and still believe….

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Tammy Desatnik said...

I am always searching and playing the pch lotto games and my boyfriend says that I am wasting my time. I can’t wait to prove him totally wrong! He says that since I don’t always play every year I will never be considered for anything worth my while. Praying that prize patrol shows up when he is home!! Team PCH forever!

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Angel Warford said...

Hi, I hope I can win for my household, my momma has made so much fun of me over the past two years saying I’d never win Pch, and made fun of me for trying and telling me I’m crazy, one day I know I won’t be wrong for trying, it’s for a good cause I love being a momma and a wife, she never believed in me, but I’m praying you guys come one day…..

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Piper Talkington said...

All of these tips are true because it happened to me today. Please please please pay attention people!! Everything listed here (excluding the Facebook one) happened to me. They wound up scamming me for $450 and now I’m having to work even harder to pay my bills. I already work two jobs and try to go to school and still don’t have enough money to get by so you can see why this type of event would make my brain forget about common sense and do whatever it took to claim my “prize”. Please don’t be a victim like I was.

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kathy butler said...

Congratulations, your email address has won ($1,000,000.00USD) in the on going
Publishers Clearing House lotto draw that was held today, please fill details
below for claims. Email us for further procedure on the claim of your won funds
at: alicia.roger@admin.in.th

Winner you are to send the details below to process the immediate payment of
your prize for delivery,

1. Name:
2. Address:
3. Country:
4. Phone Number:
5. Occupation:
6. Sex:
7. Age:

Sincerely,
Alicia Roger
Online Coordinator
Publishers Clearing House
Tel:+447045723320

received this in my e-mail today

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Kathy, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Alpha Scott said...

What I hate about PCH sweepstakes is from time to time PCH sends me an email saying I had never entered into PCH online sweepstakes but I had only ordered products through the mail. That is not true! I have ordered many PCH products online. I wish PCH would get their email online entry email status information correct and stop this incorrect information. When this happens, it leads me to believe PCH is a scam. I hope not, though!

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Audrey Newbold said...

I enter daily and I have actually used some of the sites that I looked for in the search, but my entries are never validated. I could really use the prize money, as could everyone else that has entered to win. I am becoming very disheartened. I really hope you show up at my door on June 30th!

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Audrey, if you’ve entered online, your entry will be given a number after it is processed. Please be assured that if you have seen an entry confirmation message on the screen that your entry has been processed properly. If you enter by returning a mailer, your entry number will be marked on that mailer. While we have many draws, unfortunately not everyone can win a prize. Winners are chosen completely at random so you never know who will become the next big winner! Every entry is a new chance to win so don’t lose hope!

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Michele Gray said...

I received this email , Im thinkging its a scam as all others come from PCH, not the whole things spelled out.
Can you confirm.

Dear Winner

We are pleased to announce to you that your email address emerged as a category
2 winner in the online weekly Publishers Clearing House total pay out of One
million dollars ($1,000,000.00USD), please fill details below for claims. Email
us back: publiserclearinghouse@kimo.com

Winning Numbers : 47-14-34-85-67-32
E-mail Give-away Number: FL 754/22/76

Name in full:.. Address:… Sex:.. Occupation:.. Present
Country:..Tel..

!!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

Sincerely
Mrs.Reyna Cruz

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Michele, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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shirley negron said...

I’ve been responding to publishers clearing house emails for several years now and all that’s been accomplished is having many hundreds of companies trying to sell me something.
I’m beginning to think publishers clearing house is a scam. They never make it to a home that is in poverty. Every door that they seem to ring is in an upscale neighborhood.
What’s up with this PCH. Don’t you give away money to poverty stricken people or does your list include actors not real people Please respond.

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Betty McIntyre said...

Received a phone call from John Miller from phone number 876-567-8062 informing me that I had an unclaimed prize of 5.5 million. He requested a credit card number in order to process the check.
I told him I wound confirm with our local TV station investigative reporter and contact him if this was not a scam

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Betty, thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Joyce Aughtman said...

Got one of these Jamaican calls today. How do I report this scammer ?

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Luette Lopez said...

I know Dave’s team will go to your home if u win the grand prize on June 30th but what about if u win one of those instant search prizes (for example an iPad) how would u get notified by email, a phone call or in person?? Would u guys ask for personal information like name or address to mail it out to the winner or will u guys take it to the winner in person??

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Ryan R said...

I Just got a call saying that they sent letter two weeks ago saying that I won $950,000 and were now calling to make sure I had all the info I needed. They wanted me to read all the info(to make sure I had it all right). I refused to say my personal info and she kept pushing. So I looked this up while on my phone and called her out on it. Unreal. Thanks for the info!

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Deborah Washington said...

I recieved 11 calls today 2 restricted 2 unknown and 7 calls from a(876)895-9877 jamaica number spoke with a James Cooper he said he’s been trying to reach me regarding my prize winning of 2 million dollars and he was from publishing clearing house that i needed to western union 200.00 to a to a Mr. Jerry Carrell in oklahoma to register my check so i would be able to cash it.But it didn’t make sense to me when i questioned him he was ignored. So he said he will call me back.

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ed thomas said...

We’re senior citizen winners. If we register at mpec pch team we will have 900g’s and a new car in our driveway this PM. Received calls from 51633486132, 8764763377, 9492863974

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mike s said...

Just got a call saying I won $2.5 Million. What an idiot. Says I’ve subscribed in May of 2010 of a magazine but couldn’t tell me which one. I haven’t had a magazine subscription since the 80′s.

He also said I have been paying my utility bills and am always up to date. I haven’t had a utility bill in years as I lost my job and had to move back in with my mother.

The he said he was 35 minutes from my house. I asked him what address he was coming to then he hung up.

I hate these people SO much.

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julia mobley said...

I recently received a phone call stating that I had won 495.000 dollars.This is a fairly elaborate scam.The”so-called”rep. gave me several numbers,a routing number for FedEx.Today I received a call and the man”claimed”to be from U.S.Customs stating I had to pay”International Taxes” of 2067 dollars(IT HAD SCAM WRITTEN ALL OVER IT)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ALFRED HERESI said...

PUT ME ON LIST
SURVEY
AUTOMATICALLY
ENTRY SWEEPSTAKES WIN

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Geraldine Price said...

I just received a call form (920)785-3565 stating that I won 2.5 million dollars. They mention that I won back in February, 2013. Also, that I needed a Green Dot Money Pak with three recommendations; proof of identification,proof of address(utility bill)and of course the Green Dot Money Pak. I left the caller go on through his (Kevin White) speech. What a scam artist he was. I thought I should let you all know this. Please advise, of this scam artist called another trying his scam? I have never experience this before, first time.
Thank you for your time in this matter.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Geraldine, thank you for bringing this to our attention. That was definitely a SCAM! Sadly, we’re aware of these scams and we’re working hard to combat them. Remember, you NEVER have to buy something or pay a fee to enter our Sweepstakes or to claim a prize. You may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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jinese said...

Hello some one just contact me saying i won 1.5 million dollars. I have to purchase a green dot money pack of 300 in order to receive my prize tomorrow. She said it is for tax purposes only and i will be reimbursed. she said all I have to do is give them the confirmation number and they will not take any money out.

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liessel heymann said...

I got a call today telling me that i won
the. Pch 2.5 million dollar prize and that the prize patrol was headed to my house but first i had to go to my nearest walgreens or walmart and buy a relodable cash card and load $200 bucks to it then go all the way back home scratch the card and give him the number! He was calling all the way from jamaica! I was like sure! Let me see the 2.5 million first! But really i believe pch is legit and im not gunna let scamers like that make me scared to participate in such a cool sweepstakes!

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    liessel heymann said...

    ohhh! Yeah! And this was the #1-876-825-9955
    Who was calling me from jamaica! This was also the first time someone tried to scam me!
    -.- smh!

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Liessel, thank you for bringing this to our attention. That’s definitely a SCAM! You NEVER have to buy something or pay a fee to enter our Sweepstakes or to claim a prize. It’s free! Remember, winners of $10,000 or more are surprised by the Prize Patrol in person only and are NEVER notified in advance! You may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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      Jaye D said...

      So I just want to know if the emails I keep receiving are real… Instead of zeroes 00000 there are OOOOOOs… Is this spam???? When i click the links they either take me to pchsearch&win or to a pch website where I can play games for tokens and instant wins… It seems real, But I’m just curious about the 0/O thing…

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Jaye D said...

So I just want to know if the emails I keep receiving are real… Instead of zeroes 00000 there are OOOOOOs… Is this spam???? When i click the links they either take me to pchsearch&win or to a pch website where I can play games for tokens and instant wins… It seems real, But I’m just curious about the 0/O thing…

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C. Landry said...

I received a call on my cell phone from this phone number (876) 452-4394. The caller identified himself as a David Peterson and he told me that I won $2.5 million and a 2012 Mercedes Benz in the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. He continued on to provide me with a Ticket # and Package # , Check # and asked me if I preferred a Private Delivery or Public Delivery of my prize. He then told me to call another number (866) 996-5997 and provided a password number to speak to an operator. And he said that I also needed to contact a Donald Wagner (876) 587-4357. I did not call any of these numbers as I had a gut feeling that this was a scam. However, shortly after I hung up, I received two more calls with “Unknown” number, but I did not answer those. I will be reporting this to consumer fraud.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi C., thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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    Renee Barnes said...

    I received the same call to call the same number. This person has been calling me for days. I didn’t pick up for a while, then I did. He said I had to have a credit card to pay taxes on my new car. Same thing happened a few months ago, prize was $4.5M! I told him to bring the car, I’ll pay taxes. After some choice words, I hung up.

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Jacqueline Curtis said...

July 3, 2013
If anyone calls from (876-887-0664 ) says their name is Jessi Haynes with P C H its a scam he wants you to buy a green dot money card and put 500 on it. And will tell you not to tell nobody. Lol and he will block the number and call you back when you hang up on him

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Aaron Lionel said...

lol sorry folks but PCH absolutely IS a scam. Stop and think for a moment…think about how many video advertisements you have to watch in a single day to enter the daily sweepstakes and instant win games…They get TONS of advertising, and the odds of winning any large cash prize are so astronomically bad, it makes the State Lottery look like a sure win…You’re more likely to be struck by lightning 20 days in a row. Go ahead and check the odds, it’s actually quite comical. And look at the way they word the email notices and the pathetic tactics they use to make people think they actually have a chance of winning. “WARNING! Forfeiture of prize if you don’t respond RIGHT NOW!” and “Someone with your initials is DEFINITELY going to win!” and countless other tricks. You’re not going to get rich with PCH…Hell, you’re not even going to win a car…Go ahead and check the odds…You’re more likely to win the Powerball 10 times in a row

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cheryl warner said...

i received a phone call from a man who said his name was “John Peterson” that he represents PCH lottery and that i had won a car and money. he claimed the reason he called me was because he got permission from the government due to my not responding to a letter i was suppossed to receive. he claimed he was backed by the BBB and FBI. im suppossed to receive 2 packages tomorrow with my instructions on where to go and what to do. i was told i would need a valid id and meet up with a representative. we would then go to a bank of my choice where the check would be deposited and then we would proceed to the nearest mercedes dealership and i would receieve my new car. frustrated becasue it sounded legit and i didnt have to pay any money or fees, i wasnt asked for any personal identification. this is a scam right??

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Cheryl, you’re right! This is a scam. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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leah harwell said...

Just got scamed by people. and how my mom figured it out they wanted $450.00 on a card at the store. We thought we were getting bless cause we are going thru a hard time at the moment.

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Henrietta Denotsko said...

My husband George Denotsko was called by Mike of Federal Trade Commission and a Reba Smith from Publishers Clearing saying we won $450,000. We were asked to give the Feredal Trade Commission an activation code so that they could release the money which would be delivered by Brinks Armored Division with 2 uniformed officers whith a check for %250.000 and 200,000 cash, a 1099 form and a check for $1,499.00 from Lloyds of London for refundable delivery insurance. They also said that we needed insurance for this or we would be charged $25.00 a day until we had insurance. We did not give them any personal information. It seems that they are now trying to use scare tactics.

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Anela DeCosta said...

My uncle received a phone call from the following number: 18768429788. The guy was giving him information to call a certain number and give this information to the supervisor in order to receive his $5.5 million prize. They said they were with pch. I was skeptical, but my uncle mentioned that he just entered the contest last month. I Googled the number, it came up on a page with what looked like Korean characters.

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Dianne Keen said...

I received a call today! Good thing I was aware I told her I thought it was a scam and after several times of telling her she hung up on me the number 876-574-5775 BEWARE Y’ALL

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Valley PC said...

An elderly parishoner at our church received a letter saying she won a huge amount of money and to call an 866- phone number. The man who answered sounded so professional and nice. In order to process her winnings, she was told to send a ‘Betty Smith’ $8,500. Unfortunately, she did so. She said they sounded so legitimate. The check was cashed and she is heart sick. Is there anything this poor woman can do to recoup some of her money?

Thank you.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi there, so sorry this happened! Sadly, we’re aware of these scams and we’re working hard to combat them. You may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. You may also report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://fraud.org/.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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JAFARULLAH said...

So I understand what is going on. Daniel and Dave Sayer started chatting with me and requested me to activate $899.99 after purchasing Money Pak Card. Later on he reduce the amount to US$300.00 at the beginning. Is it necessary to activate PCH Games or Sweepstakes at all? Please help me and guide what to do?

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Sherry Nabors said...

I received a letter in the mail saying I have won a lump sum of 45,000 cash or a 2014 ford super duty F-250 Lariat pickup with a phone number of 1 888 227 1494 ID# 210965981 dead line of August 15 to claim my prize is this real from the PCH games or not please respond

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zackery hy said...

Hi i just got an email and it said i had the winning email number the asked for my name were i live my work info age ethnicity. I was hope it might be real if any one can let me know that would be great . The email was sent by a michael k larson.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Zackery, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Daniel Weeks III said...

My friends tell me PCH is a scam? I have earned over a quarter of a million tokens and cannot even win a $5.00 gift card. I am starting to believe them and starting to feel like I am wasting my time. I may stop playing and find something that is for real.??????????

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Daniel, PCH is not a scam. PCH is a legitimate sweepstakes company. Over the years, Publishers Clearing House has awarded over $243 Million in prizes to people all over the United States and Canada. To see some of those winning moments, visit http://www.pchtv.com. While we have many draws, unfortunately, not everyone can win a prize. PCH Sweepstakes winners are chosen at random, and each entry has the same chance of winning. You never know who will become the next BIG winner, so don’t lose hope!

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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LaTonyia Gardner said...

I would like to see real blogs with real winners. Where can I find it? How is the winning process conducted?

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Karen Armstrong said...

i received a 50 dollar check in the mail from PCH is it real?

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J.W said...

I received another letter from PCH. After receiving two that were obviously fake I am having a hard time finding something obviously wrong in this letter. The envelope says “This notice only” and has a red Cautionary Alert on it. Is this real? It also contains advertisments for various items.

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Glen Pauls said...

Someone called me today from an unknown number, asking if my name was Glen. I said yes, it was …. he said Can you hear me okay (spoke good English) and sounded elderly. He said he was from Publishers Clearing House and I replied My name is Glen but I don’t want to talk to you, he said why not …. but I just hung up.

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alesia register said...

Hi, I just received a call from someone saying I won $225,000 in pch sweepstakes. 1-876-392-8985. He gave me this number to call and claim prize 1-876-839-1153, also 1-876-313-7794. Told me they were 15 min. away from my house and they would accompany me to my bank to deposit my winning check and pay them some $500 state prize fee. It sounded to good to be true from the beginning but when they start talking about the prize fee that had scam written all over it.

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Elaina R., PCH Online Creative for that great information to all of us about Scammers.

This is happened to me and I am sure to others too, so all this information helps!!! I just feel that it is very sad when I hear about these scammers taking advantage of us and our elderly. So, I really appreciate all this great information to stay away from these scammers and I am sure the other people that are on the PCH Facebook pages appreciate it too.

Thanks again Elaina R. and I hope you have a wonderful and safe summer!!!

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Tim Schultz said...

You know what, PCH spams me NONSTOP. I have requested to be removed SEVERAL times and they still spam me. This is not a scam PCH either. I have deleted Numerous emails that should have showed up as spam. PCH is like a spam machine. The thing I am disappointed about is not saving every single one of the pathetic emails they send out. I still have several left, I should contact them by phone and complain, because they are just awful.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Tim, Publishers Clearing House does not send unsolicited email to consumers. Consumers receive emails from us only after providing permission to us in the registration sections of our sites.   We take consumer privacy seriously and it our efforts have helped earn us the independent TRUSTEe seal for adherence to best practices in the area. If you would like to unsubscribe from our emails, please go to http://sb.pch.com/partnermail/unsub-leads.aspx?v=20061190&tc=202NC2 to Unsubscribe. Just follow the instructions on our Unsubscribe Request page. Please note you may continue to receive emails while your request is being processed. Please notify us if our emails do not stop after more than 10 business days. If you receive our emails to more than one email address, please be sure to process an Unsubscribe request for each one.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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david mccurdy said...

I recieved an e-mail saying it was from Dave Sayer about winnings. How do i know if it is legit or a scam?

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Becky Collingwood said...

Hi, my husband has received 3 envelopes over the past 2 weeks, claiming that he has won from PCH. They are being mailed from Canada and they all have checks in them. The first letter said that some of this check was to cover some of the tax that we will have to pay. None of them say to contact anyone. All of the checks are written to him directly from different companies. We have researched these companies, which are all legitimate. We are worried that these may be scams and will bounce in our account. I read most of the comments above, but haven’t seen one about this one. Do you know if this is real?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Becky, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. There is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Billie Rayl said...

My mother was just contacted by Mark Maxwell from N. 545 usa new york, city saying she just won a million dollars and a new car and that they would be at her house this afternoon.

Is this real?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Billie, thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Linda Williams said...

Received an email today. this is what it said:

Carole Leclair (cleclair@wlu.ca)

Add to contacts

3:14 PM

Picture of Carole Leclair

You have been cleared a winner from the Publisher Clearing House.
Contact,Mr.Paul davis via email: publisher45@email.ch with your
reference number Ref:UK/9420X2/68,personal details:Full
Name,Country,Address,phone number

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Linda, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Jaye D said...

I asked this question back in June.. it’d be great if I got a response..

So I just want to know if the emails I keep receiving are real… Instead of zeroes 00000 there are OOOOOOs… Is this spam???? When i click the links they either take me to pchsearch&win or to a pch website where I can play games for tokens and instant wins… It seems real, But I’m just curious about the 0/O thing…

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Ualani said...

Got this in the spam mail!!!!!!!!!!

Publishers Clearing House (PCHlotto-2013)
Congratulations,
Dear Email Winner,
We happily announce to you the draw (#942) of the Action aid Online Email award organized for email users all over the World as part of our international promotional program to encourage email User. Your e-mail address, attached to ticket pin 1416-4612-750 ,with serial Number 3187-17 and lucky number 3-17-8-28-55(bonus no.25) consequently won in The Second Category.
You have therefore been approved to receive the Sum of $1,000,000.00 USD
Please fill the form below for claims.
FULL NAMES: ADDRESS: CITY: STATE: ZIP: COUNTRY: SEX: AGE: MARITAL STATUS: OCCUPATION: E-MAIL ADDRESS: TELEPHONE NUMBER:
Reply to below email directly for your claims: p_clearinghouse@yahoo.com.hk
Thomas Winterbourne
Director Of Operation
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Ualani, thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Cassandra Sizemore said...

I got 3 back to back blocked calls. When I finally answered the man on the phone claimed he was from PCH & I was the 3rd prize winner & I was going to receive a check for $100,000 & $25,000 cash. He didn’t even know my name! Gave me this phone number 1(876)313-7794 said to ask for Mr. Greene & to give him my package claim number 775b. Then he wanted me to go buy a green dot money pack card for $450. I called & reported them to the real PCH. He called me back about 30 mins later from 1(876)481-5322. If these numbers call you it’s a SCAM.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Cassandra, thank you for bringing this to our attention. These are definitely scams. The calls you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Amanda M. said...

I have a quick thing to ask. I think it’s a scam letter claiming to be from PCH but just to make sure, I’m going to ask on here. I got a letter recently from PCH saying that it’s a Delivery Verification and that an important document shipment is on it’s way to me within two days. It gives me a Document #, and a shipping date along with my giveaway code (3080). It is supposed to come in a blue and white envelope. This is the description given: Publishers Clearing House Document re: “GOLD CARD” for $7,000.00 A Week For Life prize number (blue & white envelope) *Followed by a picture*. I’m assuming this isn’t really because from what I’ve read, You guys would not deliver something like this. It gives a bit more details about what’s supposed to be inside. It says : Your Prize Number secured in shipped document has been deposited on the WINNER SELECTION LIST. Just wanna confirm it’s a scam so I can tear it up and throw it away.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Amanda, it sounds like it might be a promotional mailing from PCH. Please read the document thoroughly. If it asks you to provide personal information such as a bank account number, nationality, employment information, or asks you to buy something or pay a fee, it’s a scam!

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Sue Greathouse said...

As thought..I got a phone call from AGENT malone claiming I had won 1,000,000.00 and a mercedes and he told me he’d stay on the phone with me until I got to walmart and purchased a pch money pak at a cost of 1500.00 . this was to cover taxes on the million. then he would still stay on the phone til I got back home and my prize was delivered.I told him I didn’t have that much that i only had 100.00 and he said i’d need to take out a lone for 200.00 more and they would deliver my prize for 300.00. The phone number is 876 521-9359.the one i talked to said his name was David Dash. I’m not an idiot.

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