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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1,098 thoughts on “5 Ways To Know If It’s A Publishers Clearing House Scam!”

  1. Clare says:

    I got a call from 1-876-773-4210, Jaime Fox saying I won and need to send 1% of the taxes ($155) via Western Union before my prize can be delivered. He continues to call me back saying it is 100% legit and I should not pass up my prize.

  2. Donna Hill says:

    Someone saying their name is Danille Iasm with PCH is emailing me again. That’s twice this week. Asking me if I won what would I do with my money. I know this is a scam again. Just wanted to let you know.

  3. traci says:

    Congrulation Pch Payment outward receipt number … real or fake thats all the email says

  4. me says:

    I figured it maybe some bs

  5. Vera says:

    It don’t believe anything the representative that work with publisher clearing house tells you they’re getting paid to lie to you you can play those games all day everyday and never when anything believe me I know you’ll have a better chance buying a scratch off from the store are playing lotto at least you really do and can when playing the lottery you definitely won’t win playing any of publisher clearing house games this is how they get you they keep convincing you that you’re going to win those are the people that can be brainwashed I just happen not to be one of those people that can be brainwashed I know a scam when I see one

  6. Vera says:

    Publishers Clearing House is a scam the more of the stupid apps you download the more money they get the more you go online and fill out those stupid surveys they also get money for that too no one ever wins no matter how many little stupid games you play I think it should be a law against what they do 2 people the expecially pray on people that don’t really have much to make them feel hopeful like they’re really going to win something when they know no matter how many of those games surveys you do you will never when a penny really sad

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