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. If you have more questions about whether something is legitimate or a scam, please visit our FAQ page. And if you’ve been contacted by a scammer, please fill out a Scam Incident Report.

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. I don’t know if you really read these posts or not. I’ve been playing for awhile. I really need a miracle. My husband and I run a Ministry for recovering addicts, we have Two houses with the rent currently at 4100.00$ a month. I was just informed by our financial advisor that, we are going to have to shut down the house we currently are living in leaving myself my husband and 6 other residents to be homeless this next month, but at least our house at 710 S Pacific will be okay. Thanks for letting me share!

  2. I got a friend request from caroline martin on instagram sayin she is a supervisor for a branch in Atlanta asking me to westernunion pch is this a scam

  3. I enter the PCH sweepstakes for 2M upfront + 10K for life and then when I go through the process I’m told I entered the 75K sweepstakes, instead. This is a scam.

  4. I received this email. Is this a scam, thanks, Sue

    From: “Basinski, Claire”
    Subject: winner
    Date: April 28, 2017 at 8:46:40 PM EDT
    Reply-To: “Basinski, Claire”

    WINNING Ref#: 0382622323

    You have won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes dated 28TH of April 2017. For claims make sure to contact our fiduciary claims agent on email address Via( sweepstakes.pch@outlook.com )

    PCH(Publishers Clearing House).

  5. I got an email stating I won and to contact their desk through a link. I sent them an email saying what do I do next. I hope by doing this they can’t hack my info. I never provided any info.