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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1,552 thoughts on “5 Ways To Know If It’s A Publishers Clearing House Scam!”

  1. Ally G says:

    Some guy with an Indian accent called from ************** saying he was from PCH. Said his name was William Wesley. (Ummm, Indian accent… Duh, this is NOT your name). I apparently won $27mill and a 2014 Benz!! Omgoddess, wow!! *end sarcasm* The scum wanted me to wire money to some Dorothy Davis in Columbia, SC. Seriously, people like this need to get lives!

  2. I have received telephone calls and emails regarding this very thing but I would not give in to them.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Steve, the real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam call to us at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!

  3. Joyce says:

    I have been contacted more than once from Michael and Tim Parker. Area Code 876, Jamaica. Today they called and left a number for a bank account in NY. (929) 444-7214 so I could call and give them my bank account number to make a $2.5 million transfer. After that, I would owe them $800 for the transfer. This will never happen.

    1. david says:

      what was the info that they gave to u to enter to hear the amount in the account?

  4. Shirley Miller says:

    I was just contacted..SCAM..I was given this number to call back 876-275-6589
    Askimg for 500.00 state tax to be paid prior to winning…must go to Walmart and do a transfer..


  5. Eva Wheeless says:

    House of Fun casino app charged me close to $100 when I attempted us. The $600000 tokens given me via my apple acct with credit card on file! I notified Apple contacted and threatened Atty for fraudulent charges without authorization. This House of Fun casino game app !

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