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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1,012 thoughts on “5 Ways To Know If It’s A Publishers Clearing House Scam!”

  1. Christine says:

    What if you get a letter in the mail stating that PCH is trying to get a hold of you? I ignored my letter as I felt this was a red flag. I entered for a chance to win, not receive relentless games and order forms that were just so over whelming. I would rather play the Lotto once in a while for a dollar. I find it hard to believe that this is even real. Maybe they should just hustle magazines as I did buy one and paid in full with a mailed check. Lol. Now I’m not sure I should of even did that!

  2. Nay says:

    Watch out for the 1-347-568-8531 number. Stating you have won as well!

  3. Karrie says:

    Just got a call on my cell phone from a Private Number (scam written all over that) a guy giving his name as Peter Peters from PCH asking me if I got my notification in the mail of my winnings. Told him I don’t even play then hung up! Total scam!

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Karrie! Thank you for sharing your encounter with that awful scammer for everyone! We’re so sorry to hear about your experience. As you know, PCH will never ask you to pay to claim a PCH prize and we never contact winners in advance. Please report this scammer to abuse@pch.com and check out these helpful tips: http://bit.ly/_FraudProtection_.

  4. Tracy says:

    Just received a call from “Richard” stating that I was the daily winner of $850,000 and a Mercedes. He left the number (876)489-9408 for me to call back. I deleted the message assuming it was a scam. From what I can see here, I was right.

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