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 R.
PCH Online Creative

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

  1. N.Jean :
    I got a call telling me it was the Publish Clearing House,and that I was a big
    winner,I told her thanks but no thanks. She was upset that I didn’t want the money.and asked why. I told her that for 60yrs I had been in it and never won anything,and
    that nothing in life is free. she asked me if someone had already called me.
    She had a accent the ,phone # was 1-876-378-3135.it cam from Jamacia. I know that
    PCH ,shows up at your door,not call you on the phone..
    Please reply

    1. wayne willey says:

      I had same call I am trying to figure just what they want

  2. Rick Grant says:

    After reading the fine print, I noticed “National Magazine Exchange” 8285 Bryan Dairy Road, suite 150, Largo.FL 33777 also drawing at 5/20/2016- maybe the timing is the trick, a $1,100,000.00 trick with a deadline: July 31,2014 .

  3. Rick Grant says:

    Wish I had contacted you first! Who is “STRIKE IT RICH IX” ? They southern-charmed me into buying magazines – 3 pmts @ $69. plus my credit card numbers. They also promised me watches w/diamonds-also Hydroxitone facial creme. I also must consult my financial advisor re :payout decision-tax,etc CASH PAYMENT OPTIONS: $36,666.67 each year for 30yrs or Immediate lump sum of $550,000.00

  4. Florence Mayfield says:

    HI, i was contacted this morning by someone named Todd Sloane, claiming to be with your company, well he said i had won, giveaway #3081, i have a bad heart, so you can imagine, at first i started to get excited, then i messaged him back, asking him if he was serious, he never responded, Then i decided to try and contact you , to see if this was a scam, now i know, it was. So, if Dave shows up at my front door, then i can get excited, right. Someone needs to find this person and do something about him, i could have easily dropped dead from a heart attack. Thank You, God Bless

  5. Linda M. says:

    I received a fake check supposingly from PCH stating I was a 2nd prize winner of a $100 Million Dollar cash giveaway promotion. Sponsors are Readers Digest & Mega Millions/Multi-State Lottery Assoc. Keep in mind, all the info. & documents I actually received was zeroxed & a photo copy of a check payable to me for $6,000.00 That’s my share out of $2,500,000.00. So looked to see where this check was drawn & whar bank… It’s a trucking company called:
    15 ALLEN ST.
    MYSTIC, CT.06355
    Report this company to the Better Business Bureau for trying to scam vulnerable people. If you’re not computer saavy & don’t follow up on these types of scams, you can be headed for a rude awakening!

    1. John Smith says:

      Apprently you owe a collection Agency money Linda. Pay your stinkin bills and you won’t have to worry about that.

  6. Wayne Willey says:

    I just received a call from Jamaica (876 474 5117) said I had won a million and a new car. said her name was Debra Hollis, said she was a officer with Publishers clearing house company. Never ask for any thing just said I had won and they would send. I called my phone company and told them of this and I would not be paying for any thing in regards to this

  7. DH Myers says:

    Got a call on my cell phone. The caller’s number was 1 876 381-4342, Said I had won and they wanted to know when I would be home.I called the PCH scam reporting number and gave them the info. I never give out my cell and would love to know how they got it

    1. Danielle says:

      I just got a call from a 876 number as well, said I won a new car and cashiers check. The number is from Jamaica and he claimed he was in NYC Wanted me to call his manager. Asked him how he ggot my number and I’d he knew my name, he couldn’t answer that. Sounds a lil fishy to me.

  8. David says:

    Now get your friends at CCM Media to leave people alone. The only way that they could get my phone # was through you. Tell them to quit sending magazines I never ordered and never wanted to start with. They all go in the trash now, tried sending them back and USPS doesn’t want them either.

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