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

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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  1. We got a call tonight stating it was PCH and we had won 20,000,000 they would be at our house at 9am in the morning. We called back the number we were called from and they answered Publishers Clearing House. The number is 876-583-1385. Just give them a call.

  2. I got a call from this number ‭+1 (405) 948-6506‬ saying I’m qualified to win money or a car and I can get free magazines for 48 months. This person said that they was affiliated with PCH is this true? I’m. It buying it

  3. I just got a call from a John Miller saying that I won 3.8m and a Jeep. I’d like to thank this page after he started talking about a $1500 tax fee.

    1. Hi hunter. One of the many great things about PCH is that it’s always free to enter and free to win; you never have to pay to claim a prize. Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. Often times these scammers will ask for money to claim your “prize”. If you are ever contacted by a scammer, do not give them any personal information and definitely don’t send them any money. Instead, please report all scam contacts that you receive to us via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great ways to protect yourself from being scammed. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!
      Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out this blog article for some great info about what you can do to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers

  4. I got a call saying I’m in the running for $25,000. Or ford mustang, they tried to get to order magazines. Do you think it’s a scam? Thank you!

  5. I had a guy named Zach sending me text messages regarding being a $1 million winner plus he said I would be receiving a 2017 Jeep tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock if I wired $500 From my local Walmart in form a f a money gram . I deleted him as a contact immediately

  6. I just got a call from a man claiming to be Dave Sayer @ 614-721-7210 saying I won 2.5 million plus a new car.I would have to send 785.00 from my post office to pay the shipping and handling before they could deliver to prize to my house.I told him I would have to call him back.

    1. Hi Phil. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  7. My mother received a phone call from a Milton Johnson saying she won 5000.oo a week but then he said that he needed money for some tax for the IRS or something… she hung up ..His number 518-753-5660 he even gave her some confirmation number and PCH would be at her house at 4pm .. anyone shows up I will BE WAITING FOR THEM….

    1. Hi Fawn. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!