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

  1. From March to Aug 2014, we have been called more than 800 times by “JM” in Jamaica, prefix 876. He has used more than 30 numbers which we have now blocked. He still calls but only once or twice a day. He now is calling in a “shared exchange” but caller I.d. says JM. We have only spoken with him once and told him we would not send money. Still, he calls more than 800 times, no kidding! We no longer answer any calls unless we see a caller I.d. We know!

  2. Vicki Flowers says:

    Your phone # listed is proactive plus so I guess PCH is also a scam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I just received a call claiming I was a winner of almost a million, and a Mercedes. All I needed to do was buy something at a CVS or Speedway for $1000, I said I couldn’t. Then it was $500, then $250-all which I could not. I am furious with myself because they got my name and address. I was also told not to tell anyone.

  4. Patricia Peden, Livingston, Texas. says:

    I was just contacted by a J M Kingston, about winning and was ask to go get a green card from CVS, Wal-Mart, k-mart or WalGreens and put $550.00 on it to give to them when they come in one hour, phone # 876-536-4640. He told me not to tell anyone that I had won, I knew it was a scam as soon as he started talking.

  5. Tani Buchanan says:

    Received a phone call from a restricted number. Mr. Michael Collins said I won $495,000.00. Gave me a claims number also. I was to call 315-755-5292. They never asked for any private information. But it was all just really odd. They said prize patrol would be at my house within an hour. Still waiting………

  6. Tom Harvey says:

    Got a call from an unlisted phone saying I won $5,000 a week and a new Mercedes. The phone they called on was not one I used to enter the contest. Also the 800 number on here takes you to Pro Active Plus for acne care…

  7. Ed Winchester says:

    Have been contacted by a man of the name of Kevin Barker claiming I have won a second prize with pch in the amount of 500,000.00 The number which he called from is 214-447-7104. I am assuming this is not legit. Does PCH notify you by phone on such an amount of a prize?

  8. Geoff says:

    John Kennedy…similar number 876-452-4187…..Silver Mercedes, $175k in cash and a check from Wells Fargo for $8.5m…ridiculous!

  9. Aaron Jones says:

    My Name is Aaron I did What PCH told me to do I Enter PCH every day and I’m still waiting for the PCH van to show up at my address.

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