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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1,061 thoughts on “5 Ways To Know If It’s A Publishers Clearing House Scam!”

  1. Tawana Rankin says:

    I think I am getting scam right now! This Brad Thompson guy is on the phone with me.

  2. Richard Eckart says:

    I got a Facebook message from someone named Danielle Lamm claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and that I had won. She had me going for awhile until she said I needed to send money before I’m sent a chcheck. quick search of the real Publishers Clearing House website proved her to be a fraud. Publishers Clearing House never ever ask for money and will not contact you through Facebook. I quickly unfriended her and threatened her with the FBI. She hasn’t contacted me since.

  3. Samuel C. says:

    All you need is common sense to know the real PCH.

  4. Mona Dunlap says:

    I had a call telling me I won 2.5 million and a car. Wanted me to go to the bank and get a money card for $1500 then in 35 minutes the pub. Clearing house would be coming to our house to give us our prizes. He said there would not be any taxes, ect. I could tell he was foren. He had me write down some numbers: conf.numbers etc I told him I couldn’t go anywhere cause I had knee surgery, etc. Anyway, sounded like he wanted me to get the $1500 in a money order before they came with the prizes. I would be reimbursed. Sounded strange. He gave the line to someone else to give me a number to. Call when my husband got back cause I told he handles all the finances. He started to give me the number to call him back which was 1-876. Then he lost connection.

  5. Deana Chick says:

    are you liers or are you full of it i dont beleve you are

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