How You Can Spot A Publishers Clearing House Facebook Scam!

Hi Everyone!

As you all know, the PCH Prize Patrol is very concerned about scammers on Facebook. Unfortunately, in just a few short weeks of my internship here at Publishers Clearing House, I have realized how many fans are posting on Facebook about friend requests from strangers impersonating the Prize Patrol. These scammers are even telling people they won and need to give them money! I wanted to write a blog to give you all some more information on how you can identify if the person on Facebook is a scammer!

One thing we haven’t done yet on the blog is show you a real Facebook message conversation with a scammer. Well recently one of our fans had a conversation with a scammer who was pretending to be Todd Sloane. This fan was grateful enough to post this on Danielle’s PCH Prize Patrol Fan Page to share with everyone! If you receive a private message like this…it’s a Publishers Clearing House Facebook SCAM!

Spot A Publishers Clearing House Facebook Scam

Spot A PCH Facebook Scam

So how can you be sure it’s a scam? Well for starters, if you receive a friend request or private Facebook message from anyone claiming to be the PCH Prize Patrol, that’s the first indication! The most important thing to know is that the Prize Patrol will NEVER send personal messages, friend requests or contact you prior to knowing the winner of the prize. The only way that you will know if you have won big ($10,000 and up) is if the Prize Patrol shows up at your doorstep. If you do get into contact with a scammer through a Facebook message or a phone call, DO NOT give them any of your personal information or money! PCH NEVER asks for money in order to claim a prize — winning and entering sweepstakes is ALWAYS free.

Another tip is to look at the number of followers the Facebook page has. For example, if someone named “Todd Sloane” sends you a friend request and you see they only have 3 friends, that’s a way to tell that it’s a Publishers Clearing House Facebook SCAM. The REAL PCH Prize Patrol Fan Pages have thousands of fans! If you do catch a scammer on Facebook, be sure to report them, it would be a BIG help to the Prize Patrol if we have our fans assist in reporting scammers. Not only would you be helping them, but other fans as well! For steps on how to report a scammer refer to this YouTube video created by Danielle:

How to Report A Scam On Facebook

Working with the Prize Patrol and analyzing Facebook postings allowed me to realize that there sadly are scammers out there targeting innocent people. I hope this helps everyone and gives insight on what to look for the next time you are contacted by a scammer on Facebook! Please don’t be fooled, and if you have any questions, you can always leave a comment on the PCH Prize Patrol Fan Pages — Danielle Lam, Todd Sloane or Dave Sayer!

Alyssa C.
Promotion Development Intern

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  1. I got a letter from a peter brown (chief financial officer) saying i won 2.5 million and sent me a check for $5,710 to cover insurance and attorney fees.You can contact me for more info if needed

  2. Someone was using one of relatives as a source of contact but I really don’t think it was my relative because at first she said she received her $250,000.00 in the beginning of the conversation and toward the end of it she says she doesn’t have the fee of $750 that I asked for a loan and I’ll triple it back with the cash prize. Bells were going of and flags were being raised because she would’ve given me the money plus when I took her I think this is a scam and asked her for information only my family members know the person took offense to it.

  3. David sayer just reached out to me. Stating they will be at my house tomorrow that I don’t need to do anything till tomorrow but they want a 1% fer

  4. Mark Godfreywinneratpch has just friend requested me and has contacted me via fb chat. I am waiting for him to ask for money. It’s coming, I know. Hold on. When it does I’ll post the whole chat. He keeps informing me about the taxes for my prize. Here it is: 12:35PM

    How are you doing Mrs Snodgrass
    I am good.
    What’s up?

    How long have you been entering the PCH for a chance to win big for you and the family?
    my mother for decades and me for years

    Ok dear let me explain the PCH is the Publisher’s Clearing House we are a legitimate sweepstakes company that only seek to help people by giving them a chance to win big and give your family the life changing experience you all deserve.
    why are you asking me?

    So what would winning with the PCH mean to you and the family as well?
    a lot but I don’t want to keep doing it when it doesn’t pay off

    Do you know why you are speaking to a PCH Elite right at this very moment?
    ?

    Are you ready to be amazed by us here at the PCH??
    sure

    Well congratulations you have been randomly selected to receive our grand prize of $10 million dollars and a extra $5,000 dollars weekly for life courtesy along with a 2015 BMW from us here at the Publisher’ Clearing House Sweepstakes company all set to be delivered tomorrow by me and my PCH Prize Patrol Team at your home residence no later than 3 o’clock ok dear and yes this is no joke or game or gimmicks of any kind as we here at the PCH are a legitimate sweepstakes company that only seek to help people ok dear so congratulations to you once again on your big grand prize win!!!!!!!
    are you for real?
    hello?

    And yes indeed dear this is your life changing opportunity right here and now. Many persons don’t believe us at first it is ok though but with just a little faith and compliance we will see that your prize delivery is done successfully as we are a legitimate sweepstakes company that only seek?
    if this is for real, then thank you!

    And yes indeed dear this is your life changing opportunity right here and now. Many persons don’t believe us at first it is ok though but with just a little faith and compliance we will see that your prize delivery is done successfully as we are a legitimate sweepstakes company that only seek?
    how much is it going to cost me to receive this prize?

    At this final moment I am filling out your Winners Verification Form as well. Provide me with your full name and address and valid cell phone number to ensure I am speaking to the correct person and that we are on the right track as well!!!
    Listen! Here is my phone number. 509-251-6841. You call me and I’ll determine if I will give you any further information.

    OK I have Mr Sawyers call you ok.

    Ok thank you for your compliance once again and now please hold while I have your information verified and filled out ok dear.
    k

    Thank you for your patience and I am pleased to say that you have been verified and approved as our newest grand prize winner ok dear congratulations to you once again on your big grand prize win!!
    thank you

    Ok well let me explain ok it is routine winner and government protocol to follow ok and nothing hard just simple paperwork and legal procedure to be undertaken by you our grand prize winner.
    k

    Only PCH is authorized to notify you of a win from a PCH giveaway. There are never any strings attached to winning a Publishers Clearing House prize. We do not ask for bank account information. There is one processing fee, tax or special handling charge required … and your prizes will delivered free of charge to the winners.
    PCH-PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE

    PublisherClearinghouse prizes are subject to federal, state and local income taxes. You may be required to make estimated tax payments by filing a form 1040ES with the Internal Revenue Service. If you have questions regarding income tax, please contact the Internal Revenue Service
    PCH-PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE
    Mr. Sawyer said I would not have to pay anything

    If you live in the United States, your sweepstakes prizes are not exempt from taxes. Each year, the IRS will expect you to declare your sweepstakes taxes on your 1040 form. Even non-monetary sweepstakes prizes should be declared on your taxes as “other Income.”..
    PCH-PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE
    ok
    I’ll see you tomorrow!

    When you win a sweepstakes prize, you are only required by the IRS to report the fair market value (FMV), not the sponsor’s approximate retail value (ARV). But how do you go about finding out what the FMV is, and how do you handle the difference on your taxes..
    PCH-PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE
    ?

    We are required to tell you the odds of winning, the nature or value of the prizes, that entering is free and the terms and conditions to redeem a prize. Sweepstakes mailings also must tell you that you have to pay to participate. They also can claim that you’re a winner unless you’ve actually won a prize. And we are always permitted to include checks thats clearly in your

    1. Here is the rest of that conversation: We are required to tell you the odds of winning, the nature or value of the prizes, that entering is free and the terms and conditions to redeem a prize. Sweepstakes mailings also must tell you that you have to pay to participate. They also can claim that you’re a winner unless you’ve actually won a prize. And we are always permitted to include checks thats clearly in your state a soon has you receive they’re negotiable and have cash
      PCH-PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE
      dude, this part here is not true. Sweepstakes mailings also must tell you that you have to pay to participate.
      there is no purchase required at PCH

      We here at the Publishers Clearing House have already taken care of 99%of your processing fee ok you need to handle your 1%claiming fee so your package can be fully claimed in your name.
      I am reporting you to PCH and fb.
      Good day. F*** you for having me believe I won all that money!

      But you have won

  5. There is a man Chris Aerts at facebook.com/claimagentchrisaert that is posing as pch prize patrol. He has sent me several messages through friends that beleive him. Thank you