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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eyvonne kerns said...

Thank you Alyssa that is very helpful.Now I know what to look for because I have got calls and messages like that too.Thank you so very much.Alyssa I pray you have a bless weekend,thank you again.

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!ADD YOUR COMMENT HERE TO WIN TODAY FROM
PCH

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flavia xavier said...

d buy one.

10:48am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
yes that is correct and is to loaded with the amount required from the IRS for the CCN numbers ok.

10:48am
Flavia Xavier
should i go now

10:49am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
yes that is correct…please hold while I retrieve the amount ok.
U there?

10:51am
Flavia Xavier
yes i hold

10:53am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
The card should be purchase for the amount of $250.00 and please note that the amount will be refunded back to you 1 hour after your delivery ok.

10:53am
Flavia Xavier
i dont have it
im poor. mother of 3.

10:56am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
could you not have this borrowed from some one until we get there….we will be there in the next 45 minutes to an hour and you can repay your loaner.

10:56am
Flavia Xavier
now not winner

10:56am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
could you not have this borrowed from some one until we get there….we will be there in the next 45 minutes to an hour and you can repay your loaner.

11:00am
Flavia Xavier
…..yyyyy so sad only got 20 for gas to bring the kids to school.

11:01am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
try and see if you can get someone to loan it to you ok, we will be here alright.

11:02am
Flavia Xavier

thx no family to help.my kids are my family.

11:03am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
you can try at the bank.

11:05am
Flavia Xavier
i dont have 250. i bank accout neg. maybe one day i will win thing without given any money
it was to good to be there true

11:06am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
try and get a loan from the back, I promise you…you will receive this today.

11:08am
Flavia Xavier
olny if god come down .

11:10am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
what are you going to do?

11:10am
Flavia Xavier

i only 20 dollars

11:12am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
can you purchase 2 cards 20$ each?

11:12am
Flavia Xavier
I ONLY HAVE 1 20 DOLARS BILLS
WHY CAN IRS TAKE THE MONEY FROM THE WINNIES

11:14am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
because this is a check and only can be change by you ok.
U there?

11:16am
Flavia Xavier
IS NOTHING I CAN DO . AND 20 DOLLAR IS A LOT FOR ME THAT IS 3 GALON OF MILK .
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

11:17am
Danielle Lam Pch PrizePatrol
ok bye
You cannot reply to this conversation.

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Vanessa said...

I got scammed by someone also clawing to be Todd. I didn’t fall for it. I reported it to consumers affairs right away. Also to Facebook. it scared me to death. I was new to Facebook. I have never heard from anyone about this. I continue to play. I also enjoy Facebook something I thought I would never do. Love PCH.

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
First I thank PCH for found the person pretending he Todd Sloane it happene to me in two weeks ago the persoon he say to me won and I send $250.00 or he was lay everything the get from me was $500.00.The from Nigerian
African and I have the name of one person because I send money
of the name I thing he live in New-York also I have phone number.The like group of people the does canna staff arrest them and put them in jail.On Tuesday again pretending he Dave Sayer,he say to me do you want your money back I say to him if you keep text me on facebook I’ll call PCH now and he stop text me.I call PCH customer service the have every Information of the person.The guy he truy bring PCH company dwon you have to do something fast for the people.

THANKS YOU AGAIN PCH
LETICIA BIBO.

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Diana Hanlon said...

I’m glad PCH show all the PCH Fan what is scam I have seen them all.

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Susan varughese said...

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIP ON HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM SCAM..THIS IS VERY HELPFUL FOR PEOPLE TO READ. THANKS SO MUCH.

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Nettie Jenkins said...

Never give up !

Nettie Jenkins
PCH Super Fan #1

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Ann Shepherd said...

I HAVE BEEN GETTING THEM TO I DID THE SOMETHING BUT NOW I SOOOO ON TO THEM TO THE BLOCKED OFF ALL MY FACEBOOK AND EMAIL THANKS PCH

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Lauralee Hensley said...

Well, I’m still getting the real PCH emails for entries via my regular email, but lately I’ve been getting lots of PCH scam ones that look almost exactly like the real PCH ones, coming into my junk mail. So people be careful if you’re not sure. Click on the read the rules in the junk mail ones, either no rules will show up or just by reading the bad English you can tell they are not the real ones. Always if you’re in doubt don’t enter the ones you’re not sure of before you contact PCH and find out for sure. You can pretty much believe if they’ve come into your junk mail that they are scams. The scammers are trying to get your IPS (the numerical numbers related to your email) when you reply or enter back. Just be careful people.

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    Lauralee Hensley said...

    Meant to add, almost always scam ones don’t have any links to read the rules. If you don’t see somewhere where you can read the rules it’s a scam. I just wouldn’t enter the ones at all if they come in your junk mail personally, but it’s up to you all to decide for yourselves.

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Stancio Butler said...

Hi Alyssa C.,
Promotion Development Intern at PCH,

Thanks for talking about how a lot of people including myself can spot a Publishers Clearing House Facebook Scam!

So, please block and trash my very own Yahoo! Mail account in the garbage by 11:59P.M. tonight so I become a famous Prize Patrol by this monday!

Stancio Butler
PCH Customer

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Alyssa C., that was a great letter to all of us about scammer’s out there on Facebook!!!

I have gotten several scammer’s saying that they were you, or Todd or Dave but I have just denied them access to my FB page.

Well, I hope all of your PCH fans get to see this blog today and think it is a really good example of what happens with these scammer’s out there.

I hope you all at PCH have a wonderful and safe summer!

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Barb S. said...

“Fake Todd” also has atrocious spelling!

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Kanika Loeung said...

I used to have an experience too before I became PCH fan.

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maria estrella baccay platecki said...

I have a lot of friend request too but I never never confirm them cause I know this is fake.be carefull don’t gave anything your information this our biggest alas.god bless you all and good luck to everyone

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Bob Dole said...

Bob Dole Was Here

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Stancio Butler said...

Hi PCH, I have a problem with my own account on the PCH.com website because, my own account on the PCH.com website is malfuntioning sometimes.

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Stancio Butler said...

Correction:

Hi PCH, I have a problem with my own account on the PCH.com website because, my own account on the PCH.com website is malfunctioning sometimes.

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Susan Varughese said...

Hi PCH sometimes i have problem with the site, and the site is very slow too.

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Linda Dawson said...

Received scam from “Todd” and “Dave”.

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nicole haviland said...

I revived a call claiming they were from pch. They did not ask for money. Asked what I would do if I won and told me to watch my email. Has anyone had a similar call?

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Nicole, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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john berry said...

thank you this did help

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Mary Jo Calhoun said...

Hey thank you they try again and because you gave me the information I was not going to let them do it again thank you and yes I want to win June 30 the big prize

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
The person I send money he is Name:Dwight Maddan
Add:117 Darling Sreet Savanna la mar.Westmoreland.Jamaica W.I
Phone is:876-269-6600
876-403-0180
876-438-0518
The person he need go to jail.Thanks PCH!

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Leticia, we’re so sorry you were scammed! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Remember, PCH does not notify winners by phone. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Stancio Butler said...

I will not going to be killed by those horrible PCH scammers again.

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Ewa Seiler said...

This is the second time that someone posing as Todd Sloane tried to become “my friend” on Facebook. It was last Friday when Todd Sloan announced that out of 1830 people I was chosen to become a $1,000,000 winner. All I had to do was:
1. do not tell anyone
2. go to Wallmart and purchase a green dot moneypac for $399.89
3. send them the 14 digit number of the card.

I did not do either, but reported it to local police and state attorney general. Today, again Todd Sloan wanted to be my friend and someone I never heard of in California! I deleted both requests. I could not decline because there was no such option.

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Bryan Franco said...

I was just contacted by one of this scammers on Facebook saying I need to pay $300.00 to claim my prize

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    PCH Staff said...

    Oh no! Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. Unfortunately, we’re aware of these scams and we work hard to tackle this issue. We appreciate fans like you who share your experiences and help spread the word! You may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190 or to Facebook: http://bit.ly/ReportPCHScamFB.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Linda Waybrant said...

At this very moment there’s a b page for Daniella Lam who was personnaly talking to me. We chatted for am\n hour or so. Then I had to buy a receiver’s card at Walmart for $150 in order to get the ten million dollars. Needless to say it ook me a while but I then realizedthis was not or real. (I must say it was uplifting to harbor the idea of winning bunch of money.) I hope this is recognized as a scam complaint.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Linda, thank you for bringing this to our attention. The message you received was NOT from a member of the Prize Patrol. It was a SCAM! Members of the Prize Patrol DO NOT send private messages, friend requests, or winner notifications on Facebook. Sadly, we’re aware of these scams and we’re working hard to combat them. You may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190 or to Facebook: http://bit.ly/ReportPCHScamFB

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Fulgencio Salvado said...

I had an interesting conversation with a fake TODD SLOANE in Facebook yesterday from 2:14 to 9:52 pm. I wanted to catch the guy but my resources were not enough. When I was ready, he blackened out Todd’s handsome pic and became Facebook User. In gist, he congratulated me for winning $1M, later he asked me to purchase Green Dot MoneyPak for #399 from the nearest Wal-Mart. When I asked where is the Patrol Team at the time so I can prepare for a welcome party for you guys, he said the Office is is Washington DC. I suspected he was a scammer and I texted back that I already sent the messages to the police and to PCH. He switched off and erased the picture of Todd. Lesson: WHEN IN DOUBT, DON’t ACT. Thanks, PCH. Am still waiting for the win. God bless!

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Fulgencio! The message you received was NOT from a member of the Prize Patrol. It was a SCAM! We’re so glad you didn’t fall for it! You’re right…winners of $10,000 or more are surprised by the Prize Patrol in person ONLY with no advance notice! Members of the Prize Patrol DO NOT send private messages, friend requests, or winner notifications on Facebook. Most importantly you NEVER need to pay to win a prize with PCH! DO NOT give the scammer ANY of your personal information or any money! Sadly, we’re aware of these scams and we’re working hard to combat them. You may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190 or to Facebook: http://bit.ly/ReportPCHScamFB

    -Jussie @ PCH

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Maria Galasso said...

I received a Facebook request from a Todd Sloane. After careful examination of his profile, he only had ONE FRIEND.That friend was an older woman who keeps writing on her wall. Says, she’s the biggest PCH fan and wants to see Todd at her door. I sent Todd a message on FB asking, “Why did he send me a friend request when he only has ONE FRIEND”? NO REPLY YET.

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Lana Harvey said...

I was just scammed and I’m very hurt. I was so excited an after reading this I saw it was a scam. Thank you for providing me with this

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