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


97 thoughts on “How You Can Spot A Publishers Clearing House Facebook Scam!”

  1. Hi guys at PCH PRIZE PATROL GIVEAWAY GANG,

    I too am a LOYAL VIP PCH PLAYER, and I just wanted to INFORM YOU ALL, that I TOO have received scam via FB message to PLEASE PERSONALLY ENTER my FB PASSWORDS! First of all, I knew you guys were not aware at that hour. 2nd off, YOU ALL NEVER ASK FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION as SUCH! PLEASE…. Everyone out there…..BE CAREFUL…. There are people with NO INTEGRITY, NOR CONSCIENCE!!! PROTECT YOURSELF!!!! And GOOD LUCK TO ALL ……MAY GOD BLESS YOU with ALL YOUR DREAMS TO COME TRUE AS WELL!!!!! YES, I, GABRIELLE LOWE WILL CLAIM ALL MY APPROVED CASH and PRIZES APPROVED IN FULL COMPLIANCE, PERSONALLY and MEET YOU ALL MYSELF !/YES I WOULD LOVE to CLAIM ALL MY APPROVED CASH and PRIZES THAT ARE IN FULL APPROVAL and COMPLIANCE WITH PCH VIP FINAL WINNERS SELECTION LIST THAT I AM ON AND DEFINITELY CLAIM ALL MY APPROVED CASH and PRIZES THAT ARE IN MY NAME BY MEETING YHE PCH PATROL GIVEAWAY GANG PERSONALLY! AND I WILL CLAIM TH3M ALL THEN….and ONLY THEN., or by CHECK! AMEN AND HALLELUJAH!

  2. danielle says:

    My husband who is a loyal pch player an fan also received a facebook message tonight
    Saying he won 5,000 a week for life from Howie Gujapch… My husband was so happy an excited to no that after playing for so long he had become a winner but he was sadly mistaken when I did some research and we realized it was a facebook scam specially after they requested money first. This is a shame an a real let down for my husband ridiculous when we struggle an for those few minutes you think your life is about to change.. How can people be so vicious. .

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Danielle, we are so sorry to hear the scammers have contacted your Husband. Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, standard mail, or on Social Media. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe everyone!

  3. Helen Dow says:

    Yesterday I gave my address, tel, and full name to a scammer on Facebook. I didnt know how the pch works. I really thought i won. What do i do now? They have my personal informations?

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Helen, we’re very sorry to hear this. Please review our Fraud Prevention Blog for additional information pertaining to scams: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. We trust this information will be helpful. Have a safe day!

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