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 recived a friend request from PCH Danielle Lam, she requested my phone#, I complied. Then I got a phone call from a “Mr David”(her boss)#585-633-7092, told me to log out of facebook and not return til we made the transaction of 499.00$.I think this is a scam! please advise me, I would appreciate it!!! I am on disability, so I cannot afford to be scamed

    Thankyou
    Robert Friedel

  2. I have someone saying their name is jack holiday who says he is from the prize patrol keeps calling me has told me 500 is needed before pch can come told me i won 6.5million and 1out of 3 bonuses

  3. I have received several e-mails in my yahoo account that says: You are a email winner of 850,000 USD in the publishers clearing house lottery. kindly send yor contact to pchlottodept2017@foxmail.com and then it ask for FULL NAMES,RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS,TELEPHONE,SEX,AGE AND SAYS PCH LOTTO Mr. Todd Sloane
    PCHLOTTO 2017 …..Claims Code 89773453 info@pch.org

  4. Yes I received an email from Todd Sloan in my spam indicating I had won 850,000.00, and for me to send my personal info. I told them if I won, then you should already know my info!