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 scam to I’m trying to send pictures to publish clearance but I don’t know how to do it could you help me out a little bit

  1. In my line of work, I have to be weary of possible scammers. One quick way to determine if you are viewing a scam is improper grammar and misspelled words. The example above of the person pretending to be Todd Sloane apparently is not college educated. The correspondence is full of misspelled words.

  2. I was sent this message today
    101 Winners Circle.
    Port Washington ,
    New York, 11050.
    P.C.H publisher’s Clearing House is proud to inform you that you were randomly selected as our Grand Prize winner of $,15,000.000.00which will be made out to you in a certified CASHIER CHECK from the United States Federal Reserve Bank and $2500,00spendable cash which you will receive for evey week of the rest your life !!!!!!!!…….
    Get in touch with us ASAP to claim your prize.
    Congratulations with your winnings,
    [Publishers Clearing House/

  3. thank you, for this post. I goggled this before I even answered or anything. I knew PCH
    do not contact you this way

  4. Does a person name Alan Fudge work for PCH and do yall give out PCH grants to pay out debts ?? Do yall have affiliations with TVFM saying pay a$1000 delivery fee and ups will deliver a $50,000 check to your house and you receive a certificate with your name on it and the amount with PCH on it ? The check is drawn from Bank of America and it is tax free.

    1. Hello Christopher, That is not the real PCH contacting you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too:

  5. I got a message from a friend using Messenger. She said hello and asked how I was doing today. She then asked if I received my mega bonus. She told me she saw my name on the PCH winner’s list. The money is supposedly awarded to random people. The cash is donated by PCH and the Poker Star Mega Bonus Association. The friend told me she won $70,000 and she got the money 8 hours after she contacted the agent. She told me to text the agent at 321-999-3879. My rule is if it sounds too good to be true it usually is too good and it’s a scam or gimmick. How and where can a person get that kind of money in 8 hours? How can a person view the winner’s list? I believe my friend was hacked.