A Personal Example of a Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scam

I’m sharing a personal example of a Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scam in hopes that it will help you fans stay safe!

Example of PCH Scam

Just last week I was contacted by a scammer on Facebook pretending to be Dave Sayer. When I first saw the friend request, I immediately thought it was weird. I’m already friends with Dave on Facebook, I thought. But still, there was Dave’s happy face smiling at me in the profile photo (the same profile photo that the REAL Dave Sayer uses), and for a second, I thought it was real…and I almost accepted.

These scammers are clever. Very clever. They almost fooled me, and I’m a Publishers Clearing House employee and frequent contributor to the blog. I’ve read story after story about these terrible PCH scams. I know the telltale warning signs. But when you’re in the moment, it’s very easy to forget and become overwhelmed by the excitement of it all.

Because that’s the thing — it IS exciting. I mean who wouldn’t feel a little giddy getting a friend request or personal message from one of the Prize Patrol Elite? THEY want to talk to ME? How cool. Especially when it all seems SO legitimate. I mean for starters, it’s Dave’s picture. His official Prize Patrol photo. And on his page are actual Prize Patrol posts. Things you would see or have seen on the official Prize Patrol pages.

But what’s important to remember is that these are NOT real Prize Patrol pages, and these scammers are illegally taking these photos and information off the real pages. Even though it can seem real or be exciting in the moment, it’s not. It’s a Publishers Clearing House scam, and these people are using the good Publishers Clearing House name to hurt you and go after your hard-earned money.

I’m sharing my personal story with you today in hopes that you all will remember it and not be fooled by these Publishers Clearing House scams. Please, please, please remember to take a minute and really think about what’s happening before you make any moves. And always remember the telltale signs:

• The REAL Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol NEVER sends friend requests or private messages on Facebook.

• The REAL Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol NEVER contacts winners through Facebook.

• The REAL Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol NEVER asks for money. At PCH, the winning is ALWAYS FREE!

DON’T FALL FOR THESE SCAMS! Even if a scammer uses what looks like a real Prize Patrol photo, the only real Prize Patrol pages are these:

Dave Sayer PCH Prize Patrol

Todd Sloane PCH Prize Patrol

Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol

Stay safe everyone…and when in doubt, ASK US if you have any questions!

Amanda C.
PCH Creative


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Kanika Loeung said...

I used to had an experience before so I knew all about that.

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
Hello PCH, Thank You Amanda for care about us –: I still waiting my $5,000.00 A Week “Forever” on August 29th PCH #1830 would be nice!!!!

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maria estrella baccay platecki said...

i got a lot of that but i never never confirm them cause i know that is fake the only i know is the prize patrol never never accept friends thank you amanda for the information.god bless you all here the super duper amazing,awesome,fantastic and very fanatic here.wish my luck

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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia BIbo Said…
My question is : It oky when I use my cell phone for search PCH,PCHFrontpage,PCHSearch&Win,and PCHlotto or I need only to search with Laptop,iPod.Because sometime when I played PCHlotto with my cell phone them say you didn’t played all your number but played all my games.Thanks PCH

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Lauralee Hensley said...

Definitely knew about this, but tweeted your post for others who may not know.

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Amanda C., PCH Creative for that informative letter to all of us about Scams on the PCH Facebook pages.

This is happened to me and I am sure to others too, so all this information helps!!! I just feel that it is very sad when I hear about these scammers taking advantage of us and our elderly. So, I really appreciate all this great information to stay away from these scammers and I am sure the other people that are on the PCH Facebook pages appreciate it too.

Thanks again Amanda C. and I hope you have a wonderful and safe summer!!!

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Stancio Butler said...

Stancio Butler Said…
My question is : Is it okay for me to use a telephone to enter the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes every day without being killed by scammers just because I’m not on Facebook anymore at all & again, is Danielle Lam going to announce a PCH SuperPrize winner with a $5,000.00 every week “Forever” prize ( Giveaway No. 3080 ) after August 22nd of this week?

Stancio Butler
PCH Customer

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Jamie Sharb said...

Hi Amanda C,
I have received tons of friends request from PCH Prize Patrol scammers on my facebook page. I always remember what PCH Blog Authors had said a little over a month ago. They were warning all PCH Fans that scammers was impersonating them on facebook. I know the only way I will get contacted by PCH Prize Patrol is if they come to my home to inform me I had won the PCH Sweepstakes. Now that I would definitely accept anytime. I would enjoy meeting Dave, Danielle, Todd! I would remember that moment forever!
The scammers had me very excited at first. Like you said the fake pages all look official just like PCH Prize Patrol’s real facebook page.
Thanks you Amanda for sharing your personal story with us. I will keep your story in mind every time the scammers thy to trick me.

:) Jamie Sharb

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Paul B said...

I thought you may like to know, but several weeks ago I was called by a Jamaican based number claiming they are Publishers Clearing House who then informed me that I was a car and $800k. They wanted me to call them back and give them my “claim number” although after taking part in the pch process for many years I knew this was a fake.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Paul, thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is definitely a scam. We’re so glad you didn’t fall for it! The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. 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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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! As you should know I hate scammers! I try to comment when I know it’s a scam, just in the hope someone will think twice.. Everytime I see a scammer I think of my grandparents, the thought makes my blood boil. I don’t accept friend requests from anyone, the internet is a dangerous place, and I don’t know who the true person is. And the saddest thing is that they maybe the sweetest person. There’s just to much ugliness. I was called a brown-nosier because I try to be polite when I comment. And the person knows a computer picks a number, not even a name. Like I said ugliness!

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crystal hadlock said...

Thanks for the info….people will try to scam you out of your livelihood……or what little you have to full thirty own selfish desires. I hope that we stay keen and smart, remember the tips and hints given by our true Pch sweepstakes.

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countess said...

I’m responding to the card that I received over the weekend the activation code is PC846.Thank you Countess Robinson

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Keeper of the Birds said...

thank you for keeping us well informed! i love PCH!

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ang said...

I am so glad u put that up again. I got one after a posting thought it was weird and checked ur sites, I know for sure now… Ty

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Kim Porter said...

The “Countess” should not have posted her activation code, everyone will be entering that code. My question is, how come I never received a card in the mail with an activation code on it. I’ve been a customer since 1986. Oh well.

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robin dausey said...

Thanks again for keeping everyone informed about the scammers out there that are trying to ruin all are fun!!!

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susan varughese said...

thanks for a great information..have been playing everything everyday…Thank you so much.

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Sara Thornton said...

Thank you PCH for the great information. Luckily with what I do for a living they frown upon employees having Facebook, therefore I do not have it. I do however have linkedin and feel safe there. I did over the summer get a phone call pertaining to winning something through Honda. It was a scam. Sometimes we forget that there are many people out there who want to take advantage of good people.

Thank you as always for all of the opportunities you offer the public to enter into sweepstakes.

With much gratitude,
Sara

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Gina Castanza said...

With hope, receive a winning moment sooner than later. I love these times around.

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eyvonne kerns said...

Thank you Amanda and I will love to meet Danielle,Dave and Todd in person that will be one of my dreams come trun.I pray you have a bless week.

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eyvonne kerns said...

that will be one of my dreams come true

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Michael Skinner said...

Please watch what ads you allow to run with PCHLotto. The PC system crash ads are not only scams, some of those sites have viruses.

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poijedgflkfdns said...

probably just reminding you of what your organization is…

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Michelle Eaton said...

I just enter hoping and praying for a home makeover

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Michelle Eaton said...

I just enter hoping and praying for a home makeover and to give to my cause St.Jude’s Children Hospital ..

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Marion Hardeman said...

Thank you very much for the reminder.

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Michael Anderson said...

We are pleased to announce to you that your email address emerged alongside 4 others as category 2 winners in this year\’s weekly Publishers Clearing House Winner. You have won One million dollars and have been approved for a total pay-out of (One Million Dollars $1,000,000.00 USD)The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order: winning numbers:7-1-4-8-7-3 Email Ticket number: FL 654/29/75. Please contact the underlined head claims officer with the Contact info belowEmail: usa-pch18@outlook.com nWinner you must resend their
1.Name in full:
2.Address:
3.Sex:
4.Nationality: ( I get these scams all the time)
5.Age:
6.Occupation:
7.Phone number:
8.Present Country:
Send your full details to: usa-pch18@outlook.com for claims

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Michael, 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. 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 forward the suspicious email to us at abuse@pch.com or 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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David Longoria said...

IS this real: “On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM, PCH wrote:

You have been cleared a winner of One Million USD from the Publisher Clearing House. Your Winning numbers: 7-1-4-8-7-3, Ticket number: FL 654/29/75. Send your Personal Details as: Name,Address,Mobile number,Occupation,Age.”

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Andrew Jackson said...

add your comment hPCH is nothing but a joke, lie, and a facade. I’ve seen people try and WIN money through PCH and it never happens. It’s easier to win the powerball than it is to win ANYTHING through PCH. If you want’t to be suckered into lies and deceit, then by all means think you will win anything through PCH.

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mindy rivera said...

I just had a danielle lam message me on facebook saying i won n need to go to cvs n get a claims scratch card…….when i questioned it she said just get it..okay
um no …..reported her as a scam on facebook…….its a picture of a girl on the pch site but total bs scam…………im just pissed. that it all looked legit til the go to cvs n biy a card……really is anyone gonna do that…….either u win or no……

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Mark Reed said...

Does PCH do reward surveys.? I was asked to change my phone settings to complete the survey.. why? Is this a scam,I’ve been scammed before and I will not let it happen again..!!

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robert ritchey said...

add your comment here

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robert ritchey said...

go to wall-mart get a card for 435.00 to claim my prize and he said they would take care of the taxes.he said a Debra Hollins would be contacting me.he said dont tell anyone.He wanted me to go to wal-marts right away and get the card.

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Daniel Ensign said...

add your comment here

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Bennie Hodges said...

Thank. Pch I hope that of i I do will gave to st.jude and. Children hospital. Thank

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scott hanson said...

Pch is just as much a scam as any of the others.you get all the way to the winning entry at the very end and if you don’t buy those magazines your entry is thrown out.you just lost your entry because of no purchase of magazines..does that sound like a no purchase necessary sweepstakes to you ..i have alot of time invested answering emails getting daily entries by certain time limits to have your last entry tossed out..I DIDN’T BUY MAGAZINES and my entry was tossed..FALSE ADVERTISING………scott Hanson missouri

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scott hanson said...

Pch is false advertising because the last entry will be entered when you purchase the magazines..if you don’t purchase the magazines,,your entry is discarded from the sweepstakes….

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Hipolito Bautista said...

Amanda thank for you nice information, I past for same experience I didn’t nothing mention nothing cos the scammer toll me like this,,, warning don’t mention it or you be forfeit, forever,you never have any chance to win $1,000,000. two members from Prize patrol , they was chat whit me , I didn’t said nothing cos I want to win, I’m so sorry , I give to them my checking acc. No,and you know , I haven’t money in my checking acc, any way thanks, for you nice information … Hipolito Bautista.

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mp said...

what about the web sites, how can u tell the difference.

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Sharon Reese said...

I have received friend requests from Dave and Danielle. I can tell and deleted it. I wish they have some kind of security just all the pch employees and Pch Fans only.

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Shannon Locke said...

Amanda thank you … I dont like scammers at ALL It diminishes the excitement and it causes doubt in what is a great organizaion PCH. Posting the real facebook links are the best just think messaging a pretend Prize Patrol member…Its just not cool…. All the real links help all of us and weeds the SCAMMERS out thanks

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Karen Wingo said...

I received a letter a couple of days ago from supposedly PCH asking me to pay a small amount for something in order to be eligible for a prize but unfortunately I tore it up because I had read that you never request any fee and I had already paid for my purchases by check.

Sorry I didn’t notify PCH before ripping the letter to shreds. I do recall the envelope had a big green ribbon type box on it that said “registrant” on it.

KarenWingo

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Maryhelen Carroll said...

I was contacted yesterday several ways. A friend request from Danielle and then a friend request from Todd Sloan. I accepted the friend requests and was told to get a Green Spot card for $399.00 I did so and was told the number was not legit. So I was told to get another one this time for $299. I also recieved a call from some claiming to be from PCH telling me I was a winner of $7,000. a week and a new car. They got my bank info and social security card number. Then I was told to get a bank loan for $5,000. I was called again this morning and was told he had to go into a meeting and then would call me back. I was scammed in the worst way possible!

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Ruby Barnett said...

add your comment here

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Ruby Barnett said...

I was called today by a foreign person with a blocked number. He was saying this is Publishers Clearing House and that I had won a car and money. I immediately hung up and he called back asking why I hung up. I was not very nice and told him what I thought. He said he could confirm that it was PCH and gave me a number to call. It wasn’t even a toll free number. The number he gave me was 970-812-8421. I wish there was someway to stop these people.

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Gina said...

if i received an email how do i know if it is real or not?

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Hipolito Bautista said...

Hey Guy from PCH i go talk about my scam experience last night and one night before , some like Mr Dave Sayer , try to talk with me, bat the must fanny thing was , when i mention to report his scam to PCH he disappear right away …Was so fanny .Please tell me who’s was ..

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I said...

thank you Amanda I think this happened to me

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Stephanie Carlisle said...

I knew about this along – Thanks for the warning! I learn something though!

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Brenda Gibson said...

Thank you for the scammer tips it was really helpful. Thanks . Blessing to youall.

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Hipolito Bautista said...

Hi my comment never count you give it different way …

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