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, 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 page.

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 page. 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 page is this:

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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  1. A Carrie Chapman contacted me this morning stating that she was with Fox Fairchild & Assoc (Publisher Clearinghouse Attorneys representative) stating that I had won $500,000.00) from a February entry. They will be at my home on 10/4 17 at 9:00am to present me the check. This sounds fishey to me!

  2. I just received this in an email. I started to get excited because they didn’t ask for money. But after googling and reading I knew it was a scam.
    PCHLOTTO2017…….. Claims Code…89773453
    Congratulation on winning 850,000.00 USD in our 2017 PCH Lottery.
    Kindly send your contacts to lotto2017pch@qq.com

    Full Names
    Residential Address
    Todd Sloane
    Publishers Clearing House Lottery

    1. Hi LeiLani. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. I am going to be contacted on the 22nd of sept which I am supposed to give money. the thing that bothers me is he paid off my credit card in a conference call with my credit card company

  4. I received email saying that I won. Then I was told that the winnings was handed over to sky net world wide to be responsible for the delivery of my winnings. At the end it uses Todd Sloan as claims and remittance director.

  5. got a scam in mail .she hung up on me and will not answer me now ,these are the phone numbers they said to call


  6. I received a letter through the mail Congratulating me on winning
    $2,500,000.00 from Publishers Clearing House Lottery. The address listed on the letterhead is 318 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050, Tel. 1 805-552-7913. I’ve called twice as specified in the letter, and received 1) recording; the other answered but begged off having a meeting that would last 20 minutes and for me to call back then. What’s going on?
    Sounds like a scam to me. and I hope it was, as I’m missing out on a big one! I’d appreciate an official comment on this one.

    1. Hello Mary, Unfortunately, scammers are sneaky and persistent in their attempt to deceive people. They go as far as to use the good name and reputation of PCH to do so. As a reminder, the real PCH will never notify winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc). We also will never ask for money to claim a prize. If you are contacted by a scammer pretending to be from the real PCH, there are a few steps you can take. First of all, never give them any personal information and definitely do not send them money for any reason. We ask that you report all fake pages to Facebook. For instructions on how to do so, click here: http://bit.ly/ReportPCHScamFB I also encourage you to take a look at this blog as it has some great info on what you can do to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers You can verify whether a Facebook page is the real PCH simply by looking for the blue check mark next to our name. That check mark signifies that Facebook has verified that the page is real. You will also see the check mark next to the replies from our Social Media Team so you know that those posts are from the real PCH. Please be careful and stay educated so you don’t become a victim!

      1. I received a letter in the mail along with a check for $6,400.00. The form letter from Publishers Clearing House signed by Peter Brown., CFO. The letter stated that my prize was $2.5 million and the $6,400.00 check is to cover insurance and attorney fees. I am to contact the Claims manager at
        :1-365-777-3694,, 1-365-777-2021. I called and no one answered, and it went to a VM the message stated that the voice mail has not been set up.

        Anyway, it must be a scam, but why did they send me a check for $6,400.00 . The check is from OLE LONDON TOWNE LLC, 8027 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA.


        Charles Olesky

  7. Interesting! I just had a phone call from a James Kennedy claiming to be from PCH, telling me that I had won a major prize. They seemed to have all the info, name address etc. They would be able to deliver the prize this afternoon. Then he started to say something about taxes and something about one percent , which I wasnt able to understand what they were talking about. A couple times they asked if we had our own transport as it seems they required that I would go to the bank immediately to cash this cheque. At this stage I just hung up on them,
    Lydia Last