Did I Really Win From Publishers Clearing House?

Did I Win

One of the most thrilling things about winning a Publishers Clearing House SuperPrize (besides the HUGE windfall) is a surprise visit from the world-famous PCH Prize Patrol.  It’s a huge, unforgettable event. So, if you’ve received some sort of notification that you’re a Big PCH Winner, but you’re left wondering, “Did I really win from Publishers Clearing House,” you may be the intended victim of a scammer pretending to be from PCH. Don’t let that happen!

You see, notifying SuperPrize winners in person has been a PCH tradition for decades.  Real “Winning Moments” are the hallmark of our nationally-televised commercial campaigns. While there is no typical “Winning Moment,” a SuperPrize winner could expect a knock at the door to find the PCH Prize Patrol ready to present them with flowers, balloons, champagne, and of course, the “Big Check,” with the cameras rolling to capture their reaction!

Because Publishers Clearing House is a reputable sweepstakes company that awards all prizes as offered, scammers often use our good name to attempt to rip off unsuspecting people.  Here are three important things to keep in mind to help you protect yourself and answer the question, “Did I really win from Publishers Clearing House?”

Publishers Clearing House Never Contacts Winners By Telephone, Email or Facebook. The famous Prize Patrol loves to surprise our SuperPrize winners in person! In fact, most PCH prizes over $10,000 are awarded by the Prize Patrol. Other big PCH Prizes are awarded either by certified or express letter.

You NEVER Have To Pay To Win. Publishers Clearing House will never ask you to pay a cent to receive a prize. PCH Sweepstakes (and all other legitimate sweepstakes) are absolutely free, that’s the law! So, if you’re asked to wire money, send a prepaid credit card, or provide a credit card number in order to claim a prize, you have not heard from the real Publishers Clearing House.

Still Not Sure? Contact PCH Directly! Unfortunately scammers can be very convincing. Don’t be fooled. If you’re still unsure if you’ve won from Publishers Clearing House, please call us at 1 (800) 469-4745 or email us at abuse@pch.com. (Do not call a phone number from the communication in question!)

As you may have gathered, if you have to wonder if you really won from Publishers Clearing House, you probably didn’t. We at PCH take Publishers Clearing House scams very seriously and actively work with law enforcement to stop scammers. We hope you’ll do your part to keep yourself informed and stay safe!

All the best,

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

 

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kasha frye said...

I got something in the mail I didn’t respond too I would like to send it in . Would this be of help? There’s a company w pch logo but no name. I think you guys should see it ……how did these people get my address? I know I haven’t won any money so I wont be scammed into sending 12.99 fee for processing my win…….frustrating!

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David Faas said...

I will certainly do my Part to Stop any potential Scammers by
Notifying either you at abuse@pch.com or 1-800-469-4745.

By the Way,I was listening to the Mike Harvey Show on the Radio and He Play Magic by Olivia Newton-John .This Song
Came out in 1980!!!

And Olivia Newton-John was the Best that Came out of Australia.Remember,Grease with John Travalta.

Also,I was just tuning in to Late night With Jimmy Fallon!

He had Kenichie abina on who won a Million dollars from
America’s got Talent

And What moves he had!!! My guess is,He had help from that
Suit He was Wearing but then again I could be Wrong!!

Well I hope I am the next PCHMillionaire.Only God knows
That Answer!!!

God bless PCH,

Mr.David Faas Duluth, Minnesota USA

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Amanda Fuller said...

i had someone call me just a few days ago saying they were from your California branch. i was like go on with that mess i know this is fake & i’m not falling for it!!! :) thanks for the tips & hope to win real soon!!!!

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Natasha Davis said...

go away scammers!!!!

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Kanika Loeung said...

I have done with scammers before I enter the real Publisher Clearing House. Now I know for sure how the real one does.

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Stancio Butler said...

I want to win both a $37,000,000.00 prize & a $250,000.00 every year for life & never work again prize PLUS a $1,000.00 BONUS when I’m about to become a local area Prize Patrol winner in Fairfax, Virginia for the first time ever on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 so, go away scammers!!!!

Stancio Butler
PCH Customer

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linda moore said...

pch bring me the money it would be put to good use!

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Dee Dee said...

Thanks Elaina R. for keeping us informed!!! Great article. :)

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Bethany Smith said...

Come on pch Utah is lovely in the fall. feel free to stay awhile and award some winning prizes while you are here. A big win from the West side of the country would be a nice end to a rough year :-)
And to all you bloggers who are also struggling financially keep your head up and try to make positive steps towards changing your situation. A lot of us are in the same boat and want to believe these spam emails but they aren’t real.

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Natalie Bostelman said...

Great article!

Even former winners get these calls and emails.

Even MY OWN Mother-in-Law was called for months after I won. We have the same first initial, so they figured she was ‘me’.

Luckily she’s sharp as a tack and didn’t fall for it at all. She reported it to me right away.

Stay vigilant!

Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

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Tina Thomas said...

I had been scammed 2 time’s ,it get’s old quick ,i had to change my password and my name ,and PCH on Face-Book are connected Thank’s For The Input Natalie !

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Lily Skinner said...

Wow! The things that people do to people…so sad!!! :(

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Elaina R. for that insightful letter to all of us.

Yes, I have had my share of PCH scammers on my Facebook page or a letter now an again, but it is good to know what to do about it!!!

I do hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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wesley ivey said...

Thanks for the info!

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Michelle Eaton said...

I think sometime we forget a just want to win..

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Yvette Cabiness said...

Within the last 3 weeks, I’ve gotten maybe 3 Facebook invites and 2 letter saying I won, but I knew it wasn’t real,now one was for 12 million dollars, now you know I would have loved for it to real, but I knew. As always thanks for the upheads up for us too remain safe from scams..Take care

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Barb S. said...

Can the scam artists not find something else more worthwhile in life to do? It’s really pathetic.

I remember a story from when I was a teenager. It was more a prank type thing I think, but it was mean and sad. Someone called a house and had a 10 year old (think that was the age) boy believing he had won Publishers Clearing House. (Which of course in itself is crazy, but there you go.) This was way back late 70s. He was so excited, and his mom fell for it, and they told everyone about it. Of course it turned out to be total horse padookey, and the family was super embarrassed about it. Far as I know, they never found out who did it. (Younger folks have to realize, we had no caller ID back in those days!)

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Yvette Cabiness said...

I don’t what happened, but I’ll try it again. For the last couple of weeks, I have received 2 scam Facebook invites, and 2 letters in the mail saying I won almost 3 million and the other one was for 12,000,000,.00.. I almost cried because I knew it was fake. Thank you for the Heads up on these things. When I see Dave, Todd or Danielle

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Diana Hanlon said...

I Love surprises and hope Prize Patrol come knocking on my door and I don’t get much of it.

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Kimberly Brockman said...

I really can’t wait to see ir i win hell i thank that i would actually fs fsnt

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alberto eduardo hernandez jorge said...

Gracias.. Con el mayor respeto y consideracion , la senorita DEBORATH HOLLAND SABE yo no hablo ingles , hay palabras no entiendo y otras las tengo adiinar ., como todos los participantes trato de hacer MI MAYOR ESFUERZO POR OBTENER EL 1ER PREMIO Y SI NO EL 2DO ., LO IMPORTANTE ES LUCHAR ES COMO DIJO ALGUIEN .. ES EN LA LUCHA DONDE ESTA LA IRTUD NO EN EL PREMIO.

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Sara Thornton said...

Thank you PCH for the great information.
I would be so lucky to see you all standing at my front door. How wonderful. I continue to be extremely grateful for all of the opportunities you offer the public to enter into your sweepstakes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

With much gratitude,
Sara Thornton

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Maria Miranda said...

Awhile back I received an email stating I won and I was so surprised, happy and then doubt hit me. I called PCH to verify only to be slapped back to reality. It was a scam and they had me forward the email. It sucks to be scammed.

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Priscilla Stroud said...

Well I know my experience wasn’t a scam, I’m just sorry it didn’t workout for me and mine.

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Nettie Jenkins said...

Well Alaina. you laid it all on the table ! Scammers should be on the Wall Of Shame ! Thanks for keeping us SAFE ! and AWARE (Smiles)

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Justin Thornton said...

Thank you for the article. It often reminds me of stories you hear on the news. There was a guy who won the lottery and when he went to turn in his ticket he was promised the money by the owner of a small store. The guy he turned his ticket into turned it into claimed the fortune. Because the real owner of the winnings did not write his name on the back of the ticket he was out of luck. It took years to prove his case and by then the man who “stole it” fled the country. He recovered some of the money but definitely not most of it. How sad!
Then you read great success stories like Mrs. Bostelmans. My wife and I have read Mrs. Natalie Bostelman’s story and love it. She offers hope to the rest of us. We continue to visualize being winners. Thank you for sharing your story.
Thanks,
Justin

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susan varughese said...

thanks for the best tips ever because there are a lot of scammers out there right now. Thank you for keeping us safe from all of them. Thank you once again.

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Stancio Butler said...

Well, you know, Elaina, since those scammers have not contacted me as a winner both by mail & by telephone at all for a long time, even since the 2000′s, Please let me win both a $37,000,000.00 prize & a $250,000.00 every year for life & never work again prize PLUS a $1,000.00 BONUS when I’m about to become a local area Prize Patrol winner in Fairfax, Virginia for the first time ever on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 right away, so, go away scammers & thanks for keeping me SAFE ! and AWARE (Smiles)

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eyvonne kerns said...

Elaina,thank you for the tips and I hope I get bless from The real PCH Team one day,became I get calls all the time from people saying they are from PCH and want me to send them money to get money.I had some to tell me where to pick up my check up at after I send them $250.00,that day I’m glade I did not have any money because they said I won $300,000 and I really need some income,but that was not real.Thank you Elaina and you have a bless weekend.

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Sara Thornton said...

Love entering everyday and really am grateful for the continued opportunities that PCH offers the public……
Thank you for keeping us informed.

Thank you for the wonderful possibilities!

With much gratitude,
Sara

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Penny Tull said...

I should SCREAM AND SHOUT if the World Famous Prize Patrol surprises me with a BIG CHECK or announced that I won the SWEEPSTAKES! It would be a LIFE CHANGING EVENT!! The happiness would overwhelm me with big tears of JOY and true happiness! Thank you PCH I am proud to participant if all the SWEEPSTAKES!

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wesley ivey said...

I like that I don’t have to pay.

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Keeper of the Birds said...

Thank you so much for posting a phone number and link ….I knew what to do when they did it to me early in the year….I kept the person in chat box and got my cell phone and used my PCH search engine to look up how to call it in and report it. Thank you for caring enough, once again; for posting the info on what to do if you have any doubts and how to contact you…i <3 it! the PCHWay! nice!

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Aisha said...

Think you pch for the information I can t find the words to tel you how much you make people happy think you think so much pch and I hope be the next winner

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Aisha said...

Think. You for the information. the number and the link I can t find the word s for tell you how much you meake people happy think you think you so much and I hop be the next winer

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dolissa acevedo said...

Every time i don’t win i tell myself i give u on trying but then keep entering i guess it doesn’t hurt to do that better to enter and have hope that one day i get a miracle :)

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gloria hammonds said...

Hi Bloggers! I am a little confused, are there two blogs?
PCH”Fan Of The Month”

Gloria

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Holly Messinese said...

I am always being a target for scams, and have been ever since i started entering pch years a go. I have often thought that maybe someone is selling names and addresses to scammers. That’s the only way they they would know that I as a participant.

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Holly, thank you for your loyalty to PCH! Sadly, we’re aware of the scam issue and we’re working hard to combat it. Please remember that PCH does not sell your information to third parties. We take consumer privacy seriously and our efforts have helped earn us the independent TRUSTEE seal for adherence to best practices in the area. PCH, like any legitimate sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay a fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. If you were the victim of a scam, you may report this incident to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190 or forward suspicious emails to us at abuse@pch.com.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

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Elaina R. said...

Hi everyone! I am really glad you liked my post! One of my friends got a letter from a scammer, too. I was glad I was able to share this important information with her. Have a great day!

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Dotte Otvos said...

I just received a letter saying I had won and to call a no. before I did anything regarding taxes or telling anyone about this. WOW Don’t they ever give up. Keep ;on thinking people they are out there and just waiting Thanks

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larry loy said...

i get a lots of stuf i dont understand same thing every day

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Sheila Marcilene Jeffery said...

I was told I won the PCH sweepstakes in March 2012 and there was no info on how to Claim the Prize. so I wrote them a letter to claim it and there was no response. I really need the money will I have to sue to recieve the Prize. or What? why did I not get a response?

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Sarah Hicks said...

what happens if I’m a winner, but I’m not home when the prize patrol comes to my house?

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kory kuhlmann said...

I have someone calling today telling my friend she won 2nd prize but has to spend $200 on some card at Walgeens to pay the taxes and says that he is Micheal Clark from Publishers Clearing House and her buying this card is not him asking for money.
(Glad I found this blog post through your Twitter profile)

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Janet Taylor said...

I got a Facebook message saying I won, then after a while I was asked to get a prepaid money card, I immediately called PCH and was told it was a scam. This happen today and I posted on Facebook about scam so please be advised not to give your money away to scammers.

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adaline castro said...

It’s sad when you get a lot of junk mail in them telling you that am a winne .PCH and its not even true it was all just a scam. I hope. PCH well let me known. If am a big winner. Thank you for letting me play for free

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JANE MEEKINS (MRS DAVID MEEKINS said...

MY LATE HUSBAND DAVID MEEKINS GETS EMAILS ON MY COMPUTER AND MY EMAIL ADDRESS.I AM MRS DAVID MEEKINS (JANE MEEKINS). I NOW LIVE AT 125 LAKEVIEW DR. HENDERSON NC 27536 DAVID HAS NEVER LIVED AT THIS ADDRESS. HE DIED IN 2005.

PLEASE MAKE THIS CORRECTION IN YOUR PCH MAILING LIST!!

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marie roberson said...

Hello i have a question if we bring the mailing letters we have to bring back will they bring the big check for me and flowers ballons

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Michelle Eaton said...

I pray so hard for a home makeover, this Wed. I am get a small loan through USDA not a lot but we will do as much as we can , pray for us…

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Christina M Hutton said...

‘d get them too late to send back and i email you at pch.com . but i do not know if you receive it due to the constant delay or there that are sent would like t know thanks

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Christina M Hutton said...

get them too late to send out and i email them and get replies as delayed or smething in that effect.

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