PCH Scams: Red Flags To Look For From Our Own Lori Shore!

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Here at Publishers Clearing House, we take PCH scams VERY seriously. Since 1967 we have been running the world’s most well known sweepstakes with a guarantee to award all prizes as offered. That’s why scammers often use our good name to attempt to rip off innocent people.

Recently, our very own Lori Shore received a PCH scam email in her personal inbox indicating that she had won $1 Million from PCHLotto. Now, Lori’s worked in our Contest Department for nearly 5 years, the department that oversees the winner selection process, so she knew right away that it was not legitimate. Lori exclaimed,  “The very first thought that popped in my head when I read the email was, I can’t believe they’re trying to scam someone from the PCH contest department, how ironic!”

But you don’t have to work for Publishers Clearing House to spot PCH scams! While those who try to perpetrate PCH scams do their homework and use the names of real company officials, there are easy ways to determine if a communication is fraudulent. Lori described to me some of the red flags she spotted in the email she received and I want to share them with you.

1.  RED FLAG #1 Publishers Clearing House notifies winners of our big SuperPrize awards by sending the Prize Patrol to surprise them in person, never via email.  If you’re a big winner, the PCH Prize Patrol will show up at your door with flowers, balloons, champagne and a “Big Check” ― just like you see on TV! Smaller prizes are sent via registered mail.

2. RED FLAG #2 The amount that was listed in the email was $1 Million US Dollars. The “US Dollars” is a tip off that the scam email originated overseas. PCH has always been located here on Long Island, New York and “US Dollars” is not language typically used in our communications.

3. RED FLAG #3 The email requested that Lori respond to provide more information. As we’ve learned from law enforcement, this is often where an unsuspecting person might get into trouble. They might call the phone number listed on the email and be told they must wire money to cover taxes and fees before they can claim their big prize. Publishers Clearing House would NEVER, EVER ask winners to pay any fees or taxes to claim a prize ― it’s against the law!

Lori knew to forward the email she received to our Consumer Affairs Department who shares all such reports with our law enforcement partners. But, what should YOU do if you receive a similar email? First, DO NOT respond! Then, please forward it to abuse@pch.com or call 1-800-392-4190.

Although we’ve been working with consumer protection and law enforcement officials to put a stop to PCH scams, they are still out there. So please keep the red flags from Lori in mind should you or any of your friends or family receive a similar email.

Stay safe!

elaina

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative.

P.S. Friends, please remember that PCH also does not notify big winners via Facebook or telephone.

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DeLayne Perry said...

Got it!
Thanks Elaina..

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K frye said...

I’m glad you guys touched base more in depth! I have has scamers contact me 5 times out of the year I’ve been participating. On Facebook I RePORT the user, by email I contact pch via email, and when they contact me by mail pch has a 1800 number where u can report this the pch representative are very helpful and prompt! Good luck too all and don’t be fooled if u have questions you can always contact pch for help! I luv u pch! The WHOLE TEAM!

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Kanika Loeung said...

I say good bey to bad experience in the past.

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Aicha said...

Think you for the information all people s works at Pch are honest and helpful. Reały they are responsible again think you for all thing s you oo for us

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Michaela G. said...

Thanks Elaina R., for all this informative information about scammers! I know this will help a lot of people because they are out there and we need to know how to get rid of them!!!

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David Faas said...

Hi there,

I am always aware of Scams and as a matter of Fact that I have Contacted the Minnesota’s attorney General’s office
about a particular Scam.I do believe that some Scams are tried to Islamist terrorist.
And I have even proved it to the FBI,To a Senior Special agent.
And I did not Share his name,Out of Respect to him.
In these hard economic times Scammers are becoming increasingly brazen about it or they are just a bunch of idiots who need to crawl Back under a Rock from which they Came.

God bless,Mr.David Faas Duluth, Minnesota USA

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susan varughese said...

thanks for the heads up and it is really helpful tips for us entering. Thanks for all you do for everyone. I love PCH.Com.

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Keeper Birds said...

Thank you Lori (dontcha love life’s lil ironies, but it did make me giggle) and Elaine for this update and A HUGE thank you to PCH …side note just saw amber on Price is Right…woohoo…

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Wesley Ivey said...

Bottom line, If they want money before you can get prize, its a scam.

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Jeff petree said...

Scammers need to find something better to do then scamming and cheating people.

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MARILYN JOAN HADEY said...

THANKU FOR ALL OF THE HEADS UP ABOUT THE PCH SCAMS. I AM WATCHING MYSELF EXTREMELY CAREFULLY.

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Eileen Kennedy said...

Hello
Just poor me checking in, i know about the scams,
believe me i got a few oh you just won but before you can have your fee is needed from you.
i still pray and hope i will win soon.its a hard life when you no big pay check from a job.
eilltherbangor maine

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Althea Grissett said...

add your comment here

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Sara Thornton said...

Thank you for trying to keep the public safe!

We appreciate your effort!

With gratitude,
Sara

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Stancio Butler said...

Thanks Elaina R., for all of the information about those very bad PCH Scams. I’m only look forward to letting the Prize Patrol use there special knock on my front door and tell me that I just won both $10,000.00 & a MEGA PRIZE of $37,000,000.00 PLUS $250,000.00 every year for life & never work again on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 so I will only claim my prizes for the first time ever. Thanks.

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Stancio Butler said...

I say good bye to bad experience in the past too.

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gloria hammonds said...

Pch There is a glitch with the home web page. Please fix the problem, so I can continue to play my daily games.
Thank you for you help.

Serious player
gloria

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Lorraine Wise said...

I hope this never happens to anyone else that I know. It has happened to 2 people very close to me and they gave people in Bermuda and Jamaica a-lot of money. I was one of the first people to contact the FBI about this scamming from Jamaica I called there Department of Defense and there local government officials in an attempt to make them aware of the money laundering that was happening all over Jamaica. These people are very dangerous and diligent in pursing there victims. They even go as far as to threaten you by fear if you stop sending them money. I am very afraid of my personal information being given out in playing the online PCH. Because of e-mail leaking and unsecure website indicators showing that loopholes for someone to see my personal information through browsers such as Google. I have tried to find a way to continuing playing as others seem to think of ways to secretly get your information and share it with other trackers who want to send you ads for everything. I really hope that PCH can protect these fraudsters from pretending to be them. Best of wishes and prayers to PCH and there staff. May God keep us safe forever. AMEN Lorraine Wise

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Lorraine Wise said...

aI hope this never happens to anyone else that I know. It has happened to 2 people very close to me and they gave people in Bermuda and Jamaica a-lot of money. I was one of the first people to contact the FBI about this scamming from Jamaica I called there Department of Defense and there local government officials in an attempt to make them aware of the money laundering that was happening all over Jamaica. These people are very dangerous and diligent in pursing there victims. They even go as far as to threaten you by fear if you stop sending them money. I am very afraid of my personal information being given out in playing the online PCH. Because of e-mail leaking and unsecure website indicators showing that loopholes for someone to see my personal information through browsers such as Google. I have tried to find a way to continuing playing as others seem to think of ways to secretly get your information and share it with other trackers who want to send you ads for everything. I really hope that PCH can protect themselves from these fraudsters from pretending to be them. Best of wishes and prayers to PCH and there staff. May God keep us safe forever. AMEN Lorraine Wise dd your comment here

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Lorraine Wise said...

aI hope this never happens to anyone else that I know. It has happened to 2 people very close to me and they gave people in Bermuda and Jamaica a-lot of money. I was one of the first people to contact the FBI about this scamming from Jamaica I called there Department of Defense and there local government officials in an attempt to make them aware of the money laundering that was happening all over Jamaica. These people are very dangerous and diligent in pursing there victims. They even go as far as to threaten you by fear if you stop sending them money. I am very afraid of my personal information being given out in playing the online PCH. Because of e-mail leaking and unsecure website indicators showing that loopholes for someone to see my personal information through browsers such as Google. I have tried to find a way to continuing playing as others seem to think of ways to secretly get your information and share it with other trackers who want to send you ads for everything. I really hope that PCH can protect these fraudsters from pretending to be them. Best of wishes and prayers to PCH and there staff. May God keep us safe forever. AMEN Lorraine Wise sorry for the mistakes needed to fix my comment

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Natasha Davis said...

KEEP an EYE out for the SCAMMERS……

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jimmie smith said...

I’ve been getting at least 2 friends request daily from “The Prize Patrol” But always decline

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Tina Thomas said...

Hey , i have been scammed twice, it is no fun trying to change everything, i was glad that i never gave a credit card no. they said when i called PCH and they gave me a scam line to turn it in, they left their phone no. i gave it to them they were from Jamacia so i was glad i gave them no information, i was one of the one’s who took PCH advice from them .

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Bridget Huhn said...

this just happened to me today via facebook and it is utterly devestating to me because i really need this and would give or do almost anything to win but i know i never will so to have this happen hurts bad both me and my son have multiple medical conditions/issues i have been playing for awhile but never won anything i sent a copy of the conversation to your fraud dept very very upset and discouraged

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alberto eduardo hernandez jorge said...

Gracias.. Al senor MICHEL COLLIN con el mayor respeto , estoy buscando SEARCH todo lo posible por buscar con fechas nombres y acontesimientos thank you gracias.

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Justin Thornton said...

Hi PCH,
There seems to be some issues with pch.com
My wife had issues earlier but now I seem to be having the bulk of the problem. I keep getting an error message.
Anyone else having problems?

Thanks,
Justin

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George Creamer said...

how to contact a person in pch to let them know about the mail scam I got are there any people keeping track or posting info or scam letters I got one for winning 1,500,000 canadian postage New York area code and phone number nigerian or jamacan person answering phone slightly confused telling me david sayer is not avalible at this time letter says contact within 92 hrs reciuived leter on fri no one in office on columbus monday oops

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    PCH Staff said...

    Hi George! 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 @ PCH

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nancy c roark said...

i have feeling sometimes , i think well is this real ??? and i realy get my hopes my and as long as i have play and been around the pch team , i should no better , but sometimes before you no it it get you again and we all no that if you win they come to your house thats the only way … im waiting to meet you all ,

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jaime fugate said...

I don’t really know why i keep wasting my time with this. I have never one anything and the instant winning they send you in the mail i kid you not i won 500.00 yet to see that so this is what makes me think its all fake. I have to kids and thats the only reason i keep trying because i want them to have a better life then what i do.

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Jean said...

I have been entering since 1954 still have not won, but would like to because I have made a promise to God above if I came into money I would help all that I could. I did come into some money once before but not PCH and I did keep my promise by purchasing homes for others, food for those in need, and much more, now I am almost broke again and need some help from somewhere.

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JoAnn V said...

To whom it may concern:
How do you notify someone that wins say just 100.00 or a prize?

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Michaela G. said...

Hi Elaina R.,

On January 4, 2014, I got a phone call from someone saying that I had won 2.5 Million plus a new car from PCH and gave me all these numbers and then asked if I could answer some questions, then I told him to get a real job and that PCH does not call or become your friend on FB. That was so so scary, and I am sure I did the right thing by hanging up on him. I did ask where he got my number and he would not tell me, just before that I was filling out a questionnaire on your PCH app and I put my phone number down and I had to exit the app and then that is when he call me, do you think there is a connection between the caller and me filling out your questionnaire? I hope not because you think if it is for PCH it is secure and that is why I feel I can fill them out.

Please advise me on what might of happened here and can they use any thing I said to them? I did not give them any personal information, and at first I just thought I would go along with it all to see what happened, but they were giving me these numbers and having me right them down and then having me repeating them back to them, I am sure this would be a nightmare for en elderly person or anyone. Any suggestions on all of this???? I still have the number if you would like it, please advise and I am so very sorry that this is happening to all the PCH fans!!!

I just wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year Ms. Elaina R., and you are doing a great job by informing us about these scams!!!

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Tina Thomas said...

Hi Elaine i play my PCH Lotto like i should when it comes up to check them about 3 of them are empty and say replay or play again which i know i cannot and getting on face-book PCH i can’t get on there for 8 months do not know how to fix that problem i am not computer genius i know how to get on play all your games but as far as any thing else with the computer i am not lost if you have any suggestion’s for me please help me i want to get back on face-book pch again i miss it so much not getting to make comments and getting try again and still it keeps saying that i can share but not comment should i sign in with face-book pch by itself with it’s own password or leave it as with face-book Thank You Elaine .

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carolinejinks said...

thank you for letting me know I will keep a look out

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Doris Pardo said...

Thanks Lori: I have received emails like that and I just laugh and delete the same. Your tips are very useful and valuable.

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Holly Messinese said...

This is good to know. Thanks : )

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Barbara Fuller said...

I received a call today from this number, 915-317-4403, saying they were from PCH. They asked if a family member would be home today because the Prize Patrol would be at our home between 2-3 pm to deliver a check for $250,000.
The man said his name was Quinton Moore, I believe.
I have checked on line and found that others have received similar calls from this number.
Are you aware of this and what is your advice?

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Jo Pugh said...

I told her that I did not think you had to pay to win she said that was for the I r s and taxes the first time she said for me to pay for that green dot would cost me 399.99 I told her I did not have that so then she said well give you a s I could get it for 199.99 she said I really won and the p ch would be at my house at 3pm I keep all of the mess if you all would love to read them but I thank you so much for let me know but I am glad I did not do that but some other person might have went and got one and lost there ss and then not have won and lost there bill money I told her that what I saw own tv it was not that way but she said you all was having a new p so I was chose to. Win I still want to thank but you all need to let other know what happen to us if you need my mass I let you copy them to let other know

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