Advice From A Real Winner On How To Spot PCH Scams!

Natalie, a real winner from Publishers Clearing House, gives advice on how you can identify PCH Scams!

PCH Scams

Hey there, PCH Fans!

Another SuperPrize event has come and gone, but remember that there’s always another big Giveaway around the corner!

Unfortunately, that also means that scammers will be as well.

What do I mean?

If you’re on our PCH Fan Page on Facebook, you might unfortunately have already been contacted by one. Here are some tips to keep you SAFE online!

When using the official PCH Fan Pages, do NOT post your personal information. What would be considered personal? Your email address, your mailing address and your phone number. Why is this important? The scammers consider this an open invitation to contact you. If you need assistance, please call customer service, or go to

OK – so you know what NOT to post. But you just received a friend request from Dave! Or from Danielle! Or from Todd! Yay, right? WRONG!

The REAL Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol members do NOT send out friend requests. If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be a Prize Patrol member, REPORT and BLOCK them right away! They are scammers! Here’s a helpful tutorial on how to report Publishers Clearing House scams on Facebook.

But I don’t even USE Facebook. So I’ll be fine, right?” Well, more than likely. However, the scammers still use the more traditional methods like the mail or phone as well. Trust me, I know! After I won in 2008, my mother-in-law started receiving calls. Our first initial is the same, and we’re neighbors. They told her, “Yep, you won before, and wow, you won again!” Luckily, my mother-in-law is sharp. She saw through it immediately.

“Well, sure, but Dave called me PERSONALLY and said that I needed to head to my nearest drug store to preload a card to pay for my taxes…

NOPE. THAT’S A SCAM. When the Prize Patrol visited me, they handed ME a check. With ANY legitimate sweepstakes, you do NOT have to pay a fee to collect your prize!

Remember the BIG rule – if you were to win a major prize ($10,000 and up) from PCH, you’d be getting a SURPRISE visit from the famous Prize Patrol!

If you still have questions regarding scams and fraud, here is a good resource:

What other tips can you offer to spot the scammers? Give us your suggestions below!

Be Vigilant!


Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

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  1. been contacted again by phone did not answer phone number 9189190568 the name to send money to is Marcia Hines in Flordia

  2. Received a letter from PCH stating I had won 1,000,000.00and to call David Johnson @ 973-388-7112 0r 347-786-7030 to be advised on how to claim my check. Letter signed by a Mike Freeman, Marketing Manager. Reported this to Fraud Dept. Never called the phone numbers. They even gave me my winning lotto number.

    1. Hi Alice. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: 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: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. I was just, today, contacted by phone by scammer Mr. Baker who told me , in a heavy accent, that I had won a major prize and to contact James Cotter at 516-568-4637. They wanted me to make out a money gram from Wal-Mart for $495.00 made out to Norman Ratka in Osseo, MN 55369. I remembered that if you win a prize you shouldn’t have to pay anything. So I was highly suspicious. But, I wanted to get as much information as I could to keep them from doing this to others. I already went to PCH’s fraud and reported this info. Thanks for keeping us safe. Tina

    1. Hi Tina! That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, 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: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. A John White called me said I was a 4th place winner and had won money and a car and to send him $215 to claim my prize.

  5. We have had a scammer contact us by phone. He said he was from Publishers Clearing House He said his name was Robert Nelson .He said I have won 2.5 million dollars and I needed to send an over night money order to Tiana Burham~~or Burnham ?~~~at 48 Davis Drive Brisdol DT~~OR DE~~not sure which~~zip code 06010 ~for $499.00, and he would deliver the money to me on Friday, Feb. 17th. I hope this might help law enforcement to get these guys.

    1. Robert Hilliker again~~forgot to give his phone # 347-523-8951. I called that number to see if it was really him, and it was him.

    2. Just got contacted by a Robert Nelson, said I was a pch winner of 1.5 mil and a new Mercedes but I had to pay a 1per cent tax $899.00 number was 1-876-457-1615 ext 15. Today’s date Sept 6, 2017.

  6. A Wm. Brooks just phoned andasked if If I had received a notice in the last week.from Publishers about winning a prize. I told him I did not think he was with publishers.and he gave me two telephone numbers to all to verify him. aher4e they are if it will help you. 845-536-5778 and his desk number–518-425-4257. Nice if the police could trace these and pick up these people.

  7. Someone just called us from PCH stating we won $875,000 and a Mercedes Benz. He did not ask us for money and he gave us 2 people’s names…Mary green and Billy Jones. Asked us if we wanted it public or private. Then my husband said this has to be a joke and the guy said sir this is not a joke. Will you be home all day? You will believe it once you see it!! And told us to have a nice day and congrats. Is this a scam??

  8. James Morgan called and said we won 2.3 million and a Mercedes Benz, I just needed to send him $230 from WalvGreens or Wal Mart. Yeah right!! His number us 876-562-8752. When I said no he called me STUPID!!! Lol