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 info.pch.com/customer-service.

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:

http://info.pch.com/consumer-information/fraud-protection

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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Leticia Bibo said...

Leticia Bibo Said…
THANK YOU NATALIE BOSTELMAN, FOR REMEMBER US ALWAYS.

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Kanika Loeung said...

Thank you for good tips up there.

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quitta said...

People should know there are scams all the time. I see so many complaints on facebook but some people will do what they go to do just to get more money….I fell for scams before becoming a PCH fan…I now can smell a scam from far away but who is smarter than a scammer is me……yes I am :)

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Natalie, for all this great information! I feel a lot better knowing this info. I will look at all these wonderful tips you put in your blog. Well Natalie, I hope you and your family have a very Happy Holiday!!!

I am taking another tip from you and that is to keep POSITIVE and VISUALIZING it all happening to me that is winning this AWESOME Prize of (1MILLION a year “FOREVER”) on November 28, 2014!!!

I have my fingers crossed and I enter everyday, because you never know what will happen unless you enter!!!

Happy Holiday’s everyone!!!

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David Faas said...

Scammers are troubled Souls.And if they cross the imaginary line of I’d theft then trouble awaits them.
But I hope that does not happen for any loyal member of #PCH
Or any #PCHSuperfan member like myself.

Have a Safe & Happy Marry Christmas and it won’t be to long before we bring in a new Year 2014!!!

And Congratulations once again Natalie Bostelman!!!

Mr.David Faas
Duluth,Minnesota

USA

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robin dausey said...

Report all the scammers out there because they are trying to ruin all are fun on PCH!!!

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Dee Dee said...

Thanks Natalie!!! :)

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Stancio Butler said...

Thanks Natalie!!! BECAUSE I’M GOING TO GET AWAY FROM THOSE PCH SCAMS FOR GOOD!!!

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Wesley Ivey said...

good advice.

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Natasha Davis said...

Good Morning Natalie=)

Thanks for the great information. I am always on the lookout for scammers. I say if anyone contacts you regarding any money STAY AWAY(unless you owe someone **). Be cautious everyone. Thanks again Natalie and Happy Holidays and Early Birthday wish…=)=)=)=) Good luck all……

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April Arena said...

Thank You for the advice.

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Sara Greenwell said...

I can’t stand scammers

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Kimberley G. said...

Thanks for the great advice!

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Nettie Jenkins said...

Thanks Natalie for the tips ! As a PCH Super Fan I have been sent friend requests from the unreal prize patrols ….sad but true. One thing that is awesome though is that PCH keeps on sharing this important info that you have shared in this blog and that makes for a better world ! (Smiles) So… keep Entering, Entering ,Entering… I will be !

Nettie Jenkins
PCH Super Fan #1
CT

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Charlene Dean said...

Thanks, Natalie.

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Justin Thornton said...

My wife loves hearing about Natalie. She thinks she is incredibly positive and loves her blogs on here. Thank you for these kind words of wisdom.

Thanks PCH,
Justin

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Natalie Bostelman said...

Thanks for reading, all! Stay vigilant!

GOOD LUCK!

Natalie Bostelman
2008 SuperPrize Winner
PCH Goodwill Ambassador

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Marcia Dunson said...

How much does PCH pay people to pose with them to keep this lie going.
Who supply all this suppose to be winner’s money every quarter.

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peggy said...

hello thanks I will keep my eyes open for you

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clint thompson said...

add your comment here

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edward rycraft said...

the big winner for life just to meted daniellelan david and todd would make my day to tell me that I am the winneringat my house then I knowni am not ben scammers because the truck come pch prize patrol member come to my house Edward rycraft thankyou pch

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solanny said...

Merry Christmas pch and to everyone on this blog…!!!

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Gary Huether said...

wow I am happy to win from you to change my sequences and my BIG DEBTS. thanks. when PCH comes to my house is a wow.If they want to eat lunch after win me, I will pay for them free at aroogas restaurant. thanks

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Gary Huether said...

wow I am happy to win from you to change my sequences and my BIG DEBTS. thanks. when PCH comes to my house is a wow.If they want to eat lunch after win me, I will pay for them free at aroogas restaurant. thanks

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Nikki James said...

PCH also holds their own scamming lotto and games, I don’t know what publisher clearing house you won from but the publisher clearing house the real website does ask for your email and mailing address if they did not how would they contact you? They send certified mail to winners, your phone number is not needed and you being a supposed winner should know that. I do believe there are scammers that call but there are also pch games held by pch that are strictly for the purposes of advertisement and information which is being sold to telemarketers. PCH in itself is a scam, sorry Natalie after I have done extensive research on PCH, I don’t believe anyone ever wins and if there are winners you have probably bought all or almost all of their products. Try going to pch home page and scroll through the winners, the rules clearly state only U.S. citizens can win, so why are there winners from Iran, Tokyo, Malaysia, etc. This company needs to be shut down, if people aren’t willing look at your advertisements without the promise of being entered into a fake sweepstakes, then your product isn’t worth viewing.

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james marsden said...

God is good

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Ana Hernandez said...

gracias por todas las aclaraciones

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Thomas Warner said...

Been playing for many years never won a penny

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Gladys A Lambrecht said...

Thanks Natalie Bostelman :) for your Safety Tips!

Congrats! for being one of the “LUCKY” <3 Winners of $10,000.00 from Publishers Clearing House!What a Nice Surprise! :)

Be well! :)

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Mdred Slaven said...

This is so much fun! I enjoy your games. People think this is a scam. I believe it is real and, even if it isn’t. I have had a good time. Thanks to PCH!

millie

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Shelley Reeher said...

add your comment Shelley reeher reporting from wichita falls tx… Be aware of scams people that ask for youre credit card num and are real pushy. Saying u won something but you have to give money to get it beware……

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Towonda Grant said...

Thank you, PCH! Somebody got me last month. They wanted me to get a Green Dot card. And load $150.00 plus somebody had used Danielle Lam name to send me a friend request in Facebook. I new it was a scam. Then she said one of her agent was going to call in the morning. Every time when somebody call me the be Block or it be a Jamacian number. Thanks PCH!

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erika vevers said...

wow thanks natilie #1 fan of danielle lam pick me hete i am

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Anna Paul said...

Hi Natalie,

I just wanted to let u know that I was scammed for 750.00 I felt so stupid I cried for days i had borrowed the money and must pay it back, the said part is i dont even have a job. Anyway how I was scammed they called on phone a stated they had got my information from pch it was for a grant that would be deposited into my account in the amojnt of 8,657 dollars after i give them the preloaded card nfo i believed it cause. When im doing some of the games the info comes up. Maybe u guys should look into this matter
Thanks
Anna

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teresa lessane said...

I told them this and it worked they stop talking to me on Facebook try this everyone it works::—-WHY YOU WANNA MAKE IT SO BAD FOR PEOPLE.? PEOPLE HAVING A HARD TIME THIS YEAR GIVE UP HOUSE S, SMALL BUSINESS CLOSING DOWN, PEOPLE LOSING THERE JOBS,PEOPLE LOSING THERE CARS, PEOPLE KILLING THERE SELF BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT TAKE CARE OF THERE FAMILY.PCH IS DOING A WONDERFUL THING, BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY MADE THEIR MONEY AND NOW THEY WANT TO GIVE SOME AWAY. WHAT ‘S WRONG WITH THAT YOU STOP IT MR.SCAMMER!!!L PCH EVER ASK FOR MONEY!! YOU JUST WIN AND THEY ARE THERE AT YOUR DOOR!!! J IF ALL BUISNESS GIVE AWAY MONEY THERE WOULD BE LESS POOR IN THE WORLD EVERYONE WOULD HAVE A NICE

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Shelley Reeher said...

add your comment here. Hello danielle. Yes scammers.. Its important to get the word out. How to pinpoint a scammer.. first of all pch staff will never call you if you win something. Theyll show up at youre door who would want to blow a good surprize.. num2. Yoo will never be charged .To get youre prizes. Num3. Pch staff will never ever. And ill say once moee never ever. Send you personal messages . Such as friend request . they are a professional and respectful buisness. And the pch staff and whole company will stay that way. So watch out for them scammers posing to be pch . When there npt . Remeber ne personal friend reqeust . No phone calls . And they wont make you pay whan you win….. Sincerly shelley reeher wichita falls tx

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Natasha Davis said...

Thanks again Natalie … I am aware and would share …. woohoo =)

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Pauline Maxey said...

Today I received a package at my PO Box, from PCH. It was about 10″ X 4″, was ‘very dirty & had been wet.’ (The paperwork inside the outer envelope had been ‘wet & now dried & wrinkled & return envelop was sealed stuck.’) I brought the pkg to the attention of Post Office Clerk. She made NO comment! The Post Office personnel are suppose to ‘endorse these damages’ with ‘Received in Bad Condition @’ then endorse the P O name & clerk recording!’ That is to show ‘they really care & are trying to do a GOOD JOB!’
Thanks to PCH packing, the ‘eye glasses inside were safe!’
May we ALL win in ‘more ways than one in our efforts to PLAY to WIN while sharing the opportunity!’ AGAPE!

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La shell Irving said...

Thanks for keeping me inform , I really want to win now !

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Marilyn Dinger said...

This is good to know. I probably haven’t won even a smaller prize yet from PCH because I haven’t gotten it yet, and I think the people who said I won wanted my home address. They also asked a whole bunch of questions, I don’t remember what they all were, either. It is good to know that it wasn’t a real win or would not be a real win if someone says, for instance, you’ve won $10.00 at PCH and they ask your for your home address and/or phone number.

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Brenda Nelson said...

great INFORMATION tHAN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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