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

73 thoughts on “Advice From A Real Winner On How To Spot PCH Scams!”

  1. Curtis J Burns says:

    Curtis Burns
    September 19. Garden City, Kansas

    I was burned just this past week. I should have known better but they got me for $4,000 dollars. I’m 79 so it really hurt me!!

  2. fernhurtman says:

    Thanks for those helpful hints!!!

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  8. Iva says:

    Thanks For The (INFO) The (Warning & Information)
    Is Greatly Appreciated.

  9. if you receive notification by mail with a check from chase bank included and to call a number with security cade and then are told to call back after the check is deposit and that the pch would come to your house to give you your winnings is this legitimate

  10. A scammer sent an email to us and I called PCH and they confirmed it was a scam. Been getting calls from them on the phone telling us to send money by a green card you buy or a money gram and we would receive a big check . So he was sucker enough to give them about $700.00 now they want $1200.00. He has finally figured out they are not sending any check. They sent 1 check earlier and he deposited in a different bank and they told him in a few days it was no good. They have been calling almost every day and sometimes 3 or4 time a day . I hope they can figure out a way to stop these crocks. They are no getting another dime and we are ashamed of being so stupid to get involved with them. They are out of Jamaica , Ohio, Florida and many more places they claim to be from .Also they say send money by Western Union.

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