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

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

  1. 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.

  2. Brooklyn says:

    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??

  3. Lee says:

    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

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Lee, you’re definitely describing a scam. PCH does not contact winners via phone and you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize. Please report this scam to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how:, and be sure to check out our Fraud Protection site to find out how to stay safe: Stay safe!

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