Beware of Publishers Clearing House Scams!

Hello, Friends and Fans,

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We at Publishers Clearing House want to bring all of you a very important message today – one that we cannot emphasize strongly enough. Please be aware that there are scammers out there claiming they represent Publishers Clearing House. Unfortunately, these scams are especially prevalent right now – when the real PCH is about to award one lucky individual a life-changing SuperPrize.

As much as we try to warn unsuspecting individuals about the difference between the real Publishers Clearing House Sweeps and an illegitimate scam, we too often learn about good, honest folks like you going through some unfortunate experiences. That is why we would like to alert you to 4 important warning signs to be aware of to help you spot the scammers and their deceitful tricks.

 How to Spot Publishers Clearing House Scam

payme1. If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH, and tells you that you’ve won a prize award – then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize – STOP!  You have not heard from the real PCH. IT’S A SCAM! At Publishers Clearing House the winning is always free and you NEVER have to pay to claim a prize award.

 

 

email2. If you receive an email notifying you that you have won a major prize in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, DON’T BE FOOLED: IT’S A SCAM! Publishers Clearing House does NOT send e-mails notifying consumers that they have won a major prize. If you win a major prize in our sweepstakes (like our February 28th SuperPrize), you’ll know when the Prize Patrol shows up at your door with the Big Check.

 

 

2_25_Phone Scam3. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and are asked to send money, pay a fee or pre-pay taxes to enter, collect or claim a sweepstakes prize, DON’T BE FOOLED: IT’S A SCAM!  You have not heard from the “real” Publishers Clearing House. The call you received was most likely from a fraudulent sweepstakes scam operation. Again, at Publishers Clearing House the winning is always free.

 

friendrequest4. If someone from Publishers Clearing House sends you a friend request on Facebook, DON’T BE FOOLED: IT’S A SCAM!  The Prize Patrol will NEVER send friend requests to you on Facebook. Moreover, the PCH Prize Patrol members (Danielle Lam, Dave Sayer, and Todd Sloane) never send private messages on Facebook. In addition, PCH does not notify its winners through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media website.

 

These are the ONLY legitimate Prize Patrol pages on Facebook:

Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol
Dave Sayer PCH Prize Patrol
Todd Sloane PCH Prize Patrol

For more PCH Facebook scam prevention tips, please watch this video from Prize Patrol member Danielle Lam.

If you feel you have been the victim of a Publishers Clearing House Scam, please contact us at our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. Anyone who believes they have received a suspicious email using our name and logo may forward it to our fraud-reporting mailbox, abuse@pch.com.

And don’t be embarrassed to report anything suspicious – the scammers have even tried to fool our own employees!

As always, you should always verify the information in any winner notification you may receive before making any risky moves. And if you ever have any questions, let us know! We’re more than happy to help!

Stay safe everyone, and good luck on February 28th, when we announce our next SuperPrize winner!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

Other blogs you may like:
A Personal Example of a Publishers Clearing House Scam

Publishers Clearing House Scam Prevention Tips from Danielle Lam


184 thoughts on “Beware of Publishers Clearing House Scams!”

  1. Caroline Martin says:

    I received a phone call today from an “unknown” male caller advising that I had won $250,000, and a vehicle. He asked if I was at home, and I advised him, “no”. ( My husband is home 95% of the time. With loaded guns). He asked when would I be home. I advised him 2:00. He said that he would call me then, and that they would be coming from Marietta, GA to deliver my prize. He never asked for a money transfer. He did not call back at 2:00.

  2. C.G. says:

    Just received a letter from P.O. Box 5532/STN Terminal 102, Toronto, Ontario M5W 7A1`from Publishers Clearing House, Port Washington, NY 11050, phony check issue from Integrated Payment Systems, 382 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050 for $2,600,000. Says I was recently identified as a winner in the Super Cash Giveaway, “URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT”, “call +1 (347) 305-2153 and ask for Agent Mr. Kevin Prince” When called, they ask for banking information, account information, and when I refuse to give it, they acted in an unprofessional, thuggish manner, and said, “call me when you’re serious.” Below this it says “Publishers Clearinghouse” Govt. Approval USA/Canada International Lottery Board, International Lotto Commission, Sincerely, Deborah Holland, Executive Vice President, Lottery Award Board, Authorized Signature”.to give more false credibility to this scam letter, says “Member FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Commission) Accredited Charity, with the Better Business Bureau seal. These scumbags target the elderly. ignore any of these calls and warn your friends and neighbors, and pray that the Lord recompenses them 100 times over for their thieving ways.

    We never played Publishers Clearing House nor anything from International Lottery Board, and have never heard of International Lotto Commission prior to receiving this letter.

  3. sharon lehman says:

    My 82 yr old dad got the “PCH” call this AM. He immediately knew it was a scam, he asked the guy for a phone # & said he’d call back in abt an hour. In the meantime, I reported the call to PCH. I then called the # the “PCH” guy left, from my cell. Guy answered, “hello” I said hello & asked who he was. “Mr Fisher” I said I thought this # was PCH. “Yes, this is Mr Fisher from PCH.” I said, “oh you’re Mr Fisher, fishing for my money!” He got ver aggitated, told me he didn’t need my “little” money & hung up.

    About a 1/2 hr later, “Mr Fisher” called back on my dad’s cell. I answered his phone, he asked for my dad, told him he wasn’t available what could I do for him. He wanted to know if my husband had told me we were big PCH winners. Told him I didn’t know anything abt that, was this legit, I’m so excited, overwhelmed… He then asked if we were ready to recieve our prize, this is no joke, we’ve really won etc. I told him I we were ready to get our prize & he should meet us at our local police dept! Phone went dead! IDIOTS!

  4. Aline says:

    I just received a letter out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a specimen check saying I had won two million six hundred thousand dollars. I should call 1 347 305-2153 and contact Mr. Kevin Prince. The whole thing looks like a copy, purported to be signed by Deborah Holland. Scam? I think so.

  5. Peter Biond says:

    just received a call 1/16/2015 saying I won 2.5 million from PCH. they wanted 250 dollars on a money pack card for a government approval stamp. Phone number was 262-292-9115. They had a lady answering the phone saying publishers clearing house how can I help you.

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