Beware of Publishers Clearing House Scams!

Hello, Friends and Fans,


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,

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

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

  1. rustyshadow7 says:

    Why do I keep getting warnings telling me I have to re-enter over and over again or I will forfeit my chance to win?

  2. Lilly says:

    I have just gotten lots of email telling me to search

  3. Penny Caschera says:

    I just had a call from a Dave Washington with a very strange accent. Was trying to tell me that I won 2nd prize of $12,000.00 for shopping at Walmart. I finally just got tired of listening to him tell me to “calm down” every time I asked a question so I told him “good day” and hung up. Hopefully since I said nothing to anything other than I will be home at 4 pm to receive my check it will be ok.

  4. says:

    (876) 527-4627. Guy says he’s Jim Bothleo. Said he was from Brooklyn, NY. Heavy Jamaican accent, I’m in Monterey, CA. He couldn’t keep his story straight. He wanted 300 dollars in order for me to get 1m and a 2015 Mercedes-Benz. I asked so many questions he asked if I would hold, forgot to hit the “hold”button and I heard him ask someone, what do I do now lol.

    1. nicole says:

      Same EXACT story for me, except I’m from New Mexico. He claimed to be from Florida, they sounded more Nigerian to us. They knew our names, called my phone first, but I didn’t answer, seconds later called my husbands phone. He said the same thing. Unfortunately we ended up giving them 550. We feel extremely stupid and can’t believe we fell for it. Now they keep saying their coming to my door step with my money and car. They won’t leave us alone. They know our address.

      1. AMBBERLICIAN says:

        Nicole – call your local police and have them come to your home and place a call to their number and the police know how to stop it they did it for a friend of ours

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