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 report it immediately using our Scam Incident Report.

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


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

  1. Letitia Rodriguez says:

    My mother received what looked to be a letter from PCH yesterday with a check enclosed for almost $8,000 and the check looks very legitimate and is supposedly issued by Albany Industries in New Albany, MS. The check is drawn on 1st Tennessee Bank out of MS. The letter states to contact a Frank Wilson – Claims Manager at the following phone number: 1-647-219-4830. I told her to let me come home and research this. The phone number comes out of Toronto. Even the envelope looked strange because it was a plain white envelope with a stamp on it and mailed via regular mail. That made me suspicious right off the bat because if you are mailing someone that kind of money you would think it would be at least certified mail.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Letitia, we are so sorry to learn that your Mother was contacted by scammers. Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, standard mail, or on Social Media. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe everyone!

  2. Natasha Nunez says:

    I received this email today is this a scam????????

    You have emerged email winner of 750,000.00 USD in the recent PCH Lottery.
    Kindly send your contacts to pchclaimsdepartmnt@foxmail.com

    *Full Names
    *Residential Address
    *Telephone
    *Sex
    *Age

    PCH Official Notification.
    Kelvin Sloane

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Natasha, we’re sorry to hear the scammers have contacted you. Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, standard mail, or on Social Media. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe!

  3. Shannon Williams says:

    I received an email saying I had won 1,000,000 dollars today. I was supposed to contact Mr. Solomon Newman with SAS Express Courier about the delivery of my prize and then I was told I had to pay 520.00 for the delivery of my prize via 1 day shipping or 352.00 for 2 day shipping. This is very disappointing as I was excited about winning and was in desperate need of the money since I’ve been out of work since may of this year.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Shannon! Unfortunately that was a scammer and not the real PCH. PCH does not notify major prize winners in advance via phone, standard mail, email, or social media. We also never ask for money, for any reason, to claim a prize. Please report the details of this incident to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. As disheartening as it may be to find out the contact was a scammer, please don’t let this discourage you from entering. PCH has a number of exciting giveaways that you can enter into each day for a chance to win. To see all of the ways you can enter, click here: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Have a wonderful day!! 🙂

  4. Precious Givens says:

    SOMEONE SENT ME THIS THIS MORNING: ATTENTION: ESTEEMED WINNER,

    Publishers Clearing House as a direct marketing company that markets merchandise and magazine subscriptions with special sweepstakes, prize-based game and a legitimate lottery wish to congratulation you once again as a legitimate winner.

    Since the introduction of PCH delivery procedures in 1989, these reality TV-style videos of prize-winners visited at their doorstep with checks for $1,000 to $10 million have been used in widely broadcast television commercials and more recently, in the company’s online acquisition efforts, websites and social media communications as evidence that all winners will receive their winnings legitimately.

    This led to the Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000, which regulates direct mail delivery of checks. At the senate hearings regarding this Act, Publishers Clearing House policy of delivery adjusted regarding all categories of the sum of $1,000,000.00 USD (One Million US Dollars) and above. Each winning check is hereby prepared & forwarded to our most guaranteed Courier Service ( FedEx Delivery Service ) to make delivery of winning check to every legitimate winner safely.

    Note: Your winning check will be delivered by a FedEx dispatch agent to your preferred details/contact given to us. You are kindly advised to note that your winning check has to be insured & approved for cashing by PCH authorities after your receive the check in mail. Your immediate response after receiving your check in mail will be appreciated to assist in accurate cashing of check without any complication.

    You are hereby required to contact this trusted courier service with the details below:
    Attach is my ID for verification.
    MIA M. PARIS
    deliverydept.mia@gmail.com
    FedEx Team Director

    Kindly, send full name, Address, ID for identification & phone num to FedEx. You are hereby instructed to keep every detail concerning your winning check delivery confidential as it’s highly prohibited & risky to realize such details to illegitimate individuals. Any involvement of a 3rd Party is at Winner’s risk. We hereby await your earnest response with a confirmation of mail delivery to your doorstep by FedEx after contacting them as instructed above & further information shall be given unto you on how to cash check. Stay Blessed!!!

    Best Regards,
    Mrs Daniella Lam
    PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE USA

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Precious, we’re sorry to hear the scammers have contacted you. Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, standard mail, or on Social Media. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe!

  5. KW says:

    Hey I sent you guys a list of names about people pretending to be pch members and my FB account was hacked, I am so so so mad about it. They locked me out my FB account. That was a dirty trick they puled. Will this effect my chance on wining anything?

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi KW, we certainly take the issue of scams and the illegal use of our name by scammers very seriously; that’s why we regularly educate our fans on what they can do to protect themselves. Unfortunately, scammers aren’t always easy to locate since many of them operate out of country. You can do your part to help us by reporting all scam contacts that you receive. Here’s how to report scammers on Facebook: http://bit.ly/ReportPCHScamFB and all other scam contacts can be reported to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. It’s important to remember that the real PCH will never send you a private message or friend request, and we’ll never ask for money to claim a prize. We encourage you to take a look at this blog article for some great tips on how you can stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. This contact from scammers will have no affect on your chances of winning. Let us know if you need anything else!

  6. Joe F Gold says:

    got one of these calls today. Person only asked for $9500 dollars for a government prize stamp. I would then see them at my home with a check for 2.5 million dollars, and a new Mercedes. The call came from 18765886432. Which says its in kingston Jamaica. Darn I was so looking forward to retiring. Jerks

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Joe, 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: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH, and be sure to check out our Fraud Protection site to find out how to stay safe: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe everyone!

  7. Lisa Black says:

    I have been notify that I have won 950.000 dollars and a black Mercedes but I have to run to a Kmart and use Western Union to give then a Registration Letter..Man I wished this was true. Why so people do this to others.. Feel them full of hope and knowing they are not getting anything…

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Lisa, we are so sorry to hear that the scammers made contact with you – but we are ELATED that you did not fall for their tricks! Here are some facts: You never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, standard mail, or on Social Media. You can report all scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: http://bit.ly/PCHFraudPrevention. Stay safe!

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