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

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

  1. melissa k says:

    Got a call from a restricted number today and answered it. Was told I won 380K plus bonus prizes. I only needed to go to CVS and get a card for 370.00 to cover licensing and insurance. When I pushed Mr. James Anderson why the need for money he got rude. I called the police and verified it was a scam.

  2. melissa says:

    Just got a call from a James Carpenter stating i won $485,000 and a brand new black mercedes benz. He gave me a number to call a Frank Jones at 518-557-5057 to the claims dept. Frank called then and explained i needed to register and go to walgreens and get a moneypak scratchoff card with the amout of $495.32 to cover the federal tax fee. Both men had thick accents.

  3. Mark says:

    I GUARANTEE that if you get a call from area code 876 you are getting scammed. My mom has received over 75 calls telling her she’s a winner. I continue to block the numbers but they just use a different cell. Area code is out of Jamaica and the carrier is out of India, neither if which PCH is located. It’s gotten so bad, that my mom’s is changing her phone number. The creeps need to get a real job. I like to meet these guys and give them a prize of my own. Please don’t get sucked into their crap, that’s the only way they’ll stop.

  4. Jk says:

    876 405 3331 contacted me today and asked for a tax fee. The person had a thick accent.

  5. Jeffrey Knight says:

    I almost got conned today. The person posing as Danielle was sort of cold, claimed prizes of $500K or more must be verified in advance, I was sent a FB confirmation code and I would have to buy a prepaid Green Dot money card for $299.95. I don’t have that kind of money!

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  6. Mark says:

    My elderly mom has received numerous calls for 876 529-4870 to let her know she won $5 million and a car! I notified police. When they called an hour before they were to show, I let them know I was here and the police will be here too. If they were legitimate, they shouldn’t mind at all. Needless to say, they haven’t showed. PCH will NEVER call to let you know you’ve won!!! Be aggressive on the phone, or they’ll continue to try and scam you!!!!

  7. 2 calls have been made to me, one on saturday and one just a moment ago. I didn’t get the guy’s name on saturday but today it was a “Michael Anderson”. And I don’t think they speak a bit of english cause Saturday I told the man I needed to get back to work and he restarts the phone call . I don;t think I’ve ever let him get to the part about asking me for money. Plus I can’t understand half of what they say.

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