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


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

  1. Marcey says:

    I’m sad to say I just got scammed today! Of course I was smart enough not to fall for it! Thank god! How disappointing though! How low and heartless to prey on people like this! Kinda breaks you in a way!

  2. First-time Applicant says:

    What is the exact steps from beginning to end needed to register for the Feb 28th 2016 $5K for life drawing? I keep receiving emails saying I haven’t completed my registration or “to claim my number…” I need to now do X, Y, and Z….
    It’s very confusing. Have I completed all the steps or not?
    Are these now new scam artists trying to get my identity info?
    Can you please give a simplified answer, in lamen terms? Id greatly appreciate it.
    Thank You, first time applicant.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi, our major prize winner will be selected on February the 26th, 2016. We will be awarding giveaway #4900 for the $5,000 a week for forever! While PCH does offer multiple opportunities to enter each day, you are not required to complete them all. Enter as often as you wish. Any entry you opt out of will be forfeited for that entry only and all previous entries remain fully valid for a chance to win. Keep trying and don’t give up. There are multiple ways to enter our many exciting giveaways each day for your chance to become a lucky winner. Click here to see them all: http://bit.ly/How-To-Enter-PCH-Sweepstakes. Best of luck to you and all who enter.

  3. Don O. says:

    I think it’s just a waste of time,get all these emails to win by a certain date ,it comes and next month another date…all these tokens you add up then cash them in for items that you choose who wins that item..

  4. same as above says:

    I have received soooo many of your emails; every one asks you to do the same thing over and over and you have no idea if you are really entered. I DO NOT want to purchase anything. Very disappointed in this whole thing…..I remember when you just sent in your entry by mail…done.

    1. Shirley Covington says:

      Yep, very annoying and leaves you wondering “what if I don’t reply”.

      1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

        Hi, while PCH does offer multiple opportunities to enter each day, you are not required to complete them all. Enter as often as you wish. Any entry you opt out of will be forfeited for that entry only and all previous entries remain fully valid for a chance to win. Keep trying and don’t give up. There are multiple ways to enter our many exciting giveaways each day for your chance to become a lucky winner. Click here to see them all: http://bit.ly/How-To-Enter-PCH-Sweepstakes. Good luck to you and all who enter!! :)

  5. Sonia Calero says:

    For years I have been entering. In fact since the 1980s when I was at a different address. I however do believe that you can win and I’ve ordered. The fact is that I was still ordering and now I as per your records owe you a bundle. Did you know that there are things you claim you sent me that I never ordered and things I never received. You can get on line and contact me because I pay through my bank and I can go to the bank and get copies of my payments.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Sonia, I would like to remind you there is NEVER a purchase necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes. PCH means it when we say it is free to enter and free to win! I would like to you contact us about the orders that you state were not ordered. Our customer service representatives may be reached at 1-800-566-4724 between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day!

  6. Ted says:

    Publishers Clearing House is a scam. When I am bored, I will try to play your games. Except, half the time they do not load. And even if they do, they are constantly interrupted by stupid ads. The latest of which is the most offensive. That fat loser who claims he won the lottery umpteen times. Hey, jerk face, I don’t want to hear from you until you win EVERY TIME you play. Then there are the multiple pages of crap products. You know, the kind you get from an elderly aunt, who is slightly senile. Products that are marginally useful, and grossly over-priced. And then there are the pages and pages of magazines. Hey Publishers CLUELESS House; NO ONE READS MAGAZINES ANYMORE. And the phony “spin the wheel to see what your discount is”. IT IS ALWAYS $5. ALWAYS. Stop trying so hard; you are a scam; everyone knows it.

  7. Sandra says:

    I Was A Beliver But Not Any more.

  8. gisela brav says:

    you say, NO purchase is required to win. How is that possible? I do not believe that.

  9. Kimani burrell says:

    How come no one has answered the question that keeps popping up. Are the pch apps and games real?? If not the. it’s a waste of time.

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