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

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

  1. Holli Ledford says:

    Beware of phone number 876-288-2054. Calling claiming to be PCH and asking you to go straight home. Then explaining when you get in the car to go to western union to pay a $99 attorney fee. Its truly sad, people fall for this.

  2. Martha Perez Estrada says:

    Hi my name is Martha Perez Estrada I love watching you on you tube .You guys do such a great job on give out prices.Please don’t forgive about me ,thank you for your job have nice day.I’m in desperate need of money for my kids ,god bless thank you

  3. RITA STEVENS says:

    Publishers Clearing House Dear Esteem Winner:

    I here by use this medium to acknowledge the receipt of your claims requirement
    regarding the winning notification mail you received, that inform you of the
    prize you have won. I wish to inform you that the PCH lotto promotion department
    have approved your payment of
    $3,000,000.00 US dollars. The check have been handed over to a E-SKY WORLDWIDE
    COURIER SERVICES United Kingdom England.

    E-SKY WORLDWIDE COURIER SERVICES will be responsible for the delivery of the
    check and the Winnings documents which is of high importance to you, so I expect
    you to show great appreciation to Publishers Clearing House PCH lotto.

    In case you still have doubts arising from the angle of how you got selected,
    Note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email
    ballot system our aim was to select winners through the Internet this is due to
    the fact that only you alone have access to your email account so have no fear
    for you have emerged a true winner as far as you are the original proprietor to
    the email account which you have received the

    Winning notification letter as distributed by PCH lotto.

    In furtherance, to begin the final step of the claims process you are advised to
    contact E-SKY WORLDWIDE COURIER SERVICES whose details are furnished below and
    they shall be responsible for onward delivery of your winnings to you and you
    shall be expected to pay a light delivery fees to E-SKY WORLDWIDE COURIER
    SERVICES for their service they will render to you for the delivery of your
    check and winnings documents this fees will not be more than normal shipping
    charges which we feel will not be a problem to you.

    GENERAL ENQUIRIES :(+44)7452159397

    Write E-SKY WORLDWIDE COURIER SERVICES via email upon receipt of this mail
    without wasting time. You are to furnish them with your

    Once again, keep us posted on any development with the Security Company, in
    relation to your lottery winnings.

    Before your winnings was released to E-SKY WORLDWIDE COURIER SERVICES a hard
    cover insurance policy was placed on your winnings by the publishers Clearing
    House the reason is to avoid any harm or illegal channelling due to this,
    deduction of any amount of money from your funds can not be done from your
    check. The instructions given in line with the rules and regulation of the USA
    and England gaming board is once the $3,000,000.00 US dollars check is been
    delivered to you, then you are expected to deposit the check in your personal
    bank account and there is a certain assurance that the entire Three Million
    Dollars you have won will be accredited into your bank account.

    Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
    information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and your
    money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple
    claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

    Congratulations once again. Best Regards,
    Mr. Todd Sloane
    Claims Officer
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    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Rita, unfortunately, there are scammers out there who try to use our name to scam people. This is why we try so hard to educate our customers on how we award our winners. With our sweepstakes, you never have to pay to claim a prize. PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Facebook. You can report these scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: Feel free to check out our blog for tips to recognize these scams by clicking here: Stay safe everyone!

  4. Linda Ball says:

    I contacted your tech support on search engine not working. I get credit for searching on page, but finds nothing. They said it’s my browser. How come it works with all other search engines?

  5. r brown says:

    all pch wants is to rip you off by getting you to make a purchase and pay those higher than pluto shipping charges!!! the chances of wining money is so great you would have better luck on a gaming boat or casino!!! don’t waste your time!! I have been playing now for 3.5 years have not won a single penny, it is bogus!!!

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi, with PCH it is always free to enter and free to win. As always stated in the Official Rules “no purchase necessary!”. Purchasing merchandise from PCH will not further you in the sweepstakes. They are two separate entities within the same company. With that being said, of course PCH will promote all their great merchandise offers to their fan’s. Please do not feel pressured to buy, only make an order if it is something you truly wish to receive. As for PCH’s shipping and handling, PCH does not ship their merchandise based on weight, their shipping and handling ha always been based on orders value. I know that participating in the sweepstakes can feel discouraging at times, no doubt. Just try to remember that PCH receives millions of entries and can only have one winner at a time. With our winners selection always being 100% random and unbiased we never know who could win next. I hope this has provided some clarity for you, if you need any further assistance please reach out!

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