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 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

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  1. I Tony, too was just was contacted by phone by a David Washington saying I was a PCH 2nd place winner. 1.5mil, Benz, 10,000 each month for life……Says I have to pay a $455 registration so the 1.5 mil check can be deposited. Said that state Marshall, Gov. General, BBB, prize team, delivery team, and two state police will be escorting them… my house with my prizes. Ask how I can verify this, he said called to call General Mgr. John McCauley at 876 436 5374. Said that he was also coming with the prize team. Couldnt really answer how he got my name and phone number.

  2. Like Kathy Labella, I two was contacted by email from;, Mr. Mark Peterson, that I have won $1,000.000.00 in the up coming PCH sweepstakes. You hope and pray that it’s not a scam but when they asked me for $452.00 USD, for insurance and mail/ freight cost and a sweepstakes promotion which was organized in India for the first time to promote they say products all over Asia countries, I knew then it was a scam. This is my second time being contacted by scam artist from PCH once by phone and now by email. Maybe they should enter the sweepstakes instead of trying to make us their sweet stakes.

    1. Hi Donna! We’re glad you knew that wasn’t the real PCH. As tempting as it may be, we don’t encourage anyone to engage a scammer any longer than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them you know they’re a scam and hang up. PCH doesn’t notify major winners by phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via the following link: You can also check out this FAQ for info on how you can block scammers from contacting you via Facebook: Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

  3. I just received an email saying I won a pch lottery for $850,000.00 US dollars and to send my name, address, phone number, sex and age to an email, and that I should then contact skynet worldwide express service that is in england and for a small shipping fee they will handle sending me my insured pch lottery winnings. It’s so sad because I knew it was a scam but you find yourself dreaming that you wish it weren’t because I am a single mom with 3 kids and something like that would change your life.
    I am putting this here so others might see this and not be suckered and investigate further. I guess I am grateful that I am not an idiot and knew better than to respond and send any money which I can’t afford anyway on a dream.

  4. I received a letter from PCH dated 5/29/2017 stating I won $2.5 million and enclosed a check for $6,418.00 and requested I call the claims mgr at 1-289-980-6176 for further information. I DID NOT CONTACT THEM! The phone number is Canadian. Thought I would pass this along to you. I felt sure it was a scam. Comments please.

  5. I was just contacted by Mr.Michael Smith from Bannk of America in Washington DC
    Said I won 2.5 Million dollars & wanted me to pay a processing fee of $1200.
    I also won a car & a trip to Vagas for a week.

    1. Hi Laurie! I am sorry to hear you were contacted by a scammer. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  6. I receive an email from “Gause, Adam (CCI-Southeast)”
    EMAIL REFERENCE#: A84739829
    WINNING#: 664838291



    I have not responded, assuming it is a scam.
    Please confirm, either way,

    1. Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. Large prize winners are notified in person. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win!

  7. A Roland Weslel Jr fromt the number 646-902-1703 contacted me asking for my full name and address. His words were, i can help you secure a fund as soon as you are honest with me, give me your full name and address to check and see if you are eligible to receive this program?