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


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

  1. vickie bodie says:

    I play a few of your games. Lately they stall,shift to another place or just sit there and do not work. Slots are bad. Lotto is starting to stop and not go then I enter the numbers and your page says I did not play. What is the point of having these if you do not maintain them to play??? Most of the games stall, or freeze the page etc.

  2. Peggy says:

    My daughter received an email stating she won a million from Danielle from PCH . Have a number to call and the first time was a busy and the second time I was listening the message said no one answered. Also it stated they were started and originated in India. Sucks these scammed get these people’s hopes up only to get a punch in the gut. My daughter is only 19 and raising a 1 year old. Even a portion of that money would help her out immensely. Just wanted to let you all know. Thanks.li

  3. Robert Wood says:

    The blackjack game must be a spam. It now freezes. It won’t deal. So, if it ever paid anyone? / I mean I find no winners. What good does token to? Is it only good in fancy land?

  4. Been called never ask to send money, they said they would be at our house within hours, guess who never showed up. That’s right Publishers Clearing House!

  5. Mel Bina says:

    I have received two emails from PCH where I played the games and won $1,000 gift card. When I followed the “next” boxes I get a red screen saying that the website is not safe. How can I tell if a PCH email is real??

  6. Ramona hodges, Jamie Johnson - daughter says:

    It would be helpful if PCH could limit your emails to say three per day. Instead you send as many as 10-15 every day. And it doesn’t matter what angle you are using (games, searches, more products to buy, confirming directions) the point is to make it so people are harassed. Communications I’m receiving come in my my Mom’s name; she’s 80 with Alzheimer’s and just knows she’s going to win the big one. i can’t tell you how many products she’s bought, how many magazines she’s bought. Can’t tell you how many times she’s chosen the most convenient weekend, decided how she wants the money, what color car she wants etc. fortunately she no longer has access to a checkbook and can’t use a computer. However she still knows the pch envelope when she sees one! There’s no way I can ever convince her she isn’t going to win next time. The point is this is cruel. Email is your latest cruel joke – ever time how long it takes you to complete one one these – because it’s an endless string of new pages to look at. And gee if you don’t get all the way to the end your entry doesn’t process. Now I don’t have Alzheimer’s and I have no qualms about winning. I even order a couple of products that I don’t need or flowers/bulbs that never grow just so she still believed the next drawing will have her name at the top. But seriously could you stop harassing people. Just say people can get three chances for the next forty years and still won’t win. And somewhere in your lists of fictitious winners names just for kicks list truthfully how long they played pch shenanigans, how much time the spent, how much money they’ve spent (& sure purchases don’t increase your chances) how many entries it takes (on average)….etc. and answer this in writing – somewhere.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi, Publishers Clearing House regularly sends out promotional e-mails to our subscribers. If you are unhappy with the e-mails you are receiving, you can unsubscribe to any of these e-mails at any time, you are not required to be apart of our email program to enter. For information on how to unsubscribe, please visit: http://bit.ly/Unsubscribe-PCH-Emails. Please allow 7-10 business days for all promotional email s to cease, in the meantime they can be filtered to your “spam” or “junk” folders. All timely entries received with or without an order are fully processed and have the same chance of winning. In fact, the majority of our SuperPrize Million Dollar winners never ordered with their winning entry! It would be unlawful to give any advantage to those who order with their entry. You can be assured that any timely entry you submit will be carefully recorded for a chance to win. PCH prides themselves on running a fair and honest sweepstakes. To ensure this they implemented a 100% random and unbiased winners selection. This helps PCH in creating a level playing field for all participants involved. If you wish to have your mother removed from our mailing list, we kindly ask that you reach out to our Customer Service representatives here at PCH. They are in office Monday thorugh Friday, 8:30a.m. -8:30p.m. EST. They can be reached by phone at (1-800-566-4724), or click here: http://bit.ly/ContactPCH. Let us know if you need further assistance!

    2. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi, Publishers Clearing House regularly sends out promotional e-mails to our subscribers. If you are unhappy with the e-mails you are receiving, you can unsubscribe to any of these e-mails at any time, you are not required to be apart of our email program to enter. For information on how to unsubscribe, please visit: http://bit.ly/Unsubscribe-PCH-Emails. Please allow 7-10 business days for all promotional email s to cease, in the meantime they can be filtered to your “spam” or “junk” folders. All timely entries received with or without an order are fully processed and have the same chance of winning. In fact, the majority of our SuperPrize Million Dollar winners never ordered with their winning entry! It would be unlawful to give any advantage to those who order with their entry. You can be assured that any timely entry you submit will be carefully recorded for a chance to win. PCH prides themselves on running a fair and honest sweepstakes. To ensure this they implemented a 100% random and unbiased winners selection. This helps PCH in creating a level playing field for all participants involved. If you wish to have your mother removed from our mailing list, we kindly ask that you reach out to our Customer Service representatives here at PCH. They are in office Monday through Friday, 8:30a.m. -8:30p.m. EST. They can be reached by phone at (1-800-566-4724), or click here: http://bit.ly/ContactPCH. Let us know if you need further assistance!

  7. Mark Eberle says:

    Hello PCH all the emails that I have been receiving from you do not work. Everytime I try to continue to your site I get the following response. Is this your way of disqualifie people from winning.

    The spectrum.pch.com page isn’t working

    spectrum.pch.com didn’t send any data.
    ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE

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