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

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  1. I received an email from what says to be pchlotto that I won $850,000 USD and that the check was handed over to SkyNet Courrier Services United Kingdom, London and that I would need to pay shipping fees of at least $400 and upwards of $761 before it could be shipped to mW. Might want to check them out.

  2. There is a female on Facebook messaging to say that I have won … Her name is Mary White, claiming to be from Publishers Clearinghouse in Las Vegas, Nv…Her fb status shows that she is a representatuve from PCH…I sensed that she is a scammer and did not buy into her false claim that I am a winner.

    1. Hi Duane! That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. PCH Lotto:Winning Notification Alert!!! Code..89773453
    Publishers Clearing House Today at 8:16 AM
    To
    info@pch.net
    Message body
    You have emerged a winner of 850,000.00 USD in our recent PCH Lottery.
    Kindly send your contacts to pchclaim2017@usa.com

    *Full Names
    *Residential Address
    *Telephone
    *Gender
    *Age

    Congratulations
    Todd Sloane
    Publishers Clearing House Lottery

    I’m assuming the above email is a scam.

  4. I RECEIVED A CALL THAT I WON 15 MILLION DOLLARS, BUT BEFORE I COULD CLAIM MY PRIZE I HAD TO GO TO WALMART AND SEND 150$ VIA WESTERN UNION. I MY DAUGHTER GOT ON THE PHONE TOLD THEM SHE RESEARCHED ON LINE AND FOUND THIS WAS A SCAM SO THEY HUNG UP ON ME.

  5. Yes I had a phone call saying I won
    1.8 mill they want me to pay a delivery of 750.00 I think they called from Jamaica then they called the next day from they said Colorado there going to call with info on how I should pay 750 I’m having fun with them

  6. How do you notify the winners ? I know that I have entered so many different one and entered to win with my tokens that even if I had won something I would never know its just way too much work and you get bombarded with email clutter with warnings that its the final step LOL except for the next ten posted the same day

  7. Draw Amount: 1 Million US Dollars.
    Draw Released Date: 08th/August/2017.

    You have won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes draw for the month of August, to process claim make sure to contact our agent email via: publishers.clearance@outlook.com

    Your,
    Publishers Clearing House.

  8. Email from a Ladner, Jason. containing the following …”You have been selected trough your e-mail address as one of our PCH finalist winner dated this day 8th of August, 2017.
    To redeem your award prize do forward your Winning#: 847383 and Batch#: 099293 to our agent on address: ( pchinquiriesdesk27@hotmail.com )

    Congratulations!
    (Publishers Clearing House)”
    Strange

      1. I also got a similar email saying I won One Million dollars. I knew by the senders email address right away that it wasn’t Publishers Clearing House. PCH wouldn’t be using anything but a PCH.Com address and URL. Just like the government uses .Gov addresses. They wanted me to click on a link. A few years ago I got a call around 7:30 AM on a Saturday, someone claiming to be Deborah Holland. They implied I won and was I going to be home that Monday. They said I didn’t seem very excited, probably because I KNOW PCH doesn’t tell winners in advance.