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

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

  1. Renee says:

    On 10/20/16 and 10/21/16 my elderly mother was contacted on her cell phone by two men, one named John West and the other Michael Cooper, they called her repeatedly (once asking if she was in her car or at home) insisting she had won several million dollars and a new car and that all she had to do was bring them $300 for taxes and fees to our local Wal-mart parking lot where they would meet her-(their vehicle would have balloons tied to it). As soon as our mother told us what was happening the sheriff department was notified and all information passed on to them.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Renee, sadly, that sounds like a scam. You will never be notified like that should you win a prize from PCH. Report the scammers to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how:, then visit this link to help protect yourself: Also, check out this link for information on how PCH notifies their winners: Stay safe!

  2. two days ago todd S friend me on face book and he posted a pch badage and when i told him i had no job and no money he droped me all he wanted money and in the past i had three others dave daniel dan

  3. Jenna Daniels says:

    I was contacted today by a man claiming to be Steven Kelly agent #0271 from PCH told me I had won a third place prize of 2.7 million. The number called from was 419-930-4659 and gave me the number 419-332-7285. He asked me if I had a Walmart by me and said the PCH reps only carried $50,000 in cash and asked if he could call me later today to set up a meeting at a local Walmart. He did not ask for any money at this time – but i do expect a call later today. I called the PCH scam hotline number and was told that yes this was a scam that PCH does not, call, email or send mail to a winner that they will show up at your door. They have this persons information that i was given and will do what they need to with it.

  4. James Kilcoyne says:

    I have been with PCH for over 30 years. Back in the days when it was ALL handled via US Mail. Used to have stick stickers like postage stamps onto the forms! I have ordered sometimes and of course, most of the time I don’t order. If I did I would need a frickin warehouse to store all the stuff. Some of the products have been good, most have actually, a few weren’t worth it. But, I have NEVER won anything. Not once. Heck, at least I have won some money on the lottery! I don’t know anyone, or even know OF anyone who has won with PCH.

    But, if you play PCH just to try to win, I think you’re approaching it wrong. The products are mostly good at decent prices. I just wish they wouldn’t send so many emails. I get 3 or 4 per day, and frankly I’m tired of it. I am about to unsubscribe for a while and get a break from the constant badgering.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi James, thanks for being a loyal PCH fan! I’m sorry to hear that you’re unhappy with the amount of emails you are receiving. Any emails or mailings we send are simply additional sweepstakes opportunities. You’re not required to respond back to all of them. Even if you don’t respond back, all of your other timely entries are still valid. If you’re unhappy with the amount of emails you are receiving, you may certainly unsubscribe. You are not required to be part of our email program to enter with PCH. Please refer to this link to learn how to unsubscribe from our email promotions: Have a great day!

      1. Debra DeVictoria says:

        The biggest reason I think it’s all a scam is that the date of the superprize keeps changing. Does someone win, with the visit and the balloons etc., but you never announce that a winner on such and such day has happened? Since I started getting emails, it’s gone from a September date, to an October date, to now a December date, and one of the replies from PCH above now says a February date. I can imagine someone wanting to keep it quiet that they won THE prize, but I can’t imagine your site not mentioning someone won, rather than just acting like it happened but keeping the winner’s identity and location secret. You do send a lot of emails to never make one mention that, ‘hey someone won that prize on October 21 — next time, will it be YOU?’ or something like that. Whatever; it’s mindless tapping while watching TV or whatever, and I did actually order something that I did actually need.

      2. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

        Hi Debra, while it may seem like we never award a prize amount promoted in our television commercials, I assure you that is not the case. Throughout the life of a SuperPrize Giveaway, we hold “Special Early Look” Events. For these events, we take a look to see if the number that matches the randomly selected winning number was timely returned within the event time frame. If not, a second chance drawing is held among timely eligible entries to award a $1 Million SuperPrize. When that happens in the state lotteries, that usually means there will be no winner. But here at PCH it’s a different story because we’re all about winning and we LOVE making Millionaires for free!! We GUARANTEE at Giveaway end to award the prize amount being promoted at that time! I encourage you to keep entering; you’ll never know who our next big winner will be. Click here to see all of your daily entry options: Have a terrific day!

  5. This is Mrs Gloria Redding if you don’t have to order to win why do you say if you order you may not win.I been with you along time.I think it’s was 1989 had order from y’all all these years and never won a think.

  6. Kayla says:

    What if you win and your not home when they show up?

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