PCH Scammers Are No Joke — Don’t Be Fooled Today or Any Day!


Today is April Fools Day, and it’s supposed to be a day of fun, harmless pranks between friends.

Unfortunately there are PCH scammers out there who are determined to make fools of us all — and it’s not all in good fun, either. Some people are out to get your hard-earned money by tricking you into believing that if you send them money or valuable information to enter a contest, you will win or claim an exciting prize. They will use their tricks of the trade through the mail, over the phone, by e-mail or on social media sites like Facebook.

We’ve heard of a few recent scams from our fans that we thought we would share. Beware of anyone calling and asking you to purchase magazines via credit card in exchange for a prize. Publishers Clearing House does not have a telemarketing division and does not sell magazines over the phone.  We would NEVER ask you to buy something, pay a fee, or pre-pay taxes in order to collect or claim a sweepstakes prize.

Beware of any phone call from a PCH scammer telling you that you need to go and buy a prepaid card to pay a special “insurance” or “tax” before claiming a prize. DON’T BE FOOLED: IT’S A SCAM! The scammer will ask you to give them the number located under the scratch-off strip on the back of the card. Once you give them the number over the phone, your money will be gone for good. These scammers are fraudulently using the PCH name. They are NOT from PCH and have no affiliation with the REAL Publishers Clearing House. They have NO intention of awarding any prizes because they are scammers!

And if anyone contacts you on Facebook claiming to be a member of the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol, REPORT and BLOCK them right away! They are scammers! The REAL Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol members do NOT send out friend requests on Facebook. Here’s a helpful tutorial on how to report Publishers Clearing House scams on Facebook.

The number one lesson you need to take away from this blog is this: All legitimate sweepstakes are FREE TO ENTER, PLAY and WIN. You NEVER have to pay a fee or provide any money to enter, win or receive a prize that you have won from Publishers Clearing House.


If you think someone is trying to scam you, take these simple steps:

  • Stop! Don’t provide a potential scammer with any money or information
  • Report the scam to your local consumer protection office.
  • Visit our PCH Customer Service center to get more useful information on protecting yourself from fraud.

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, abuse@pch.com.

If you have other questions regarding scams and fraud, here is another good resource.

I hope this blog has been helpful. As always we invite you to visit pch.com, PCHSearch&Win and PCHgames to claim exciting opportunities to win. And rest assured, at the real Publishers Clearing House, the winning is ALWAYS FREE!

Stay safe out there and don’t let any PCH scammers fool you!

Jane M.

Creative Dept.


Other blogs you may like:

Advice From A Real Winner On How To Spot PCH Scams!

How To Report Publishers Clearing House Scams on Facebook

113 thoughts on “PCH Scammers Are No Joke — Don’t Be Fooled Today or Any Day!”

  1. Lanita Smith says:

    Yes my name is Lanita and someone call me from a number starting with a 704# from north Carolina asking me my credit card number on the phone telling me I will get a watch I won sent to me but I need to give the credit card number first guest what I did nt give them my card#i said no! Their plan didn’t work with me they got fool! I received the phone call on February 9th2016 but I know they was a scam!

  2. We recived a ck for 6,891.30 It said this ck was for legal fees .Should we send PCH this ck or what I feel this is a scam but you know we all want something good . Please advise .

  3. Tammy says:

    this pch is a joke.i havent won anything and have been doing this for over a year itsB.S.

  4. Kimberly Weeks says:

    once a WeeK I get it

  5. charles says:

    my wife signed up for pch and the next day we had 3 telemarketers call us. next day 7 calls and now we get between 5 and 10 calls a day for over a 2 months. I’ve asked to be taken off call list but that does nothing.Just know if you sign up for pch they will sale your info to telemarketing firms.

  6. Carla M Antee says:

    Today The Mega Millions want me to pay 200.00 to process. He went as far as asking me how much money do you have. Unknown number

  7. Tony lopez says:

    These people are every wrong to what they do. Jerks!!!!!

  8. am not afaid any more

  9. Angie Gallegos says:

    My father has been scammed there are so many people out there sending him papers claiming he has won millions but has to pay a fee it’s either 50.00 or 20.00 and because my dad is so hopeful like the rest of the world he sends the money and every time he gets excited and it breaks my heart to see him this way cause they only let him down . I am hopeful that one of these days the real pch will show up at his home with a big check until then Im just waiting on some more heart breaks and let downs. Please PCH come quick

  10. Margaret McQueen says:

    Hi Miss Lam I an happy to have you all as my fan page. I hope I have a chance to win this time. I been trying so hard to win I pray that I have a good chance this time. I sure could use it so I can get my own home instead living with family and buy me a car. so I can get my own place that would make me the happiness person in the world. And so I can try to help my family members also. God bless you all, and keep up the good work.lots of hugs to you all.Stay safe and God will be watching over you all. Thank you, Margaret Mcqueen.

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