Will PCH Contact Me Via Social Media If I Win A Prize?

We love to see the look of surprise on the faces of our major prize winners!  We award our winners just like you’ve seen on TV.  However, we never notify major prize winners via social media!

Some things are so important that they bear repeating – Publishers Clearing House will never contact a major prize winner via social media.


Some people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but we believe quite the opposite when it comes to unscrupulous scammers trying to defraud our faithful fans and friends.

As a member of the Creative group, I can personally vouch for the tremendous amount of work that goes into creating PCH’s mail packages, emails, giveaways, games, apps, and more.  Unfortunately, scammers are doing their best to mimic our materials, and make every effort to take advantage of our fans through the relative anonymity of the Internet.

While we continue to work with law enforcement agencies to root out scammers and put an end to their criminal ways, there are a few things you can do to help keep yourself safe; specifically,

  • Never accept a Facebook friend request from Publishers Clearing House. If you get a friend request – even if it looks like it’s coming directly from the Prize Patrol – beware – it’s a scam!
  • Don’t engage in Twitter or Instagram conversations with people pretending to be from PCH. We will never contact you this way.
  • Never respond to a note claiming that you’ve won a prize but in order to claim it – you must send payment of some type. Every PCH giveaway is free to enter and win.  We never ask for payment of any kind to claim a prize!
  • Always make sure you’re on the real PCH Fan Page on Facebook. It’s the only one with the blue checkmark.
The real Facebook page is on top, with the blue checkmark. The rest are scammers.

After years of entering PCH giveaways, wouldn’t it be absolutely thrilling to get a personal email from one of the Prize Patrol members informing you that you’ve won big? The Prize Patrol would never contact you directly through any social media outlets.  So, the email did NOT come from the real PCH Prize Patrol!  The email came from a scammer who hopes to take advantage of you through deception.  At PCH we work extremely hard to prevent such contacts!

There you have it, friends. We’ll remain ever vigilant in our efforts to protect you from scammers.  Remember, PCH never notifies major prize winners by Social Media!  Our major prize winners are surprised just as you see on TV… the PCH Prize Patrol arrives unannounced with flowers, balloons and the big winning check!

All the best,

Russell S.
PCH Creative

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  1. Just today I had a guy by the name of Tom Lewinsky who send me a msg via instagram saying I was the winner. I blocked him after i saw this article.
    I even told him I found it strange that I was being contacted via social media and had yet to receive any letters or emails… smh people will do anything to scam

  2. i have played the games because they are free. I had an uncle who thought he was a winner . he went to his death broke because he sent money for books and stuff he would never win ? so I just play to keep my mind busy and not wake up my wife at 5 a.m. every morning !

  3. I received a letter in the mail, that I have won 550,000 from PCH, and they sent me a check for 7,000, for fees and to call this number with a code before I deposit it…..This has to be a scam…right

  4. that is awesome and I know if I ever win noone will know before me. I want to be the first so I can brag. This is a life changing experience and I want to remember that moment for ever. I just hope I get some kind of warning so I don’t be at the store, when you come.

  5. I received a itinerary authorized prize patrol that they would be coming on Friday dave sayer, todd Sloane, Danielle lam but nobody showed up

  6. i have someone by the name of bill jenkins calling me said he is from pch and that i have won money but he said i need 200.00dollars and for me to go to wal.mart and get asomething to show to the prize patrol when they get to my house

    1. Hello Joyce, That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  7. Will the pch contact you before you find out who the winner is? Do you have to put money in an escrow account for the taxes that need to be paid. Some one contacted my family and want money to set aside in an escrow account with Merchant Bank, Do you have the winners send it western union or money centers