Beware of PCH Scams on Facebook and Instagram!

Greetings, fans and friends!

As I go through your comments on the PCHblog each week, checking out what fans and friends like you have to say about our posts, I often come across comments like these:

“Someone sent me a friend request on Facebook saying she was Danielle from the PCH Prize Patrol. Is this real or a scam?”

“I saw on Instagram that I won the $5,000 A Week ‘Forever’ PCH SuperPrize. I think it’s a scam but I’m not sure.”

Well, first of all, good for you – all of you out there – for being such savvy social media users, and for questioning what you see! You’d be absolutely right to guess that Facebook and Instagram posts like these would be scams!

Scam Safety Tips

Here’s the deal: if you receive a friend request on Facebook from someone claiming to be a member of the PCH Prize Patrol or a Publishers Clearing House employee, STOP! Do NOT accept the friend request – this is a SCAM! PCH does not send friend requests to anyone, for any reason. You can also actively prevent friend requests from PCH scammers by watching this helpful video.

Let me be perfectly clear: PCH employees NEVER send friend requests on social media, so do NOT accept them. And do NOT engage in Twitter or Instagram conversations with people pretending to be from PCH. We NEVER contact you this way!

Beware of PCH Scams!

There are more to PCH scams than just friend requests on social media. A really easy way to spot a PCH scam is if you are asked to pay or wire money to claim a prize. Remember, at Publishers Clearing House the winning is ALWAYS FREE and there are NEVER any fees to claiming a prize – EVER!

Another important scam prevention tip is to remember that PCH NEVER calls winners in advance! If someone calls or contacts you in any way to say they are coming to award a prize, they are NOT from the real Publishers Clearing House! PCH would NEVER notify a winner in advance – that would spoil the surprise of the winning moment!

I hope these tips are helpful because we truly love our fans and we want you to stay safe. We work super-hard to prevent scams – and if you believe you’ve been contacted by a scammer, please fill out our Scam Incident Report right away!

After all, we want you to enter for free, have fun, enjoy the PCH experience, and maybe … who knows? … even become a big winner someday soon!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

P.S. If you ever thought to yourself, “No one from my state ever wins PCH,” come back at 12 noon ET and read my friend Matt’s fascinating blog! You’ll never say those words again.

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  1. I received this after accepting a friend request from Allana Sherri who then told me to friend with Thomas Allan.

    Claim Agent
    09:46 (48 minutes ago)

    to me
    Hello, My name is THOMAS ALLAN, PCH online claiming agent I work for FACEBOOK FREEDOM AWARD
    your Screen name on our list here and your money is available for you
    to claim, Let us know if you are ready to claim the money and We will
    explain to you how we got your Screen name, so let us know if you are
    ready to claim the money..

  2. I also received an instagram from liam_76casey_pch, with the same greeting as from davesayerpchtram and another one from: instagrammer claiming to be: pchofficial i also have on my cell phone all the instagram messages sent to me from: Feb 25 7:13AM liam_76casey_pch said: Hello pleasent day I am Liam Casey from the Publishers Clearing House please contact me or reply back to this message Asap thank you. on Thu 6:42 PM I said: I am Responding and liam_76casey_pch said: Hi I will call you but in the mean time do you believe in winnings to get a opportunity of a life time Do You? this person sent me a picture of PCH Prize Patrol with black background and above saying in Yellow gold letters CONGRATULATIONS THIS PERSON THEN STATES: Ok Well maam you are selected as one of our lucky winners today of 5million dollars in a certified cashier’s cheque ok there are just some simple procedure’s to claim your prize okay I responded : If you are a scammer I am going to report you right now Because PCH Never Contacts you when you WIN. I have TBI, it takes me a long time to figure out how to find past texts or recorded instagrams..IN ORDER To report it I hope this info helps…all these are recorded on my cell phone ph number.

  3. I received 3 friend request this week on FB from someone claiming to be 3 different men from the PCH prize patrol. I also received phone calls & e-mails! All of them have been reported to the proper authorities and jpage managers. It is so sad they have to take the fun out of things. But, I am still ” in it to win it! ” hahahah

    Happy & Safe Sweeping Everyone!

  4. okay, I never get a friend request, but every sunday Morning I get either a text or instagram from either Danielle or Dave Saying, “How are you doing today?
    I say Doing fine now that we are home” davesayerpchtram says Just Fine I have good news for you I said Just now:”Ohhh???? What??? and have not received a response yet. is this legit?? or are they seeing if we are home to deliver?

    1. oh I just looked back on this conversation and it started last thurs. at 11:52 pm
      an finished with no reply to my response ohhh??? What???

    1. Hello Sheila, that was not the real Danielle who contacted you in either case. PCH does not contact winners via social media, whether it be through private message or friend request. Please report the fake account to us here: Check out this blog article for info on how you can stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

  5. This guy Michael White started following my public posts, then sent me a private message. His picture is a PCH logo. Would anyone from PCH do this?

  6. My scam was through a facebook friend request. His facebook page looked so legitimate. His name was Mark Goldberg and the same person who then called himself Markus Goldberg. He said that I was the winner of $9.5 billion dollars and a new Mercedes Benz. I was so excited, until he asked me for $399 for the cost of fees. He was so convincing, when I went back to his facebook page, it was down. I am way to trusting. I think that is because I would never even think about doing something like that.

    1. Hello Debbie, that is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook; 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: Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!