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. THERE IS people IN Houston Texas saying that they are Publisher Clearing House Government.
    That they will give you $50,0000 if you send them so much money. Learned the hard way.
    Took me for$3350.00.Her name is Robie E Howard of Houston Texas.

  2. We received a phone cal from sic? Publishers Clearing House ha ha, notifying us of 2.5 mil. and a new Mercedes Benz AND $10,000 a mo. for life. They even used the names of Deb. Holland and Edward Smith and verification numbers Mit Mti 7750056886754 and it’s all tax free. They even gave us the office # of their N.Y. office 1-516-847-1343 to talk to Debera Holland of the prize patrol. Be aware.

  3. Good afternoon Holland. I am trying my best to complete this blog just want to claim my entry winning. Numberi . Winning number is generated by PCH. the super prize number of a lifetime opportunity. I Claim my entry . I claim full ownership. Of . Numbers associated with my
    name to .be lock. In. Side your generated number fullyeligable. To Win 8800

  4. I was caught off guard yesterday basically I was so excited about the Solar Eclispe it didn’t cross my mind I was being scammed I received a message that said “Do you feel Lucky today” The message was sent on Instagram from Danielle Lam, they said I won $1,000,000 $7,000 a week for life, I screenshot the whole conversation when I realized I was being scammed they called me from an unavailable number and added I had also won a Candy Apple Red Range Rover I asked who was talking they mentioned Todd Sloane make a long story short in order for me to receive my check in person they said I must pay traveling expenses, that’s when I was really convinced it was a scam I was so disappointed, because deep down inside I wanted to win. I hung up the phone. Now I’m getting friend request after friend request from Danielle Lam on Instagram and I block them, I reported the incident to PCH and I’m not losing hope because I believe in Winning Big with PCH. Thank you PCH for giving me an opportunity everyday to Win Big…

  5. Yes they have called me a guy called to day said he owned this company and I have won second place at publishers clearing house frist they wanted me to pay 900 dollars now after three days calling me they are going to pay the 900 for me just go to my bank start a new account they will put the million in acc for me left me a number to call back said we will be at your door with new car I said I need more proof this is for real the number he left to call him back is 9542516639i did not tell him anything

  6. My sister got a call saying she won million, plus 500k in cash and a new car. They wanted her to send $350 by western union to transfer the car. She talked them down to $50 and told them she would pay them when they delivered. The guy started cussing her out and I told her PCH NEVER CALLS IN ADVANCE, THEY WANT YOUR SHOCK ON FILM

  7. Someone claiming to be a relatives sister (Mona Carnell) sent FB msg. I’m thinking they hacked her account. She said she won 200,000,000 & saw my name & picture on their list. I said I didn’t believe & blocked

  8. I just reported fraud to Facebook . A scammer Facebook page of Danielle Lamb tried to contact me through messenger.

  9. received from powellsteveson6552 on Instagram, saying he is with prize patrol and that I one 1 million dollars and $ 50,000 cash and a New BMW and $ 5,000 week for life.
    also sent me a picture of a car and a winning check picture with my name on it.
    These guys are good.
    beware of fraud…

    1. Hello Frank, We’re glad you knew that wasn’t the real PCH. PCH doesn’t notify major winners by phone, Instagram, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via the following link: You can also check out this FAQ for info on how you can block scammers from contacting you via Facebook: Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!