3 Important PCH Scam Safety Tips

Greetings, fans and friends!

Here’s what makes me happy: Seeing the excited faces of PCH winners – not just PCH SuperPrize winners, but also our lucky, happy winners of smaller prizes.

Here’s what makes me unhappy: Knowing that there are some unscrupulous individuals out there who want to scam honest, hardworking people like you into thinking they’ve won PCH prizes.

And that is why I want to remind you all about 3 important PCH scam safety tips.

PCH Scam Safety Tip #1: You never have to pay a fee, tax or deposit to claim a prize.

If you have ever wondered, “Do you have to pay to claim a PCH prize?” the answer is “NO!”

Not only are PCH sweepstakes and giveaways always FREE to enter, you never have to pay to claim a PCH prize – of any amount – EVER! If you are asked to pay a tax, fee or deposit … send cash or a check … or purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid card or any other cash card – DON’T DO IT!

At Publishers Clearing House the winning is ALWAYS FREE, and there are NEVER any fees to claiming a prize!  If someone tells you that you’ve won a prize, but that in order to claim it you need to give them money for any reason – STOP – it’s a SCAM!

PCH Scam Safety Tip #2: We never send friend requests or private messages on Facebook.

If you have ever wondered, “Does PCH send friend requests on Facebook?” the answer is “NO!”

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 very helpful video.

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!

PCH Scam Safety Tip #3: Never post your personal info online

Fans and friends, I read your blog comments every day!  To keep you safe from unscrupulous individuals, please … DO NOT POST ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION on the PCHblog, on the PCH Fan Page on Facebook, or on our Instagram or Twitter pages.   Remember:  Millions of people have access to what you post on social media, and our PCHblog can be read by literally anyone in the world!

What exactly do I mean by personal information?

  • DO NOT post your home address, work address or the addresses of any family members.
  • DO NOT post your telephone number – your home number, cell number, work number or emergency contact number.
  • DO NOT post your Social Security number.
  • DO NOT post personal information about your family members.
  • DO NOT post any information you find in a PCH mailing or email that scammers could use to their advantage. PCH’s contest drawings are random, and posting any of your SuperPrize numbers will NOT give you an advantage to win!By the way, I know that some of you might want to post personal information online because you may be thinking, “What if I win and I’m not home? How would the PCH Prize Patrol find me?” Well, please rest assured that should you win a major PCH prize, the Prize Patrol will do the research and the legwork … and they will find you on their own!Here at PCH, the safety and security of our fans, friends and customers is a top priority! I hope you’ll remember these 3 important scam safety tips – and if you believe you’ve been contacted by a scammer, please fill out our Scam Incident Report right away!

    Stay safe and have fun!

    Debbie K.
    PCH Creative

    P.S. Have you ever been contacted by a scammer pretending to be from PCH? Share your story in the comments below. Knowledge is power!

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  1. I received a telephone call , telling me ,’You have won $3.5 million dollars.’ I called the given telephone number 1-(858) 380-4582, and got an answering-machine.. The caller sounded like a young punk.

    1. Michael. 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!

  2. Previous post was incorrect as I said I supposedly won $1,000,000 and I meant one million.

  3. Yes they call me from jamaca and said i won 900050thousand and a car but neet 8050.oo for irs would not hang up the call me 6 times and promise this is not a scam. I just hung up the phone. I almost gave end till i read your log. Thank you very much.hope to win soon. God bless

    1. Hello Diana, We’re glad you knew that wasn’t the real PCH. We don’t encourage anyone to engage with a scammer any longer than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them you know they’re a scam and hang up. PCH doesn’t notify major winners by phone, 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: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH You can also check out this FAQ for info on how you can block scammers from contacting you via Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

  4. I just received a letter in the mail that said I was a second place winner in the 100 Million Dollars Super Cash Giveaway Promotion. The letter included a check from Sun Trust Bank in Richmond, VA.
    I was told to contact a claims manager before depositing the check, which is supposed to cover insurance and attorney fees.
    There is a phone number and security code on the letter as well. Am I being scammed?

    1. The same thing happened to my neighbor. He received an envelope with no return address, a check for $6,640.00 to cover insurance and attorney fees and phone numbers to call before depositing the check. I told him PCH would never send a letter like that.

  5. I was just sent a Facebook friend request under Danielle Lampchteam and I feel like it a scam and how do I stop it from reaccuring.

    1. Hi Maria, 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: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this blog article for info on how you can stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

  6. He also gave instruction of me contacting the forwarders through email and to provide my information , please help!

  7. dkupperberg— I am writing to asked about a certain Mr Todd Sloan contacting me about me a winner of PCH. I was reading your article at the website and it seems I am being scammed. You mentioned that I dont need to do anything because PCH will find me. Why am I receiving an email from Mr Todd Sloan? Please verify !

  8. My wife got a letter from PCH notify her that she won the prize for $1000000 ( one million) have to call a guy name David. She called and he said she has to pay $2000 for insurance. This was raised the red flag for a scam for me. Needs your response on this.

    1. Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. Large prize winners are notified in person. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win!