“I Was Contacted By Danielle Lam On Facebook”: Don’t Be Scammed!!

Greetings PCH Fans!

There’s nothing we enjoy more here at PCH then making our loyal fans BIG winners through our many giveaways and sweepstakes! That said, one of the things we don’t love here at PCH is when scammers reach out to our fans and try to convince them that they have to pay to claim a prize!  Remember, at Publishers Clearing House the winning is ALWAYS FREE!

The ONLY way for a chance to win any one of our amazing sweepstakes is to enter, enter, enter in every way that you can!  Oh, and of course the only way you’ll know if you have become our next big winner is when the Prize Patrol shows up at YOUR door in person with balloons, flowers and of course … a big check!

How Do You Know If You Have Received A PCH Scam Contact?

While scammers in the past have contacted fans via email, phone and mail, they have also taken their scamming methods to social media by contacting fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ve had fans who report that they were contacted by Danielle, Dave, Todd or Howie – and were asked to wire them money to claim their prize.

We want to raise a red flag to all of our PCH fans right now, because this simply CANNOT be true. As you all know, here at PCH we would NEVER notify winners in advance and we would NEVER request payment of any kind to claim a prize!  We love to surprise our winners and capture those candid winning moments, so that you may enjoy them just as much as we do!

So, even though we know our fans are savvy enough to remember that Publishers Clearing House or the Prize Patrol would never reach out to a winner on ANY social media site, here are a few things you can do if you are contacted by anyone claiming to be Danielle Lam (or any of the Prize patrol members) on Facebook.

Help Prevent Friend Requests From Scammers On Facebook

Scammers tend to watch the activity on the PCH pages and try to send friend requests to the fans who comment often. By making sure all your privacy settings are up-to-date on your social media pages you can help prevent PCH scammers from contacting you.

Fill Out A Scam Incident Report

Here at PCH we work super hard to make sure our fans have the safest and most enjoyable experience throughout all of our properties. If you or someone you know feels they have been contacted by a scammer, please head over to our Scam Incident Report page and fill it out right away!

So fans, I hope this information was helpful! Our goal is to provide you with the most fun, safe and enjoyable experience. Keep those entries coming and who knows … someday the next big winner might be you!

Victoria P.
PCH Creative

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  1. Thank you PCH! I have been scammed twice and have learned a lot! This article just verified my gut feelings! I told the scammer(Dave} to get lost when he asked for money. Thanks for your input! I realize that winning is a long process-60 years for me. We have been married 65 years. Of late I have been pretty discouraged in entering your contests. Just for the fun of it however-I’ll try again. Even at the age of 84, my spirit of adventure is alive and well! I really don’t want or need a lot of money- for me that isn’t what makes the world go round. Bless you all and thanks again!

    1. Hi Rosalie, We are so sorry to hear that you were scammed! Did you report it to us? If not, please report as many details as you can remember. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. The Prize Patrol takes the issue of scams seriously and we strive to educate our fans from becoming victims. Please take a few moments to review these Safety Tips so that you can better protect yourselves from being scammed: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!!

  2. Hello Victoria P. well I think I have been scam he is claiming he is Todd sent him 700.00 and another 400.00 then he has my name and address and cell number can someone please get my lawyer this has gone on far enough. Please send me information to the email below. How will I know it is really PCH please help me I am being Rob each month I have proof online with western Union of all the people I sent money to as well.

  3. I was contacted by phone from Mr David King that I had won 2.8 million dollars and a 2017 mercades all tax free. All I had to do was send $200. through Western Union to some Federal Government agency in order to receive my prize.The call was from Jamaica. He had a real good line going. Something about it just didn’t feel right.

  4. My mother in law was called this morning and was told pch would be there in the morning between 8 am and 10 am. lol. I doubt this is real. I googled the telephone number from caller I’d and it showed scam alert.

  5. I Got notified by email that I Won some money from PCHLotto Here is the email on the amount was for 850,000.00 4/13/2017 and it told me to Reply but no reply back from PCH yet how do I know if I won or not my email I need answers please

    1. Hello Christine, That is a SCAM! The REAL Prize Patrol NEVER sends friend requests, winner notifications or private messages on Facebook and you NEVER need to pay to claim a PCH prize. The ONLY way you would know if you won is by the Prize Patrol showing up at your door and we do NOT contact winners in advance! DO NOT give the scammer ANY of your personal information or any money! You can report the scam by emailing abuse@pch.com or call 1-800-392-4190. For some tips on how to prevent scammers from contacting you on Facebook, check out this blog – http://blog.pch.com/blog/2014/11/05/how-to-prevent-friend-requests-from-pch-scammers/

    1. I do not believe Publishers Clearing House legitimate. I have never heard of anyone ever winning. Just as you hound people to enter and buy your merchandise, the least you could do id make the winner’s name available. I feel betrayed!

    2. Hello Kathryn, I assure you that PCH is the real deal! We’ve awarded over $315 Million to winners from all over the US and Canada and that number climbs daily! Remember that we do receive millions of entries but there can only be one winner per giveaway. However, every entry has the same fair chance so don’t give up. All winners are randomly selected and there’s no way to know who we’re going to surprise next. There are multiple entry options for our many exciting giveaways. Click here to see them all: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and all who enter!!

  6. I still don’t believe that email that was recently sent to me from someone pretending to be Todd Sloane. If that was really from him, he would know where I live from the account I had registered when I started entering for the first time like that 50 dollar check from playing blackjack rather than asking for it. Also, when I did win that check from blackjack, they just sent me an email saying it will be mailed, and they didn’t ask for any contact or personal information unlike what I got recently in my spam folder, which made me feel suspicious especially for saying that I won 850 thousand dollars that I doubt I would have gotten an email for. Nevertheless, I know that nobody from the PCH Prize Patrol alerts anyone by email, phone, or even via social networks should anyone win a major prize. More importantly, should I win any of the major prizes, I know that the Prize Patrol would know exactly where I live. The moment they ask for any contact or personal information when getting a prize, they are clearly fake.