“I Was Contacted By A Publishers Clearing House Scammer!” Here’s What To Do!

PCH Fans,

Picture this… it’s an ordinary day and as you go about your daily activities you are suddenly interrupted by a phone call, letter, email, Facebook message or some other type of notification advising that you are a big Publishers Clearing House winner.

You get so excited you almost drop everything you are holding to jump in the air and begin yelling with excitement. That is of course until you remember that there are two very important things missing — the PCH Prize Patrol AND the Big Check! Yes friends, the alarms should be sounding right about now. THIS IS A SCAM!

Here at PCH we do our best to alert consumers about the latest scams. Since we love making dreams come true with our exciting sweepstakes, we hate nothing more than to learn of  fraudulent scammers contacting our loyal fans in their attempts to illegally obtain money and personal information.

So, what should you or your friends and family do if you suspect that you are being scammed? Well, the first thing is to never give out personal information or send money to the scammers! The second thing is make sure you report the scam right away using our super helpful scam form!

Remember – stay educated and know the signs of a PCH scam!  At Publishers Clearing House we NEVER contact our winners in advance. It’s ALWAYS a surprise.  To identify a scam, you should look for the following signs:

  • You were messaged on social media
  • You received a phone call telling you that you are a major prize winner at PCH.
  • You were asked to send a money card, cash, or provide the scammers with bank/personal information to claim your prize.

These are just some of the signs to watch out for. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. As a matter of fact, my own father AND one of my best friends were both contacted by PCH scammers!

I hope you found this information super-helpful. Please stay alert and make sure you always report any Publishers Clearing House scam you received. The more we know about these scammers, the better we can protect our loyal fans just like you!

Stay Alert!

Victoria P.
PCH Creative

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  1. I was called today by a person claiming to be Mr. Webb from a number registered to someone by a different name…I was told that I won 1.25 million dollars and needed to send $300.25 via western union to someone in Pittsburgh PA to insure my payment…
    Already knew it was a scam…

  2. I’m so disappointed I don’t know who to talk to or email or if I should just accept the disappointment and put it all behind me. I’ve purchased and liked everything I’ve bought from PCH, that’s not my problem. My problem stems from 3 scammers on Twitter pretending to work for PCH. They have each told me I’ve won $1m and wanted all my personal information. Then I get a letter from PCH telling me I’ve won $1,150,000. Then I get an email telling me to be expecting a package soon. They have never done that with any of my other purchases. So I got excited. Maybe a check is inside. But, no, just merchandise. So I have no idea if I really won or not. I hate to say it but I’m beginning to feel scammed again, for the 4th time. So I’ve done nothing. They keep sending me emails for future giveaways so that leads me to believe I’ve been forgotten. I even received a letter in the beginning stating I could win $25,000,000. I just feel really stressed out about all this, can’t sleep, eat or think about anything other than how I’ve been misled.

  3. I think a scammer just called me. 919-364-5495. Requesting $186 to get your $850,000 PCH check to you. Do you want to be private or public delivery. They both spoke a foreign language with American names. Tony Brown and Michael Temple. Requesting your Bank of America card number.

  4. Today, Sept 1, 2017, I was contacted by a man named Frank Washington from PCH saying I had won
    $1.5 million and $10,000 a week for life. He told me to go the closest Wal Mart and transfer $250, to a Wal Mart in Harrietta Littingcott, FL, phone number 876-779-3035, and get a gold seal stamp to present to the delivery person at my house. He gave me 1 hour and 45 minutes to do it and he would be at my house in two hours. I asked where he was and he told me he was in Milwaukee WI – 350 miles from where I live (as I am from the Milwaukee area) I told him he would not make it here in that time and he told me they would drive 100 mph to be here in time. He then asked me if I was overr 65 yrs old, which I am. I knew it was a scam and called the local police and sheriffs dept. because I wasn’t sure if they were scamming for the money or if they were going to rob my house while I was gone. He has called me back 3 times in the last 3 hours , which I did not answer and he left no message.

    Having had my credit card number stolen twice in the last 2 years, I called my banks and investment people and put passwords on my accounts after the last ime it happened, to make sure, because this Frank knew where I lived along with name and phone number, I also called them and told them to make sure thery ask for the password before allowing and withdrawls.

  5. I been playing pch sweeps 2and a half yrs.Havnting won anything.They never come to long island NY.imalso bought soo much stuff from them Most o f the items didn’t work or broke.there are soo many sweeps from 10,000 to 15 million never ever see anyone win.I am never buying anything anymore

    1. They contacted me and used this number 315-231-6176 and I called the cops and whoever it was talking to me just kept calling me crazy and they were moving on to the ” next special person”!!

  6. I was contacted on messager and contacted pch and gave them all the information on who contacted me and I sure hope they caught them…
    Thank you