It’s National Consumer Protection Week – Can You Spot A Scam?

Spot a Scam

Hello, searchers! As you know, PCHSearch&Win is part of Publishers Clearing House, a trusted company with a long-standing tradition of consumer advocacy. So, in honor of National Consumer Protection Week, we’d like to share some important information to help you recognize and avoid scammers fraudulently pretending to be from Publishers Clearing House. Searchers like you mean so much to us, and we want all our friends to stay safe!

To protect yourself from a scam, you first need to be able to spot one. And while scammers can go to great lengths to make it seem like they are from the real Publishers Clearing House and impersonate real Publishers Clearing House employees, there are quite a few telltale signs to help you spot a PCH scam.

#1. Publishers Clearing House surprises our big PCH winners in person. If you win a major prize from Publishers Clearing House, you’ll know when you see the Prize Patrol at your front door with flowers, balloons and a “Big Check.” Scammers contact people in a variety of ways — telephone, email, regular mail, they even send people ‘fake’ friend requests on Facebook, using an alias from the Prize Patrol, like Danielle Lam or Dave Sayer. Please remember, PCH does not notify our winners in advance, and the Prize Patrol does not send friend requests on Facebook.

#2. At Publishers Clearing House, the winning is always FREE! If someone contacts you and says they are from Publishers Clearing House, but asks you to send them money before they can award a prize – you are being scammed. Scammers use any number of excuses to justify the money they are requesting, ranging from legal fees to taxes. It doesn’t matter – they are lies. Scammers will even ask people to buy Green Dot Money cards in certain denominations and ask for the numbers off the back. Please remember that no one from Publishers Clearing House will ever, ever ask you for a cent!

#3. Finally, Publishers Clearing House has worked with different areas of law enforcement to help put an end to scammers and their schemes. One thing we’ve noticed about the communications scammers send out, they’re intended to look like they are from the real Publishers Clearing House, but they are filled with spelling errors, and they oftentimes don’t even correctly include the name of our company or PCH company officials.

Searchers, we are sharing these important tips with you during National Consumer Protection Week, but they are important to remember all year long. If you think you’re the intended victim of a scam, please contact Publishers Clearing House at 1-800-645-9242. And if you’ve received a suspicious email, please forward to our fraud-reporting mailbox at

Happy searching friends, and stay safe!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

P.S. For a more on how you can protect yourself from scams, watch this informative video featuring Danielle Lam of the Prize Patrol and Margaret C. of the PCH Consumer Affairs Department.

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