How To Spot A PCHlotto Scam — Top Three Warning Signs!


There are amazing free online lotto opportunities at PCHlotto — every day! Our fans know all about them — unfortunately, so do the criminals who use the Publishers Clearing House name in PCHlotto scams!

In fact, just the other day, I was talking to Sarah on our Social Media Team. She was telling me about a message she received on Facebook from a South Carolina fan who had gotten an email from a fraudster pretending to be from PCHlotto. This smart lady was able to tell that it was a scam and alert PCH right away. Good for her! We want you to be able to spot a PCHlotto scam right away, too!

Here are the Top 3 ways to determine if something is a PCHlotto scam:

1. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you receive a notification via email or Facebook notifying you that you’ve won. The fact is: Publishers Clearing House and PCHlotto NEVER contact our big winners in advance. When Gerard Rivera won $1.25 Million from PCHlotto on 12/12/12, he found out when the Prize Patrol showed up at his door!

2. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you’re asked to send money to claim a prize. Publishers Clearing House and PCHlotto will NEVER, EVER ask you to pay a fee  if you’ve won.  Nor would we ever ask you to load up a Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card. At PCH the winning is always free!

3. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you’re being asked for excessive personal information. When our entrants sign up, we get the information we’d need to surprise them in the event that they’ve won — we won’t contact you to ask for more!  In the scam email described above, the scammer requested the following information: Full Name, Address, Sex, Nationality, Age, Occupation and more. If you’re actually won a BIG prize from PCH or PCHlotto, that just won’t happen!

So there you have it! Please remember the Top Three Warning Signs described above because playing at PCHlotto is much more fun when you have all the tools to protect yourself against PCHlotto scams!

All the best!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

177 thoughts on “How To Spot A PCHlotto Scam — Top Three Warning Signs!”

  1. Aundrea says:

    Congratulations!!..You were given a Cash payout in Pch,reply back to: for more details. Thanks.

    1. Deedee says:

      I just got that same email at the same time right now

      1. Ken says:

        I received the same email is it legit?

        1. Megan Pettitt says:

          I got the exact same message.

  2. I have had 3 calls from a Spanish sounding man saying he was a tax man for pch. He
    also had the gall to say meet him at the Bank in 15 minutes. I said, I am going to check you out, I am going to check with Pch.. Click went the phone. I don’t remember
    his name, It could had been a fictitious name.!

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Maudine, you’re definitely describing a scam. PCH does not contact winners via phone and you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize. Please report this scam to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how:, and be sure to check out our Fraud Protection site to find out how to stay safe: Stay safe and informed PCH Fan’s!

  3. Karen says:

    Congratulation Email Winner of 3,000,000.00 USD in the recent PCH Lottery.
    Kindly send your contacts to

    *Full Names
    *Residential Address

    PCH Official Notification.
    Benjamin Henderson

    1. Dave says:

      I’ve received the exact same email Karen… looks like 3 million dollar winners are falling from the trees this year.

      1. Lillian scott says:

        Yes I just received an e-mail from pchclaimsdptoffice@fox that i won $3,000,000.00 asking for the same personal information also Benjamin Henderson. Exposed and blocked!!!

  4. Kimberly Ryan says:

    just received an empty email from

  5. eleanor harty says:

    Just received an email saying I had won 1 million….sent from Mr. Ken Moore…..asking for personal info……SCAM….what a shame that people out there try to scam people that desperately want to win the PCH lottery. We enter everyday & when you receive an email like this, it is wrong, wrong wrong !! But thanks to the legitimacy of PCH & their warnings…there are those of us that adhere to their warnings..Thanks PCH…I hope more people read your honest warnings !!!

    1. AMY jenkins says:

      hi i literally just received the email from PCHTODAY …with the headline YOUR EMAIL WON THE PCH-SWEEPSTAKES,REPLY…. all in caps from ken i replied and the email was returned such a scam

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