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

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

  1. Jennifer says:

    I have been informed that I won 1,000,000.00 prize and to email pdp express with my award claim and they would contact me because I was so far from the PCH main office or something. So the optimist that I am wants to but now they want valid identification or passport etc. and copies mailed? I want to believe but I guess I shouldn’t. Right? Thoughts anyone?

  2. Simmons says:

    I enter to win and never win! I get email saying I am a loyal member and friend and I could become the next millionaire! Still broke! I unsubscribe everytime I get a new email and continue to receive these misleading entry emails!

  3. keisha says:

    I won $10,000 on bingo and they never contacted me, so I gave them a call and they told me they were having difficulty’s and that they couldn’t do anything about it, I was so mad and the worst thing about it my daughter and I are still living in a motel and I’m disabled, I think if they should scam people they should be shut down and since then I decided to play again Just to see,so I went to check my numbers and it wouldn’t let me check them at all!! Now all it does is take me to the game and now it keeps saying technical difficulties or my cards are invisible and I’ve also had to forfiet my chips and alot of times, really when you think about it if they can get away with this why shouldn’t they go to jail and you never see a really poor person or a disabled person winning! Sorry but im still mad and I still want my money!

  4. Andrea says:

    Was sent a $10,050.00 cashiers check off Whidbey Island Bank says winning claim number says I need to pay taxes on my million dollar winnings signed by Deborah Holland

  5. Michael says:

    How to check my numbers it takes me to more cards and surveys

  6. Sandra Wrigley says:

    There is no way I can check my daily numbers. It just goes to more games. There are no tabs!

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