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

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

  1. Tiffany says:

    Got one today and this is what it said. I am sure it is a scam. You are requested to Contact ( ) for the claim of your November PCH sweepstakes prize.

  2. Gar says:

    It’s just PCH BS
    What a scam

  3. chamekia says:

    Same here

  4. Lee Fox says:

    I receved a notice from a Alfredo Rojas saying I have one on pch don’t know if it is scam or not

  5. Hugo says:

    Can we do anything to try to trap this gangsters?

  6. Kay says:

    I received the same email. It’s a SPAM/SCAM.

    Attention Customer, Your winning of $1,000,000.00 usd from PCH Sweepstakes is valid. Kindly Contact Todd Sloan for claim

  7. Mark says:

    On 7/29/2015 my mail read

    Publisher’s Clearing House

    Attention Customer , You winning of $1,000,000.00 is Valid Kindly contact , Todd Sloan at for claim. … did I win

    1. teresa says:

      how did you win?? i received one also

      1. Johnny Rousseau says:

        and how did either one of you win?..i got the same

        1. ray says:

          Todd Sloan must be a busy man as I received this same email

          1. John says:

            Same here

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