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

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I said...

Iam happy that THE PCH TEAM let us know how to spot a scam. Thank VERY MUCH

    John Miles said...

    I also agree 2 that cause 1 year 1 did win but i was not home,,, but anyway some time ago i herd on the news that PCH had some1 acting like them, well then i stoped 4 a long time,,,but lucky i found it in a folder that i had made….Thx PCH 4 looking out 4 us….

Joye Hamilton said...

Hello Elaina, Thank You For Keeping the PCH Fans Alert For The Scammers!

Another way folks can tell if they’re being scammed is that they have a Friends List! You Folks At PCH NEVER Send A Friend Request. Also, The Name Of the Scammer Page is NOT the Same as the Real PCH Pages! For example A Scammer for Dave Sayer looks Like This…
Dave Sayer Pch PrizePatrol
notice the Pch is upper & lower case letters, whereas The real PCH uses all caps!

Just Sayin’…Keep Up The Good Work You All Are Doing At PCH!
Warm Regards, Joye H.

Michaela G. said...

Thank you Elaina R., PCH Online Creative for that great information to stop scammers at the PCH website!!! I love that you all are on it about this scamming, it just makes me mad and sad that people do this to all of us.

Thank you again for all this great information!!!

Jorge Ramirez said...

thanks for the tips on scams its unclear at times if you win or not but it’s clear now thanks for the updates! :]

Kerrie said...

How do you check your lotto games? When I click on the link ( check your numbers) I’m directed to another game? Never knowing if I won or not ??? Sorry for previous comment ……should check before posting :)

Jeff Akers said...

Just got an Email saying I won $1000,000. Please leave ALL contact information! I checked here to see if this was a SCAM! YEP IT IS< DELETEING NOW< THANKS FOR THE INFO TO SAFEGAURD THE NON+VICTIMS~

    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Jeff, thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We’re so glad you recognized it was a scam! You may froward any suspicious emails to us at Remember, there is never a catch to our Sweepstakes so you NEVER have to pay a fee or buy something to enter or to claim a prize.

    - Jussie W. at PCH

Julija Veselova said...

Hello Dear PCH Team,

Thank you for these recommendations- like many others who read it, I found it helpful! Also, I was wondering if you could help me. I recently received an email from, claiming that won a prize (small and yet) and only asked me to contact a TNT COURIER SERVICE, giving their name, email and telephone number. I am not asked to pay any claim, only the delivery fee. However, I am not sure if it’s true or is a scam. Would be able to check if it’s true? I would highly appreciate this! Thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards,

Julija Veselova said...

Just to showcase some parts of the e-mail: “Furtherance, to begin the final step of the claims process, you are advised to contact the security firm whose details are furnished below and they shall be responsible for onward delivery of your winnings to you and you shall be expected to pay some little fees along the line by the security firm for the delivery of your cheque and documents this fees will not be more than normal shipping charges which we feel will not be a problem to you.” and “We have forward your full information to the TNT COURIER SERVICE for delivery to your home address but you still have to contact them with this information below if you have not receive a mail from them, by sending them your personal information to there Email below”

Hope this helps. Thank you.

Julija Veselova said...

Also, here are extracts from the email: “We have forward your full information to the TNT COURIER SERVICE for delivery to your home address but you still have to contact them with this information below if you have not receive a mail from them, by sending them your personal information to there Email below”. And “you shall be expected to pay some little fees along the line by the security firm for the delivery of your cheque and documents this fees will not be more than normal shipping charges which we feel will not be a problem to you.”

Joanne Cook said...

{Today’s Draw}‏
From Publishers Clearing House yarralane.11@bigpond.comhide details
Bcc jlcjoey
Congratulations, your email address has won ($1,000,000.00USD) in the on going
Publishers Clearing House lotto draw that was held today, please fill details
below for claims. Email us back:

Name in full:.. Address:… Sex:.. Occupation:.. Present

!!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

Mrs.Reyna Cruz

I received the above email today and suspect a scam. Can you verify. Please inform
Joanne Cook

    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Joanne, thank you for bringing this to our attention. That’s definitely a scam. The offer you’re describing did not come from Publishers Clearing House. Winners of $10,000 or more are surprised by the Prize Patrol in person only with no advance notice. Also, there is never a catch with entering or winning any PCH Sweepstakes. PCH, like any legitimate Sweepstakes, will never ask you to pay any fee or make a purchase to claim a prize. You may forward the suspicious email to us at or report this occurrence to us using our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190. We also recommend that you report this incident to the National Fraud Center at

    - Jussie W. at PCH

tessa chaves said...

I just knew it was a scam I just received an email telling me that I’d won a million dollars thank-you for sharing these tips . I play everyday for a chance to see the prize patrol at my door. fingers crossed il see u guys soon

Ismael mendoza said...

I received a notification from certain Alicia L. Sheeplee that i won the lotto which was drawn last july 9, 2013. I just want know if the notification i received is scam and verify if Sheeplee is connected with PCH. thanks!

mohammed moussa mohammed said...

hi mr david sayer is me who win 27-10-2011 my email ticket number is 754-22-76 iwon two times the same money 1000.000.000 my name is mohammed moussa mohamed

Alberto Rodriguez said...

Here is one I received today:
PCH Claims Code:.38599284929
FROM Publishers Clearing House TO recipients
Show Details


Publishers Clearing House

Email winner of 1,000,000.00USD in the recent PCHLOTTO.Email winner of 1,000,000.00USD in the recent PCHLOTTO.

Please respond to collect winnings immediately.
Kindly send your contact Details to

Mr. Todd Sloan
Claims Office

I knew it was too good to be true…scams abound on the NET.
Thanks for posting this scam alert.

Shyla Perez said...

I just got one of those scam emails saying i won a million. I knew when they asked for all my info. It’s so upsetting to get those. Especially when your power is out, u had to send your kids to stay with their dad till u get enough to pay it and u spent everything u had to bury your mother :(

Cynthia Freeze said...

I was emailed saying I won $1 million. Then they have a breakaway courier to email you for your delivery options. I’m glad I googled about PCHlotto scams because I was sholl thinking about it. But I’m glad I did my research first. Thanks Alot!

ebony middleton said...

I am highly upset I myself received a email from a pchlotto scammer I wish I’d read this blog before I sent my info!!! I am also hurt that someone would go through so much to use or hurt others!! I thought things in my life were finally about to look up & change 4ever until I read your blog! Wish I’d found this sooner!

    PCH Staff said...

    Hi Ebony, thank you for bringing this to our attention. Sadly, we’re aware of these scams and we’re working hard to combat them. Please remember that you NEVER have to reveal personal information, such as your bank account number or credit card number, and you NEVER have to buy something or pay a fee to enter our sweepstakes or to claim a prize. You may report these incidents to us by calling our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190, forward suspicious emails to us at, or report fake profiles to Facebook by following these steps:

    - Jussie W. at PCH

mariana ramirez said...

Im glad I justbread this. My mom called me this morning..she said she got a letter from PCH stating she won $2000000! All she had to do was call Jacob Collins 18555750147 or David Wells 18557170178 and the funds would be coming through Chase bank. She called and some rude guy answered. She tried again and no answer. I did doubt it because I know that PCH likrs to surprise the winner. day maybe one day my momma will get PCH knocking at her door . ;)


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Andrea McMurry said...

Scam? Just got this email today:
You-are been cleared as winner from the PCH 1M :714873 email Sayer for claims Name,Address, Phone No, to

Angela A Simmons said...

I received this email too I had a feeling it was a scam :( Darn I was really hoping I was a winner

Mr. Kim Pretzer said...

Here is an e-mail that I received today. They also asked me the personal information in another e-mail and it is the same information that is stated above.

Mr. Kim Pretzer

Winning Numbers: 850-1400-85-67-32-WI
Email ticket number: ID- 754/22/76 FL
Giveaway No. 1400

Dear Winner,

How are you doing today? I am in receipt of your mail and I must say that you should count yourself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of our Winners in this year’s lucky dip sweepstakes. As you already know an exclusive list of 25,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. NO TICKET WAS BOUGHT OR SOLD. Each email address was attached to a ticket number, Your email address was selected along with others as winners. We have finally verified your winnings and it’s exactly with what is present on our Database.

Due to your Location from the International Prize Award Board UK, your winning parcel has been sent to the SkyNet Courier Delivery which is a logistic courier company known World wide. You are hereby required to send an email to the below Email address of the SkyNet Courier Company so as to get processes and requirements for delivery as the SkyNet Courier is a 24hours delivery board and would respond to emails immediately:

DELIVERY OFFICER: Mr. Brain Anderson
TEL: +44 702 305 1963
+44 703 194 8330
FAX: +44-800-774-1333

I will require a Concise Update as soon as procedures has been completed with the delivery company and parcel has been finally received by you for prize claim accomplishment confirmation. Have a nice day and once more, Congratulations.

Best Regards,
Mr. David. V Peters (Claims Officer-P.C.H LOTTO)
© 2014 Publishers Clearing House.

Crystal Turner said...

Wow, I am amazed at the degree these crooks would go. I myself on yesterday received a friend request from someone posing as Danielle Lams PCH Prize Patrol, so of course I gladyly accepted. It was then I started receiving inboxes asking questions on how did I enter and that I won $10,000 and two gift cards, that’s when I knew it was a scam. I told them I was aware this was a scam and that I would get my husband to trace their IP address, that’s when they disappeared lol. I guess I showed them lol!!!!

Michael lyons said...

I,m getting tired of paying 11.89 every time a letter come to the,s getting the time I get through paying them for playing, I could be a millionaire myself.

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scott haberman said...

I recieved an email from a man claiming to be jeremy kerr and saying that i won 1,000,000.00 in usd from the pch clearing house promotion (pchlott-2014) in india on feb-27th 2014 and that im one of for people that won and that im to send all my info to mr john owen online awards director claims manager at and gives me an winning numbers and a email ticket number can any one tell me if ive been scammed or is it for real cause now this person has all my info and i dont no what to do thanks : youres truely scott haberman

Vicky Short said...

I just received an e-mail claiming that I’d won $1 million.They were asking me yo send additional information to a certain e-mail address. The only thing they asked for was my name and address. I’d never heard of PCH before so I figured maybe. But then I remembered if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. I then found this site and realized it is indeed a scam. Really wish these people would get a clue and give this stuff up.


Maria Hawkins said...

Is this real? this is the message I received in my email today. You been cleared as winner from PCH 1M contact for claims, Name,Age,PhNo,to As you can see they asked for no money but they asked for my name, age and phone number. Also, I noted that the person who sent it was

Lucas, Rena

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shelvie spriggs said...

This is the email I got. is it a scam??

Publishers Clearing House (PCHlotto-2013)
Lodhi Rd, Lodi Estate, Lodi Colony
New Delhi, DL
011 2468 001

Winning numbers:7-1-4-8-7-3
Ticket number: FL 654/29/75.

Attention: Beneficiary ,

I’m hereby use this medium to acknowledge the receipt of your claims requirement regarding the winning notification email you received which informed you of the prize you have won. The Publishers Clearing House lottery promotions department has approved your payment of $1,000,000.00. The Check has been handed over to DTDC Express Courier company in the India, New Delhi. DTDC Express Inc. will deliver the Check to you.

DTDC Courier will be responsible for the delivery of the Check and the winnings documents and all paper’s work will be handover to you once the Dispatch Officer arrive your country. In furtherance to begin the final step of the claims process, you are advised to contact DTDC Express Courier, To whom details are furnished below. Contact the officer in charge in DTDTC COURIER Rex Cobb with the number below.

DTDC Express Courier via E-mail.
DTDC Express Courier e-mail office address.
Contact Mr. Rex Cobb
Contact E-mail:
PHONE NUMBER +91-9958871346

Write DTDC Express Courier via email upon receipt of this mail without wasting time. You are to furnish them with your.

Full Name,
Telephone number,
Postal Address,

Once again, keep us posted on every development with DTDC Express Courier in relation to your lottery winnings.DTDC Express Courier shall be responsible for onward delivery of your winnings to you and you shall be expected to pay a light delivery fees to DTDC Express Courier for their service. They will render to you by delivery, the Check and the winnings documents to you at your address. This fees will not be more than normal shipping charges which will not be a problem to you.

Before your winnings was released to DTDC Express Courier, A hard cover insurance policy was placed on the Check by the Publishers Clearing House. The reason is to avoid any harm or illegal channeling. Due to this, deduction of any amount of money from your funds can not be taken from the Check .

The instructions given, which is in line with the rules and regulations of the United States of America and the England gaming board, is that once the$1,000,000.00 Check is been delivered to you, go to any outlet bank closer to you, clear the Check , and deposit the money in your nominated bank account. It is as simple as that and there is a certain assurance that the entire one million dollars you have won will be accredited into your bank account.

In case you still have doubts arising from the angle of how you got selected,Note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email ballot system our aim was to select winners through the INTERNET this is due to the fact that only you alone have access to your email account so have no fear for you have emerged a true winner as far as you are the original proprietor to the email account which you have received the winning notification letter as distributed by PCHlotto.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, You will have to keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and your money remitted to you this is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

Congratulations once again.

Best Regards,

Mr. Dave Sayer.

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katie williams said...

i just got an email like that. i stupidly put my information in though not my social or anything like that, but since i put my name address age sex and occupation can they use that for identity theft????

Tonya OMalley said...

I keep getting these email scams. It was really disappointing to get my hopes up only to be let down after learning that I had been scammed. These people are so ruthless! For folks like myself who struggle and live paycheck to paycheck, and when you have to go to see the dentist because the pain is too much so your forced to spend your bill/grocery money on medical care and have to live on beans and rice for a week. It is really disappointing to have someone momentarily make you believe that your days of living on beans and rice or going without medicine are over. I wish I could have them prosecuted!

sylvester patrick said...

I just got an email saying me and four others was the winner of 1000000 dollars and the money was to be split between us four say they wanted information from me my number were I work stay email address so I just skip the page.whoever it is, is really giving you people a bad name .but thanks anyway for the information you provided to catch a scam.