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

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

  1. Karen says:

    I just got a call from an Albert Lopez who said he was in management at the PCH. He told me that I had won, 1.2 Million and a 2015 Mercedes Benz that was fully licensed & insured for one year. The original call came from a John Dixon who said that he was the driver who was to deliver my prize. When I told him that I was at work and was unavailable, that is when he told me to call Mr. Lopez. I am so GLAD that I was Smart enough NOT to give them any of my information over the phone.
    His phone phone number is: 1-876-826-1638, ext. 5.
    Who ever answers this number says that it is The PCH that you are calling !!!!!!!

  2. Bill Hughes says:

    I received a notice from PCH International 6/21/15, telling me I was one of four winners, that won one million dollars.
    They wanted all the personal information, thanks for your three tips on how to tell if it is a scam.

  3. Wendy Nichols says:

    My recent emails from the REAL PCH ARE NOT WORKING!
    *each day there’s a new or ongoing issue
    Emails sent to Customer Service takes months to get a response.
    Help PCH! *I want EQUAL Chances to WIN Something
    (very bummed)

  4. Nadira Navier says:

    I received an email asking me to contact a Dave and good thing I was suspiscious.
    Here is what was in the email:
    “Dear Winner,

    This is in reference to your Mega Prize Award of $1,000,000.00 in our recent Publisher’s Clearinghouse Draw. To claim your Award, Contact Dave Sayer with your current contact details for verification purpose.

    Contact Email:

    Consumer Affairs Division”


  5. Ariana says:

    I received an email two days ago asking for my personal information. Thank god that I searched this up.! 😄

  6. Charity says:

    Just got a phone call from a magic jack number from a man named David Washington who did not speak fluent English therefore his name didn’t match up!! The number was 239-400-1383

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