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

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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


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

  1. Jessica says:

    Subject:Dated 25th May 2016
    You are our PCH lucky Winner Dated 25th May 2016

    Send Name/Address. E-mail us @ pchmillion@hotmail.com

    I received that text from an email sender tyson.rowland@cox.cocom
    SCAM

  2. Jose Palacios says:

    I was texted to email at PchMillions my address and name because I been selected as a winner is this a scam?

  3. Jose Palacios says:

    How about if you received a text to your phone to email back at pchMillion email, Because you have been selected as the winner?

  4. Ashley says:

    I received an email yesterday exactly like Kay, why do people do this ! What is the point?

  5. Kay says:

    Usually when things are too good to be true they usually are -_-
    The subject line said “f y i” I knew that was a huge red flag
    from a Diana Mauro.

    (Your Reference#: 2837.984.383)
    (Batch#: PCH.556.819)
    (PCH Sweepstakes Notice Dated 17th of May 2016)

    You have been selected through your email as the PCH finalist winner in our Sweepstakes Promo Dated 17/05/2016.

    For more details to claims contact Ms. Deborah Holland on address ( **********-*************@hotmail.com )

    Congratulation!
    (Publishers Clearing House)
    =====

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain proprietary and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

  6. Tristen says:

    Mr. Solomon Newman
    Customer Service Officer
    SAS Express Courier Customer Information and Inquiry Department.

    Well I got asked to pay to get the package from India and there’s already two red flags so watch out.

  7. Mr. Q says:

    Here is the email that had my hopes up:(…

    Your Reference#: 0928722)

    (Batch#: 11109273)

    (PCH Sweepstakes Notice Dated 10th of May 2016)

    You have been selected through your email as the PCH finalist to win 1 million dollars in our Sweepstakes Promo Dated 10/05/2016.

    For more information on claims contact Ms. Deborah Holland on address ( xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@hotmail.com )

    Congratulation!!!

    (Publishers Clearing House)

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    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain proprietary and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Mr. Q, we are sorry to hear scammers contacted you. It takes a team effort to stop them and kindly ask that you report any and all information that you you have by following this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Here is some great safety tips that I recommend everyone take a moment to look at: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!

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