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


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

  1. achia brockington says:

    is this a scam

    Publishers Clearing House
    To info@pch.net Today at 6:50 AM
    You are the Email Winner of 850,000.00 USD in the recent Publishers Clearing House Lottery.
    Kindly send your contacts to pchlottoofffice17@foxmail.com
    Full Names:
    Residential Address
    Tel:
    Age
    Sex
    PCH LOTTO
    Mr. Todd Sloane

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      The real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam call to us at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Stay safe everyone!!

      1. Madonna Cote says:

        I received the exact same email as Achia so I came here right away because I know a scam when I see one. Here is the exact same email…….
        You are the Email Winner of 850,000.00 USD in the recent Publishers Clearing House Lottery.
        Kindly send your contacts to pchlottooffice@qq.com.
        Full Names:
        Residential Address:
        Tel:
        Sex:
        Age:
        PCH LOTTO
        Mr. Todd Sloane
        Thank you PCH for giving us these tips on how to spot a SCAM!

        1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

          That is definitely a scam! We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. Large prize winners are notified in person. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win! Please report any and all scams to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe!

    2. mike says:

      Just got the same email, but the email addresses were info@pch.org and pchlottoclaims@foxmail.com

      1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

        Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. You never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH.

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