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


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

  1. Donna Barriga says:

    Draw Amount: 1 Million US Dollars.
    Draw Released Date: 08th/August/2017.

    You have won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes draw for the month of August, to process claim make sure to contact our agent email via: publishers.clearance@outlook.com

    Your,
    Publishers Clearing House.

    You are receiving this communication because you are listed as a current WSP contact. Should you have any questions regarding WSP’s electronic communications policy, please consult our Anti-Spam Commitment http://www.wsp.com/casl. For any concern or if you believe you should not be receiving this message, please forward this message to caslcompliance@wsp.com so that we can promptly address your request. This message is intended only for the addressee and may contain information which is privileged, confidential, proprietary, or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, distributing, copying, or in any way using this message. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender and delete any copies you may have received.

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    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Donna! Please be aware PCH does not alert major prize winners through email, we also don’t request any payment to receive a prize. Please report the scam email you received 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!!

  2. TexMutt says:

    EMAIL FROM: KELLY HAYS
    SUBJECT: Re: BATCH/REF#: 738292

    WINNING#: 929293
    BATCH/REF#: 738292

    YOU HAVE WON THE PCH SWEEPSTAKES DRAW WORTH $1,000,000.00 USD.

    TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE, MAKE SURE TO CONTACT/EMAIL OUR FIDUCIARY AGENT TODAY VIA: pchdesk17@hotmail.com

    CONGRATULATION!
    PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE (PCH)

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hi Tex! Please be aware PCH does not alert major prize winners through email, we also don’t request any payment to receive a prize. Please report the scam email you received 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!!

  3. Katie Kirchoff says:

    Received an email saying I won…said to send info they requested to: pch-claimsoffice@yandex.com
    Name at bottom of email: Dave Sayer

  4. Laura says:

    I also would like to Thank You for this clarification!! I received an email like that also. My email came from a Mr. Todd Sloane.

  5. Inez Hudson says:

    Publishers Clearing House
    wrote:
    You are a Winner!!!

    We congratulate you as we officially notify you that your email has emerged as one of our winners
    of $850,000.00 USD in the recent Publishers Clearing House global Sweepstakes email lottery.
    Kindly send your details to pch-claimsoffice@yandex.com

    *Full Names:
    *Mailing Address:
    *Tel:
    *Gender:
    *Age:

    Dave Sayer
    Official Notification

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Hello Inez, please be aware PCH does not alert major prize winners through email, we also don’t request any payment to receive a prize. Please report the scam email you received 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. Latiesha Williams says:

        thank you very much for clarifying this because I just got the same email.

        1. Gina says:

          I too got the $850,000 email from Todd Sloane, but I always check the veracity by using the site URL and pch.org is in no way anything to do with PCH 😉

          Gina

  6. B. Rick says:

    Received E_Mail from Won 850,000USD… another scam

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