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

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

  1. West says:

    Wow, this just happened to me and going through hard times I was very excited.. On the other hand.. I had to calm myself down and pay attention to the details… Thank God..I didnt give them no info.. But theres another scam about federal grants being granted of 9.000 max (I rec this call the same day i rec the email about the PCH scam) anyhow, they already (dont know how) my personal info(they were pretty good experts) and then ask you to pay 200.00 bucks to retrieve your 9.000..smh

  2. Sandi snow says:

    Elizabeth Hanks This the person that i received a email from
    i know it is a scam because she asked for all my info.

  3. Patrice says:

    I just received this email.”You been cleared a winner from PCHLOTTO​  1,000,000 email (​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​”. The email came from a Steven Quinn Huffman and the email address was

  4. Dan says:

    I’ve been getting calls like this lately and I just want to post te number because it’s wry annoying and they should be caught.. 18765287494.. Please at least prank call this number they act like they are PCH

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