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


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

  1. marian nance says:

    I got this email 3 days ago and i didn’t reply with any info except my name. I haven’t gotten a phone call yet and I hope I don’t! We are pleased to announce to you that your email address emerged along side 4 others as a category 2 winner in this year’s Publishers Clearing House (give away) online lottery. Please contact the underlined Claims officer with the Contact info below with your full information as stated below for the immediate payment of your prize

    Winning numbers: 25-54-19-60-33-48
    Email, ticket number: FL 875/31/54
    Give Away number: 1400

    MRS. Margaret Crossan
    EMAIL: onlineclaims@126.com

    !!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

    Yours Sincerely,
    MRS. Margaret Crossan
    (Claims Officer,P.C.H LOTTO)

  2. Daniel says:

    How about it , Mrs Margaret Crossan sent me a email stating, your email name popped
    Up as a winner in a cadagory 2 drawing . You need to contact us right a way to claim your prize . Well bless there heart . Funny thing , they should have left a phone number or something to get back to them , ya think . Sometimes if I’m bored it’s kinda fun just to play along with them . But if you do , make sure to block your phone number first .
    Most of the time they won’t answer if it’s blocked . But sometimes stupidity sets in and they answer . All they need or wanting is your number to get the ball rolling . I just had one a week ago at my 87 year old mothers house , she thought she won a lot of money . So she gave me the phone number and I did some checking on line . Well you know it , they a throw away phone or number . Told my mother not to talk to them just blow the little air horn in the phone , they will get the message . It’s sad that they prey on people here and everywhere. I do know you don’t win anything for free . Except from PCH . And you won’t know until they ring your door bell , and you look out and see the PCH mini van with the signs on it . Oh yeah, plus the camera crew as well . So look out the window before you open the door for any body . Be safe and have fun.

  3. Carla M Antee says:

    Don’t Facebook

  4. We are pleased to announce to you that your email address emerged along side 4 others as a category 2 winner in this year’s Publishers Clearing House (give away) online lottery. Please contact the underlined Claims officer with the Contact info below with your full information as stated below for the immediate payment of your prize

    Winning numbers: 25-54-19-60-33-48
    Email, ticket number: FL 875/31/54
    Give Away number: 1400

    MRS. Margaret Crossan
    EMAIL: pchonlinelottery@126.com

    !!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

    Yours Sincerely,
    MRS. Margaret Crossan
    (Claims Officer,P.C.H LOTTO)

  5. Lisa says:

    Just got this email
    We are pleased to announce to you that your email address emerged along side 4 others as a category 2 winner in this year’s Publishers Clearing House (give away) online lottery. Please contact the underlined Claims officer with the Contact info below with your full information as stated below for the immediate payment of your prize

    Winning numbers: 25-54-19-60-33-48
    Email, ticket number: FL 875/31/54
    Give Away number: 1400

    MRS. Margaret Crossan
    EMAIL: Lottoclaims@163.com

    !!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

    Yours Sincerely,
    MRS. Margaret Crossan
    (Claims Officer,P.C.H LOTTO)

    1. Made says:

      I received the same email and I don’t know what to do

      1. melissa says:

        I received the same email just yesterday

      2. Caitlyn says:

        I received that email yesterday as well

      3. Myriam says:

        Received that exact same email…must be a scam.

  6. Amie says:

    Just got this email:

    We are pleased to announce to you that your email address emerged along side 4 others as a category 2 winner in this year’s Publishers Clearing House (give away) online lottery. Please contact the underlined Claims officer with the Contact info below with your full information as stated below for the immediate payment of your prize

    Winning numbers: 25-54-19-60-33-48
    Email, ticket number: FL 875/31/54
    Give Away number: 1400

    MRS. Margaret Crossan
    EMAIL: Lottoclaims@163.com

    !!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

    Yours Sincerely,
    MRS. Margaret Crossan
    (Claims Officer,P.C.H LOTTO)

  7. Eulogio Rodriguez Jr says:

    yes, i got a phone call today from a guy named dave johnson and he was from publishers clearing house and i just won 1.8 million dollars and a brand new mercades benz…just had to pay 199.99 in a shipping cost card to give to the driver that was delivering the winning prizes…hung up on him he called back 10-12 times…..till i turned my phone off and waited an hour and i also checked the publishers clearing house web site for how to receive your winning and it said they would never ask for money to deliver your winnings……

  8. Bill weaver says:

    Just received a email from Terry Toneguzzi / PCHLOTO@outlook.com. Telling that I won one million I need to contact him with personal info.

  9. eric webster says:

    Just got a call from a man named George miller claiming he is with pch and I won 1.5 million and a 15000.00 cash prize and a new Mercedes color navy blue 4dr and gave me a number to call back 1-876-773-6015 and gave me a code of pch24681007 as the winning number and then asked me to go to western union and pay $125.96 to get my money and told me they were in a town real close to where I live and were waiting to come to my house and give me everything I really hope people don’t fall for this scam. Just wanted to post this in hopes of saving someone their hard earned money and maybe help catch these thief’s

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