PCH Shares Scam Reports With FTC to Fight Fraud

It’s National Consumer Protection Week – 2010

In continuing recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, Publishers Clearing House would like to remind you to BEWARE of scams posing as legitimate sweepstakes that ask you to send money. Remember, in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes the winning is always FREE!

Some scam artists may send out real looking checks in an attempt to get you to send money. DO NOT fall for these Fake Check Scams. You may receive an official looking letter that includes what appears to be a real looking check. Using a variety of false promises, the scammers will tell you to wire back a portion of the check. Whatever the set-up, the results are always the same. If you send money back you’ll be out twice. YOU will owe the bank the money you withdrew and the scammer will have the money you sent in his/her pocket!

At PCH we have been attacking scams like these with a number of comprehensive consumer protection programs. From an educational standpoint we have posted consumer alerts on our website at pch.com and in our mail. We have recorded anti-scam messages on our toll-free customer service lines, and ask consumers to provide us details of the scams so we can share information with law enforcement officials including the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General. In many instances we can move quickly after receiving complaints to have phone numbers supporting these scams immediately shut down. PCH is also a proud member of the Consumer Federation of America’s Fake Check Task Force, where both private and regulatory members meet regularly to share efforts to combat these ongoing scams. We continue to partner with law enforcement officials including the FBI, Postal Inspections Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and US Attorney’s Office to develop new efforts to target the scammers and bring them to justice.

Be smart. Be safe. Be protected. If you or someone you know believes they have been the victim of a fraudulent contact using the name of Publishers Clearing House, please fill out a Scam Incident Report.

M Crossan PCH

Sincerely,

Margaret Crossan

PCH Consumer Affairs Department

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  1. I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHY YOU SOLD OR GAVE MY EMAIL ADDRESS AWAY.AFTER I WENT ON LINE TO REGISTER WAS TOLD HAD TO BUY SOMETHING. SO I BACKED OUT AND THE NEXT MORNING I HAD 164 EMAILS AND STILL GET 80 TO 100 EVERY DAY. AND HAVE UNSUPSCRIBED TO AT LEAST 100. PLEASE TRY AND STOP ASAP

    1. Thank you for contacting PCH. We kindly ask that you contact us by phone at your convenience. Our customer service representatives may be reached at 1-800-566-4724 between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you.

  2. This is the scam I received: Inline image 1Inline image 1Inline image 1
    THE OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION
    ANNOUNCEMENT

    (Winning Number: 0-1-9-8-0-1) (Ticket Number: FDCODE 001/23/01)

    Dear Email Account Owner

    I hereby use this medium to acknowledge the receipt of your claim requirement regarding the winning notification email you received which informed you of the prize you have won.The Publishers Clearing House lottery promotions department has approved your payment of ($1,000,000.00 USD) the cheque has been handed over to DTDC Express Courier Company India New Delhi DTDC Express will deliver the cheque to you

    DTDC Express will be responsible for the delivery of the cheque and the winning documents which is highly important to you. In furtherance to begin the final step of the claim process you are advised to contact DTDC Express whose details are furnished below

    DTDC Express e-mail and office address

    ===================================================
    Address: Head Office CM 69 Sainik
    Nagar Nawada New DL 110059
    Dispatch Officer
    Name: – Mr. Kelly Anderson
    E-mail: expressonlinecourier50@gmail.com
    Tel: Tel: +1 202 991 5621 (Call for confirmation)
    =================================================
    DTDC Express dispatch Officer Mr.Kelly Anderson is in-charge to deliver your winning cheque to you, write DTDC Express via e-mail upon receipt of this mail without wasting time you are to furnish them with your details

    Name:
    Address:
    Contact/Mobile Number:
    Current Location/Address:
    Age:
    Sex:
    D.O.B:
    Email:

    Once again keep us posted on every development with DTDC Express in relation to your award winning. DTDC Express shall be responsible for onward delivery of your winning to you and you shall be expected to pay a light delivery fee to DTDC Express for their service. They will render to you by delivery the cheque and the winning documents to you at your home address this fee will not be more than normal shipping charges which will not be a problem to you

    Before your winning was released to DTDC Express a hardcover insurance policy was placed on the cheque by the Publishers Clearing House the reason is to avoid any harm or illegal channel due to this there will not be any deduction of amount from your winning cheque

    The instructions giving which is in line with the rules and regulations of the United States of America and the England gaming board is that once the {$1,000,000.00 USD} cheque is been deliver to you go to the bank clear the cheque and deposit the money in your personal bank account. It is as simple as that and there is a certain assurance that the entire one million dollars you have won will be accredited into your bank account

    In case you still have doubt arising from the angle of how you got selected, note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email ballot system our aim was to select winners through the INTERNET this is due to the fact that only you alone have access to your mail account so have no fear for you have emerged a true winner as far as you are the original proprietor to the mail account which you have received the winning notification letter as distributed by publishers prize patrol

    Due to mix up of some numbers and names you will have to keep your winning information confidential until your claim have been fully process and your money remitted to you this is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

    Congratulations once again

    Best Regards
    Mr. Ken Moore
    Promotion Payment Manager (P.P.M)

    From: Arthur Harper
    Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:57 PM
    To: pchonline101@outlook.com
    Subject: your email

    Just who are you and why do you want my information? Is it due to your scam?

  3. Hello, I received the following email, “You have won the PCH Sweepstakes dated 29th of May 2017. For claims contact agent Deborah Holland on address ( debholland17@gmail.com )
    Sent By:
    Matthew J. Heald On:May 05/30/17 10:01 AM”
    I moved the message to my SCAM box.