Publishers Clearing House Cares – Can YOU Spot A Scam?

We want our fans to be able to tell the difference between the real Publishers Clearing House and the scammers. Take our quiz below to see if you can spot a scam!

If you’re a regular blog reader, you’re probably well aware of PCH’s long tradition of awarding Sweepstakes prizes! Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who illegally use the Publishers Clearing House name to take advantage of innocent folks. We want you to stay safe and protected against these scammers.  How prepared are you to spot a scam? Take the below True or False quiz to test your knowledge!

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House has been in business for over 50 years and is a name you can trust.

TRUE!  Our company was founded in 1953 and has awarded over $238 Million in Sweepstakes prizes to date. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Publishers Clearing House is a scam. Our name is so well-recognized that oftentimes scammers will fraudulently use the good name of PCH to try to scam consumers. If anyone ever contacts you and asks you to send or wire money to claim a PCH Sweepstakes prize ― don’t fall for it!

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House will never ask you to mail or wire money to claim Sweepstakes prizes.

TRUE! We NEVER ask our winners for payment of any kind. The PCH Sweepstakes (and all legitimate sweepstakes) are FREE, that’s the law!

True or False:  If you win a SuperPrize, the Prize Patrol may notify you by phone and ask for personal bank account information to transfer your winnings.

FALSE! Our BIG SuperPrize winners are notified in person by the Prize Patrol. All those surprise “Winning Moments” you see on TV are REAL. No matter how convincing someone may sound over the phone, the simple fact remains our Prize Patrol does not call to alert winners.

True or False:  There is no purchase necessary to enter or win a Publishers Clearing House prize award.

TRUE!  All PCH Sweepstakes prizes are FREE to enter. While we hope you enjoy our value-driven deals on merchandise and magazines, buying will NOT increase your chances of winning. This important message is prominently displayed in our Official Rules and in all of our promotional mailings. If you are contacted and asked to purchase or pay a fee to claim a prize, you have not heard from Publishers Clearing House.

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House sometimes contacts winners through Facebook to alert them that they’ve won a prize.

FALSE! If you’re lucky enough to win a prize over $10,000.00, the Prize Patrol will surprise you in person.  We do not notify winners via Facebook!  If you are contacted via Facebook and told you have won a PCH prize, it’s an easy way to spot a scam.  Please keep in mind that the only legitimate PCH Fan Pages are the pages that are “Liked” by Publishers Clearing House.

So, how did you do? Could you spot a scam?

5 out of 5 ― Good job! You’re a PCH Pro!

4-3 out of 5 ― Not bad. You might want to check out this page now  to learn more on keeping yourself safe against scammers.

0-2 out of 5 ― Stop! We strongly suggest you visit the above page  NOW to protect yourself.

Please write me a message below and let me know how you did!

Stay safe,

Elaina R.
PCH Creative

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  1. Help,ive really been scammed out of $300.00 what can i doz? I still have name of person who messaged me all our conversations to please help me.thank you.

    1. Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: 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!

  2. I think I was scamed they didn’t say I would win since they dont even contact u for promotion!! Then I’ve been had really want to check out magazines…wow!! Solo sad

  3. I am angry with PCH, for this reason. I have always been able to enter any area on PCH, but lately, I get this annoying pop up that says I must allow ads on each site. If PCH doesn’t want me to play, because I use AD BLOCKER, just say so, I use it because I am tired of virus’s from you people who advertise. Be courteous enonough to let me know. If you would rather I not play anymore because of Ad Blocker tell me, and
    I will delete you from my email list.

  4. Again the scam is with PCH and I am very disappointed in the way they conduct business. You would think with there name on the line they would know better. This is just a way to make sure you never win, they never pay you, and get to pull you from the contest.

  5. What do you do when the one running the scam is PCH. All night I have been trying to play to win and all night the games have failed to allow me to play. I have actually tried to win but PCH is failing to give me a fair chance to win. I won 1500 dollars on one of the scratch games I won by mail. PCH has failed to acknowledge it. I was hoping to really win but all PCH wants is me to send them money for the things I have ordered through them. I feel PCH has lied, manipulated, and cheated me denying me a fair chance. I request that I be allowed to send items back I have bought and I will stop playing any further games with PCH. I promise to make sure none of my family and friends are ever again taken in. It started because I had thanked them for playing a fair game but I realize I was wrong.

    1. Hi Michael, I’m sorry that you think PCH is fake; I assure you that we are the real deal. Try to remember that we receive millions of entries but there can only be one winner per giveaway. All promotional mailers and emails that are sent out are just opportunities to enter for a chance to win; as stated in the Official Rules, you are not yet a winner. However, winners are all randomly selected and every entry has the same fair chance. Check out all of the ways you can enter: You can also contact Customer Service as well at your next convenience to help clarify and resolve these issues 1-800-566-4724 Monday-Friday 7:30a.m. -7:30p.m. CST.

  6. Thank you PCH for giving Opportunity to Big Superprize events chance to win pch sweepstakes. Let pch allow me to become a PCH real
    super fan lifeforever.