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Spot A Publishers Clearing House Scam With Danielle’s Tips

Hi everyone, it’s Danielle with the Prize Patrol!  Did you know that I have a Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol Fan Page on Facebook where I post behind the scenes insight about our Sweepstakes Headquarters, plus updates from the road? It’s also the PERFECT place for me to talk to fans about our Sweepstakes, winning moments and life overall. I’m so happy that the page has grown to over 42,000 “LIKES” – WOW!!!

I personally think that being a Prize Patrol member is the most fun, rewarding, exciting job there is — and clearly other people do too, because there are people PRETENDING to be ME on Facebook! And I do not want any of you to get fooled because it’s not really me, it’s a Publishers Clearing House scam! Now they say imitation is the best form of flattery, but THIS is certainly not the case.  These pretenders are Facebook SCAMMERS that try to dupe our fans on Facebook into sending them sensitive information or money to claim prizes. It makes me so angry because the REAL Prize Patrol would never do that!

I want to do EVERYTHING I can to make sure our fans do NOT get scammed through these Facebook scammers, so here are easy tips to follow:

#1 – The ONLY legitimate PCH Fan pages are pages that I personally LIKE: Publishers Clearing House, PCHSearchAndWin, PCHgames, PCHlotto, PCHtips, Candystand.com, Dave Sayer PCH Prize Patrol, Todd Sloane At PCH, and Deborah Holland. If it’s not liked by me: It’s a Publishers Clearing House scam!

#2 – We don’t send friend requests on Facebook.  If you receive a friend request from someone on the Prize Patrol or anyone saying they work for us: It’s a Publishers Clearing House scam!

#3 – The Prize Patrol DOES NOT send private messages on Facebook. If you receive an IM or Message, it is NOT the real Prize Patrol: It’s a Publishers Clearing House scam!

#4 – We NEVER notify winners on Facebook. If you receive any winner notifications on Facebook, you guessed it: It’s a Publishers Clearing House scam!

With these simple rules, it should be easy for you to identify Facebook scammers.  If you EVER have any questions though about whether something is a Publishers Clearing House scam or not, I AM HERE FOR YOU!  Just go to my Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol Page on Facebook and write on my wall – or you can post a comment here on the blog!

Danielle Lam

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  1. Received a 7,950.00 check from Joloha Enterprises, Inc., 2737 Gilchrist Rd.,
    $$$$$$ $$$$$ dated 1/07/23. DBA Roach Reid Office Systems
    DBA Inscribe Healthcare
    Letter received uses Publishers Clearing House, sponsored by Readers Digest, Mega Millions and mult-state. The lottery Association. Total amount to be claimed 350 thousand USD.

    Publishers Clearing House has made all necessary arrangements in order for you to receive your prize.

    Telephone 1-365-$$$-$$$$. Security Code PCH-2626

    Claims Manager
    Robert Benson or
    Joyce Fisher

    Please contact your Claim Manager without any delay, BEFORE depositing enclosed check at your financial institution, and for further information on this pize.

    Check #25$$$ from Huntington Bank, Stow Office. Dated 1/07/2023.

  2. Hi Danielle, I’m David C and I’ve been talking to a Ms. Danielle Lam. I’m not sure about it, so what can I do here? If you have a way or idea what to do, because she’s very convincing.

    1. Hello David! That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. Ms. Lam: Two days ago I received a letter from PCH (allegedly) saying I was a “second place winner” of $350,000. Inside was a check for $4950.00. The letter basically said I had won $350,000 and I was to call the number provided “before depositing the check”. I did call the number and spoke to a lady who identified herself as Joyce Fisher, Claims Manager. She told me it was legitimate and instructed me to call back after depositing the check to discuss delivery of the remainder of the $350K. I have not made that call yet. The bank has a hold on funding the check. They told me the check was issued by Jo$$$$$ Enterprises, INC, DBA: Akron, Ohio. I have no other information. Can you help me with this?

    1. Hi David, unfortunately you’re describing a scam. It’s important to remember that PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Social Media. Also, if anyone asks you for money for any reason to claim a prize, you can be sure they’re a scammer. Please don’t give them any money, or any personal information! Scammers are very sneaky and will use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. Stopping them is a team effort so please report any and all scam contacts you receive to PCH at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers here: https://info.pch.com/fraud-protection-2/. Stay safe!

  4. I just received a letter containing a check from PCH and an amount of money, but to call a number before depositing the check. Am I a true winner from a PCH contest? Called the number but could never get through.

    1. Hi Ivan! Unfortunately you’re describing a common scam. The real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam contact to us 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: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Stay safe everyone!

  5. What about a letter with the PCH logo? The letter also included a telephone number, area code 365 – is that for real? Also included was a check from Joloha.

    1. Hello Elizabeth! That is a scam. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

    1. Hi Rosa! Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize, for ANY reason. You can see more Safety Tips here: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  6. I’ve been thinking I have been talking to you about winning the PCH prize for $1 million I’ve been asked to pay $150 to pay for tax on the money before I received my prize within 12 hours I should receive it here in Texas don’t know what to think
    P.S.
    Keep the good work and thank you so much.

    1. Hi James, please report this scammer to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.