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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,, 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. Someone was just trying to scam me someone pretending to be you saying they love me and then texting me for several weeks telling me I’m a winner and we can be together after I send her $300 to claim the money.

    1. Hello Devon, We certainly take the issue of scams and the illegal use of our name by scammers very seriously; that’s why we regularly educate our fans on what they can do to protect themselves. Unfortunately, scammers aren’t always easy to locate since many of them operate out of country. You can do your part to help us by reporting all scam contacts that you receive. Here’s how to report scammers on Facebook: and all other scam contacts can be reported to PCH via this link: It’s important to remember that the real PCH will never send you a private message or friend request, and we’ll never ask for money to claim a prize. I encourage you to take a look at this blog article for some great tips on how you can stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook:

    1. Hi Mark! You never have to pay a fee to claim a prize you may have won from PCH, for any reason. It’s important to know also that PCH does not contact winners of a major prize privately via phone, text, email, mail, or on Social Media. 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! You can read more about these kinds of scams here: If you do have a scammer contact you please report them to us at this link: Have a great day, and stay safe!


    1. Hi Jacqueline! We’d be happy to assist you with this but we’re going to need a little more information. Please reach out to our Customer Service team who will be happy to help. You can find all our contact information right here: We look forward to hearing from you!

  3. Someone is reaching out to me saying I’m going to selected as winner. Sounds too good to be true, I don’t know if they are posing as you or if it’s just a real deal. Please let me know.

    1. Hi LaRoy! I’m sorry to tell you that was a scammer, not the real PCH. 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! You can report them to us at this link: We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers here: Stay safe!

  4. Dear Danielle lam.
    My name is William.
    I am writing you in reference to a message I received from an individual claiming to be you.
    But I’m aware that you have character and integrity.
    With personal principles of righteousness and great moral compass of conduct.
    I know very well that the job you do is extremely sensitive and highly regarded as being very loyal to your confidence.
    I’ve received messages from all types of, (( imposters and grifters )) .
    And I know that you practice safety and integrity.
    My Gmail is $$$$$$
    My number is 724-$$$-$$$$.I’m in the union mission in Pennsylvania, I am homeless and I’m an honest man.
    I will never be deceived by the imposter’s who masquerade in the elements of thievery. I think it’s wrong for them to smear your good name.
    And I stand by the integrity you represent, because your good name stands for itself.

    1. I received a check exactly the same as the first comment on this page. The check amount is $4,750.00 Dated 7/8/23 from J$$$$$$ Enterprise. The check is from H$$$$$$$$$ National Bank. I have no clue who the people are, I’ve never had businesses with them either. Looks like scam where you deposit the check and once they have your bank info and somehow are able to drain your account. I will not deposit this check but am posting it here to be made aware.

      1. Hi Gabby, we’re sorry to hear the scammers are bothering you. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: 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: Stay safe!

  5. What about on google chat. I was contacted by Danielle Lam on google chat and told I had won. I knew it had to be fake but I did it anyway. I gave her some information but I haven’t paid anything yet so I think I will be okay.