Don’t Be Fooled By PCH Scams — At PCH, The Winning Is Free!

This year March 3rd – 9th has been designated National Consumer Protection Week. PCH is pleased to join in this coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. Check out the video below from Margaret C., Director of Consumer Affairs, and Danielle Lam, Prize Patrol Elite.


At Publishers Clearing House we care about consumers and want to be sure you stay protected from SCAMMERS and PCH SCAMS fraudulently pretending to be associated with our well-recognized PCH name!  As a company that has been in business for over 50 years, PCH is an iconic brand, recognized and welcomed into households all across the country. And, if you are familiar with the PCH name, you can be sure the scammers know us, as well.

Recently we’ve been hearing reports that scammers are accessing and using the names of our real PCH employees in their criminal attempts to deceive you.  Names you’ve come to know and recognize such as Dave Sayer, Todd Sloane and Danielle Lam  – all real members of our famous PCH Prize Patrol.  Even the name of Deborah Holland, our Executive Vice President whose name appears in PCH promotional mailers, has been hijacked and illegally used by scammers.

Our message is simple:  If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to represent PCH, or claiming to be one of our employees, and asked to send or wire money (for any reason whatsoever, including taxes); or send a pre-paid gift card or Green Dot MoneyPak Card in order to claim a sweepstakes prize – DON’T!  It’s a PCH SCAM. If you are sent a check, told it’s a partial prize award, and asked to cash it and send a portion back to claim the full prize award, DON’T.  The check is fake, but the SCAM is real!

Remember, at PCH the winning is free.  So, stay informed and stay protected! And if you want to find out more about how PCH works to stop PCH scams, check out our Consumer Affairs site.

Margaret C.

Director, Consumer Affairs

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  1. I received a letter from 101 Winners Circle, Jerico, My 11753. It was post marked DV DANIEL NJ 070. SAYING I won over $1.9 million. If you need the letter, I will be more than happy to send it to you. I am an honest American and am very proud of it. In Milton,Fl

  2. Received a letter today from Deborah Holland regarding my winnings of over 1,000,000 dollars. Cannot get in touch with Alex D Brown to discuss how I want my winnings disbursed. Is this for real or another scam? The letter said I had 3 days to respond. Just received the letter today(4th) day. The phone number to call has no answer (1-516-400-0824). Please respond to me! Thank you!! Diane

    1. Hello Diane, that is definitely a scam. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. Kindly report the scam letter you received at this link: I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: Stay safe everyone!!

  3. I received a letter today purporting to be from PCH announcing that out of 795,000 participants in the PCH Draw, I was one of the three finalists and won $1,950,000.00 and instructed to call 1-516-400-0824 and speak with Mr. Alex D. Brown to facilitate payment to my Bank. I called this number and a male answered the phone stating “Publishing Clearing House”, to which I replied and asked to speak with Mr. Alex Brown. He responded “This is Alex Brown” and I then informed him that I received a PCH Payment of Winning and Final Notice letter, today, 11/18/2020. This guy responded “Yes, just a moment while I pull your file” and placed me on hold. After 10 minutes with no response, I hung up. This no doubt was a Scam Artist, correct? I have, however, contributed a lot this year in PCH Sweepstakes; but to no avail. My last time.
    Don G Tyson
    LT (SEAL) USN, Ret.
    Chandler, AZ.

  4. My husband received a letter with a 12 digit prize code. It states there will a certified letter coming in 1-2 days. It does not ask for money or purchase anything? Should I throw it away?

  5. My parents just got a letter in the mail last week saying they’d won the third place or something like that for $1,900,000 and they had to call the “agent” listed for payment delivery. How dare they do this to my elderly folks!!! Thank goodness they knew immediately not to get excited until I (we) could check it out. It used Deborah Holland (pic and official notary) but on a copied flyer (not original document). I hope no innocent fall for this!!!! These criminals are cheesy and it shows!!! Karma and the Good Lord will get them!!!!!!! Cynthia B.

  6. Yeah, I’ve had a guy call me some months ago. Think I sent you guys the number. Well he’s at it again, saying I haven’t claimed my prize and telling me I 5.5 million and a 2018 Volkswagen, Lol. Anyway today called again insisted that they’re really and have sponsors to help pay this almost $800 to get my money. Then said I’m gonna send you VP’s number. Yes he used the real guys name. SMDH

    1. That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!