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.

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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. Have had 15 scam calls from pch this week alone! All asking for money! It would be great if you could buy some tv time and inform the public or call local news and get them to run a segment.

  2. I having serious trouble was supposed to get my grand prize winnings Fri July 29 at 3:00 after talking to CEO Goldberg on Thursday night claimed they were pulled over in Texas an detained talked to Sayer on Saturday he wants gift card money $1000 could someone please check into my win

    1. Hello Bian, 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!!

  3. Hi my name is Christy. Me and my husband don have been scammed by a man claiming to be from pch. We have been talking with him since the beginning of February. His name is Ronald Butterfield. Against my better judgment we believed him cause he made it a point to get to know us. We are out over 3,000 dollars. Is there anything I can do to get our money back.

    1. Hi Christy, in order to assist you with this matter, we ask that you please reach out to our Customer Service team. Our Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 11 PM & Saturday 8:30 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time: https://bit.ly/ContactPCH. Remember, 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!!

  4. Thank you for putting that information out. I keep getting emails from Win4Life Box, and was told they are affiliated with PCH. I did not give them any information. I delete and unsubscribe, but they just keep coming.

    1. Hello Sharon, 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. Thanks you for your concern, and I know the only times I Will believe , is the day you guys comes knocking on my door tto tell me im the next WINNER OF THE FOREVER PRIZE !!!!!! HEY , I BELIEVE IN DREAMS COME TRUE ,!!!!!!!!

  6. I received a call from a man saying he was Michael Anderson from PCH and that I need to be at home to make a call to him…that PCH is to bring me a monetary prize…I told him I was at work and he asked if my husband was home, can I call him.

    1. Hi Cathy! 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!!

  7. Recently contacted by these names: Thomas Taylor and Steve Harley in regard to this and recognized it as a scam of course–They mentioned an affiliation with Wells Fargo–their final offer was to deposit a check so I could give them 39k –they were very persistent even tho I continuously hung up on them–blocked the number and they gave up.

    1. Hi Nan! 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.

  8. I need to know if I won . Because I have a hacker on my phone taking every thing even my IDENTITY right now my life is flipped upside down don’t no what I’m gonna. Do to get my life back in order from these hackers putting me in deta and distroying my life my credit taking all my money so on . If you could call me or text me that would be awesome

    1. Hi Nicole! I​​​​​​n order to assist you with this matter, we ask that you please reach out to our Customer Service team. Our Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 11 PM & Saturday 8:30 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time: https://bit.ly/ContactPCH. Let me know if you need anything else!

  9. I recently believe I have been scammed. Unfortunately I went against my better judgment and so far I’m out $5000 to supposedly pay for fees Required before delivery of award. What is my recourse of action if any

    1. Hello Elizabeth, 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.

  10. Do you have a George Bishop and a John Banker that’s delivering PCH checks and you have to pay FDIC Insurance first.

    1. Hello Bessie, 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!!