5 Ways To Know If It’s A Publishers Clearing House Scam!

4_5_Spot A Publishers Clearing House Scam


Publishers Clearing House is the REAL deal― a legitimate sweepstakes company that has awarded more than $225 Million in Cash and Prizes so far! Unfortunately, sometimes criminals try to cash in on our good name and trick unsuspecting people like you with Publishers Clearing House Scams. While they may be convincing, here are 5 foolproof ways to know for sure if an offer is from the REAL PCH — or if it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam.

1. If you’re required to wire or pay any amount of money in order to claim a prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. PCH sweepstakes are ALWAYS FREE to enter, and there is never any fee associated with winning.

2. If you’re asked to load up a Green Dot MoneyPak  or other money transfer card, in exchange for claiming your prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Again, PCH will NEVER ask you to pay a cent to collect a prize.

3. If someone tries to contact you in advance regarding a prize delivery, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam! After all, that would ruin the surprise! For decades, our Prize Patrol has captured the elated reactions of surprised winners and used them in our nationally-televised commercials. You’ll know you’re a big PCH winner if you see the Prize Patrol at your front door holding a “Big Check” with your name on it!

4. If someone calls you on the telephone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and says you have won, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Do NOT give them any personal information!  As stated above, the Prize Patrol awards all our Big Prizes in person and would never call you to update any personal information in our files.

5. If someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House tries to send you a friend request on Facebook, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Even if they are using the name and photo of a prominent PCH employee  ―do NOT believe them. Our PCH employees and official PCH Prize Patrol Fan pages will never private message you on Facebook.

So fans, keep these 5 tips in mind, and you’ll be protected against Publishers Clearing House Scams. If you have more questions about whether something is legitimate or a scam, please visit our FAQ page. And if you’ve been contacted by a scammer, please fill out a Scam Incident Report.

And remember, you can’t WIN if you’re not IN! So, keep entering the PCH Sweepstakes daily.

All the best!


Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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  1. Received a call from someone claiming to be Deborah Holland. Said I won 2.5 million. Supposed to buy Amazon gift card for $100 prepaid with a code on back.

  2. Got a call from Mr. John Green – letting me know that I was the prize winner of Publisher Clearing House sweepstakes for 2020. 2.5 million to receive $7 Thousand the 21st of each month for life – a car full paid insurance with Geico gas for 5 years, shop and go card. Four people will be coming to present the prize Debra Holland, David Sayer, Wendy Smith, and then Mr. Harvey himself. ohohohoh I just need to pay $400 for shipping and handling. Told them to take the money from the prize money he hung up. Hey I want my weekly payout and my card!!

    1. Hello Dorothy, 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: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. My Mom said she got a call from “PCH Winner” (showing on Caller ID) 516-360-3428 and told her she won 2nd place. Is this legit?

    1. I just got the very same call, supposedly from a David Taylor, prize patrol manager. Yeah, right. Especially since I’ve never entered the contest!

  4. would you get a phone call if you won third place. I just got one saying I won third place and the prize is $750,000 and a Mercedes. ?

    1. The friend request and private message you received was not from the real Todd. We don’t contact our fans privately on Facebook. 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. I also encourage you to take a look at this PCH Blog for info on how you can stop scammers from contacting you: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Stay safe everyone!!

  5. I was contacted by a man claiming to be a PCH representative (LARRY IMANKEWI) on Facebook message an told I to had winnings to collect after a bit of conversation I was told I had a choice of winnings depending on what I was willing to pay to get it.(RED FLAG) I promptly asked him how stupid did he think I was among other choice phrases that I wont mention due to content. Now would you believe this guy had the nerve to argue with me and even told me he was going to report me.lol another thing he did was wrote some of his words in Spanish (2RED FLAG) I could go on but hope it helps someone else out.

    1. 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!