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

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

P.S. If you found this post helpful, why not SHARE it with a friend?

Leave your comment

Your email address will not be published.

Comments

  1. Someone by the name of David called and gave me a claim prize number and then asked me to read the claim information from one of the papers I was supposed to have detached and kept for my records. Since I did not have that detached portion I was asked to purchase a $99 vanilla or American Express gift card call them back and they would complete the claim records. I am assuming this was a scam?

    1. Hi Diane, that is definitely a scammer! Here are some facts: PCH does NOT contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Social Media. Also, you never have to pay to claim a PCH prize. Please be aware that there are many scammer that will try to take advantage of our fans. You can report them to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: https://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers: https://info.pch.com/fraud-protection-2/. Stay safe!

  2. I got a phone call yesterday and again today from someone claiming to be Dave Sayers with PCH prize patrol. It was the same voice but different phone numbers. He said I won 1st prize and to call the prize patrol to make arrangements for delivery of the prize. I know it’s a scam and didn’t call either numbers. I know PCH doesn’t call to notify of winning a major prize but how are we notified if we won a smaller prize if not by phone, email or mail?

  3. I was contacted by some one that said they were from PCH and told me I won 10,000,000,000 and a new car asked me to send them a American gift card for 385.00 then they wanted 1200.00 to bring it to me. Names were Mike Peters or Mark Keefers

    1. Hi Faith! 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!

    1. Hi Sunny, thank you for contacting PCH. If you have questions or need assistance navigating our website, please give our technical support representatives a call at 1-800-476-4724, we are open. We look forward to hearing from you.

  4. I have received a call saying because I have not giving the information they needed and I after 2 hours I gave it to them. I know it is a scam. The name they used is JENNIFER Wilson. I don’t known what to do?

    1. Hi Deborah, we’re so happy that you knew that wasn’t the real PCH who contacted you. 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!!

  5. I have received emails lately from pectrum.pch.com ( no ‘s’ ) instead of Spectrum.pch.com. Are these legit emails?

    1. Hello Nancy, 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!!

  6. Do I have to pay any taxes to get my price from PCH is there a ensure package to deliver from Washington to Texas will anybody be calling me and asking me 4 money

    1. Hi Norma, PCH is always free to enter and free to win. 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!!

  7. Someone called claiming to deliver a winning check to me as i had won the PCH SWEEPSTAKES. I figure it was a scam. PCH Members to be aware and dont fall for the scam this is the number they called from (###) ###-7717. I told the guy which sounded so promising ” I DONT SEE THE PRIZE PATROL OUTSIDE MY HOUSE SO YOU’RE A SCAMMER” immediately after that he hung up.

    1. Hi Joanna, we’re so happy that you knew that wasn’t the real PCH who contacted you. We will never ask for money to claim a prize. We also don’t notify winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. We encourage everyone to review the following Safety Tips to better protect themselves from being scammed: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Stay safe!

    1. Hello Peter, 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: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  8. Frank G just called me and gave me a Badge number and a prize number amd wanted to be sure I would be home today is this a PCH Scam?

    1. Hello Justin, 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!!