Beware of Publishers Clearing House Scams!

Hello, Friends and Fans,

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We at Publishers Clearing House want to bring all of you a very important message today – one that we cannot emphasize strongly enough. Please be aware that there are scammers out there claiming they represent Publishers Clearing House. Unfortunately, these scams are especially prevalent right now – when the real PCH is about to award one lucky individual a life-changing SuperPrize.

As much as we try to warn unsuspecting individuals about the difference between the real Publishers Clearing House Sweeps and an illegitimate scam, we too often learn about good, honest folks like you going through some unfortunate experiences. That is why we would like to alert you to 4 important warning signs to be aware of to help you spot the scammers and their deceitful tricks.

 How to Spot Publishers Clearing House Scam

payme1. If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH, and tells you that you’ve won a prize award – then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize – STOP!  You have not heard from the real PCH. IT’S A SCAM! At Publishers Clearing House the winning is always free and you NEVER have to pay to claim a prize award.

 

 

email2. If you receive an email notifying you that you have won a major prize in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, DON’T BE FOOLED: IT’S A SCAM! Publishers Clearing House does NOT send e-mails notifying consumers that they have won a major prize. If you win a major prize in our sweepstakes (like our February 28th SuperPrize), you’ll know when the Prize Patrol shows up at your door with the Big Check.

 

 

2_25_Phone Scam3. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and are asked to send money, pay a fee or pre-pay taxes to enter, collect or claim a sweepstakes prize, DON’T BE FOOLED: IT’S A SCAM!  You have not heard from the “real” Publishers Clearing House. The call you received was most likely from a fraudulent sweepstakes scam operation. Again, at Publishers Clearing House the winning is always free.

 

friendrequest4. If someone from Publishers Clearing House sends you a friend request on Facebook, DON’T BE FOOLED: IT’S A SCAM!  The Prize Patrol will NEVER send friend requests to you on Facebook. Moreover, the PCH Prize Patrol members (Danielle Lam, Dave Sayer, and Todd Sloane) never send private messages on Facebook. In addition, PCH does not notify its winners through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media website.

 

These are the ONLY legitimate Prize Patrol pages on Facebook:

Danielle Lam PCH Prize Patrol
Dave Sayer PCH Prize Patrol
Todd Sloane PCH Prize Patrol

For more PCH Facebook scam prevention tips, please watch this video from Prize Patrol member Danielle Lam.

If you feel you have been the victim of a Publishers Clearing House Scam, please report it immediately using our Scam Incident Report.

And don’t be embarrassed to report anything suspicious – the scammers have even tried to fool our own employees!

As always, you should always verify the information in any winner notification you may receive before making any risky moves. And if you ever have any questions, let us know! We’re more than happy to help!

Stay safe everyone, and good luck on February 28th, when we announce our next SuperPrize winner!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

Other blogs you may like:
A Personal Example of a Publishers Clearing House Scam

Publishers Clearing House Scam Prevention Tips from Danielle Lam

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  1. Hello, I got an email from a Nick McCree with an attachment from the IRS. The IRS letter had my husband’s name on it. It said he had won 3.5 mil, etc… Then there was a phone call, which my husband took. The phone number listed waThe asked for the bank and waned the tracking number and account number. if it hadn’t been because I became very loud and told him to hang up, I think we would have been scammed! The name for the phone number was Publishers clea.

    1. Hi Susanne, we are so sorry to hear that you were scammed! 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: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  2. HOW COME YOU HAVE TO HAVE 99 QUESTIONS A DAY.
    THEN THEGAMES EACH TAKE HOURS TO DO.
    PEOPLE DO HAVE LIFES TO GO ON WITH .
    JUST WANT TO GET TO THE BLACK DIAMOND .THEN QUIT. NO ONE WINS ANYTHING ANYWAY .

    1. Thank you for contacting PCH. Please give our technical support representatives a call at 1-800-476-4724, we are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. We look forward to hearing from you.

  3. I got this msg on Pintrest and want to check that it is not a scam.CONGRATULATIONS🤗 YOU WON THE PCH.COM ON BEHALF OF THE PCH SEARCH&WIN SWEEPTAKES WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS A RANDOM WINNER FOR OUR PCH FAN PRIZE, PLEASE TEXT THE CLAIM AGENT ON +1(631) 503-1921 TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE!!

    1. Hi Melissa, we are so sorry to hear that you were scammed! Did you report it to us? If not, 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: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  4. Hallo
    My name is Teresa Havelick
    Receiving many calls
    They ask me for my bank account my social security number or sending there money for the taxes so they can send to me my pseudo winner ticket
    Now I received a call from 15162606277
    They telling me I was selected they give to me a some numbers

    7521vF
    And 15162606277

    There is so many calls like that
    How I can make them stop bothering me I’m really tired with the nasty calls

    1. Hi Teresa, we are so sorry to hear that you were scammed! 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: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  5. What about PCH making me go 22 miles to get a Post Office Report on a “Bill”! that I had PAID! but they did not receive at that time! I had to SPEND MORE MONEY getting a Tracing Report,Cost of FAXING and Mailing all information to PCH and with more than 100 Miles use of FUEL and MY TIME which was HOURS!! All This Just For PCH which has me thinking that PCH IS A SCAMMING BUSINESS!! and Publishers Clearing House still has NOT ANSWERED MY QUESTIONS of Why Do I have To spend More Money Trying To Solve the PCH Problems of (TRUST!!)

    1. Thank you for contacting PCH. We kindly ask that you contact us by phone at your convenience. Our customer service representatives may be reached at 1-800-566-4724 between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you.