PCH Scam Warning: Please Don’t Post Your Personal Information!

Greetings, fans and friends!

Two weeks from tomorrow, our third $5,000 a week “Forever” Prize is guaranteed to be awarded – and if you win, that would mean $5,000 a week for your life, plus after that, $5,000 a week for the life of someone you choose!

Are you excited? I’ll bet you are!

And you know who else is excited about Publishers Clearing House’s life-changing SuperPrize? The scammers who fraudulently pretend to be PCH, as well as some of our ‘real’ employees! Because they know that if they can “hook one in,” they’ll probably get rich too!

We care so much about YOU, our loyal fans and friends, that we can never say it too often: PLEASE DON’T POST YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION ANYWHERE THE SCAMMERS CAN FIND IT!

PCH Scam Warning

Where can the PCH scammers find your personal information?


As PCH SuperPrize award time nears, the scammers seem to take to Facebook like bees to honey. We’ve said it many times – the PCH Prize Patrol will never send you a friend request on Facebook – and yet, unfortunately many of our fans accept these ‘fake’ requests because it just seems so real!


This includes Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.


Part of my job here at PCH is to read your blog comments, and sadly, I often see good folks like you posting personal information that could make the scammers take notice.

So, what do I mean by personal information? Here is what you need to know!

> DO NOT post your address! This goes for your home address, work address, and the addresses of any family members.

> DO NOT post your telephone number – your home number, cell number, office number or emergency contact number!

> DO NOT post your Social Security number – ever!

> DO NOT post personal information about your family members – especially your kids’ names and ages or where they go to school!

> DO NOT post any information you think the PCH Prize Patrol would need to find you! For example, one blog commenter posted the combination to the lock on his gate, so the Prize Patrol could gain entry to his property. Believe me, if the PCH Prize Patrol is looking for you, they WILL find you – the winner of our January $1,000,000 SuperPrize sure found that out!

**And this one’s VERY important!!**

> DO NOT post any information you find in a PCH mailing or email that scammers could use to their advantage. If you see any numbers on your entry-order form or in the body of an email – your I.D. number or your unique SuperPrize number – don’t post it for everyone to see! A clever scammer could come along and say, “Mr. or Ms. (insert your last name here), I see that your I.D. number for Giveaway 3080 was 1234567890! Well, congratulations! That’s the matching winner number in the PCH Sweeps, and you’ve won a million dollars!” Besides, PCH’s contest drawings are random, and posting any of your numbers will not give you an advantage to win!

Here at PCH, the safety and security of our fans, friends and customers is a top priority!

For more scam prevention tips, visit our Scam Prevention tab on Facebook.

There is also a wealth of practical advice on the Fraud Protection Page at PCH.com.

Finally, anyone who believes they have received a suspicious email with our name and logo on it may forward it, please report it using our Scam Incident Report.

Please stay safe! We really care about you!!!


Debbie K.

PCH Creative

P.S. What advice would YOU give your fellow blog readers to keep them safe from scammers? Comment below!

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  1. today I was contacted by a female on Instagram claiming that she was a winner of a PCH grant of 80,000. i played along and she gave me a number to an attorney who needs my information so the prize is given to the right person. the attorneys name is donald hodges and he said he worked with the social economic development grant. he then asked me to fill a claim form via text requesting name, address, state, phone, sex, age, marital status, monthly income, if i own a car, whats my occupation, do i own or rent a house, do i want check or cash, and reason for applying. I want to know is this a usual pricess of PCH

    1. Hello Daniel. One of the many great things about PCH is that it’s always free to enter and free to win; you never have to pay to claim a prize. Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. Often times these scammers will ask for money to claim your “prize”. If you are ever contacted by a scammer, do not give them any personal information and definitely don’t send them any money. Instead, please report all scam contacts that you receive to us via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great ways to protect yourself from being scammed. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!
      Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out this blog article for some great info about what you can do to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers

  2. Don’t believe there sweet talk. That’s a scam too. I was told I would get 2.5 million dollars I’m a retired woman and thought my husband and I could get a new home to live in and a car.i was stupid and fell for there line and got nothing but money gone overdrawn at bank and wasted our retirement checks on nothing.it makes me sick to know how stupid I was.im 74 years old and my husband is 78.i wish I had it to do all over again.dont give your money away if his name is James Carter from PCH he says.he will take your money and you will have nothing but lies.

    1. That is a scam! We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. Large prize winners are notified in person. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win! Please report any and all scams to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe!

  3. Yes I often worry about scammers getting ahold of my information but my desire to win is strong I cannot and will not give up until I win the lifetime prize which I seek

  4. I think I got a scam mail from PCH I got a check and letter saying I got to call a number how do I report it

  5. do you have a Gene Morrow working for publisher clearing house? just talked to this person saying he is giving money away on facebook. I gave them my information before I realized its a scam how do I get it back?