Here on the PCH Blog, we do our very best job to keep you safe. Unfortunately, as we’ve told you before, there are scammers out there trying to trick innocent people all over the country into thinking they have won money or prizes from PCH. One of the BIGGEST scams that victims fall for are phone calls claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. That’s why today, we’re answering the question “Are Publishers Clearing House winners notified by phone?”
The answer, of course, is NO. We NEVER notify our major SuperPrize winners by telephone that they have won. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, there’s only ONE way you’ll know if you’ve won a major prize from Publishers Clearing House – and that’s if the Prize Patrol comes to your home and hands you a Big Check!
Imagine you get a phone call from someone claiming to work at Publishers Clearing House notifying you that you have just won One Million Dollars! Exciting, right? We can imagine how tempting it would be to believe, and we know how REAL the scammer can make it all sound. But please folks, do NOT be fooled!
Always remember: PCH NEVER notifies major prize winners through the phone! If you DO receive a phone call from someone claiming that you’ve won a major prize with Publishers Clearing House, it’s a sure-fire sign that you are the victim of a scam. Another warning sign is that scammers will almost always ask you to send money to claim your prize. Don’t forget, at Publishers Clearing House, the winning is ALWAYS 100% FREE, and we NEVER ask for money to claim a prize.
So what do you do if YOU receive a scam call? Please fill out our Fraud/Scam Incident Report as soon as possible. And of course, we URGE YOU to take care of yourself and watch closely for signs of scams! Remember, phone calls aren’t the only way someone can be scammed. Scammers will also send PCH friend requests on Facebook, email, text or private message people to tell them they’ve won – in addition to sending phony letters which may contain fake checks – all other ways we NEVER communicate with SuperPrize winners.
If you remember these tips, you’ll be sure to keep yourself and your families protected from scams like these. Thanks for reading and stay safe!
P.S. Why not share this blog with your friends and family members to help keep them informed, too? Thanks for helping us in the fight against scammers!
The fraud scam is not loading. Twice since I posted on my Facebook/PCH page, I’ve gotten a message to call a phone number saying I won using a PCH picture and Danielle Lam’s name.
Hi Kim! That is definitely a scam; please be aware that PCH does not alert major prize winners through the phone, and we also don’t request any payment to receive a prize. Please report the scam 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!