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Are Publishers Clearing House SuperPrize Winners Notified by Phone? NO!

Are PCH Winners Notified by Phone

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!

Dillon H.
Promotion Development

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  1. Received a call saying I won a brand new Chevy truck and 7.4 million. They did ask for money but said I needed a winning card which I do not have. He said he knew that but would have to go to Walmart or Walgreens to purchase an American Express gift card for $2.99 and present to the awards people. They would come with a check and the truck. They also asked when my bank closed. I did give them the time but not the bank name.

    1. Hi Diane! Please be careful, that’s a scammer calling you. It’s important to remember that PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Social Media. Also, if anyone asks you for money for any reason to claim a prize, you can be sure they’re a scammer. Please don’t give them any money, or any personal information! You can report them to us at this link: We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers here: Stay safe!

      1. Thank you, they did not ask for any personal info at this time. Thought it was strange for the gif card so started searching PCH scams. He said he would call back tomorrow so I will most definitely tell him not to come and that I did report it as a scam. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.

      2. Hello Diane, I am really happy that you knew that it was not the real PCH who contacted you! We never notify major winners over the phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. We would really appreciate it if you would send us the details of this scam call you received. PCH does not send private Facebook messages to our fans so please complete a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: Please be careful everyone!!

  2. Received a call from Mark Allen claiming to work for pch. We provided our email address and residential address before reading this post. He said he was going to email a document for review. When he called to verify receipt of the email, he repeated the wrong email. I gave him the correct email but advised of this post. When the document came, the notification was mispelled as well as my mother’s name. I advised of this. He asked if I was going to open the document and I told him no. He then hung up…

    1. Hello Kevin, That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. Please report the scam contact to us via the following link: I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: Please be careful everyone!

  3. 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.