Beware Of PCH Scams On Instagram – Top 3 Ways To Spot A PCH Scammer!

Hello, PCH friends. Not long ago, we introduced you to the NEW Official PCH Instagram page. We’re so excited to share what’s been happening at PCH with our fans on Instagram, and we’re getting more followers all the time. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed that scammers have been pretending to be from Publishers Clearing House and have even been impersonating members of the Prize Patrol on Instagram, with the intent of scamming innocent people. That’s why I’m writing to tell you to beware of PCH Scams on Instagram. Here are the top 3 ways to spot a PCH Scammer on Instagram.

How To Spot A PCH Scam

#1 Look For The Checkmark, In The Right Place!

Our Official PCH Instagram Page is verified. (You can easily tell if a page is verified if it has the blue checkmark.) And this is important, the checkmark should be located right next to our name, Publishers Clearing House. We’ve seen scammers add a checkmark to our logo to try to impersonate PCH, but only our Official PCH Instagram place has the official checkmark in the right place.

#2 PCH Will NEVER Ask You To Pay Money To Claim A Prize!

At PCH, all of our sweepstakes are FREE to enter and FREE to win! Under no circumstances will PCH ask a winner to pay to claim a prize. In the past, scammers impersonating PCH have asked their victims to wire them money, or send a pre-paid Green Dot Money Card before their prize can be awarded. That would NEVER happen at PCH.

#3 PCH Will Never Contact You Through A Direct Message.

PCH NEVER contacts winners through direct messages on Instagram, or any social media channels, for that matter. At PCH, we surprise all our BIG winners by showing up at their door. If you receive a direct message on Instagram, it is not from us. If someone pretending to be from PCH asks you to call or send an email to contact them back – don’t do it!

You Can Help Report PCH Scammers On Instagram!

If you are contacted by a scammer pretending to be from PCH, do not accept their request, and do not contact them directly. What you can do is follow the simple steps below to report them on Instagram.

  1. On the scammer’s page, click the three dots on the upper right.
  2. Click
  3. Click Its Inapropriate.
  4. Click I believe this account violates Instagrams community guidelines.
  5. Click Report Account.
  6. Click This profile is pretending to be someone else.
  7. Click A celebrity or public figure.
  8. Then, you’ll get a screen asking who is being impersonated. Type Publishers Clearing House.

Beware Of PCH Scams

Friends, if you are an Instagram user, I hope you’ll follow and enjoy our new Official Instagram Page.  Please beware of PCH Scams on Instagram. Staying safe is easy once you know the ways to spot a PCH scammer!

Have a great day!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

Other Blogs You Might Enjoy:
Welcome To The Brand New PCH Official Instagram Page
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  1. I think someone on Instagram is impersonating Daniel Lam their name on Instagram is danello Nikki they say they work for publishers clearing house and that I want a million dollars and they put me through to a person named Williams Taylor that works for a fedex they want me to send money on like esteem cord they needed my info I gave them my driver’s license that a dummy I should not have done that they are asking for me my says show security number with me holding the cord I never did it he wanted the know my phone company that hem of phone through my bank and everything I’m never gave him that and how I pay for my phone bill I never gave them that but I did give him my address and my driver’s license a pic of the front and back of it I was stupid I should not have done that

    1. 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. 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: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. An account is pretending to be my dad, setting up a fake account on Instagram with the same profile picture of him and is messaging everyone he follows. What should I do? I’ve reported it and heard nothing back. The account asks if we have heard the good news that the government has approved PCH to give away money to help with the pandemic and claims he was given $20,000. Please help, the account is messaging members of my family and family friends and using bad language to a lot of people.

    1. The friend request and private message you received was not from the real Todd. We don’t contact our fans privately on Facebook. Scammers are very sneaky and will use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people; stopping them is a team effort so please report any and all scam contacts you receive to PCH at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to take a look at this PCH Blog for info on how you can stop scammers from contacting you: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Stay safe everyone!!

  3. So I have 2 scammers on Instagram telling me that I have win a lot of money and I have been playing along with them but I’d love for you to find them so this is the guys on Instagram Todd Sloane and next Dave Seyer I’m going to keep playing with them till Monday morning or so,,,,Till someone from your office can maybe look into it,,,Because I know it’s not publisher Clearing house Because I’ve never win nothing in my life so that is why I’m I’m texting you about this and maybe you’d like to stop this before they take someone money from them,,,yours truly Steven A.Coburn,,Nashua NH

    1. 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!

  4. Several days ago you sent a check to PayPal who was supposed to send it to my bank. it never arrive,
    I sent you my rendition of what happened
    The hacker got into your system found what customer was to receive a large check. he then intercepted the transaction, went to the customers account and stopped all emails, and went to his security program and changed the password so that the customer could not get rid of him. HE THEN WENT BACK TO PCH AND removed the CUSTOMERS INFO.so when
    I called to report the missing check, I was told that I was not a customer..My daughter then mailed my iPad to you so that you could check my emails to see that
    I was a customer and to determine what
    I had won. I have not heard a word from you, have not had a check delivered. tomorrow I will go to my lawyer and file a claim against you. The claim will be twice the amount that you owe me since
    I have lost much sleep and weight worrying about the situation.you should at least talk to me. and never mail me another check, always hand deliver it,
    I have since won more games.please put a trace on the transaction and report the hacker to the authority’s .
    Lots for luck and hope that you can find the money or replace it. sorry about all of this and my spelling and typing. I am 89 years old and am disabled and have stiff fingers so Isometimes hit hewrongkeys. thank you.

    1. Thank you for contacting PCH. In order for us to assist you with your question we will need a bit more information. 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 11:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you.