How To Avoid Sweepstakes Scams!

For decades, the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes has been synonymous with winning. After all, we award BIG prizes and make dreams come true like no one else. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who use the allure of a sweepstakes to try to swindle innocent people and line their own pockets. Because PCH is a reputable sweepstakes company, scammers have been known to try to impersonate us and take advantage of our good name. This is completely unacceptable! That’s why PCH partners with law enforcement and spends a lot of time on social media to help educate fans on how to avoid sweepstakes scams!

Avoid Sweepstakes Scams

While scammers might go to great lengths to seem legitimate, there are some foolproof ways to spot a scam every time. The biggest warning sign of a sweepstakes scam is if payment of any kind is requested. While that might seem obvious, scammers have no shortage of ways to spin their lies.

You know the old adage about death and taxes? If you are lucky enough to win a Publishers Clearing House SuperPrize, of course you will need to pay taxes on your prize. But, that is between you, your accountant and Uncle Sam. A legitimate sweepstakes company, like PCH, will NEVER ask winners for money to cover taxes on a prize. If someone tells you you’ve won a sweepstakes, but need to give them money for taxes before you can collect your winnings, you have been contacted by a scammer.

Processing and handling fees are a part of life, right? Not if you’re talking about the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Scammers might tell you that you’ve won a big prize, but in order to collect it, you must first wire money for processing fees. (Or put money on a Green Dot Money Card, or other cash card.) If that happens, DON’T DO IT! Publishers Clearing House, and all legitimate sweepstakes, are absolutely free to win, with no processing fees required!

Additionally, scammers often try to get personal information from victims that they can use for their own gain. NEVER give out personal information like your bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or even your drivers license number to someone you don’t know. If you have more questions on how to avoid Sweepstakes scams, check the links below. We have lots of other blog posts on this important topic! If you think you’ve been contacted by a scammer, please fill out a Scam Incident Report.

Stay safe, friends!

Elaina R.
PCH Creative

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  1. I received a letter stating that it was from pch and that i had won $2,600.000.00 dollars , and to get in contact with a Kevin Johnson, with my winners number.383708. This letter was from a Mike Freeman Marketing Manager. Please contact me with any information to this matter. Thank you so very much. Sincerely Carolyn Terry

  2. I received a call today saying that the caller was the CEO of PCH, Mr Goldberg. He was calling from Washington DC to tell me I had won $5.5 million dollars, a Mercedes Benz and also $5000 a month for life. He did not ask for any SSN or personal information, But supposedly transferred me to the IRS. A woman at the “IRS” gave me a Bar code and transferred me back to the original “Mr. Goldberg.” He then asked me what color of Mercedes Benz I would like and the type of seating material and the color. I guess I was asking too many questions because he had an odd accent. He said his father was from India, but it was not an Indian accent since I taught many students from the Indian sub continent over my career. Also I found a picture of Mr. Goldberg and he certainly did not look like he was of Indian heredity.
    He was just about to talk to me about insuring the car which was to arrive in a week. The money was to arrive on this Saturday, April 11, 2020. The reason he was contacting me by phone was because we are all in Quarantine.
    He finally said I was acting like he was a criminal or something and I could call his phone number if I really was interested in the prize.

    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: I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!