Will PCH Contact Me Via Social Media If I Win A Prize?

We love to see the look of surprise on the faces of our major prize winners!  We award our winners just like you’ve seen on TV.  However, we never notify major prize winners via social media!

Some things are so important that they bear repeating – Publishers Clearing House will never contact a major prize winner via social media.

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Some people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but we believe quite the opposite when it comes to unscrupulous scammers trying to defraud our faithful fans and friends.

As a member of the Creative group, I can personally vouch for the tremendous amount of work that goes into creating PCH’s mail packages, emails, giveaways, games, apps, and more.  Unfortunately, scammers are doing their best to mimic our materials, and make every effort to take advantage of our fans through the relative anonymity of the Internet.

While we continue to work with law enforcement agencies to root out scammers and put an end to their criminal ways, there are a few things you can do to help keep yourself safe; specifically,

  • Never accept a Facebook friend request from Publishers Clearing House. If you get a friend request – even if it looks like it’s coming directly from the Prize Patrol – beware – it’s a scam!
  • Don’t engage in Twitter or Instagram conversations with people pretending to be from PCH. We will never contact you this way.
  • Never respond to a note claiming that you’ve won a prize but in order to claim it – you must send payment of some type. Every PCH giveaway is free to enter and win.  We never ask for payment of any kind to claim a prize!
  • Always make sure you’re on the real PCH Fan Page on Facebook. It’s the only one with the blue checkmark.
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The real Facebook page is on top, with the blue checkmark. The rest are scammers.

After years of entering PCH giveaways, wouldn’t it be absolutely thrilling to get a personal email from one of the Prize Patrol members informing you that you’ve won big? The Prize Patrol would never contact you directly through any social media outlets.  So, the email did NOT come from the real PCH Prize Patrol!  The email came from a scammer who hopes to take advantage of you through deception.  At PCH we work extremely hard to prevent such contacts!

There you have it, friends. We’ll remain ever vigilant in our efforts to protect you from scammers.  Remember, PCH never notifies major prize winners by Social Media!  Our major prize winners are surprised just as you see on TV… the PCH Prize Patrol arrives unannounced with flowers, balloons and the big winning check!

All the best,

Russell S.
PCH Creative

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  1. Hello, my name is Rebecca Gillespie and I wanted to let you know that someone on Twitter just wrote me and said I’m a winner of $7000 a week for life and I won $10,0000 Dollars. And they asked me for my number and email address. I didn’t give anything to them. I already know if I was to win they would come to my door. This person name on Twitter is Danielle Lam with number 77241505 I want to report this person please. Thank you.

    1. 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!

  2. Really why would I have to shell out $600 if someone was about to give me a prize of $7000 for lo life?

    Due to the fact that your winnings is over 1 million dollars by US Law you as our grand prize winner will have to get a US Clearance Receipt registered and completed at a 1% State to State Tax charge which covers the Shipping and Handling expense of your winnings ok dear which as said you will have completed at any available local store outlet for completion ok dear.

  3. Today my husband received a call from a gentleman named Joe Johnson saying that he was the General Manager of Publisher Clearing House. And tried to proposed a deal to him . He statement that he had won $55,000 for life, a Mercedes. All he had to do was to send him $700.00. Well, later we discovered that it was all a fraud. These are the kind of people that are scamming others by doing this. I thought you would like to know.

  4. I was contacted on Twitter this morning by someone pretending to be Danielle they said I had won a prize from @pchDan94870996 I knew something was not right because PCH doesn’t tell you you have to call to claim your prize.

    1. 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. 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!