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“I Was Contacted By A Publishers Clearing House Scammer!” Here’s What To Do!

PCH Fans,

Picture this… it’s an ordinary day and as you go about your daily activities you are suddenly interrupted by a phone call, letter, email, Facebook message or some other type of notification advising that you are a big Publishers Clearing House winner.

You get so excited you almost drop everything you are holding to jump in the air and begin yelling with excitement. That is of course until you remember that there are two very important things missing — the PCH Prize Patrol AND the Big Check! Yes friends, the alarms should be sounding right about now. THIS IS A SCAM!

Here at PCH we do our best to alert consumers about the latest scams. Since we love making dreams come true with our exciting sweepstakes, we hate nothing more than to learn of  fraudulent scammers contacting our loyal fans in their attempts to illegally obtain money and personal information.

So, what should you or your friends and family do if you suspect that you are being scammed? Well, the first thing is to never give out personal information or send money to the scammers! The second thing is make sure you report the scam right away using our super helpful scam form!

Remember – stay educated and know the signs of a PCH scam!  At Publishers Clearing House we NEVER contact our winners in advance. It’s ALWAYS a surprise.  To identify a scam, you should look for the following signs:

  • You were messaged on social media
  • You received a phone call telling you that you are a major prize winner at PCH.
  • You were asked to send a money card, cash, or provide the scammers with bank/personal information to claim your prize.

These are just some of the signs to watch out for. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. As a matter of fact, my own father AND one of my best friends were both contacted by PCH scammers!

I hope you found this information super-helpful. Please stay alert and make sure you always report any Publishers Clearing House scam you received. The more we know about these scammers, the better we can protect our loyal fans just like you!

Stay Alert!

Victoria P.
PCH Creative

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  1. I was called by Donald Tucker and almost believed I was a winner. I am sorry I gave him the last four digits of my social security number and my address. I finally realized this must be a scam and ended the calls.

    1. Hello Marlene, With PCH, a purchase is never required to enter or to win. Per the Official Rules and Sweepstakes Facts, a purchase or lack thereof will not affect a person’s chances of winning. The real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam contact to us 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!!

  2. I have been contacted by Donald Tucker on behalf of Publishers Clearing House, at least this is what his message claimed! I have been both text messaged and had voice messages left for me, but I do not dare ever answer! I am already aware of scammers! My Dad, the late Ken P$$$$ who was a WW2 US Air Corp veteran who suffered from dementia in his last few years was taken advantage of: A person came to his house when no one was there except him and they managed to buy his fully restored Porsche 911 for only $5,000.00! My Dad spent $6,000.00 solely for the paint job!

    1. Hi Reese! Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  3. A Agent Robert said I’m a winner. Just send them my address. My income and other information. They say it’s real. I just need to fill out information. It doesn’t ask for my bank information. But a lot of personal age gender. Is this real. I could sure use the money but I’m really nervous about this. I need to know if it’s real. Thank you.

    1. Hello Janice, 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 at your convenience. Our customer service representatives may be reached at http://bit.ly/ContactPCH. We look forward to hearing from you.

  4. I was contacted multiple times since Dec 22nd until today when I spoke to them. They gave me a phone # to call saying I want to claim my prize.

    1. Hello Sarina! That is definitely a scammer. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  5. I was contacted today 12/27/2022 by a Donald Tucker telling me I won the sweepstakes. Gave me 2 pages to do. So nervous. Calling my attorney. What can I do.

    1. Hi Margie! Please be careful, that’s a scammer. The real PCH doesn’t notify our major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask for money to claim a prize. Please report any details you have about that scam contact to us 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!!

  6. I have been receiving calls from a Donald Tucker, And he claims to be with PCH, and that I have been chosen to be a winner of $1 million, $ 7,000 a week for life, and a 2022 Mercedes vehicle.

    1. Hi Paul! 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: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  7. I fear my mother in law is being scammed. The supposed name calling her is Mike Anderson. He is calling her numerous times per day, asking for money, saying she needs to pay the carrier to deliver her prizes. We think she believes this person.

    1. Hello Melinda! That is not the real PCH calling; 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 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: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

    1. Hi Alfred! Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: https://bit.ly/FraudProtection2. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.