PCH Scam Alert: Do Not Post Personal Information on Social Media!

Greetings, fans and friends!

Danielle Lam from the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol is looking mighty serious in the photo above. And with good reason! She wants all of you PCH fans out there to stay safe from PCH scams!

After all, the more personal information you post on social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the more information there is available for someone to use to contact you falsely claiming to be from PCH. Those scammers can be ruthless – they’ll take any information they can find about you – your address, your phone number, even your birthday – in order to contact you and claim that you’ve (falsely) won a PCH prize!

Do not post personal information on the PCH Blog!

In addition to social media, I would also like to remind you not to post personal information on the PCH Blog – which can be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet! Posting personal information on the blog could provide a PCH imposter information to use in reaching out in attempts to deceive.

What is personal information anyhow?

Let’s take a moment to talk about what I mean by personal information – the kind of information you do not want the PCH imposter scammers to get their grubby little hands on …

  • DO NOT POST YOUR ADDRESS! This includes your home address, work address, and the addresses of family members.
  • DO NOT POST YOUR PHONE NUMBER – your home number, cell number, office number or emergency contact number.
  • DO NOT POST YOUR BIRTHDAY or the birthdays of other family members. PCH scammers know that big prizes make great birthday gifts!
  • DO NOT POST INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FAMILY – especially your kids’ names and ages or where they go to school.
  • DO NOT POST PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION! This information should always remain private – and in addition, scammers often seek out the most vulnerable among us.
  • DO NOT POST ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION YOU FIND IN A PCH MAILING – whether it is an email or mail that arrives in an envelope! This includes your I.D. number, your unique SuperPrize number, or any codes or abbreviations you might find. A clever scammer might contact you and say, “Congratulations! I see that your I.D. number for Giveaway 11000, 1234567890, is the matching winning number in the PCH Sweeps, and you’ve won a million dollars!” Besides, PCH’s contest drawings are random, and posting any of your numbers will NOT give you an advantage to win!

PCH Scam Prevention Tips

Here at PCH, your security is a top priority! For more scam prevention tips, please visit our Scam Prevention tab on Facebook and our Fraud Protection page at PCH.com.

Finally, if you believe you have received a suspicious email with PCH’s name and logo on it, please report it using our online Scam Incident Report.

Stay safe, everyone!


Debbie K.
PCH Creative

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    1. I NEVER give my actual birthday on anything on the internet. If you need to confirm that I am eligible, why not just have me confirm that I am over 18? Because of this necessity, I will not be entering your contest. And I’m sure I am not the only person who feels this way.

  1. well this is very funny instead of posting information about you winners. You just send them email saying they are the next winner. This is not funny. I had family and friends near by while I was at work and nobody showed up at my address and I was so disappointed.. I hope you fix this problem. If you are going to say you going to be at that person address and email them make you should show up to surprise them. My faith and dreams went down in the toilet about this company

    1. Thank you for contacting PCH. In order for us to assist you 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 8:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you.

  2. i had call sad third party for pch sad i need to get a mortgage and tell them personal information like my iras and how much my net income is……

  3. Psh. Is a scam from the word go. I haven’t received a package or anything for the next contest.Prejudice is ugly against HISPANICS, took me 20. Plus yrs but I got it. So.DOES THE STATE ATT. GEN.

    1. PCH is not a scam. We have real winners of all ages and backgrounds. You can see them at our ‘Winners Circle,’ just click the link at the bottom right corner of our websites or you can view winner videos on our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/PCH_YouTube. Keep in mind that we do receive millions of entries but only one person can win each giveaway. However, winners are selected at random and every entry has the same fair chance. There’s no way to know who we’re going to award next so keep trying! You’ve got to be “in it to win it”. There are multiple ways to enter each day. You can see them all here: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and all who enter!!

  4. Yes, these scammers tried it with me ,2days ago, Pretending to be Danielle.on twitter. Luckily I have been a fan of PCH for many years and knew it wasn’t them. They even sent me a picture of the PCH team with a cheque made out to me. They said they we’re around the corner in the van, once I made a payment to Western Union they would deliver my winnings. Thank goodness I know exactly how the prize patrol delivers.
    I at least got a laugh out of it What stupid scammers to think I would fall into their nasty trap.