PCH Scam Alert: How Can You Tell If a PCH Instagram Account Is Fake?

What you see above is a special warning from PCH Prize Patrol Elite member Danielle Lam, which she created and posted to her Instagram page. Why? Because Danielle’s REAL PCH Prize Patrol Instagram page is the ONLY one that’s officially verified. It’s the ONLY one with the blue check mark – which you can clearly see to the right of “pchprizepatroldanielle” in the image below.

In addition, here is the link to the real, verified Instagram page of the PCH Prize Patrol – the ONLY one that’s officially verified.

Beware of PCH Scammers on Instagram

Don’t be fooled by the photos and posts on Instagram of what might seem to be members of the Prize Patrol. These are FAKE. Do NOT respond to posts such as those below marked “FAKE”:

You see, fans, there are scammers out there who want to make you believe they are Danielle Lam … or Howie Guja … or Todd Sloane … or Dave Sayer … or maybe even other supposed “PCH employees.” The goal of these scammers is to make you think you’ve won a PCH prize … after which they might ask you to pay a fee or wire money in order for you to claim a fake and nonexistent “prize.”

We cannot emphasize this enough:

  1. The PCH Prize Patrol will never contact you on Instagram, Facebook or any other type of social media to tell you that you’ve won a prize. If you see a social media message telling you that you are a big winner, it is a SCAM!
  2. The ONLY way in which the PCH Prize Patrol will award a winner a major prize is to surprise the winner in person – just like you see on TV – with the “Big Check,” balloons, roses and champagne.
  3. At PCH the winning is always FREE. You NEVER have to pay to win a PCH prize!

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 these simple steps to report them to Instagram:

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

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.

Stay safe, everyone!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

Other blogs you make enjoy:
Do Not Post Personal Information on Social Media
Beware of PCH Scams on Facebook and Instagram
Beware of PCH Scams on Instagram – Top 3 Ways to Spot a PCH Scammer 

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    1. Thank you very much for reporting the scammers that have contacted you. Stopping them is a team effort and we are happy that you are doing your part. While it may be tempting, we don’t encourage you to interact with them any more than is minimally necessary. Simply tell them that you know they’re not the real PCH and hang up or disconnect your mode of contact with them. To stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook, check out this PCH Blog article: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. As a reminder, you can report scammers to PCH at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Be careful and stay safe everyone!!

  1. Got a Facebook post from Barbara McCoy of Campbell river saying I won 150.ooo dollars .thought she was a friend from childhood. Probably gave her to much information. Now am worried..she is posing as justin knotts.

    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!!

  2. I have had several instances that people try and scam me saying they are PCH. I have actually screenshotted the entire transcipt of what they have told me today, JUly 6, 2020? I would like to attach the file but I cannot find a way to attach a file. Back on May 7, I recived a call from Jamacia saying I won PCH I was told first to go to the nearest Dollar General and purchase $500 gift card before PCH got to my driveway? I told the man I dont even have $500 in my checking account that if I had won something he could take it out of the claim check. He said if I didnt gave the gift card then I would forfeit the prize. I was told this was Robert Benard. To write down package number 0227597370uF and Confirmation number 985252419601MS. When I hung up on the man, he called my cell phone number and it lit up Jamaicia. I get so aggrivated. Everybody wants to win something. Even PCH will tell you watch your mail but Ive gotten to where I dont believe winning anything is possible. Letting you know.

    1. We certainly take the issue of scams and the illegal use of our name by scammers very seriously; that’s why we regularly educate our fans on what they can do to protect themselves. Unfortunately, scammers aren’t always easy to locate since many of them operate out of country. You can do your part to help us by reporting all scam contacts that you receive. Here’s how to report scammers on Facebook: http://bit.ly/ReportPCHScamFB and all other scam contacts can be reported to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. It’s important to remember that the real PCH will never send you a private message or friend request, and we’ll never ask for money to claim a prize. I encourage you to take a look at this blog article for some great tips on how you can stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers.

    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.

  3. Well I’ve got three different ones right now telling me I won and can’t figure it out that showing me id’s and everything so now what to do

  4. I would like my prize money without delay due to bribe of buying gift cards I told them money order of hundred made it hundred fifty for fedex to deliver.

    1. Got the two twenty five dollars Fortnite 2800 V-BUCKS card showed photo gave them the code copy of receipt. Read by Judges lawenforcement team.

    2. 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.

  5. I have done this on Instagram page. Instagram a few days later said this does not fall in the guide lines of inappropriate. ? Good luck with that.
    I get PCH scammers several times a day if i go online to play PCH games on ZPCH app.

    1. Thank you for contacting PCH. We are sorry to hear that you are experiencing technical difficulties on our website. Please give our technical support representatives a call at 1-800-476-4724, we are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 11:00 pm. We look forward to hearing from you.

  6. Yes but I get a check in the mail to put in my bank from y’all to cover fees for lawyer and insurance if I won a prize from y’all or is this a scam

  7. Ok I was been on a call with a Dave Fayer he is to meet me saying I won $ 200000 and a car. Just search him up. So what do next because am to meet him tomorrow.

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

    2. Hi Mary, that is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please 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!