Know The Facts & Stay Safe Against Scams

It’s sad to say, but it’s a fact of life that there are people out there waiting to take advantage of those of you who hope to win a big prize. They know they can “reel you in” with phony promises!

Beware of the scammers lurking out there! You never know when they’ll strike, so it’s best to know the facts and be prepared to recognize and avoid sweepstakes scams at all costs!

The Prize Patrol Does NOT Send Friend Requests On Social Media

That’s right. We NEVER send friend requests to our fans on Facebook. Some of you have commented in the past telling us that someone sent you a friend request on Facebook saying she was Danielle from the PCH Prize Patrol. We know that these Prize Patrol impersonators can be quite convincing! Or maybe you saw on Instagram that you won a PCH SuperPrize and weren’t sure if it was real or not. It’s a good thing you question what you see! Rest assured, it wasn’t real and you could have become the victim of a scam. Remember to look for the blue check mark you’ll find to the right of pchprizepatroldanielle on Danielle’s officially verified Instagram page. That tells you it’s her REAL page.

Please watch this VERY IMPORTANT video from the PCH Prize Patrol that shows you how scammers on Facebook try to convince you that you’ve won a prize, and why it’s so important to be on your guard at all times!

PCH Winners Never Have To Pay To Claim A Prize

At PCH the winning is always FREE. You NEVER have to pay to win a PCH prize. But the scammers on Facebook and Prize Patrol impersonators want you to believe that you have to pay some kind of fee or tax to claim a prize. Don’t believe it! They are only out to steal your money! You never have to pay or send money to claim a prize!

PCH Informs SuperPrize Winners IN PERSON – Not Over The Phone Or Via Letter, Email, Etc.

The best way to award a prize is IN PERSON and we go out of our way to do it! That way we can deliver the “BIG” check and capture the winning moment. We love nothing more than to see the winner’s reaction to winning what could be a life-changing prize. We NEVER alert winners in advance and we always keep it a big surprise. So, don’t believe it when someone contacts you over the phone or on the Internet saying they are from PCH and that you’ve won. It’s simply NOT TRUE!

In general, trust your instincts! If it doesn’t feel right … it’s not right! And please be sure to report the scam incident right away by filling out our handy scam form.

Jane M.
PCH Creative

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  1. Have you ever had a winner from Dalzell, SC that was too afraid to open door? This was probably two years ago. You eventually left, without awarding it? I had people at my door proclaiming to be from pch. I did not open door. Being female, alone and due to multiple sclerosis often have mood disturbances that can include psychosis, i had to choose safety first and NOT open door. Would be a miracle if it was a true story. What an exciting and rewarding job to have. Envious…I would get dental implants!

    1. PCH and the Prize Patrol do not take awarding winners lightly; it’s very important to all of us that a winner is found and awarded their prize. If a winner is not home, the Prize Patrol will do whatever it takes to locate them. Rest assured, if you are our lucky winner, you will receive your award. On giveaway days we encourage everyone to go about business as usual. With that being said, there are many times that the Prize Patrol has surprised winners at their place of employment. They’ve also found winners in hospitals, at church, even on vacation! Check out this FAQ for more info about winners not being home:

  2. I just want the PCH & the AWESOME PRIZE PATROL w/ this picture, I just want to share at least I feel at ease knowing the organization which has a department to protect their people ( FAN’S ) gets a BIG THUMB’S UP in my book & I bet I’m not a lone, feeling this way SMILE”S BIG THX Ethel M / E.Marie

  3. I know that there are a lot of scams, hackers, others even some people use PCH Prize Patrols pictures and different names etc… I know they are not you PCH people I keep ignoring them They really need to stop. I look forward for me to be PCH winner soon 😀

  4. I’ve had two in the last month that have tried to scam me. The first one, when I refused to give him the $600, threatened to come and burn down my house and kill us. I have all the text that he sent and all the recordings that he left. I’m not easy to scam and I’m not easy to scare either. But I hate when “those” people call and try to pass their selves off as Americans and even more, when they say they are calling from PCH.

  5. There is a guy name jhosua mark said that he work there second chance winners took $ 100 dollars on I tune cards said I win $500.000 and a new car scammed me

    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: 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!