No Matter How Real It Looks, It’s A PCH Impostor Scam!

Greetings, fans and friends,

Here’s an important PCH impostor scam alert for you:

Scammers can make Facebook friend requests look pretty convincing but take our word for it – they’re still scammers!

Take a look at the accounts listed above. They appear to be from real members of the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol – Todd Sloane, Danielle Lam and Dave Sayer – but they’re not! They’re all FAKE!

The bigger issue here is that ALL friend requests on social media – Facebook and Instagram – “claiming” to be from the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol, or any employee of Publishers Clearing House, are FAKE no matter how real the name of the page or the photos on the page seem.

 If you receive a friend request from the PCH Prize Patrol, it is a PCH IMPOSTOR SCAM!

To repeat, members of the PCH Prize Patrol will never “friend request” you on social media. If you receive a friend request from the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol, DO NOT accept it. It is a SCAM! PCH does not send friend requests to anyone, for any reason.

In fact, please take a look at this helpful video on how to actively prevent friend requests from scammers.

 If someone asks you to pay a fee to claim a “prize,” it is a PCH IMPOSTOR SCAM:

After sending you a friend request on social media, the next thing a scammer might do is to ask you to pay or wire money to claim a PCH “prize” that you’ve “won.” Remember, at PCH the winning is ALWAYS FREE! You never have to pay a fee of any kind to claim a PCH prize!

If someone tries to contact you on social media to declare that you are a BIG “winner,” it is a PCH IMPOSTOR SCAM!

PCH does not use social media to contact SuperPrize winners in advance! If someone contacts you in any way – whether it’s on social media, by phone, by email or by mailing you a letter or postcard – saying that they are coming to award a prize, they are NOT from the real Publishers Clearing House. PCH would never notify a winner in advance – that would ruin the surprise of the winning moment!

Do YOU think you’ve been the victim of a PCH impostor scam?

If you believe you’ve been contacted by a scammer, please do not hesitate to fill out our Scam Incident Report immediately!

At PCH we love our fans and we want you all to:

Stay safe …
Enter for free …
Have fun …
And maybe – just maybe – even win BIG someday soon!

Best of luck,

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

Other blogs you may enjoy:

Know The Facts & Stay Safe Against Scams

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

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

P.S. There are plenty more PCH blog posts on scams – simply type the word “scam” into the search box at the top of your screen (hit the magnifying glass icon if you’re on a mobile device). You’ll find lots of helpful information on how to avoid scams.

 

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  1. Good afternoon, please check this site on Twitter,Todd
    @Todd72681671
    Published Clearing House
    @HousePublished
    I believe this is not areal site.
    Please let me know with the results.
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Norm! That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. Publishers Clearing House

    Nov 16 at 2:46 PM

    Congrats!!!
    Your email emerged winner of (USD $850,000.00) in the recent Publishers Clearing House global
    sweepstakes email lottery. To claim your win you are hereby required to fill in your details below
    and email it to the contest department: pchlottowinalert@usa.com
    *Given Names:
    *Mailing Address:
    *Telephone:
    *Gender:
    *Age:
    Yours Sincerely
    Deborah Holland
    Official Winners Selection Notice

    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!

    2. This is what I got in e-mail.
      Congrats!
      We are pleased to announce to you that your e-mail was drawn a winner in the recent Publishers Clearing House
      global sweepstakes e-mail lottery. The prize you have won is (USD $850,000.00). To file for claim you are
      required to fill in your details below and send it to the contest department email pchlotto@emailasso.net
      Given Names:
      Mailing Address:
      Telephone:
      Gender:
      *Age:
      Yours Sincerely
      John Carpenter
      Chief Financial officer
      Official Winners Selection Notice

      ———————————————-
      © Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Rights Reserved.

      NOTE: DO NOT REPLY******** THIS IS AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE********
      ALL REPLIES SHOULD BE SENT TO: pchlotto@emailasso.net

  3. I get two to four phone calls every day from a person claiming that I have won a big prize (several millions) in the PCH sweepstakes. Question; does pch ever call you to tell you that you have won???

    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!

    2. No they never call and tell you! They come to your house 8 weeks after you’re notified that’s their only form of notification. Hope this helps!!

  4. You’re friends on Facebook
    Works at PCH Publishers Clearing House
    Lives in Califon, New Jersey
    FRI 9:41PM

    You are now connected on Messenger.
    7:08AM
    You waved at Danielle!
    6:30PM

    Hello this is Danielle lam and I am PCH CEO congratulations you’ve just won the PCH you’ve won 1 million dollars and a 2018 white Mercedes Benz congratulations congratulations!!!

    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!

  5. I have been speaking on the phone to a man who claims to be Michael Collins & claims I am a big winner. He asks lots of questions and now requests $3500.00 cash be sent Fedex. According to your guidelines, this is a scam. Please advise ASAP.
    Thank you,
    Janet Bieri

  6. sorry i cant buy anything i had a bad accident i now wear a prosthetic and when i win i will buy some for the children who:s parents cant afford them prosthetics thanks don delli