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. I have received a [hone call claiming to be Dave Sayer regarding a winning! Is this A SCAM or if not how can I speak to Mr. Sayer and verify the information? He did leave a phone number and we are in communication.

    1. 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: I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. For quite a while now when I sign into pch lotto app, the welcome screen says Welcome ALLISON! instead of welcome Robert. I can rarely play pch app and can never play pch slots app… they do not open and when they do I start getting Samsung home experience junk, thst apparently cuts off the pch spp somehow. Also I get messages that my battery is too hot and that acrobat reader or Google play store is using high amount of battery and rapid battery drain… I get a barrage of ads that take as long as sixty seconds to clear computer screen and which run after each and every play… very frustrating.

    I enjoy pch games when I can actually play them but this ridiculous. Who is Allison!k ???? Is she playing pch apps on her phone or computer on my pch accounnstead of me being able to play on mine??? Has she claimed my tokens or winnings?

    When I changed password on another program, the email my password change was being sent to for implementation of my request was not mine but a*******

    I wondered if that could be allison!k whio apparently hacks my computer. Don’t know that it is but who knows? Anyway, I am tired of getting interfered with or locked out of games. Can you do something?

    Robert F. Wayburn, Esq.

    1. We’re happy to assist you with this problem, but we are going to need some additional information to resolve this issue. Please reach out to our technical support team by clicking the link right here:, or by calling our technical team at 1-800-476-4724. We look forward to hearing from you.