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. Hi debbie ive been playing for months my questions question is do u all send out sweepstacks and pchloto scratch off tickets because ive been getting emails say i have until midnight to claim my prize and ordering stuff does the real pch do that because i have over 26 million tokens

  2. I just received this email today .I believe it’s a scam.

    Publishers Clearing House
    Jan 7 at 3:40 AM

    Message body

    Congratulation on (winning) 850,000.00 USD in our 2018 PCH (Lotto)
    Kindly send your contacts to


    *Given Names:
    *Mailing Address:

    Kristin Cooke
    Official Notification
    © Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House All Rights Reserved

    1. Hi Helen. We are really happy that you knew that it was not the real PCH who contacted you! We never notify major winners over the phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. We ask that you please complete a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: There are a lot of scammers out there who use the good name and reputation of PCH, as well as the names of those of us on the Prize Patrol. Please be careful everyone!!

  3. I realize PCH wants to make money off of everyone that enters but REALLY. You can’t even enter without being bombarded by – Subscribe to this! Buy this!. How about thinking about those that have NO interest in your products what-so-ever. Put something like – Click here to only enter to win. And then NO MORE ADS! You can email me. I get SPAM all the time and I know exactly what to do with it. If I don’t see this comment on this website in a reasonable amount time, i will assume that you NEVER allow ANY negative comments that hit the nail on the head.

    1. Hi Way. While our sweepstakes are designed to create interest in our magazine and merchandise offers, it clearly states in all of our mailings that there is no purchase necessary to enter or win any of our sweepstakes. The majority of our SuperPrize million dollar giveaways have won as a result of a non-order entry. We really mean it when we say that there is no purchase necessary. Advertisements allow us to keep our website content free and help furnish our prizes but you’re not obligated to respond to them. You may choose the skip or ignore the ads and this will not affect your entries in anyway. Keep entering the PCH sweepstakes! Check out this FAQ to learn about all of the great ways you can enter daily:

    1. Thank you for contacting PCH. 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.