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 received a voicemail saying i won second place prize in a sweepstakes and it gave me the actual publishers clearing house number and a confirmation number…i called but couldn’t get anyone….is this a scam because the good Lord knows I need it not to be..lol

    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. I was contacted by somone on my face book friends list who i thought was related to my husband, claimed they had won 100,000 dollars and saw my name on the winners list and wanted to let me know so I could make sure to collect my money. She told me I have to contact allison price by text message to register to collect my money. But the super weird part is she gave me a phone number and told me it’s her personal cell. Why would somone from a big company want you to contact them on there personal phone e and not a busness number makes no since to me. Claiming that allison price helped her to clame her money. First thing I did was google this womans name and first thing I see is this web page I did not contact this suposid allison person and I wont be because my gut told me from the beginning this was a slam. This is the phone number I was given 360)838-7778

    1. As a reminder, the real PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications to our fans over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc; and we will never ask for money to claim a prize. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. NOTHING IS FOR FREE people!!!!!!!! This would be great if we could all go to the mailbox and get 10 million dollars. Not gonna happen.

    1. Thank you so much for your support; we really appreciate your patronage! I would like to remind you that a purchase is never required to enter or to win. Every entry has the same fair chance whether a purchase is made or not. Keep trying and don’t give up. Our winners are randomly selected; there’s no way to know who we’re going to award next. There are multiple ways to enter into our many exciting giveaways. You can see all those entry options here: http://bit.ly/Enter-A-PCH-Sweeps. Good luck to you and all who enter!!

  4. My friend is disabled and she was contacted through a scammer, she lives off social security disability is on kidney dialysis sick, Her boyfriend is a traumatic brain injury patient. I helped them get into their apartment last September. Well she called me about 2 weeks ago saying they are on the streets they have no where to go. I paid for a hotel room for 7 days. She was contacted by a scammer PCH and since they are both disabled and not mentally capable of understanding this is a scam. She gave them all her last social security check and now she is homeless she couldn’t pay the rent. I am now scrambling to find them a place to live and this scammer asked for her for a copy of her social security number, has the password to her account, and her ID. He is threatening her because we had her go change her Password. They are probably going to take this next social security check and I am need help getting all this stopped to help her find a place. They will not survive living on the streets right now with all the medical issues. She just got out of the hospital

    1. Hello Collette, 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. We would like to remind everyone that 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.

  5. I have a. Man hes name is paul Washington he said he was from pch and that i won 3 million dollars and $5,000.00 a week for life. ..and someone said that she was danlle. Too. So i dont know if it’s real or not. They wouldn’t$875.00 from me. For the stamp and deliver