Help Stop Scammers: Never Post Your Personal Info Online!

Here at Publishers Clearing House we pride ourselves on the life-changing moments we create for our big winners when the Prize Patrol shows up with champagne and balloons in hand to award our exciting prizes! As most of you should know, we never notify our winners in advance, NEVER require any type of fee to enter ANY of our sweepstakes and NEVER ask you to send money to claim a prize.

Unfortunately, even though we do our absolute best to prevent any type of scams, they unfortunately do happen (my friend and even my own father were contacted by scammers in the past! The good news is that there are steps you can take to make it harder for scammers to try and “reel you in.” The biggest step you can take is to make sure that you NEVER post any of your personal information online. Posting ANY kind of personal information makes it super easy for scammers to contact you and (falsely) claim that you’ve won a big prize!

If you’re wondering exactly what kind of information we’re talking about, here are a few examples below.

NEVER Post The Following On ANY PCH Blog, Website, Social Media Platform (or anywhere on the worldwide web for that matter!)

  • Addresses – Trust me fans, the only people you want knocking on your door are friends, family and, of course, the PRIZE PATROL! Don’t ever post your address, a friend or family member’s address or even a work address on any blog, social media site, etc.
  • Phone Numbers – Telephone scams are on the rise and posting your number makes it that much easier for scammers to get in touch with you. Plus, you all know that PCH NEVER notifies its winners in advance, so that’s an instant red flag!
  • Social Security Number – This one is super, super important! You never want this number to fall into the wrong hands.
  • Birthdays – Posting this info is an easy way for scammers to claim they have a great birthday surprise waiting for you in the form of a big prize (which we know would be absolutely FALSE).

So, there you have it fans. These are only some examples of the kinds of information you should avoid posting anywhere online. Your security is our top priority. Knowledge is power so the more you know about preventing possible scams the better off you are! Share this important info with your friends and family and help keep them safe, too.

Of course if you think you’ve received a suspicious call, email, letter or social media message, claiming to be from PCH, please report it online using our Scam Incident Report.

Stay Safe Friends!

Victoria P.
PCH Creative

 

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  1. I thought they’d caught most of these guys – 38 of them so far but I guess there’s a lot more out there. They are actually from Jamaica SCAMMING Millions of $$ from people on fixed incomes because they’ve hacked the Social Security system and got our phone #’s. They r posing as being from PCH and are also Clone our phones to make their calls to appear from the US. Turn off ur Blue Tooth if u are out in public! I have a list of over 800 names they use and almost 900 phone #’s they r using. PCH doesn’t want them.

  2. Congrats!!!

    Your webmail was drawn a winner of (USD 850,000.00) in the recent Publishers Clearing House global
    sweepstakes email lottery. To file for claim you are hereby required to fill in your details below
    and send it to the contest department: (pchgames@eclipso.email)
    *Given Names:
    *Mailing Address:
    *Telephone:
    *Gender:
    *Age:
    Yours Sincerely
    Andrew Goldberg
    Official Winners Selection Notice received this email scam

  3. The first pop up on this site says never post your name and Adress on the internet ! Yet for me to send this reply you ask for my personal information? I’m confused about this as I have received an email saying I’m a winner I just need to download the winners form which ask for my name and Adress ? First of all it wont let me download it . Or click on the areas that habe blanks for me to fill out ? So I don’t know if I’m a winner or if this is a scam ? If it’s a scam it needs to be reported but it seems to me and several of my closest friends to be legit . If it’s not the correct officials need to know abjut it so it can be stopped immediately!

    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!

  4. Thanks for informing us about a scammer I’m being scammed by fake pch people a few times they present themselves pch members tell me I’m winning big prize

  5. Another thing to keep in mind is that caller ID is stupidly easy to spoof. Just because it might say “PCH” does not mean it is the PCH that we all know and love. Same for your local sheriff’s office, the IRS, Microsoft, etc. Stay safe!

  6. Somebody else was upset and told me that I’m going to stop sending emails to Publishers Clearing House from now on but I’m still playing to win that BIG check from the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol Team in person.