Scam Safety Tip: BEWARE Of Phony Friend Requests!

Imagine, you are sitting at your computer ready to do your daily check on your digital world. You start by checking your email, online banking, local news, head over to pch.com to enter our fantastic sweepstakes and then you check on your social media accounts when BAM, a friend request pops up from a Prize Patrol member. Now hang on there one minute before you start jumping for joy. You should immediately know that THIS IS A SCAM!

A scam you may ask? Well, you should know that no one from the PCH Prize Patrol would ever send a friend request on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! It’s just not something we do, because well, it would totally spoil the surprise of our big winning moments.

We really care about our fans and we would NEVER want you to fall victim to a scam. So, here’s a few things you should NEVER do if you receive a friend request from someone claiming to be a member of the Prize Patrol:

  1. DO NOT accept the request
  2. DO NOT interact with the scammer!
  3. NEVER provide personal information (such as your social security # or banking information).
  4. NEVER send money to claim a prize!  At PCH the winning is ALWAYS FREE!
  5. REPORT the phony request(s) ASAP with our handy Scam Incident Report form.

Now, even though we want to emphasize that the PCH Prize Patrol will NOT send a friend request, we do love our social media presence! There’s no harm at all (actually we strongly encourage it!) in interacting with PCH through our social platforms. Just make sure that you are ALWAYS interacting with verified pages. We love hearing from our amazing fans on the PCH Prize Patrol Fanpage, on our Official Instagram and PCH Twitterand, of course, right here on the PCH Blog!

So, fans, make sure that you spread the word and help keep your friends and family safe from scammers.

Stay safe and above all HAVE FUN!

Victoria P. PCH Creative

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  1. h he was scammed out of $500.00 by a person claiming he was from the prize patrol. After I sen him the $500.00 he contacted me and requested 7 checks of $5000.00 each be sent to a Orlando Fla. address.

  2. Always report phony request to scam incident report form, never send money 💰for a prize 🏆never gives up my personal information ℹ️ I do not interact with scammers I do not accept friend request I’m trying to be safe and have fun be aware of my surroundings neighbors!?😷👩🏽‍🚒👨🏻‍✈️👩🏽‍🔬🚒🚑🚓🚔🚨🏘📡🇺🇸

  3. I received a call today from someone stating they were from Publisher’s Clearing House and that I had won. They asked me was I at home or at work. I told them at work. They asked when I would be home and I said 5:30 p.m. They asked me to call them at (914) 291-0882 when I get home so they can bring my prize. I did not give them my home address or phone number. Is this a scam?

  4. Why would someone say we won and have to open a bank account to deposit the money into?They are not asking for any money and repeatedly say that there is no money involved from us