Greetings, fans and friends!
Here’s what I know about you, dear fans and friends:
I know you want to win the PCH Sweeps. I know you’re trying your best to get your entries in. I know you are taking advantage of every opportunity to go for a PCH prize.
And because I always read your comments here on the blog, I sometimes see people posting their personal information online!
As much as you want to win a PCH prize, I have to be blunt:
Please do NOT post any personal information on PCH’s social media pages or on the PCH Blog!
After all, the more personal information you post here on the PCH Blog and on social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the more information there is available for some scammer to use! Scammers can be ruthless – they’ll take any information they can find about you – your address, your phone number, even your birthday – in order to contact you and claim that you’ve (falsely) won a PCH prize!
What do we mean by “personal information”?
Personal information is any kind of information scammers might use in order to deceive people into thinking they’re from the real Publishers Clearing House …
• DO NOT POST YOUR ADDRESS! This includes your home address, work address, and the addresses of family members.
• DO NOT POST YOUR PHONE NUMBER – your home number, cell number, office number or emergency contact number.
• DO NOT – EVER – POST YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER!
• DO NOT POST YOUR BIRTHDAY or the birthdays of other family members. Scammers know that big prizes make great birthday gifts!
• DO NOT POST INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FAMILY – especially your kids’ names and ages or where they go to school.
• DO NOT POST PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION! This information should always remain private – and in addition, scammers often seek out the most vulnerable among us.
• DO NOT POST ANY INFORMATION YOU FIND IN A PCH MAILING – whether a PCH email or promotional mail that arrives in an envelope! This includes your Customer I.D. number, your unique SuperPrize number, or any codes or abbreviations you might find. A clever scammer might contact you and say, “Congratulations! I see that your I.D. number for Giveaway 13000, 1234567890, is the matching winning number in the PCH Sweeps, and you’ve won a million dollars!” Besides, PCH’s contest drawings are random, and posting any of your numbers will NOT give you an advantage to win!
PCH Scam Prevention Tips
Finally, if you believe you have received a suspicious email which contains the PCH name and/or logo, please report it by forwarding the email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fans and friends, PRIVACY PLEASE! Do not post personal information on social media or on the PCH Blog. PCH scammers may be watching!
Stay safe, everyone!