The Prize Patrol NEVER Contacts Winners On Social Media

Hey friends and fans,

Who would have thought that ten years ago sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter would be a part of our daily life? And haven’t social media platforms like these made life a lot easier? We’re better informed, we’re better connected, we no longer need to attend high school reunions to see how our former classmates are doing — all in all, some wonderful things! But here’s an important PCH reminder: the Prize Patrol NEVER contacts winners on social media to tell them about their prize!

As the Prize Patrol team loves to share updates — live footage from the road, the inside workings of PCH, or even just fun memes — they of course have social media profiles! Danielle, Howie and Matt are very active on Instagram! However, for a number of reasons, the Prize Patrol does not add, friend, or follow fans – EVER, and they definitely do NOT message them!

First of all, you know PCH is famous for its big winning moments, where we give lucky winners the surprise of a lifetime! If we were to message the winners before it happened, wouldn’t that spoil the surprise? And you best believe our winning moments are made out of genuine reactions. So, we never contact winners in advance!

“But Will,” you may ask, “what if I won a smaller prize? The Prize Patrol can’t possibly visit every winner of the daily tournament at PCHgames! Won’t they let me know I won?” All PCH prizes are delivered by Express mail, UPS or by the Prize Patrol. We absolutely will not contact you via social media if you’re a winner (or even if you’re not, for that matter).

The reason we take this so seriously is because unfortunately, there a lot of scammers out there. Fans like you are so dedicated and so hopeful that your life can change, and some people want to take advantage of that kindness and enthusiasm. Since social media is relatively new, we’re still adjusting to the digital landscape, so we sometimes see a fake profile or message and hope it’s the big break we’ve been waiting for.

This is the easiest way to know you’re receiving a fake PCH message on social media: they’re all fake. No need to question if a message received from the Prize Patrol on Instagram or Twitter is the opportunity to change your life — now you know it is surely a scam.

If you’re still feeling doubt — don’t. But to ease your mind, there are a few things you can do to really make sure that any Prize Patrol direct contact on Instagram or Twitter is a scam (and again, and I cannot stress this enough all of it is). The first thing you can do is check the user’s profile: all PCH accounts are verified, which means the account will have a little blue checkmark next to it. If you’ve received a message telling you that you are a winner from an account without a blue checkmark, you know it’s a scam. (And I promise you, you will not receive such a message from an official PCH account because we do not contact fans on social media.)

The absolute biggest red flag — and this is from the worst scammers — is any message which asks for your personal information or, even worse, money. Do not give out information to strangers on the internet, and definitely do not send money. At Publishers Clearing House the winning is always FREE.

Like I said, friends, I take this VERY seriously: the thought of your excitement being used to trick you out of money is horrifying. So, if you receive a direct message from someone claiming to be from PCH on social media, remember, it’s a scam!

We want YOU to have the best fan experience here at PCH, so feel free to check out some more of our scam prevention information! And if you think you see suspicious online profiles impersonating PCH, you can always reach us here so we can help put a stop to it!

Thank you!

Best,

Will F.
PCH Creative

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  1. I have been followed by two scammer on Twitter saying they are Dave And another Danielle. Both saying I won $2,5 million, $5k a week for life and a new vehicle. They each wanted info, fill out questions and pay for me to pay for authorization for the money, $499 and $600. Oh, Dave wanted to pay off my credit card and student loans. Kept insisting for my info.
    Danielle provides photos and a DL. Obliviously fake. Who would allow me to have their address.
    Don’t be taken in.

    1. That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

    1. That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. I was contacted on messenger by someone claiming to be Dave from PCH on Saturday. I POLITELY told him that it’s a SCAM and that PCH DON’T CONTACT WINNERS PERIOD. HE EVEN PROVIDE ME A CLAIM CODE I JUST TOLD HIM THAT IT WASN’T REAL.

    1. The friend request and private message you received was not from the real Todd. We don’t contact our fans privately on Facebook. Scammers are very sneaky and will use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people; stopping them is a team effort so please report any and all scam contacts you receive to PCH at this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to take a look at this PCH Blog for info on how you can stop scammers from contacting you: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Stay safe everyone!!

  3. I just received a call from Michael Washington stating that I have won 2nd prize in the PCH. 2.5 Million and a 2019 Mercedez Benz. He says I need to get a cashier check for $3,700 made payable to the accountant at the IRS (they will give me the name when I call back). He gave me a phone # of (876) 565-8012. I must hurry because they want to deliver the check to me tomorrow and I must have a receipt from the post office showing I have sent the cashiers check before they will deliver the check to me.

    Is this a fraud!

    1. That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. I sent a letter to Mrs. Debra Holland concerning my SCAM experience. Emily Johnson responded suggesting I contact you to report my SCAM experience. Following the February award date, I received a call from 213-328-1905. The caller started in with the congrats, etc., and finally after about thirty minutes of instructions on how to claim my prize, The caller told me to get $1,650 in large bills, package these in a magazine inside a large envelope. Go to UPS and obtain a receipt and mail the package with the money and the UPS receipt to 62 Cambridge St, APT 3B, East Orange, NJ 07018 marked for Shanaskie Haddad. If I had questions later, Contact Andrew Goldberg at EXt 5 at the above number. I informed the SACM Instructor that If he showed up at my door with the Cashiers Check, I would gladly pay the $1,650. I checked the address on line and there may not be an Apt 3B.

    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 11:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Today I was just contacted about winning a 2.8 million dollar prize and a Mercedes and this is starting to annoy me. This is the second time I have been contacted by someone claiming to be apart of this organization and it is causing me emotional distress. I am a middle class citizen trying to do what I can to pay my bills and stay afloat and I keep getting put on this emotional roller coaster by people claiming to be apart of this organization. What upsets me the most is that I actually do play PCH and have for years and I downloaded the PCH app from google play and it was verified. So my question is how are you all going to stop things like this from happening to people because everyone needs money and they play in hopes to win. When you get a call like that you feel that your life changes at an instant and get rushed with all types of emotions. This is causing people distress and NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED!

  5. Just so you know – A man saying his name is Michael Summers with “office” phone number 917-724-0117 phoned me about 6:30PM Dec 13 saying that I had won the $2 million prize. I realized it was a scam and disconnected.

    1. That is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!