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Danielle’s Desk: I Was Asked to Pay a Fee to Claim My Prize. Was This PCH?

Greetings, fans and friends!

Today is Saturday, which means it’s time for the weekly “Danielle’s Desk” video on PCH’s Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter pages – where Danielle of the PCH Prize Patrol answers questions from our fans.

Today’s question on Danielle’s Desk is: I Was Asked to Pay a Fee to Claim My Prize. Was This PCH? Here’s Danielle with the answer:

That’s a really good question … and just to make sure all of our fans and friends know the answer, here are some of the key points that Danielle emphasizes in this video:

• The answer to the question I Was Asked to Pay a Fee to Claim My Prize. Was This PCH? Is NO.
• If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House or claiming to be a PCH Employee who says that you won a prize but in order to claim it, you must …
• buy a gift card or a money order
• pay a shipping, handling or delivery fee
• prepay taxes
• pay a deposit
• give a credit card number, bank information or your personal information
• call a toll-free number

… that person is NOT affiliated with the real Publishers Clearing House.

At PCH, you will NEVER be asked to pay a fee to claim your prize! The winning is always 100% FREE and 100% FUN!

Now that you know that you will never be asked to pay a fee to claim a Publishers Clearing House prize, I hope you’ll steer clear of imposters pretending to be from PCH. In fact, the smart thing to do is report it to us right away by completing our online PCH Scam Incident Report. It’s fast and easy, and not only will it help us, it will help other fans and friends who might be contacted by imposters claiming to be from PCH.

If you’ve been contacted by someone asking you to pay a fee to claim a PCH prize, let us know in the comments below.

Stay safe, fans and friends, and stay in it to win it!

Debbie K.
PCH Creative

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  1. Hi it’s $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    FB. Danielle Lam 12 of them are on messenger saying I have to pay for my winnings. PCH this is wrong and a scam, if I had money do you honestly think I would play day n night to win? No I would not. Please get my PCH check to me I’m disabled and broke.

    1. Hello Norris, That is a scammer posing as Danielle! The real Danielle doesn’t privately contact winners via Facebook and you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize. 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: Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!