SPREAD THE WORD ON SCAMMERS!

One thing you’ll hear us warn you about over and over again is scammers pretending to be from the real PCH. Unfortunately, this is a big problem. We can’t emphasize it enough. So today I’m going to remind everyone how to identify, avoid and help Spread the Word on Scammers!

It’s unfortunate that we have to worry about this stuff, but we do. I mean, PCH is about making dreams come true, after all. Some popular PCH scams include being asked to pay to claim a prize, false winning notifications on social media and fake social media friend requests. Let’s touch briefly on each.

You Never Have To Pay To Claim A PCH Prize

REMINDER #1: YOU NEVER HAVE TO PAY TO CLAIM A PCH PRIZE

The winning is ALWAYS FREE at PCH. If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH and tells you that you’ve won a prize – then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize – STOP! It’s a scam. Some scammers will send a fake check claiming it’s a partial prize reward and that you need to pay to get the rest. Nice try – but it’s a scam. You NEVER have to pay to claim a PCH prize.

PCH Winners Are Not Notified Through Social Media

REMINDER #2: PCH WINNERS ARE NOT NOTIFIED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

One of the things we’re most famous for is our PCH Prize Patrol simply showing up at winners’ houses. That’s how we get the best winning moments – by shocking and surprising our winners. If we notified major prize winners on social media, email, phone, letter, etc., there would be NO surprise. Who wants that?

PCH Will Never Contact You On Social Media

REMINDER #3: PCH WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA

While we’re on the topic of social media, if you receive a friend request from PCH or members of the Prize Patrol, delete it. It’s a scam. Sadly, it’s easy for scammers to set up fake social media accounts and reach out to unsuspecting fans. But it’s also easy to recognize a real PCH social media page. All real PCH-verified social media pages have a blue checkmark at the top of the page. Make sure you look for it.

Report Scammers

So, what should you do if you think you’ve been contacted by a scammer? Report it. Just fill out our online PCH Scam Incident Report. Let us handle the rest. Don’t engage with scammers, just report them. For even more guidance, check out our Fraud Protection page. Here you’ll find a lot of great, in-depth information on this topic.

Well, that should do it. Just keep these things in mind, and you should be good to go. Please share this information with family and friends so they, too, can help spread the word on scammers! Take care and be safe!

Tina P.
Online Creative

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  1. Danielle & David, Dave Bad News, someone pretending to be you at 571-626-6276( in California, contacts you tell you that you’ve won the Mega Jackpot amount of $2 . 5 million PLUS a New Mercedes. Then using WesternUnion and a Capital One Credit Card with your name (my name from the F.B. Page) I verify name ( from IPOD.com and see that the name matches your picture. He then gets donations Gets me to send him the $300.00 amount from the card and purchase a Money Pak card (no longer available at Walmart) and you wind up paying for the Interest. Until YOU figure out the N.Y.C. Office isn’t receiving the money to pay the FEDERAL TAXES for the new (yr insert) Mercedes (Type unknown.) If you will contact the F.B.I. about all this they would surely arrest these thieves.

    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!

  2. Do you contact winners by Telephone. I rec’d a call, they wanted me to get a paper and pencil of things I have to do to claim my winnings. I said I couldn’t talk now. They said they would call me back in an hour. The number was 954 694 7587

    1. With PCH, a purchase is never required to enter or to win. Per the Official Rules and Sweepstakes Facts, a purchase or lack thereof will not affect a person’s chances of winning. In fact, most winners have been as a result of an entry-only submission. I assure you that PCH never solicits our consumers via outbound calling. If you feel that you may have been contacted by a scammer, please report it to PCH as soon as possible: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH

  3. I received a text by a guy named Dave Smith by this number 714-759-5237 that my name was on a list that I was supposed too text this number ask for Dave Smith agent chan zuckebesg initiative Grant and Bill Gates Juliette Tackello sweepstake Fan club pch I was supposed too get $150.000 and to receive the money I was supposed to pay $650 to receive the money and I was supposed to get eBay gift cards one for one for $150 and five for 100 each to get the paperwork done and I supposed to scratch off the back of the card take a picture and send to him then after that take pictures of the receipts and send to him and I will receive my money and 12 hours from FedEx and I didn’t receive anything

    1. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  4. Diana Raymundo I am reaching out to you to let you know that since they notify me I am the winner at pch and claiming y paying them for delivery of my winning since jun July aug Sept 2020 I been scam for over $12000 dollars I pay them to claim my winning nothing came
    none of them came to my house for deliver ofy winning please help for clsim my winning at pch

  5. Sept . 22, 2020
    Danielle , i have being try ing to Search but i put it in
    and search # Numbers and he keep on putting the
    same one every time so it look like want be no More
    in. he does this all the time. I would like to put mine in
    but the way doing me i want be able to search all his
    same over and over.

    1. Hi Carolyn, thank you for contacting PCH. In order for us to assist you with your question we will need a bit more information. 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.

  6. Hello I Am Diana Raymundo I’ll been scam at pch company who used.the pch company they are saying there from pch since they notify e last June, july, Aug, 2020 they notify me that I am the winner of pch company so they ask me
    Money to claim my winning . So I pay them and they promise to deliver . After my payment to all og them using and pretending to be pch team from pc using the name of danielle lam Dave sayer good , andrew goldberg, devorah holland howie Guja. . This scammer using there name I mention above.And prettend to be from pch. I don’t know in the
    9 beginning the scammer they notify me I’m the winner after all payment I made . To then I never hear from . Them Since June until July Aug, 2020,all my money they scam to me since 3 month claiming and paying them google card high card sending money to the I stop last Aug 2020 the total amount they scam me is $13000 dollars that’s the total amount.they scam me.please help

    1. Hi Diana, please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim.

  7. Danielle, Dave, Todd ; Marie I have learned the hard way. But had I not talked to Todd, Danielle & the ‘Prize Team” love the flying van game by the way (catching balloons) I don’t think the spamming culprits would have ever been fired. Dave, I’m no longer bothered by Leon Valley TX. any longer. j.q.p.

  8. what about your advertisers that are scamming people? I saw an ad sponsored by Dr. Oz for keto vitalsynergy pills. I received these pills which I believe was a sample but somehow was slammed with a charge for an additional 94.90 charge. My doctor says that I should not take these pills so my very expensive bottle sits unopened. I am on a fixed income and know that i was taken advantage of. I will never again endorse any advertiser through PCH. I thought I could believe in your organization but was sadly mistaken. The companies involved are: VitalSynergyKeto 15568 Brookhurst St #335 Westminster, CA 92683 and Garneryoushape 10580 N.McCarran Blvd. #115-309 Reno, NV 89503. The first address is who sent me the product and the second is who charged my credit card $94.90. PLEASE AS A WORD OF WARNING FOR ALL POSSIBLE CUSTOMERS–DO NOT TRUST THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE THIEVES!!!!!!