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How To Report A PCH Scammer

Hi friends and fans! I hope today finds you well!

As a fan and follower of PCH, I bet you know all about the different ways to get in to WIN. Maybe you even dream of finding the Prize Patrol on your doorstep with champagne, flowers, and the “Big Check” made out TO YOU.

But have you ever thought about what you’d do if you were contacted by a Scammer pretending to be from the real PCH?

Scammers have lots of tricks up their sleeves, and here at PCH, we want to keep you in to win and above all – SAFE! In fact, Danielle from the Prize Patrol has some safety tips for you. Check out this video!

Now, let’s say that you HAVE been contacted by a scammer. What steps should you take next?

Whether a scammer has contacted you by phone, by postal mail, by email or by social media, don’t wait: fill out the online PCH scam form as soon as you can. You will be guided step-by-step through the process. Our goal is to keep you and all of our other PCH friends and fans protected!
Here are some other ways to help you STOP fraudulent Scammers in their tracks:

If someone tells you that you’ve won a major prize from PCH through social media (Facebook or Instagram)…

PCH employees and Prize Patrol Members will NEVER contact you this way

Likewise, if you get a friend request or private message from someone claiming to be a PCH employee or a Prize Patrol Member…

The Prize Patrol will NEVER send friend requests or private messages to you. EVER!

If someone says you must pay a fee or purchase something to claim your prize…

There is NEVER a fee or a purchase required – at PCH the winning is always FREE!

If someone asks you to verify personal information (credit card number, bank account number, driver’s license number)…

We will NEVER ask you for that information – and you should NEVER provide it to someone you don’t know!

Please remember: our BIG PRIZES are awarded live and in person by our famous Prize Patrol. Major prize awards and SuperPrize winners are NOT notified by email.

We may notify winners of smaller prize amounts by overnight express from UPS, FedEx or USPS Express Mail and occasionally through email (and if we do, rest assured: there’s no fee to claim ANY PRIZE!)

In the meantime, don’t let the scammers keep you from enjoying PCH to the fullest! There’s a $1,000.00 A Day For Life Prize in our special early look event that’s ready for award on October 31st! If there’s no match to the winning number, an alternate winner will be selected to receive a millionaire-making base prize instead.
With so much at stake in JUST WEEKS, enter every day and every way you can!
Go to PCH Sweepstakes
• Play at PCHgames
• Get news and entertainment info at PCHfrontpage
• Take a quiz at PCHquizzes
• Visit the PCH Fan Page on Facebook or download our PCH app (you can get a free download for both Android and Apple)

Stay safe everybody!

All the best,
Maria S.
PCH Online Creative

More Blog Posts of Interest:

What To Do If You’re Contacted By A Publishers Clearing House Scammer

How To Avoid Sweepstakes Scams

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  1. Win of a lifetime for $15,000,000.00. I, Randall S$$$$$, Claim Gwy Entry No.#21000, with PCH at the front door on October 30th. Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes Event Giveaway Day as the SuperPrize winner Randall S$$$$$ 2023.

  2. Randall S$$$$$ claiming Gwy Entries #21000 and #20028, a winner of a lifetime with PCH Sweepstakes at the front door on October 30th With a Super Prize of $15,000,000.00 and $10,000 for a retirement savings win on October 30th 2023 Prize Event Giveaway Publishers Clearing House.

  3. I have being scammed by someone who claimed to be an agent from the PCH, and told me I won 1000.000.00 and that I had to pay a fee of a total of $575 dollars in all. I have to get a vanilla card. These two people they say they were the man said he were agent Andrew Goldberg and the lady said she were Danielle Lam.

    1. Hi Marilyn, what you are describing is a common scam. Just so you know, you never have to pay a fee to claim a prize you may have won from PCH, for any reason. It’s important to know also that PCH does not contact winners of a major prize privately via phone, text, email, mail, or on Social Media. If anyone asks you for money for any reason to claim a prize, you can be sure they’re a scammer. Please don’t give them any money, or any personal information! You can read more about these kinds of scams here: If you do have a scammer contact you please report them to us at this link: Have a great day, and stay safe!

  4. I’ve just been contacted by Charles who claims there was a fraud with my winning number money. I know its a scam because I got the same about a year ago. He told me tocall6618882512. He claims I won 3.5 million, but I have to register for $63 dollars. After telling him I don’t have the money, which I don’t, he said he would call me back after speaking to a sponsor. He also told me that Readers Digest is owned by same company as PCH.. I can be reached at 1518281$$$$

    1. Hello Daddy, We’re so happy that you knew that wasn’t the real PCH who contacted you. We will never ask for money to claim a prize. We also don’t notify winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media. Please report all scam contacts to PCH via this link: There are a lot of scammers out there who use the good name and reputation of PCH, as well as the names of those of us on the Prize Patrol. Please be careful everyone!!

  5. I just got a call from a private number to say I won a check and free car. I am supposed to call 813-755-$$$$. My lucky number is EJ19802000US.

  6. I really wanted to chat with someone about a scam but was directed to a site wanting a $5.00 payment by credit card or paypal which I have neither. What a disappointment.

    1. Hello Wendy, We certainly take the issue of scams and the illegal use of our name by scammers very seriously; that’s why we regularly educate our fans on what they can do to protect themselves. You can do your part to help us by reporting all scam contacts that you receive. Scam contacts can be reported to PCH via this link: It’s important to remember that the real PCH will never send you a private message or friend request, and we’ll never ask for money to claim a prize. Stay safe everone!

  7. I had been scam by Danielle Lamm Facebook messengers page it tell to send $1300 for a payment fee to collect my winnings but I never did I want a payment reimbursement to Kirk.

  8. I was contacted by someone pretending to be from PCH. Had a heavy accent, but with American name Michael Goldberg or Steven Francis. The number they call from is :
    1-$$$-$$$-$$$$ and they want me to call: 1-$$$-$$$-$$$$.
    Otherwise they had spelled my name right.
    Holding a cashiers check for me for $2.5 Million.

    1. Hi George, we’re glad you could tell that was a scammer. It’s important for everyone to remember that PCH does not contact winners of a major prize via phone, text, email, mail, or on Social Media. Also, if anyone asks you for money for any reason to claim a prize, you can be sure they’re a scammer. Please don’t give them any money, or any personal information! You can report them to us at this link: We provide numerous videos, blogs, and tips to recognize these scammers here: Stay safe!

  9. I received a phone at 9:15 PM from a Michael Healy at telephone number $$$ $$$-$$$$, claiming to be from PCH, and that I had won the first place prize from Publishers Clearing House. I just told him that PCH do not call you on the telephone and hung up. the caller ID also showed the name of the person as Ferne Healy.

    1. Hi Mary, we’re glad you could tell that was a scammer. You can report them to PCH here: 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: Stay safe!