Publishers Clearing House Cares – Can YOU Spot A Scam?

We want our fans to be able to tell the difference between the real Publishers Clearing House and the scammers. Take our quiz below to see if you can spot a scam!

If you’re a regular blog reader, you’re probably well aware of PCH’s long tradition of awarding Sweepstakes prizes! Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who illegally use the Publishers Clearing House name to take advantage of innocent folks. We want you to stay safe and protected against these scammers.  How prepared are you to spot a scam? Take the below True or False quiz to test your knowledge!

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House has been in business for over 50 years and is a name you can trust.

TRUE!  Our company was founded in 1953 and has awarded over $238 Million in Sweepstakes prizes to date. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Publishers Clearing House is a scam. Our name is so well-recognized that oftentimes scammers will fraudulently use the good name of PCH to try to scam consumers. If anyone ever contacts you and asks you to send or wire money to claim a PCH Sweepstakes prize ― don’t fall for it!

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House will never ask you to mail or wire money to claim Sweepstakes prizes.

TRUE! We NEVER ask our winners for payment of any kind. The PCH Sweepstakes (and all legitimate sweepstakes) are FREE, that’s the law!

True or False:  If you win a SuperPrize, the Prize Patrol may notify you by phone and ask for personal bank account information to transfer your winnings.

FALSE! Our BIG SuperPrize winners are notified in person by the Prize Patrol. All those surprise “Winning Moments” you see on TV are REAL. No matter how convincing someone may sound over the phone, the simple fact remains our Prize Patrol does not call to alert winners.

True or False:  There is no purchase necessary to enter or win a Publishers Clearing House prize award.

TRUE!  All PCH Sweepstakes prizes are FREE to enter. While we hope you enjoy our value-driven deals on merchandise and magazines, buying will NOT increase your chances of winning. This important message is prominently displayed in our Official Rules and in all of our promotional mailings. If you are contacted and asked to purchase or pay a fee to claim a prize, you have not heard from Publishers Clearing House.

True or False:  Publishers Clearing House sometimes contacts winners through Facebook to alert them that they’ve won a prize.

FALSE! If you’re lucky enough to win a prize over $10,000.00, the Prize Patrol will surprise you in person.  We do not notify winners via Facebook!  If you are contacted via Facebook and told you have won a PCH prize, it’s an easy way to spot a scam.  Please keep in mind that the only legitimate PCH Fan Pages are the pages that are “Liked” by Publishers Clearing House.

So, how did you do? Could you spot a scam?

5 out of 5 ― Good job! You’re a PCH Pro!

4-3 out of 5 ― Not bad. You might want to check out this page now  to learn more on keeping yourself safe against scammers.

0-2 out of 5 ― Stop! We strongly suggest you visit the above page  NOW to protect yourself.

Please write me a message below and let me know how you did!

Stay safe,

Elaina R.
PCH Creative

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  1. To whom it may concern, i received through the mail PCH sweepstakes opportunities and instant win scratch offs. Well I usually throw them away this time I didn’t and according to the rules on scratch off, match three amounts you instantly win, that obviously was a LIE I read over the rules everal times and followed instructions even paid to send back overnght, and have heard NOTHING about the SUPOSSEDLY $5000.00 I won instantly. VERY DISSAPPOINTED discussed with friends and family and they say thats why they DON’T PLAY. SUCH A RIP OFF and PHONY.(even took pic of my winning ticket) had plans for that money. SOOOO SADDD!!!!!!

    1. Hi Cindy,

      If you did win on an instant win scratch card, it could take 6 to 8 weeks for you to receive any prize. Please send us a message at our Ask Us Page: http://pch.custhelp.com/app/ask so that we can check on the status of the scratch off card that you sent back.

      Victoria At PCH

  2. Hi PCH I just recieved a pop up saying there has been a security breach from a third party involved with PCH. I just thought I would let you know about it. They are offering a free credit report and say you have to use your credit card number to verify if your PCH account has been breached. Has there been any breach? If not you might want to check this out. THANKS

    1. Hi P Keel,

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It sounds like you have been the victim of a scam. We are looking into this based on the information you’ve given us.

      Victoria At PCH

  3. Hmmm talking about yourself. Not good there r many people that have notice where alot of the winners live and thier ages seems i am not the only one the list is growning and growning

  4. Ok, that’s an easy one ‘how not to get scammed’ on-line….. But what If time and time again when you have ordered something and you get ‘scammed’ by USPS?…. By them delivering mail to wrong house and complaints have been made to them but they say ‘not our responsibility’…. I have called PCH customer service and had one item replaced but ended up paying twice for that item. So I gave up, didn’t want to pay double for 1 item. I quit ordering for awhile, then just a couple at a time. Didn’t have anymore problems until lately…. I guess just going to have to quit ordering products for good that is delivered USPS. There’s no way to track on bulk mail. I will only order from now on something that is tracked. I’m tired of buying other people products because the United States Postal Service can’t read.

  5. Disappointed in your Lotto page. I have installed my password numerous times, and I cannot log on…each time, I’m told it is not valid, but I keep a record of what I enter…and your folks will NOT let me on the LOTTO.

    Poor form for PCH.

  6. how can they allow a 13 yr old to sign up for sweepstakes, dont they age verify? they allowed my 13 yr old sign up, and im angry about it.

    1. Hi Becky,

      Regular ongoing PCH sweepstakes are open to all residents of the US, with limited exceptions (e.g., employees of PCH are not eligible). People can enter online or by writing to us at 101 Winners Circle, Port Washington, NY 11050. You don’t have to buy anything, make a donation, join the pch.com family or agree to receive email. It’s absolutely free. However, a parent or guardian must consent before a minor can receive a prize.

      Victoria At PCH

  7. how bout if pch sends a 13 yr old stuff, can they legally do that, and how can they allow that, dont they need to verify age? cuz seriously, im pissed they let my 13 yr old sign up and sends her stuff.

    1. Hi Becky,

      Regular ongoing PCH sweepstakes are open to all residents of the US, with limited exceptions (e.g., employees of PCH are not eligible). People can enter online or simply by writing to us at 101 Winners Circle, Port Washington, NY 11050. You don’t have to buy anything, make a donation, join the pch.com family or agree to receive email. It’s absolutely free. However, a parent or guardian must consent before a minor can receive a prize.

      Victoria At PCH

  8. 5 out of 5 correct here.
    I got a scam extortion letter from someone yesterday. It wasn’t related to PCH. This scam letter was supposedly sent by someone who’d been offered $25,000 to kill me. This scammer said the person that wanted it done was a friend of mine. Then the scammer went on to say they wouldn’t kill me if I gave them $50,000. Of course, as usual they didn’t use my name and said if I contacted them, I could pick the place where we would meet so I could give them the $50,000. That just proves to me that they don’t even know where I live. There was other stuff in it, but it was laughable. These scammers, trying to scare people into giving up their money to them. I really wonder how many people are that naive? I guess there must be some people out there that are, otherwise the scammers would stop and get real jobs.