PCH Helps The Fight Against Publishers Clearing House Scams!

Dear Friends,

Here at this blog we often remind friends like you to beware of scammers who illegally use the Publishers Clearing House name to take advantage of innocent people. But did you know that Publishers Clearing House is on the front lines in the fight against Publishers Clearing House scams?

That’s right, Publishers Clearing House regularly provides law enforcement with important information that helps them catch fraudsters and stop PCH scams!

In fact, just a few weeks ago, four Canadian men were arrested and charged by Canadian law enforcement for tricking unsuspecting consumers in the U.S. into wiring them money.  In one of the scams, a 76-year-old man from Pennsylvania was duped into wiring $10,000 to an address in Canada after getting a telephone call from someone who pretended to be from Publishers Clearing House. Click here for the news story.

According to Chris Irving, Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs, “You can be sure that Publishers Clearing House will provide the necessary support to the authorities to ensure that the bad guys in this case or in any other case where our name is illegally used will be brought to full justice.”

We at PCH want the fraudsters out there to be warned  ― Publishers Clearing House is always on the lookout for PCH scams! And did you know that readers of this blog can help us in the fight against fraud? If you ever receive a suspicious letter, email or telephone call where someone is fraudulently claiming to be from PCH, we invite you to contact us.  The valuable information we receive from consumers about Publishers Clearing House scams is entered into our internal anti-scam database that is regularly shared with law enforcement both here in the US and around the globe to support their investigations.

While we’re thrilled with these recent arrests, we’d like to take the opportunity to share some important reminders about how you can stay safe and protect yourself against fraud from any other scammer who might try to illegally use our name:

1. Publishers Clearing House will NEVER ask you to pay to enter or collect a prize award.

2. PCH and our famous Prize Patrol will never call our winners ahead to time to let them know they have won.

3. If you are ever contacted by mail, phone or email by someone claiming to be with PCH ― and are asked to send or wire money to claim a prize ― you have NOT heard from us at Publishers Clearing House.

We’ll share more updates on our efforts to work with law enforcement and stop the Publishers Clearing House scams.  Until then, stay alert, educated and always aware that at PCH you never have to send any money or pay any fee or tax to enter, win or collect a PCH prize! If it is not free, it is not a legitimate sweepstakes offer —and it’s certainly not from Publishers Clearing House!


Elaina R.
PCH Creative

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  1. Does a Donald Sawyer work for PCH? I got a FB message stating I won. he wanted me to verify my name, address and phone number. And that he would be coming tomorrow to give me a prize. Not sure if it is a small or big prize. Or if it’s even legit. What you think?

  2. I received a message over an instagram account from davidgreen251 telling me “I’m from the Publishers Clearing House plus the PCH. i have some good news for you” I answered that I could use some good news. Response “Do you get a notification in your mail about this” I answered that I haven’t seen one recently. Next response, “You are the winner of 2.5 million Plus a brand new car. Alright what we have here is that you have wn yourself a randomly seleted semi and $ 10000 in cash receive it each and every Friday ok Do you want put a claim on it” I answered Honestly? Response “You just need to fill out one from” “You have to fill a winner form now an for security reason okay you have to fill it now okay Name…. Address….City….State….Zip Code….Email Address….Phone number….Occuption….Gender….Age….Monthly Income…..are you a credit card owe…..”
    I answered them by saying, “I will check my mail for an actual form. I don’t fill out forms with typos and bad grammar over the internet. Especially when it mentions a credit card, which I don’t have.” Their response was “ok”

    1. Hi joyve. 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!

  3. A Mr.David King call yesterday.at 1876-387-1254 he gave me a number 3596072 told me not to say anything to anyone till they come my place they big check.Said I would be on TV the works.And $245.00 for better business bureau check . Which I didn’t understand.

  4. I believe I won a sweepstakes with Publisher Clearing House I play every single day I never miss a email I am very consistent I play more than anybody in America because I want to win but I believe I won instead of paying me they decided to give it to somebody else I believe that is unfair and not being honest with customers I don’t know what type of beef they have with me I don’t understand I’ve been a loyal customer and I play their games every single day not a break 9 times Outta 10 I believe I won but decided to give it to somebody else they’re giving my prize away to somebody else on February 24th 5000 a week for life I want that but I also had a choice to choose the 5000 a week for life or take the five million dollars and I selected the five million dollars but I never got that price they gave it to somebody else how can they do that I want to be compensated

  5. Scroll down to see new messages.
    Chat Conversation Start
    You’re friends on Facebook
    Hi how are you doing today?
    Got a cold but doing ok
    Are you a HUGE fan of us here at the PCH??
    I get on as often as I can but cant do it every day
    How long have you been entering the PCH for a chance to win big for you and the family?
    about 8 years
    the same 8 years
    if you won with us here at the PCH what would you do first and who would you call first and give them the good news?
    my 4 children
    what will be your reaction to see me and my PCH Prize Patrol Team at your doorstep tomorrow morning with a big check with your name on it??
    suprised, I never won big befor
    Well are you aware that you are our newest grand prize winner??
    Well congratulations you have been randomly selected to receive our grand prize of 1,000,000.00 million and an extra $10,000 dollars weekly for life plus a brand new 2017 BMW courtesy of us here at the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes company all set to be delivered tomorrow by me and my PCH Prize Patrol Team at your home residence no later than 2 o’clock ok dear and yes this is no joke or game or gimmicks of any kind as we here at the PCH are a legitimate sweepstakes company that only seek to help people ok dear so congratulations to you once again on your big grand prize win!!!!!!!
    yea look foward it you comming

  6. I was contacted on Instagram by davidgreen251 saying I won 2.5 million and a new car, then he said 10000 every friday and a new semi, then asked me to fill out my name, addy, phone, occupation, yearly income. When I told him PCH already had all that info he said they needed to verify who they were contacting. He then gave me a phone number to contact his manager! I told him to go scam someone else!!

    1. Hello Ruth, that is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook or any social media platform; 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!

  7. My call from a private number, said I won 6.5 million and a benz, and actually asked what colour I preferred. Apparently my name was the only one in Canada that won. Apparently some forms of paper work is coming by mail to prove this winning. Font think I will hold my breath…..

  8. Haha i just got a call saying i won 6.5 million and a farm. All he needed was my name…. And i hung up…PCH already knows my name…..why wouldn’t he if hes from PCH. .

  9. Just got a call from a David Cole said I won 6.5 million and a 2016 car all I had to do was go to a western union and pay a registration fee of 285.00 and ups would bring me my prize he put me on the phone with his anger red. Pete foster who got upset when I said I was worried it was a scam and that I thought you didn’t pay pch he said I was paying to register my name and my winnings