How To Spot Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Scams!

Hi blog readers! Have you ever received a message from someone who claims to work for PCH? Maybe the message notified you that you won a big prize. Maybe it told you that you needed to pay money to claim that prize. Unfortunately, these messages are Publishers Clearing House scams! They are not from the real Publishers Clearing House. We’ve done a lot here on the blog to try to alert you to these PCH scams, but we thought it might be helpful to provide you with some excerpts from actual scams that were sent by fraudsters illegally using the PCH name, in order to dupe you.

Before we get started, here are few important things to remember: You NEVER have to pay to claim a PCH prize. Winners of our larger prize award amounts are surprised in person by the Prize Patrol, NOT sent messages on Facebook or emails like this. Publishers Clearing House scams often have MANY spelling and grammatical errors. Try to read them out loud … you’ll see how nonsensical they sound. An official PCH message would not be written like that!

Let’s get started!

This message is not from PCH, it is a PCH SCAM! How can you tell?

For starters, none of the above or these contest details are legitimate. If you were to ask a PCH employee about a “Super Bucks Giveaway,” we would be quick to tell you it does not exist. Also, we are in no way associated with the U.S. Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission. AND if you were to use PCHSearch&Win to research that supposed government authority, you would find that it does not even exist in the U.S.

This message is not from PCH, it is a PCH SCAM! How can you tell?

Again, the grammar is off in many places. Just a few examples: “you are been advised,” and “your fund remitted to your account”. Plus, take a look at how the prize amount is written: “$1.200,000.00”. There’s a decimal instead of a comma after the “1”.

This message is not from PCH, it is a PCH SCAM! How can you tell?

They repeated the “this is part of our security protocol” sentence TWICE within the same paragraph! Also, PCH never asks you to keep quiet about your winnings. Quite the opposite! We’re always proudly posting pictures and videos of our winners! But the scammers want you to stay quiet so they can get your money without the authorities finding out.

This message is not from PCH, it is a PCH SCAM! How can you tell?

It’s easy! This message contains the BIGGEST red flag — it asks you to pay money to claim your prize. Remember: you NEVER have to pay or make any purchase to claim a prize from Publishers Clearing House. Also, if you ever hear/see the words “GREEN DOT MONEY PAK CARD” in a message from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, head for the hills! The scammers will take the account numbers from this card, cash the money you spent on it, and never award you the prize, because there never was a real prize — they are scammers.

There you have it folks. These are just a few ways you can spot PCH scams! As always, you should always verify the information in any winner notification you may receive before making any risky moves. And if you ever have any questions, let us know!

Stay safe everyone!

Laura Wolfe @ PCH

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  1. Its really hard who to belive antymore igot alot of emails from pch telling me that i won .so itas lie. I play every day and nigth.for nothing you bring peoples hopes up.with a lie.

  2. I received the message about winnings of a large amount,first I was excited and then something told me to verify this email,turned out to be a scam.i felt this holiday seasons would be the best one ever..I love the games and continue to play every day

  3. Thank you for the information regarding these scams. A person is in contact with me now, by e-mails calling itself the Publisher’s Clearing House Mega Bucks Lottery, and claiming I have won $150,000. I suspected it was a scam right off, but they had a little twist. They somehow hacked into the Facebook account of a High School friend from 50 years ago pretending to be him and asking if I had received my money yet. He got his and saw my name on the winner’s list., I sent and E-mail requesting information and they sent me a questionnaire asking a lot of personal questions such as “do you own your own home?” We have going back and forth with E-mails 6 times. The last one gave me a number to text. I answered back.”I don’t do text, you’ll have to call me.”

    I’ve been leading them on to get as much information about them that I can get before reporting it to the F.B.I.
    Tour post helped to confirm my suspicions, plus my old friend messaged me that his account had been hacked and he never sent the first message at all.

    Thank you again, Richard Webb