Beware PCH Scams Like The Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card Scam!

Hi blog readers! When we talk about scams and frauds, we often tell consumers to be wary of anyone who asks you to pay to claim a prize. That is one of the biggest red flags when it comes to identifying a scam. Remember: with Publishers Clearing House, and any legal sweepstakes, you NEVER have to pay any amount for any reason to claim a prize.

Well today we want to warn you about a new kind of PCH Scams involving prepaid cards. You see, some scammers are no longer directly asking victims for money for a fake prize – but they are still trying to get their hands on your hard-earned cash. Pre-paid card scams are being used more and more frequently to swipe victim’s money. And it all happens very quickly. Fortunately though, we’ve heard a lot about how these PCH scams work and can share that information with you to help you keep safe!

It often works like this: someone claiming to be a PCH representative contacts you and informs you that you’ve won a big PCH prize. But in order to claim that prize, you must go out to Walmart or a convenience store to purchase a prepaid card. You’re instructed to put a certain amount of money on the card and then provide the card number to the “reps.” Once these fraudsters have the card number, they’ll wipe the card clean of the money on it and disappear. You’ll never see your alleged prize OR the money spent on the card again. Yikes!

This scam has even spread to Facebook where imposters who are pretending to be the Prize Patrol are trying to trick fans like you into sending money! Take a look at the screenshot below from an imposter Dave Sayer on Facebook.

Blog readers, DO NOT FALL FOR THESE PCH SCAMS! Green Dot Money Pak is NOT associated with Publishers Clearing House in any way. So if you hear that name or receive a friend request from someone claiming to be a PCH Prize Patrol member who has pictures of the Green Dot card on his or her page and are telling you to send money, it’s definitely a SCAM! Remember that PCH would NEVER ask a winner to provide us with any money before claiming the prize. We’re giving the money to you, not the other way around!

So be alert, be vigilant, and be aware of the signs. And as always, if you’re ever in doubt, let us know! We’ll be happy to help.

Laura Wolfe @PCH

P.S. Remember, the only official PCH Prize Patrol page is the PCH Prize Patrol Fan Page on Facebook!

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  1. yes today I was called that Publishers Clearing House was on it’s way to deliver 2.5 million + BMW Siver in color Brand New !
    in a certifired check from Bank of America they even gave me a # to the check.
    they wanted me to go to Walmart and send $655.00 to them to register my name.
    These are Crimes and must be reported to PCH immediately as it makes YOUR COMPANY
    appear to be a FRAUD !!!!!!!!!

    The calls are coming in from

  2. I just got a call from 302-797-8375 telling me I won $1 million and a Mercedes SUV. He gave me a give away number and verification number and asked me if I wanted a published or private Prize Patrol delivery. He said I didn’t have to provide any bank account or credit card information and I just needed to go out and get a PayPal MyCashCard for $195 from Walgreens or CVS or Dollar General or Family Dollar. This card would be how I would register and I would receive the winning tax free! I admit I was falling for it until he told me I needed to go out and buy a gift card. And then to tell me I didn’t have to pay taxes. I questioned this and told him I was an accountant. He then gave me another number 716-794-9164 to call back after I went out and bought this card.

  3. I just got a call from “Allen Martin” at 876-593-9725 claiming that I have won $650,000 from Publisher’s Clearing House. He gives me a bunch of information to write down to “claim my prize” and then tells me that I have to go to Walmart and buy a MyCash PayPal prepaid card with $99.99 on it and give the card and the receipt to the person that is coming to my house in order to prove to the IRS that I have claimed my prize. There is NO WAY that this is legitimate!

  4. I just received a call from 876-424-1506. The gentlemen called himself Bob Baker claiming I’d won a bunch of money from PCH.