Don’t Be Fooled By PCH Scams — At PCH, The Winning Is Free!

This year March 3rd – 9th has been designated National Consumer Protection Week. PCH is pleased to join in this coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. Check out the video below from Margaret C., Director of Consumer Affairs, and Danielle Lam, Prize Patrol Elite.


At Publishers Clearing House we care about consumers and want to be sure you stay protected from SCAMMERS and PCH SCAMS fraudulently pretending to be associated with our well-recognized PCH name!  As a company that has been in business for over 50 years, PCH is an iconic brand, recognized and welcomed into households all across the country. And, if you are familiar with the PCH name, you can be sure the scammers know us, as well.

Recently we’ve been hearing reports that scammers are accessing and using the names of our real PCH employees in their criminal attempts to deceive you.  Names you’ve come to know and recognize such as Dave Sayer, Todd Sloane and Danielle Lam  – all real members of our famous PCH Prize Patrol.  Even the name of Deborah Holland, our Executive Vice President whose name appears in PCH promotional mailers, has been hijacked and illegally used by scammers.

Our message is simple:  If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to represent PCH, or claiming to be one of our employees, and asked to send or wire money (for any reason whatsoever, including taxes); or send a pre-paid gift card or Green Dot MoneyPak Card in order to claim a sweepstakes prize – DON’T!  It’s a PCH SCAM. If you are sent a check, told it’s a partial prize award, and asked to cash it and send a portion back to claim the full prize award, DON’T.  The check is fake, but the SCAM is real!

Remember, at PCH the winning is free.  So, stay informed and stay protected! And if you want to find out more about how PCH works to stop PCH scams, check out our Consumer Affairs site.

Margaret C.

Director, Consumer Affairs

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    1. Hi Sarah. As a reminder, the real PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications to our fans over Facebook; and we will never ask for money to claim a prize. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

    1. Hello Anita. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: 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: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  1. The following is the 3rd email from this so-called PCH courier company. At first, we were struck with a paralyzing moment filled with the hope of the possibility that it was true because the emails sounded nearly perfect. Once I read the next email claiming that I was the winner of a million dollar lottery prize, I knew it was too good to be true but there’s that thought of “what if”. The major problem with it all is that they get your personal information prior to asking for any money; once they did, I knew it was a bad deal. Unfortunately, it’s too late for the safety of my personal information but the least I can do is put the word out there to hopefully protect the next person better.

    “SAS Express Courier

    #19 East Park Road, Karol Bagh,

    New Delhi, 110005 India

    Phone: +919112027913

    *Parcel ID Number: P180373722*

    Dear Valued Customer: (my name here)

    Welcome To SAS Express Courier Service, World Courier & Cargo Ltd is the World leading Premium Express Delivery Company providing high quality, flexible and innovative courier services worldwide.

    We are sending you this E-mail to inform you that the Verification Department at the headquarters of The Publishers Clearing House Lottery Promotion have officially cleared you for payment. The Lottery certified Master Card of $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars) in your name, the original copy of your certificate together with a covering document (Money Laundering protection and Letter of Affidavit for Claims) from the U.S/India Government stating that the money was obtained legally through a registered lottery programmed (Publishers Clearing House Lottery Promotion) will be deliver to you as soon as you meet up with our delivery options listed below.


    The Lottery certified Master Card and documents are packaged to be delivered under one way bill by this contracted Courier Company and are categorized as High priority & Express delivery under applicable laws and regulations. This shipment cannot be delivered to P.O Box or Postal Codes but to Receiver’s address. Transit times for delivery of parcels to customers are in working days and are subject to change depending on location of collection and delivery.


    Prices quoted indicate the Air Express services available from India to your destination country for the selected shipment type. The actual availability of services is determined by destination, area code or city name, and subject to commodity and value restrictions for dutiable shipments.



    Mailing /Freight Cost ………………….$450.00



    Total…………………………………$620.00 (Six Hundred and Twenty United States Dollar)


    Mailing /Freight Cost ………………….$320.00



    Total…………………………………$450.00 (Four Hundred and Fifty United States Dollar)

    Respond to this e-mail by making a selection from the two options above, be rest assured that you will have access to your package in the speculated time of delivery hours which ranges from 24 to 72 Hours once you meet up with our payment requirements, then we shall deliver your package with your choice of delivery option and immediately send the tracking number to you, for your verification and then track/monitor your parcel online.

    Note that the courier charges cannot be deducted from your winning funds due to Article 1186 section 45 subsection 2.3 of Constitution of the United States as relates to Financial and freight matters, which are duly codified in the America law.

    Finally, be reminded that the deadline for the claiming of your winning package is exactly one week after the receipt of this email. After this period, your package will be returned back to the Publishers Clearing House Lottery Promotions Headquarters.

    You are to get back to this office so as to advice you on how to make the required payment for any option you choose, as soon as you make the payment a tracking number will be given to you to enable you track your parcel online.

    Important Notice: Compulsory charges must be made, we do not do Cash on Delivery (COD). We offer payment before service (PBS).

    Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.

    Kurt Bosman

    Customer Service Officer

    SAS Express Courier Service Customer Information and Inquiry Department


    This message, along with any attachments, is strictly confidential, and intended solely for the use of the person or organization to whom it is addressed. It may contain privileged and confidential information which is covered by legal, professional, or other privileges. If you are not the intended recipient, you should not copy, distribute or take any action in reliance on it. In this case, please destroy the email and its attachments. Any opinions presented, expressed or implied, are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Company. Copyright 2018 SAS Express Courier Service Inc. All rights reserved.

    1. We would like to let everyone know that you never need to pay to claim a PCH prize you may have won. Also, PCH will never contact winners via phone, text, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook requests, or private messages. Large prize winners are notified in person. The best thing about PCH is that it’s free to enter and free to win! Please report any and all scams to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: Stay safe!

  2. I received an email saying that I won 1 million dollars from PCH Sweepstakes Promo, which was organized in India to promote their products all over Asia. I am to contact the courier SAS Express Courier with full name, full delivery address, age, occupation and cell phone number, country and the parcel ID number. Then it tells me to keep this information confidential, and do not discuss with anyone until the courier has successfully delivered my prize. This sounds pretty hoakie to me. please tell me if PCH does business this way. I think not. I have not contacted anyone on this matter.

    1. Hi Glinda, please be aware PCH does not alert major prize winners through email, we also don’t request any payment to receive a prize. Also, please do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. Please report the scam email you received at this link: I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great info on what to watch for: Stay safe everyone!!