PCH Supports Senate Hearings on Jamaican Lottery & Sweepstakes Fraud

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) supports Senate effort to stop Jamaican lottery and Sweepstakes Scams.

We have previously warned you about the rise in lottery and sweepstakes scams originating from Jamaica.  This growing problem is now the subject of an important Hearing by the Senate Special Committee on Aging  to be held on Wednesday, March 13th. We fully support this effort to find ways to better educate consumers and target the scammers who are behind these nasty scams.

The Jamaican lottery and sweepstakes scams all follow the same basic pattern  – consumers  are  told that all they have to do to collect a prize is send or wire money to claim the bogus prize.  DON’T FALL FOR THIS!  Anyone asking for payment of any type in order to claim a sweepstakes or lottery prize is a SCAMMER! At Publishers Clearing House, if you have won, we never ask for money to claim a prize award, and our ‘no purchase necessary’ message is prominently displayed in all of our promotional material.

Publishers Clearing House continues to actively work with law enforcement and consumer protection officials on this issue, sharing information gathered and tracked in our anti-scam database.  We regularly provide such data to law enforcement officials including the Postal Inspection Service, Office of Homeland Security, FBI and the US Attorney’s Office.  We are just one of a handful of private companies that contributes anti-scam data directly to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Database network. This secure online database of consumer complaints is available to law enforcement around the country and throughout the world.

You can learn more about these Jamaican lottery and sweepstakes scams at our PCH Sweepstakes Learning Center. In the meantime, here are some basic tips to protect you from these Jamaican based lottery and sweepstakes scams:

  • Beware of any unsolicited calls that may come from the Jamaican area code of 876 and includes an offer that sounds too good to be true. Hang up the phone!
  • If you are asked to send or wire money or provide a prepaid Green Dot MoneyPak card for any reason whatsoever to claim a prize — DONT!  It is a SCAM! At Publishers Clearing House we NEVER ASK FOR MONEY to be sent to claim a prize.
  • At Publishers Clearing House our major prizes of $10,000 or more are awarded in person, unannounced, by our famous Prize Patrol, or through notice in a certified letter.  We DO NOT call our winners ahead of time.
  • Never provide your credit card or Social Security number to someone who calls.

If you ever have any questions, you can call our customer service hotline at 1-800-392-4190 or leave a comment below.


Chris Irving
Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs


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  1. I just received a call from “Mr. James Taylor” stating that he was from the PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE and he gave me a confirmation number, badge number, and information to go to Walmart and pay $199.00 through Money gram to receive a Government registration receipt to claim my prize of $1.5 billion when they show up today. He called from a Jamaica number of 876-844-2207. He stated that I could call the PCH back to verify at 1-571-388-2542. Really funny because he professed to be a Christian stating that his father is/was a Pastor and that God has blessed me. I told him that I wasn’t sending money and that if I won any money that they can take the fees out of my winning…HAHAHA.

  2. Received a call from yugiene shit with a 876 area code. This man gave me acct # ref # etc. But i needed to go to my local post office with 299.00 for a golden eagel stamp to revieve my winning

    1. Hello Shaneice, that is not the real PCH calling you; it’s a scammer that’s only pretending to be from PCH. Please do not call that number, do not give the scammer any personal info including bank account information, and definitely do not send them any money if they ask. If you haven’t already done so, please report that scam contact to us via the following link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  3. Big time scammers! They just called me from Jamaica saying I won a Mercedes and 7.5 mill. Said he was David Lee the prez of pch then when he forgot his name, I heard him ask someone in the background ” what’s the name”. I confronted him about that and they hung up. Even claimed he was Christian.

  4. Received call tonight from a david Walker saying I won 18 million and a Mercedes. All I
    Have to do is go to western union and send$244.28. there will be 2 FBI agents with the
    Guy to deliver my check. I never win a thing so I was doubtful about it so I
    Looked it up and found this. Thank you
    Randy Spencer

  5. Received a phone call last night from 876-844-2207 . Guy named James Johnson. Even gave me a package code. I told him I wasn’t giving him any bank account info. And instead he said they would accompany me to my bank to make the deposit. They’re suppose to be showing up today… I’ll make sure I’m gone. Just in case.