5 Ways To Know If It’s A Publishers Clearing House Scam!

4_5_Spot A Publishers Clearing House Scam


Publishers Clearing House is the REAL deal― a legitimate sweepstakes company that has awarded more than $225 Million in Cash and Prizes so far! Unfortunately, sometimes criminals try to cash in on our good name and trick unsuspecting people like you with Publishers Clearing House Scams. While they may be convincing, here are 5 foolproof ways to know for sure if an offer is from the REAL PCH — or if it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam.

1. If you’re required to wire or pay any amount of money in order to claim a prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. PCH sweepstakes are ALWAYS FREE to enter, and there is never any fee associated with winning.

2. If you’re asked to load up a Green Dot MoneyPak  or other money transfer card, in exchange for claiming your prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Again, PCH will NEVER ask you to pay a cent to collect a prize.

3. If someone tries to contact you in advance regarding a prize delivery, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam! After all, that would ruin the surprise! For decades, our Prize Patrol has captured the elated reactions of surprised winners and used them in our nationally-televised commercials. You’ll know you’re a big PCH winner if you see the Prize Patrol at your front door holding a “Big Check” with your name on it!

4. If someone calls you on the telephone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and says you have won, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Do NOT give them any personal information!  As stated above, the Prize Patrol awards all our Big Prizes in person and would never call you to update any personal information in our files.

5. If someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House tries to send you a friend request on Facebook, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Even if they are using the name and photo of a prominent PCH employee  ―do NOT believe them. Our PCH employees and official PCH Prize Patrol Fan pages will never private message you on Facebook.

So fans, keep these 5 tips in mind, and you’ll be protected against Publishers Clearing House Scams. If you have more questions about whether something is legitimate or a scam, please visit our FAQ page. And if you’ve been contacted by a scammer, please fill out a Scam Incident Report.

And remember, you can’t WIN if you’re not IN! So, keep entering the PCH Sweepstakes daily.

All the best!


Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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  1. I was just been contacted by Raje Wilson on facebook

    Hi there

    How are you doing today?

    Are you aware why you have been contacted by us here at the Publisher’s Clearing House?

    Well congratulations!!

    You have been randomly selected to receive $1 Million Dollars and also 7,000 weekly for life!!

    Provide me with your Full Name and Address!

    Provide me with your cell phone number!!

    At the moment I am currently filling out your P-17 form! Also known as your Personal Receivers Form!

    Provide me with your Full Name and Address!

    Full Address!!

    Do you have any identification such as, ID, PASSPORT, DRIVERS LICENSE or BIRTH CERTIFICATE to provide to us when we get there?

    Do you also have your Claimers Receipt so that you can be fully confirmed as our Grand Prize Winner?

    Oh my Gosh I thought you knew already! This is your form that you will be required to have completed and processed so that your name can be fully licensed and insured in order to receive!

    Due to the fact that your winnings is over 1 Million Dollars! You will be required to locate a Wal-Mart, Western Union or a Money Gram to get your form completed and processed! Which of the stores listed above can you locate to get your form completed and processed?

    Which one of the stores listed above can you locate to get your form completed and processed?

    Listen to get your form completed it will cost you!! But Please NOTE::Any Money Spent will be refunded upon delivery as soon as we get there!!

    OK we will cancel your prize package

    1. That is a scam! 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! Check out this blog to find out how to prevent scammers from contacting you: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Please report any and all scams to us by completing a scam incident report. Click this link to find out how: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Stay safe!

  2. Publisers Clearing House, 11207Winner Circle, Jericho, NY 11753
    Using Telephone No. 1-800-266-0303 and using another address as 1306 Entry Order Processing CTR, Melville, NY 11773- 1306
    What a culprit organization that I have found in USA?
    If possible take action against them.

    1. Like many companies, we have offices in multiple cities and states. The first address is our head office. The second address is where our entry forms are processed.

  3. My Mom just received a call from a John Barker stating she won $855,000. Had two different certificate numbers; very official sounding. Based on google research, it is a scam!!! I report on the PCH website

  4. I just received a phone call from a ‘Mr. John Benedict’ stating I had been chosen to receive over 6million $ in award money and also a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. He asked if I was interested to know more. I asked if there was a phone number to PCH to verify if this was on the up and up. He said yes, maam, and gave me the number 702-800-7521.
    I asked who I would speak to and he said Mr. John Brown. Then he asked me if I would be calling right away. I said sure but thought not and have done some research. I don’t think it was a safe call, but I didn’t give any info to this person and I have not called this number. Was this a scam as I believe??

    1. Hello Sue, 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!

  5. I just received a check for 14,955.90 today claiming to be from PCH. It had a regular forever stamp on it and was mailed from Los Angeles on Nov. 29. The fake check is drawn off Chase Bank in Phoenix, AZ. The letter says to call 1-929-800-2664 and speak with Mr. Michael King who is supposed to be the claims agent. The letter is signed by a Deborah Holland, Executive Vice President of Publishers Clearing House.