PCH Recognizes National Consumer Protection Week – 2014


In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, Publishers Clearing House would like to remind you to BEWARE of scams posing as legitimate sweepstakes that ask you to send money. Remember, in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, the winning is always FREE!  If you are being asked to send or wire money, or purchase a pre-paid card  in order to claim a ‘prize award’ you have not heard from the real PCH and you are being SCAMMED!

Some scam artists may send out real looking checks in an attempt to get you to send money. DO NOT fall for these Fake Check Scams. You may receive an official looking letter that includes what appears to be a real looking check. Using a variety of false promises, the scammers will tell you to wire back a portion of the check – they will tell you this is your cost for taxes or processing fees. Whatever the set-up, the results are always the same. If you send money back you’ll be out twice. YOU will owe the bank the money you withdrew and the scammer will have the money you sent in his/her pocket!
Some scammers will call you on the phone and ask you to purchase a pre-paid Green Dot Money Pak card and then provide them with the number on the back. These cards can be accessed remotely using the card numbers so DON’T fall for this.  Once you provide the scammer with the number on the card the scammer has your money and you will never see it again. And, be aware that many of these calls originate from an 876 area code out of Jamaica.

At Publishers Clearing House we have been attacking scams like these with a number of comprehensive consumer protection programs. From an educational standpoint we have posted consumer alerts on our website at pch.com  and in our mail. We have recorded anti-scam messages on our toll-free customer service lines, and ask consumers to provide us details of the scams so we can share information with law enforcement officials including the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General. In many instances we can move quickly after receiving complaints to have phone numbers supporting these scams immediately shut down. PCH is also a proud member of the National Consumers League Alliance Against Fraud where both private and regulatory members meet regularly to share efforts to combat these ongoing scams. We continue to partner with law enforcement officials including the FBI, Postal Inspection Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Federal Trade Commission to develop new efforts to target the scammers and bring them to justice.

Be smart. Be safe. Be protected. If you or someone you know believes they have been the victim of a fraudulent contact using the name of Publishers Clearing House, please report it immediately using our Scam Incident Report.

And for more information on National Consumer Protection Week and free consumers services that can help you, here’s a special video put together just for this occasion by the Federal Trade Commission.

3_2_Chris Irving

Chris Irving
Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs

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  1. Yes I have been told I have won a new car and have wired 500.00 to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, also told I have won 950.000 .iis this a scam. ?

    1. Hello LeeAnn, one of the many great things about PCH is that it’s always free to enter and free to win; you never have to pay to claim a prize. Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. Often times these scammers will ask for money to claim your “prize”. If you are ever contacted by a scammer, do not give them any personal information and definitely don’t send them any money. Instead, please report all scam contacts that you receive to us via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. I also encourage you to check out these Safety Tips for some great ways to protect yourself from being scammed. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. mandy klisit says:
    I am waiting for the Prize Patrol to tell me at what time they’ll be here with my $2,500,000 check. I don’t know if that’s true or not, because there have been a lot of signs that this may be a scam (somebody trying to get me to give them money and run) I will give you all the results of my experience with them. I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT PCH IS DOING ANYTHING WRONG OR CROOKED. I BELIEVE they are honest and I participate in every one of their mailings. But there’s a lot of scams out there, and any of us can fall in their trap, no matter how smart we are. They are very clever and know how to convince us that they are honest. Good luck to me!!! And to all of you!!!

  3. DearPublishing Clearing House My name is Barbara I would love to be the winner As seven thousand dollars a week for life That would be a blessing Will help me and my family my life. Leveling have to worry anymore About bills Are somewhere to goBecause Who have a home to call unknown Thank youPCH For all the good job here is done for people God bless you all. Good luck charlie is waitingPS. Hope to hear from you soon Barbara Number 3080. God bless us all

  4. Yes, I meet a person. Today by texting me, ON MY CWLL PHONE, after about 3 hr.
    Texting. He/it was getting upset & ugly . Than I look on PCH SITE AS KNOW ONE WAS @ PCH. GUESS THAT WHY THEY CALL ON weekends you can’t
    Call PCH.