Don’t Let Scammers Get The Best Of You!

We love traveling near and far to award lucky winners all over the country with PCH Big Checks! And we also love awarding smaller, more frequent prizes to our PCH winners. We’re here to make dreams come true, and that’s just what we’ll continue to do!

But you must know, there are many, many scammers out there pretending to be PCH employees or even members of the Prize Patrol – and that’s scary.   That’s why I’m here to give you a few tips right from the source to make sure you stay safe from these scams!


We’re here to help you with the facts! There are three very important rules you should know in order to stay safe from scammers. If you follow these three rules, we’re sure that you’ll never be lured into a scam! First, remember PCH employees do NOT send friend requests on social media! Second, you NEVER have to pay to claim a PCH prize. That’s right – entering and winning are absolutely FREE! And lastly, PCH winners are NOT notified through social media.


Another important thing to remember is, if YOU are a major prize winner, you will NEVER be contacted in advance! The Prize Patrol takes pride in making sure that when they award a major prize, they do it first-hand and that it’s always a surprise! We would never tell the winner that we were coming to their home – that would just ruin all the fun!

If you think you have been a victim of a scam, you can always use our stay safe tool to report it. We NEVER want our loyal fans and customers to be victimized – so we want to give you all the information you need to stay safe. Just remember these rules above, and you’ll be sure to protect yourself.

We wish all of you luck, and stay safe out there!

Dillon S.
Promotion Development


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  1. I was contacted via email saying I won the PCH Lotto for 850,000.00 and they just asked for my updated name address age and sex. They did not ask for any personal financial information or ask me to pay for anything the email was then signed Mr. Todd Sloane. They also gave me a claim code, is this real?

    1. Hi Nancy! 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: I encourage you to read these Safety Tips too: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  2. Just received obvious scam phone call (“unknown caller” shows on phone ID screen – no #). Said I won 3rd prize on PCH Betty Crocker prize giveaway (?!) $250,000. Tried very hard to get my checking account number for $9300 tax (obviously way off what that would be if legitimate (?!) payment purposes — wanted to know my checking account balance and Acct. #. Caller said his name is James Parker and PCH would arrive Monday, January 30 at 11:00 am. Will send this scam info. out local Santa Barbara community via a community newsletter website that has a wide distribution.

    Just thought you might want this information. Suspect they picked me because I am 88 years old and thought it would be easy to fool someone that old.

  3. I have been contacted on Facebook and my private email to pay money to receive my prize. But I read these rules the first time and did not pay. Should I delete these people as friends on Facebook ???????

    1. Hi Albert, That is definitely a scammer who contacted you! PCH will never send friend requests, private messages, or winner notifications via Facebook; we also never ask for money to claim a prize. Do not give this person any personal information and certainly do not send them any money!! Instead, report them to PCH by completing a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: Check out this FAQ for info on how to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. I would like to make a reply! I’m getting the mailings ready for the outgoing mail. I received a letter advising me to look for a special envelope in the next 2 days. It is very important for me to fill it out & send it back asap. The next day I received an important letter telling me that I have won a consolation prize and would not win the 10 thousand a week or the 10 million one time pay out. Inside were 6-$400.00 credit vouchers (my consolation prizes) for the $10 million giveaway. As a winner of the consolation prize I could exchange the vouchers for (6) prizes. Each prize was at least $99 to $199 more than the $400 vouchers. You could use only 1 voucher for each prize. It just doesn’t seem like much of a prize if I have to help pay for it!
    What’s crazy…I’ve started getting e-mails again for not giving

    1. Hello Myra, please be advised that PCH will never contact a winner in this manner. Also, PCH never offers a consolation prize by issuing credit vouchers in any amount of money. Most importantly, PCH will never ask you to pay money to claim a sweepstakes prize. We’re sorry, you’ve been contacted by a scammer. Please check out our helpful Fraud Prevention blog: If you need additional assistance please contact our Customer Service Team directly by calling 1-800-566-4724. We want all of our participants to be protected and safe. Have a good day!