“I Was Contacted By Danielle Lam On Facebook”: Don’t Be Scammed!!

Greetings PCH Fans!

There’s nothing we enjoy more here at PCH then making our loyal fans BIG winners through our many giveaways and sweepstakes! That said, one of the things we don’t love here at PCH is when scammers reach out to our fans and try to convince them that they have to pay to claim a prize!  Remember, at Publishers Clearing House the winning is ALWAYS FREE!

The ONLY way for a chance to win any one of our amazing sweepstakes is to enter, enter, enter in every way that you can!  Oh, and of course the only way you’ll know if you have become our next big winner is when the Prize Patrol shows up at YOUR door in person with balloons, flowers and of course … a big check!

How Do You Know If You Have Received A PCH Scam Contact?

While scammers in the past have contacted fans via email, phone and mail, they have also taken their scamming methods to social media by contacting fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ve had fans who report that they were contacted by Danielle, Dave, Todd or Howie – and were asked to wire them money to claim their prize.

We want to raise a red flag to all of our PCH fans right now, because this simply CANNOT be true. As you all know, here at PCH we would NEVER notify winners in advance and we would NEVER request payment of any kind to claim a prize!  We love to surprise our winners and capture those candid winning moments, so that you may enjoy them just as much as we do!

So, even though we know our fans are savvy enough to remember that Publishers Clearing House or the Prize Patrol would never reach out to a winner on ANY social media site, here are a few things you can do if you are contacted by anyone claiming to be Danielle Lam (or any of the Prize patrol members) on Facebook.

Help Prevent Friend Requests From Scammers On Facebook

Scammers tend to watch the activity on the PCH pages and try to send friend requests to the fans who comment often. By making sure all your privacy settings are up-to-date on your social media pages you can help prevent PCH scammers from contacting you.

Fill Out A Scam Incident Report

Here at PCH we work super hard to make sure our fans have the safest and most enjoyable experience throughout all of our properties. If you or someone you know feels they have been contacted by a scammer, please head over to our Scam Incident Report page and fill it out right away!

So fans, I hope this information was helpful! Our goal is to provide you with the most fun, safe and enjoyable experience. Keep those entries coming and who knows … someday the next big winner might be you!

Victoria P.
PCH Creative

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  1. Hello pch every time i respond on fb i get a scammer trying to add me and since i have dealt with allot of these lowlife ppl i have made a fb page Scammers Inc .plz come join the page people my famous one this one tryed to be a famous rock star i exposed her and she came clean i post all scammers on there i come across its a crime and stealing from people is just wrong .on everysite they are .ty pch for looking out as well .if anybody needs help with them feel free to hit me up in messages in fb i will try to help you give u advice etc even play.them as the fools they are .theres no need to steal from people .never use your bank card on the internet .get a debit card and put only amount of your product u want to buy .never give your e mail out or passwords .and if they ask you to go off facebook to another program just block em .dont add anybody from pch .i do cuz inno how to play em .becareful people we work hard and play hard for our money dont be foolish .oh yeah they ask for itune cards etc just block em .i had them all. Good luck and hope this will help you as my freinds showed me and i learned there tricks .i hope i win. And get surprised to meet great ppl at pch .thank you pch for a chance to change my life forever .

    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! 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. i was contacted by danielle lamb on faceook i sent her one back because the north texas fair and rodoe committee a menace in my life had removed it from my contacts and they have removed text message enen turming my airplane mode on and off and my name is marc mikel of denton texas the man with the delay i his tiemline and i am kali rae mikel dad cowboy its on my rap sheet at the denton police department and in the year of on or about 2014 i entered the largest event in publisher clearing houe histort a hundred millon for the first two years and a million forever for a lifetieme for life i have mind eye capability only kali rae mikel dad cah have that right there

    1. Hello, that was not the real Danielle who contacted you in either case. PCH does not contact winners via social media, whether it be through private message or friend request. Please report the fake account to us here: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. Check out this blog article for info on how you can stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. Stay safe everyone and be careful of scammers pretending to be the REAL Prize Patrol!

  3. But the package as to be registered for the delivery tomorrow ms.Robinson.this is from David Cowaski is this true

    1. I’m pretty sure your entry IS your registration. If you win a big prize at PCH they will surprise you by showing up at your house in person. NEVER give your banking or other personal information over the phone or on facebook, twitter, instagram, email etc. NEVER send money to someone who claims you won. You do not have to pay anything in order to get your prize money. For some smaller prizes, you might have to fill out an afidavit but I expect that will happen within the PCH website or app that you will be notified you won. Don’t be fooled by people who tell you that you have to send money. Don’t give your banking info out. PCH will notify you of prizes personally. I think the affidavit might be just to ensure you and your family members don’t work for PCH., I don’t think even that asks for your banking info

      1. Hello Kathleen. Unfortunately, scammers are sneaky and persistent in their attempt to deceive people. They go as far as to use the good name and reputation of PCH to do so. As a reminder, the real PCH will never notify winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc). We also will never ask for money to claim a prize. If you are contacted by a scammer pretending to be from the real PCH, there are a few steps you can take. First of all, never give them any personal information and definitely do not send them money for any reason. We ask that you report all fake pages to Facebook. For instructions on how to do so, click here: http://bit.ly/ReportPCHScamFB. I also encourage you to take a look at this blog as it has some great info on what you can do to stop scammers from contacting you on Facebook: http://bit.ly/StopFBScammers. You can verify whether a Facebook page is the real PCH simply by looking for the blue check mark next to our name. That check mark signifies that Facebook has verified that the page is real. You will also see the check mark next to the replies from our Social Media Team so you know that those posts are from the real PCH. Please be careful and stay educated so you don’t become a victim!!