Does the PCH Prize Patrol Send Friend Requests on Facebook?

Pop quiz: Does the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol send friend requests on Facebook?

The answer is: ABSOLUTELY NOT! Members of the famous PCH Prize Patrol – Dave Sayer, Danielle Lam , Todd Sloane, and our latest Prize Patrol member Howie Guja – never send friend requests on Facebook. And neither do any other executives, employees or representatives of Publishers Clearing House, for that matter!

 Did you receive a friend request from the PCH Prize Patrol on Facebook? DO NOT ACCEPT IT!

If you receive a friend request from someone claiming to be a member of the Prize Patrol or a PCH employee, STOP! DO NOT accept the friend request! THIS IS A SCAM!

PCH does not send friend requests  to anyone, for any reason!

Take a look at this helpful video  on how to actively prevent friend requests from PCH scammers.

We cannot emphasize this enough: PCH employees NEVER send friend requests on social media, so if you see any, do NOT accept them. And do NOT engage in Twitter or Instagram conversations with people pretending to be from PCH. We NEVER contact you this way!

At PCH the Winning Is Always FREE!

There are more to PCH scams than just friend requests on social media. A really easy way to spot a PCH scam is if you are asked to pay or wire money to claim a prize. Remember, at Publishers Clearing House the winning is ALWAYS FREE and there are NEVER any fees to claiming a prize – EVER!

PCH Does Not Use Social Media to Contact Winners in Advance!

Another important scam prevention tip: please remember that PCH NEVER uses social media to contact winners in advance. If someone contacts you in any way to advise that they are coming to award a prize, they are NOT from the real Publishers Clearing House! PCH would NEVER notify a winner in advance – that would spoil the surprise of the winning moment!

I hope these tips are helpful because we truly love our fans and we want you to stay safe. If you believe you’ve been contacted by a scammer, please fill out our Scam Incident Report right away!

After all, we want you to enter for free, have fun, enjoy the PCH experience, and maybe … who knows? … maybe even become a big winner someday soon!

Stay safe!
Debbie K.
PCH Creative


P.S. I’d be so happy to know that fans and friends like you have taken away something from this morning’s blog. Please comment below with at least one important fact you’ve learned here. Also, feel free to share this blog with your Facebook friends so they, too, will stay safe from scammers. Thanks!



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  1. I received an email fro. Todd Sloane saying i won 850000 dollars and had me contact an email address. Is this something you all do?

    1. Hi Kenya. 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: 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: 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!!

  2. I Realy thinks that stanks for people to do that.i to was contacted by supposely. A Danielle Lam @David Sayers claim ing that i was a pch .million dollars with ther photos of them holding pch award with my name and amount .won .plus 10.000.00 a week for life.and a new car.i think that this a cruel act towards a shame their people out there who do that.

    1. I am really happy that you knew that it was not the real PCH who contacted you! We never notify major winners over the phone or through standard mail, email or Facebook. We would really appreciate if you would send us the details of this scam call you received. PCH does not send private Facebook messages to our fans so please complete a Scam Incident Report. Here’s how: There are a lot of scammers out there who use the good name and reputation of PCH, as well as the names of those of us on the Prize Patrol. Please be careful everyone!!

  3. I have received a telephone call from a man stating that I am a winner of 5.5 million from Publishers Clearing House. Said they now call prior to presenting check at door. He is to call again this morning???? Said a CPA will be sending letter. I am always a very concerned person and am having doubts that is why I went on your Scam page. He had my phone number and my address.

    1. Hello Miriam. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: PCH does partner with the Federal Trade Commission and we send all scam reports to them so please make sure you let us know anytime a scammer contacts you. Remember, the real PCH never notifies major prize winners via phone, standard mail, email, or social media, and we never ask winners to pay to claim their prize. You can see more Safety Tips here: Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. Received a letter with a check enclosed for $4,317.02 from Auto-Owners Insurance, saying I had won a percentage of the $75,000 giveaway, from Publishers Clearing House and to contact an agent at once to claim my prize. The letter had a Canadian stamp.

    1. Some using Danielle lams name is contacting me through messenger. Then a representative is texting me saying I’m a winner, is this a scam?

  5. I got a call today saying I won second price 850.000 plus 5.000 a month for a year and wanted to meet me at Walmart left a number but called from different one it all sounded great and would of been nice said his name was Paul Edwards.