“I Was Contacted By A Publishers Clearing House Scammer!” Here’s What To Do!

PCH Fans,

Picture this… it’s an ordinary day and as you go about your daily activities you are suddenly interrupted by a phone call, letter, email, Facebook message or some other type of notification advising that you are a big Publishers Clearing House winner.

You get so excited you almost drop everything you are holding to jump in the air and begin yelling with excitement. That is of course until you remember that there are two very important things missing — the PCH Prize Patrol AND the Big Check! Yes friends, the alarms should be sounding right about now. THIS IS A SCAM!

Here at PCH we do our best to alert consumers about the latest scams. Since we love making dreams come true with our exciting sweepstakes, we hate nothing more than to learn of  fraudulent scammers contacting our loyal fans in their attempts to illegally obtain money and personal information.

So, what should you or your friends and family do if you suspect that you are being scammed? Well, the first thing is to never give out personal information or send money to the scammers! The second thing is make sure you report the scam right away using our super helpful scam form!

Remember – stay educated and know the signs of a PCH scam!  At Publishers Clearing House we NEVER contact our winners in advance. It’s ALWAYS a surprise.  To identify a scam, you should look for the following signs:

  • You were messaged on social media
  • You received a phone call telling you that you are a major prize winner at PCH.
  • You were asked to send a money card, cash, or provide the scammers with bank/personal information to claim your prize.

These are just some of the signs to watch out for. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. As a matter of fact, my own father AND one of my best friends were both contacted by PCH scammers!

I hope you found this information super-helpful. Please stay alert and make sure you always report any Publishers Clearing House scam you received. The more we know about these scammers, the better we can protect our loyal fans just like you!

Stay Alert!

Victoria P.
PCH Creative

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  1. I just got a letter in the mail telling me I won a $3,000.000 prize along with a check for $6,325.78 which, according to the letter is to cover the cost for an attorney, processing, Insurance, etc. The claim representatives name is David Otis @ 1-313-996-3190 and the letter is signed by Eric D. Burns (Chief Financial Officer). Is this a pretty common scam? Thanks

  2. Yes I was contacted on messenger today. I had an idea something wasn’t right especially with all the business I have done in ordering from you I knew you had my address and phone number –that’s what they wanted. Thank you for your information. They getting their jollies & trying to get my personal information.

  3. This lady keeps trying to talk with me. She contacted through Instagram then started messaging me via Facebook. She claims to be the general claims manager for pch (Publisher cleaning house). She goes by the name Jennifer Washington. I have reported and also wanted to post here as well. Very sketchy.

    1. Hi Wendy. Please report all contacts from scammers to PCH via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH. 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: http://bit.ly/PCH-Safety-Tips. Please be careful everyone; don’t become a scammer’s victim!

  4. I received a call today telling me I had won $2.5 million and a M. Benz car as the 2nd place winner on PCH giveaway. The caller said his name was Steve Collins, 282 Chanel Dr., Fort Washington, NY 11050. The prize number was #870007002, and phone number was 585-294-2403. He said the check would be drawn on the Bank of America, and then asked if there was a B of A in Spencer IA where we lived. I told him there was no current B of A in Spencer because it had been bought out by Northwest Bank. We have moved from the address he had for us to another address here in Spencer. I gave him our current address and he said we would be receiving a visit in the near future with the prizes. ( a certified check and the 2017 car) After looking at your website I feel like this was probably a scam. I don’t think I gave him any information that would be of enough value to him to fleece us out of anything, however I can’t be sure, especially since your website states that all prizes are a surprise with no prior notification. Please let me know if I am at risk, or if this is real.

    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! 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!