Are You Being Scammed? Read On For The Red Flags!

They’re out there, folks … scammers who claim that they represent Publishers Clearing House, telling folks that they’ve already won a prize. They seek people out by mail, by phone, by email and social media.  But it’s important you know that they have NO interest whatsoever in GIVING anyone any money – quite the opposite!

Smart PCHSearch&Win fans like you who conduct sophisticated Web searches for the latest information are pretty tough to fool. But it doesn’t hurt to go over the “red flags” that should tell you right away that you’re NOT being dealing with the REAL Publishers Clearing House  – and that you might be in danger of being SCAMMED!

 Mail scams

If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH and tells you you’ve won a prize award – then asks you to send a check or money card in order to claim the prize, IT’S A SCAM! At Publishers Clearing House, winning is always FREE!

Email Scams

If you receive an email notifying you that you have won a major prize in our sweepstakes, IT’S A SCAM!  We don’t use emails to notify our major prize winners —
we send the PCH PRIZE PATROL to pass along the good news with a Big Check!

Phone Scams

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and are asked to send money, pay a fee or pre-pay taxes to enter, collect or claim a sweepstakes prize, IT’S A SCAM!  As discussed above, we never-ever-EVER ask folks for a penny to claim a prize!

Facebook scams

If you receive a “friend request” from the Prize Patrol – from Danielle Lam, for instance – IT’S A SCAM! No member of the Prize Patrol – Danielle Lam, Todd Sloane or Dave Sayer  – will ever send friend requests or private messages on Facebook.   PLUS, PCH does NOT notify its winners through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media site.

Bottom Line, Rule-of-Thumb, Take-Away Information:  If you were to win a major prize from Publishers Clearing House, the ONLY way you’d find out about it would be seeing the Prize Patrol right on your front doorstep!

Do YOU have any other advice about how to spot a scam? We’d really like to hear about it. Please jot it down in the “Comments” section below.

So keep doing all your internet searches on PCHSearch&Win –  putting yourself in the running for lots of great prizes once you’re logged in. And be sure to “surf safe” and recognize the “red flags” we’ve talked about today.

Happy searching – and WINNING!

Your friend,

Marybeth H.
PCH Creative

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