How To Spot A PCHlotto Scam — Top Three Warning Signs!

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There are amazing free online lotto opportunities at PCHlotto — every day! Our fans know all about them — unfortunately, so do the criminals who use the Publishers Clearing House name in PCHlotto scams!

In fact, just the other day, I was talking to Sarah on our Social Media Team. She was telling me about a message she received on Facebook from a South Carolina fan who had gotten an email from a fraudster pretending to be from PCHlotto. This smart lady was able to tell that it was a scam and alert PCH right away. Good for her! We want you to be able to spot a PCHlotto scam right away, too!

Here are the Top 3 ways to determine if something is a PCHlotto scam:

1. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you receive a notification via email or Facebook notifying you that you’ve won. The fact is: Publishers Clearing House and PCHlotto NEVER contact our big winners in advance. When Gerard Rivera won $1.25 Million from PCHlotto on 12/12/12, he found out when the Prize Patrol showed up at his door!

2. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you’re asked to send money to claim a prize. Publishers Clearing House and PCHlotto will NEVER, EVER ask you to pay a fee  if you’ve won.  Nor would we ever ask you to load up a Green Dot MoneyPak Prepaid Card. At PCH the winning is always free!

3. You’ll know it’s a PCHlotto scam if you’re being asked for excessive personal information. When our entrants sign up, we get the information we’d need to surprise them in the event that they’ve won — we won’t contact you to ask for more!  In the scam email described above, the scammer requested the following information: Full Name, Address, Sex, Nationality, Age, Occupation and more. If you’re actually won a BIG prize from PCH or PCHlotto, that just won’t happen!

So there you have it! Please remember the Top Three Warning Signs described above because playing at PCHlotto is much more fun when you have all the tools to protect yourself against PCHlotto scams!

All the best!

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative


420 thoughts on “How To Spot A PCHlotto Scam — Top Three Warning Signs!”

  1. Anita McIntosh says:

    This my messageI received today on fb

    hello how are you doing today??

    my name is JACK from the leading group of PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE you are among of our fortunate champ for this week.

    simply contact in control at the head office with this Facebook page or mail-publishersclearinghousepro2017@gmail.com or by the Text Number +1 (812) 548-6285 message back when you are ready to guarantee your cash kindly do that quick since we have many individuals to convey there winning at the entryway step.

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      That is a scammer! 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. stacy says:

    Nov 24 at 3:35 PM

    We officially congratulate you as we notify you that your email address
    has emerged as one of our winners of $850,000.00 USD in the recent
    Publishers Clearing House Global Sweepstakes Email Lottery.

    Kindly send your contacts to pchoffice2017lotto@yahoo.com

    *Full Names
    *Residential Address
    *Telephone
    *Gender
    *Age

    Todd Sloane
    PCH Lottery.

    someone emailed this and this is a scam

    1. PCH Staff PCH Staff says:

      Sadly, there are scammers out there who use our good name and reputation to try to deceive people. If you are ever contacted by someone who is posing as the real PCH, please report it to us via this link: http://bit.ly/Report-Scam-To-PCH.

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