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Scam Warning: The Publisher's Clearing House Prize Patrol Aren't Federal Marshals

By July 5, 2009

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Channel 9 News in Colorado is reporting a new sweepstakes scam where con artists pose as the Publisher's Clearing House Prize Patrol in an attempt to scam victims out of money.

The sweepstakes scam starts with a phone call from someone claiming to be a Federal Marshal or another type of law enforcement agent. They tell the person who answers the phone that they are from the PCH Prize Patrol, and they are going to deliver a prize of $90,000 or more to their home. They just need the so-called winner to wire them some money first to cover "insurance."

This has already struck two of my Top Warning Signs of Sweepstakes Scams: warning sign #1, "Sweepstakes Scams Require You Pay to Receive the Prize" and Warning Sign #10, "Sweepstakes Scams Can Pose As Government Organizations."

If a real law enforcement officer does call your home, you can always ask for a name, department, and badge number, and call to verify that the officer is legitimate, according to Channel 9's article. I'd add that you should be sure to look up the number of the law enforcement agency yourself. It's easy for a scammer to get a friend to pose as a supervisor to verify his story.

Publisher's Clearing House also offers a phone number you can call to verify whether you've really won a prize. You can find it in my Publisher's Clearing House FAQ.

In addition, remember that the Publisher's Clearing House Prize Patrol does not include law enforcement officers. Federal Marshals do not call people with win notifications. And most of all, you never have to wire money to anyone to receive a legitimate prize.

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August 15, 2009 at 9:55 am
(1) MIKE GUYTON says:

PCH adverised all summer, 100,000 per week for 1 year drawing to be held 8/13/2009, winners announced on NBC/ CANT FIND OUT WHO WON, IF THIS WAS SCAM, PLEASE FIND OUT/

August 18, 2009 at 8:40 pm
(2) Anonymous says:

Yes, I am also wondering about the $100,000 per week contest that PCH advertised so much this summer. Wasn’t that particular prize supposed to be awarded on August 14, 2009? Also, how are the winners actually chosen? It seems the winners are always people who already own nice homes, nice cars, etc, while you never see a desperately poor, disabled person who lives in a tiny apartment chosen as the winner. Oh, I was happy for the winners in Boise and I’m glad they didn’t lose their home.

February 15, 2010 at 7:16 am
(3) cebra says:

and why is there never a sweepstakes winner from anywhere but up North?

February 15, 2010 at 7:26 am
(4) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Cebra, you might want to check out the PCH Winner’s Circle. There are winners from Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and many other non-Northern states. Good luck!

May 31, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(5) Sandy says:

I was called by a Brandon Cane who id himself as prize claim official with Publishers clearing House. He said I won $285,000.00. He was very convincing – a real actor. The next day I was called by an Eric Hayes, who id himself as a US customs agent at an airport in NJ. He said my check came from Lloyds of London bank through Costa Rica and I needed to pay $2,850.00 to have it delivered. These people are well rehearsed and cover all questions people will ask. They are professional scam artists. The FBI knows them – Public Beware! Report all the phone numbers to your local police station.

June 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm
(6) Pat Redmond says:

I received a cell phone (202-391-0970) call from one Robert McCartney,who identified himself as an agent from immigration/justice department. He said that there was a pkg at JFK from Publisher Clearing house worth over $600,000. and I should call Larry Fulton 718-285-7922 for instuctions. After all of my questions he gave me number 516-203-4699 to call PCH. He said they will continue to call until Larry hears from me. I told him that I was taking all of this info to the local police Dept for them to check is out.

June 12, 2010 at 5:27 am
(7) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Congratulations on spotting the scam, Pat! I’m so glad you didn’t fall for it.

July 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(8) Richard Carrillo says:

I too received a call from that same (202-391-0970) number today, but the officers name was a Stephen Baker who left a message. I didnt know where the area code was from and why an officer would be calling me from there. Thank you, Pat, for posting your comment and that number. Now theres no need for me to call that number back.

August 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(9) bobby bourland says:

i think pch is a bunch of crap?

October 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(10) billie says:

I received a call yesterday from a gentlemn(?) who said he was David Brooke and frm PCH. He said I had wno 495,900, and gave me anumber to cdall that he said was PCH to verify his emply,ent there. I called and a guy answered and said yes, he was employed at PCH. David Brooke said I would recvie a package today via Fed Express with my check. Today, I rec. a call from a Micheele who said she was a customs agents atJFK INTERNATINAL AIRPORT ADN A PACKAGE ARRIVED FROM E WITH A CHECK OF 495,000. AND ALL i HAD TO DO WAS PAY A 1% FEE TO GET IT. tO GO TO MYCOMPUTER WITH A CREDIT CARD AND SHE WOULD NFORM ME HOW TO WIRE TRANSVER THE MONEY. SHE ALSO WAS VERY CONVINCING. Who can do something to stamp this out….Poor folks who are gullible. I asked could I call her back and she gave me a song and dance. Older folks beware!!!!!

October 21, 2010 at 11:35 am
(11) Dave says:

Yeasterday I was contacted by phone by a John Toro (516) 300-1663 and stated that he was an agent with PCH and was notifing me of winning $ 495,000.00. He was very well rehersed and very conviencing. He said that the check would arrive by Fed-ex between 10:00am and 2:00pm. He then went on to give me check number and a claim number that I would have to verify with the Fed-ex delivery person. He went on to give me Customer dervice number of (888) 260-9479. Then recieved a phone call the next day at 10:00 from a Jennifer Hayes (972)363-1005 advising she was with customs in Dallas Ft Worth at the airport and that my check was being held in customs because it was missing important documentation and that this documentation would cost me 1% of the total winnings before the check could be released due to it comming from an off-shore bank.
She went on to tell me that I could fly to DFW airport and take care of this or transfer money from bank or pay here locally when the check arrives. Beware everyone DONT FALL PREY TO THIER GAME!!

October 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm
(12) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Billie, I’m so glad you recognized the scam! That really illustrates why it’s important to verify wins using a direct phone number to the company, not by a phone number given to you by someone telling you about a prize.

I have a list of places where you can report sweepstakes fraud. One of them may be able to help you alert the proper authorities.

Good luck!

Sandra

October 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(13) anon says:

I’ve just cleared away this same exact scam, it’s been reported to the NFIC and the FTC. Wish I could have really won that $495,000 though =/.

January 12, 2011 at 9:26 am
(14) Mark M says:

Beware, two women with Jamaican accents who say they’re from PCH state that you have won 995,000 dollars and a Mercedes Benz. A Ms Miller and a Anderson Reed.?? Ms. Miller states that she’s from Global International with an ID # of 1102. They want you to go to a Western Union and transfer $299.00 to Kingston Jamaica to receive a receipt so they can show up to your door with the prizes!…………Yeah right! They are very persistant, calling 20 times a day! They are targeting elderly people, so pass the word around!

January 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm
(15) Victor says:

I had a message on my answering machine saying that they were from the Publisher’s Clearing House and I had won a prize. The phone number they left was 516-490-8827.
I didn’t bother to call it because I can’t trust it since the call would be long distance.
An internet search said that phone number was located in Hicksville and Nassau New York.

January 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm
(16) Birdie says:

These scammers are targeting retirees. Where are they getting the phone numbers? AARP, the US govt. Social Security Office???

February 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm
(17) T says:

I am very weary of having to give my credit card # to receive a pto receive a prize, but since entering searches for the PCH I have been called 3 x about winning a $100 gas voucher but have to give my cc for postage!! No way. $2,95!! Don”t think so

March 12, 2011 at 1:04 am
(18) Jessica says:

My mother got a call today from a john maxwell acting to be an employee of PCH saying my mom won 450,000 a plasma tv and a mercedes benz. he asked to cover shipping to wire 300 through wester union. he also gave a name an address to where the money would be sent. a looked up the address it was an insurance brokage comapny and i called the number it displayed some old woman answered the phone, no business line what so ever. he kept calling and calling he asked if i did the transfer yet and i said yes and gave him a bogus reciept number. i really hate people why do they do this to people some people are going to fall for this. it scares me to think someone will be dragged in and hung out to dry .

April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm
(19) Louis says:

I got a call today, notifing me of a PCH win, blah, blah checked w/PCH, they do not call you, a car pulls up and surprises you. Larry Miller @ 516-874-0931 called and said I’d get a check from Lloyds of London tomorrow for $228,000. He wanted my birthdate and e-mail address, so I’ll post if anyone else calls or shows up. Oh got a call from another guy, I didn’t answer and he didn’t leave a message, so I called back and he was like Holly you entered a sweeps for a vacation, said not Holly and no to sweeps, he told me it was the wrong # then, yeah right, reported to police and other authorities, wanted to post so others will see this.

April 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm
(20) Jane says:

just received my 25 call in one month. Now they want a phone card for $200 and they will bring me $500,00 from PCH I must have the phone card by 5pm so they can deliver the money. Looks like someone could stop these people. I am a senior.

April 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm
(21) Chris says:

My 74 year mom just received the same exact series of calls $285,000. Initial call from a Allison 516-209-2056. Next day from Dallas Ft. Worth Airport Mr. Cornell 972-294-6931. Thinking posing as a Federal Agent customs agent would carry more weight than local police.

July 1, 2011 at 1:40 am
(22) Ossit says:

PCH doesn’t call to say you won. They don’t e-mail to say you won. They don’t ask for money up front to claim a prize. You don’t money gram or Western Union anything. Those who demand that are the scammers. You don’t have to buy anything so stop buying. Yo don’t have to pay for anything to collect. If it says no purchase necessary why do people still do it! I don’t. I’ve been playing it for 20 years. It keeps me occupied and I don’t their lotto, don’t do any surveys, don’t pay for anything. I move tickets around when that graphic page comes up. When they send me to an affiliate I close it and buy nothing. Anyone who pays up front for anything they’ve ‘won’ is being scammed. If they say you have to give them money in a foreign country, well duh it’s a scam. Don’t pay for anything up front to claim any winnings. Simple as that. They say no purchase necessary, a purchase won’t help you win. Stop buying. It’s long shot odds you’ll win.

July 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm
(23) Shirley Kimmel says:

I received today July 22, 2011, a letter from ANC out of Kansas City. Ks. They said I was ythe winner of $2,000,000,00. However, due to an oversite, I had not paid for a item, they wanted. $12.99 to be sent immediately or my CC Account, or Postal Order. Turns out ANC is AWARD NOTIFICATION COMMISSION. North Amercan Division.
I have been involved with PCH for a couple of months, so got a bit excited then slowed down. A while ago I received another Official Mail Delivery, I pulled it out of the stack of PCH info. Same address in Kansas as listed on new official we want payment form for the $$$ to be sent. I will call PCH tomorrow, though I know this is a scam. May call the police, too.

August 1, 2011 at 11:43 am
(24) Carroll Warren says:

I was also notified, by mail, that I had won PCH’s contest and copy of my check for $2,600,000.00 was attached. I was instructed to call my winner claim agent to claim my prize. I noticed that I would have to place an order when I talked with the agen t, which, as we all know,is not required by PCH.

October 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm
(25) Randolph says:

Just got a got on my cell advising me that I won $450,000.00 from Publishing Clearning House. We were among the 4 people who won. Just go to the Westin Union and pay $405.00 to claim our prize. His name was Kevin Kertis. We asked for a call back number which he got nervous in giving it to us, but we told him we wanted to verify the call. The number is 1-876-891-9310. We called the number using another number and a James Johnson answered and said yes you were just talking to my agent Kevin. Now how did he know that especially when we call from another number. This James guy was a little upset that we were asking him questions, like what is our winning number. We told him this is a scam and he said that they are regulated with the Federal. Beware this is a scam! Publishing Clearning House and any other company will not ask you for monies if you won some.

January 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm
(26) PCH says:

I work for Publisher’s Clearing House and can guarantee it is not a “scam” in the legal, official sense of the word. What it is doing (trust me, everything is run through the legal department before going out) is sending out extremely misleading advertising and contests promotions. For instance, you get a mailer that says “You are on the short list and closer to your goal of blah blah blah”. What it fails to mention is the “short list” is every single person who has responded (usually for main contests in the hundreds of millions or our las t giveaway (GWY 1400) had odds of 1 in 1.7 Billion (with a b). Also, draw date and end date of contests are not the same. They pull one SuperPrize number on draw day, and since most ppl throw our mail away (a reason we send so much, knowing the winning number will probably be tossed) more often than not the “winning number” has not been returned so no one wins anything. They can do this for years (check the end dates, they are all in 2015 etc…). and then they just re-advertise it as a different payout which sounds different but it’s the same lump sum. Coupons (for a % off etc…) DO NOT need to be sent back, they simply “inform” the customer the stuff is up to %50 off., even though the coupon has perforated edges and a lil pic of scissors showing you where to cut. MISLEADING AS HELL! Same with Bonus points, don’t mean dick. Scratch n Win cards? Nope, all sent back to us to be put in a draw with odds of 1 in 905,000. Don’t waste the stamps. Cust number is 1-800-645-9242

February 2, 2012 at 11:41 am
(27) jr says:

we got a call today , from a guy claiming to be don cooper from publishers clearing house out of california , said we won 1 million $ , all we had to do is pay 850 $ today , i knew right away it was a scam , so i acted l;ike i was real exited , i played with this guy on the phone for about 45 minutes , i could not believe he actualy gave me his number , 559-478-1747 , icalled it bk and it was him on the recording , what a dummy

February 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm
(28) David says:

We got a call today, from a guy claiming to be John green from publishers said we won 2.5 million $. all we had to do is pay $150. today , he went on to tells us all information about us, it was very scary assured that this was 100% ..he gave us his number 1-876-305-2661 ..He keeps calling and telling us they will bring the check and a new care as soon as we have the money order for $150.00 and that it will be refunded once all the paper work is done. Call back and he answer…but when he gave me the address to make out the check I was not sure this was real. This is the name he wanted the check made ou to : STEVON JARRETT –11 MARK ST., jAIMAICA wi, MONTIGO BAY. , THIS IS SO SCARRY SPECIALLY WHEN THEY HAVE ALL YOUR INFORMATION……

February 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(29) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

That is scary, David! I’m sorry to hear about that call.

February 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm
(30) Chrissi says:

Just received a call from a man stating he’s from PCH and a check could not be released until the government put their seal of approval on the check because of the large sum. This seal of approval would cost $150. I could hear a kid in the background yelling. When I said I was going to call PCH to verify the guy hung up on me. How rude! I wanted to keep him on the phone and mess with him back. Anyway here’s the number this homebody called from 702-900-9569.

February 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm
(31) Ellie Alvarado says:

Just this morning I was contacted by “an agent with the Federal Trade Commission, in Washington, DC.” – Bruce Jennings, and notified that I had won $350,000. He gave me his return phone number (202) 509-0692), and he even gave me another toll free number to call (1-866) 221-4894, that was supposed to be the verification department of Publisher’s Clearing House. I called, and it was of course verified by “Wendy Smith” that I was a winner.
WARNING!!! These people are VERY cunning. He had a long speal about the law, and how it is illegal to pay anyone in order to be paid. YET, when it came down to it he wanted me to send money via Western Union to some guy in Costa Rica that was supposed to be a U.S. attorney! He claimed it was a “refundable registration & insurance, collateral deposit” that is required by law.
NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE IN ORDER TO COLLECT YOUR WINNINGS!…
OMG- as I was writing this that Bruce Jennings just called me back to get the Western Union tracking number so that his henchman can pick up the money somewhere in Costa Rica!!! I won’t repeat here what I told him- bad language.

February 9, 2012 at 11:28 am
(32) Tonya says:

I just received a call from micheal Henry (really).at 876-884-5788…and I was the winner of 18.5 million dollars from Publishers Clearing House. Very broken english and was difficult to understand. Really dont understand what he wants I asked lots of questions and told him I didnt think PCH called there winners. He said I needed to be there at 3:30 with my DL and that there would be federal agents and all. I told him I feel this is a scam and I would be calling PCH to verify this info. He told me to call him back. Wow scary

February 19, 2012 at 2:59 am
(33) Valerie Huckstepp says:

I have been called repeatedly by so called Federal agents, telling me that my mum has won $2000,000. They start by telling me that they are from the PCH.The last time, I told them that my neighbor is anFBI investigator( true) & I would check out his name & badge number. He still persisted in giving me instructions on paying insurance for the money that was coming from Vegas.My mother & father ,in the last 4 years, have lost all their money,a house in England , they then took out a reverse mortgage on our house in Florida. They were so desperate for money to pay me back(I had been paying all there bills,but never asked for it back) that when a guy called them & said they had won $1,5000000, they got excited. They wired around $100,000 to an account that vanished straight after. That was the end of the reverse mortgage.Since then my dad passed away( he had Parkinson’s & the stress killed him) & my mum fell & had bleeding on the brain needing emergency surgery. She’s now in a nursing home. They were 81&82 years old when this happened.These scammers killed my dad & wrecked my mums life.Please, DO NOT LISTEN when someone calls or e mails you & tells you you have won millions!!!

March 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm
(34) Maggie says:

Just received a call from a man stating he’s from PCH and a check could not be released until the government put their seal of approval on the check because of the large sum. This seal of approval would cost $150. I could hear a kid in the background yelling. When I said I was going to call PCH to verify the guy hung up on me. How rude! I wanted to keep him on the phone and mess with him back. Anyway here’s the number this homebody called from 702-900-9569

I got a call from this guy today, too… Should I report it to the authorities?

March 20, 2012 at 11:11 am
(35) Frances Gentry says:

My husband and I have been getting calls — several of them — usually won’t answer, but occasionally do. Anyway, a John Baker with a Jamacian number — 876-568-8658 called me 3 times one day. Last call was at 11″41 PM. I was trying to tell him it was a scam & he kept saying “sweetheart, listen” — well, a business caller wouldn’t say that either. I sent a note to the Fed. Trade Comm. Baker said prize was from Coca Cola and he was investigating for Lords of London Ins. Co. I kept asking questions. First call he wouldn’t even give me his number tho. Was wanting me to go to Wal-Green or somewhere & get a card and then call him back. I asked how much card would cost & he said $155. I hung up on him at every call. This was last week. Then yesterday (3/19) recv’d call for my husband – this guy said he was John Bishop & from Washington. Phone number was 509 -671-9824 and after ck’ing this number out YES definitely scam also. What can we do to stop this nonsense. I know not to give to them, but it is harrassment.

April 20, 2012 at 12:34 am
(36) Terry says:

Maybe PCH should send certified mail announcements to notify winners.

April 20, 2012 at 4:05 am
(37) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Terry, for any big prizes, PCH comes in person or delivers the news by certified mail. ANY time you get a PCH “win” notice by email or phone for a prize worth more than $500, it’s a scam.

May 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm
(38) ashley says:

I received a call today claiming to be PCH saying i won $855,000 i just needed to send a processing fee in the d amount of 50.00 to Sheldon Williams montigo bay st. James Jamaica. Claimed a marshal would be at my house in half an hour with many check. Couldn’t even tell me my address. Stupid……

June 1, 2012 at 10:19 am
(39) Melinda Croft says:

You know I beleve that pch is a scam in a way as I dont beleve all the email’s that I receive from them every day to fill this out and go to this page and do a search. and why, if I have entered their sweepstakes as you have done with no purchase necessary why are they putting all of us thorouugh all this nonsense. Im to the point im not opening anymoe of their emails as it is all a bunch of junk. If you have won then they will let us know, but here the catch Who really wins??? I agree its always an old couple up north and if anyone in fl won where i live is in florida then they dont need the money as they have mostly moved here from up north to retire. Im disabled also and on a fixded income so why doesnt some of these people ever win or ordinary hard working people that enter its alwayls something with this group pch needs to tighten up before they get into some sort of trouble with all this bull they are sending out for us to do when it gets us nowhere and we never win no matter how much more you do. Kindest Regards

July 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm
(40) Billy says:

These scammers are very professional at lying about people winning money, what they will do is call your house and tell you that you have won money, and claim that you won a brand new car, they will ask you to pay 200 dollars or any other amount through some prepaid card called the “paypal money card”, before you agree with these liars, make sure you check which area call they are calling from, and do a research on the company they claim there from. There is one scammer who calls the united states, he resides in jamaica, and he calls himself Mr. Tj Benson. His going to tell you that there located in Las Vegas.
some of the numbers he use to call people are
1876-437-6644
1876-287-6406
He also speaks very horrible english., i hope this helps and please be careful, if these scammers are claiming that they are giving you money just ask them to tell you what your address is, and what is your name if they cannot provide you with that information and they are asking you for money then you should know you’re being scammed.

July 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm
(41) myst says:

I just received a call (876-401-7254 which is a Jamaica area code) from a “Robert Cooper” who had a thick Jamaican accent. He claimed I had won $850,000 and a Foodland shopping spree from Publisher’s Clearing House. He gave me all these numbers I needed to claim my prize and asked if I live near a Walgreens. I confirmed I did and he directed me to immediately go down there and buy a “green cash back card” and pay a shipping & handling fee so I could claim my prize. After realizing it was a scam I played with him for a bit and asked him to repeat himself a bunch of times or spell things out for me. After I asked him again what I had won he got a bit annoyed with me in his tone of voice. I told him I was at work and could not go to Walgreens immediately and he had me promise I would call him back when I was there.
HAHA

July 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm
(42) Nan Lombardo says:

The scam artists are certainly out there. Should you receive a call from a “Alex Fernandez” from Publisher’s Clearing House stating you have won a BMW and $850,000.00 this is a fraudulent phone call.
He will ask for your banking information. DO NOT GIVE ANY BANKING INFORMATION OUT OVER THE PHONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!. When he gets nowhere with this he will ask you to get a pre-paid green dot card at Walmart for $300.00 so that you can pay the “taxes upon delivery of your BMW

July 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm
(43) Nan Lombardo says:

The scam artists are certainly out there. Should you receive a call from a “Alex Fernandez” from Publisher’s Clearing House stating you have won a BMW and $850,000.00 this is a fraudulent phone call.
He will ask for your banking information. DO NOT GIVE ANY BANKING INFORMATION OUT OVER THE PHONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!. When he gets nowhere with this he will ask you to get a pre-paid green dot card at Walmart for $300.00 so that you can pay the “taxes upon delivery of your BMW which will be delivered the next day. By the way he calls on the weekends. Publisher’s Clearing House is closes down each weekend.

The phone numbers I got out of him were (631) 701-1529 and (876) 290-1637. These are probably pre-paid phones that they through out once they have used them.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU GIVE THEM ANY MONEY THROUGH WESTERN UNION AS IN THIS CASE OR IN ANY OTHER WAY THEY COME UP WITH.

nl

July 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(44) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Great advice, thanks!

July 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(45) carol says:

A so-called prize director, Mike King, who said he was calling to inform
me that I had won a mer. bense and 2,5 million dollars. Said he was with Publishers Clearing House. He gave the telephone number:1-876-370-0041 as the claims department. Gave me a package EB616. Said the attorney’s name was Fanny Porcers. However, after mentioning all this he said I would need to be ready to pay for insurance and delivery charge of $500.00. This could not be given to them in cash when delivery was made but I would need to go to Walmart and purchase a green dot money pack scatch card or something to that order. You have to pay cash for it and they cannot deliver you prize until you get this card and call them back with information on it. He gave me another number 1-876-385-0448. SCAM SCAM SCAM.

July 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(46) Dennis Johnson says:

My mother received a call on Sunday pretending to be Mr. David Washington III, General Manager from PCH. These people are convincing and very persistent. Apparently you can win the PCH prize of $2.5 million without ever having filled out/send back the PCH registration form. They mentioned automatic registration because she shops at Wal-Mart, blah, blah, blah. They left a phone number 876-435-6088 Ext 5 (when I called the number on Sunday someone with an accent actually answered PCH…I believe the real PCH is closed on Sunday. They also left several official sounding claim numbers: 11031478833 and B388664678A. On Monday the jerk called and told her the IRS is giving a discount on taxes and all she had to do was get a Wal-mart green dot card for $375 for them before she could claim her $2.5 million. We told mom to have him call my wife and I because we control her affairs and he called…we frustrated him for a while and then hung up. Don’t let the scammers win, PCH may be real but know how they operate so you wont get scammed.

August 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm
(47) jason says:

I have been entering daily for the 5000 a week for life prize but today because of spyware problems on the pch website when I get to the money for a house they keep redirecting me to different websites all the time and I can’t finish entering is this some scam from publishers clearing house.It is on their website so they must be aware of it.Luckily I have a good spyware blocker and cleaner so every time I got done registering I would clean my computer of about 100 infections and the only website I went to was http://www.pch.com now I can’t even finish registering.I would like pch to clean up their site so I can register it is very annoying to know you infect my computer every day I enter it does not seem like a very honorable way to do business.Please clean up your website!

August 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(48) marcus marshall says:

I have won a few times from scam on my e-mail I called called PCH first thing and the man said I did not win.I sent the scam E-mails to the FBI and of course to PCH.I get excited every time I play the PCH lotto.I have not really won yet but I will keep playing PCH so I can buy some of the cool things they keep showing me.I dont have any money but I know in my heart that through Jesus I am allready a winner.Thank you for reading my comment.And keep searching.

August 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm
(49) Gary says:

Does anyone actually think they can win big from PCH. They Hype, to get American Idiots to buy. They play on human emotion, hope and desperation. Chances are, If one lived a 100 years, entered every PCH sweepstakes, and bought every item they push, one would never hear that knock on their door from the “Prize Patrol”. Just because one sees their name and address in an email from PCH, they think they have a chance. Ever heard of Subliminal Mind F-ing? Think about it, really? Don’t turn blue holding your breath.

August 29, 2012 at 11:34 am
(50) Donna Ray says:

I received an e-mail that I had won 1,000,000 from PCH in England. Is this also a scam? I’m assuming it is. It looks really official. They ask for an copy of an ID card.

September 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm
(51) Kathy Sue says:

just recieved a call from them, didn’t get the call but they left a message.right after they called my husband.he hung up on them.

September 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm
(52) dottie says:

I was called by a man claiming to be david sayer, who is pictured in some of PCH’s emails.
This man had a very pronounced accent, i couldn’t figure out from where, but not of this country. He was very impatient if I asked him to repeat what he had said. To make a long story short, he wanted $500.00 on a green dot card and I should call him back with the number. I instead called the state of massachusetts attorney general’s office who told me to call the federal trade commission and I filed a complaint with them. This bozo kept on calling my cell phone, just being annoying. I did not pick up the calls and he has since stopped calling. I think I really dodged a bullet on this one!!!

October 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(53) elizabeth says:

ya i wonder to that the people who win are from texes florida always far states and yes i notice to when they are presentes a big winner they all seem to have nice homes i guess thats always the lucky ones i guess

October 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm
(54) josh says:

i.to recieved a ph call this day 10/10/2012,u have won pch big prize
7.500.000 i,m to call numbers provided & they will pay off my largest credit bill, & to call my bank to check it out & then send $191.50 to
their address & pch will be at my door 1-pm sharp this same day
well,it never happened, i kept my check went shopping with the $191.50
& thencalled their number & said thank you & have a nice day because
i did with my own money

October 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm
(55) Trish says:

I got a letter notifying me that I had won $2,600,000 and called the number. I spoke to Mr. Craig Anderson at (702) 490-0655. Long story, short, he wanted bank info which I did not give, then he said there would be fees for insurance and handling. I know this is not PCH. When I mentioned the word “scam” he put me on hold until I eventually hung up.

October 24, 2012 at 9:22 am
(56) theresa easter says:

My clame ticket number is 0303-57-1959 said i wone 475,360.00 tex me it true or not

October 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm
(57) Beth says:

I just got a call last week from a man with a very odd European type accent calling to tell me that a tow truck was delivering my new Mercedes, because I won. I told him it’s been about 10 years since I entered the Publisher’s Clearing House or lived there and couldn’t pay tax like that anyway. I asked him what country he was calling from and he said Broncs NY in the US where his call center is. I hung up.

October 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm
(58) S.C says:

I received a call from a man that called himself Oral Bennett.”Mr.Bennett” informed me that I had been randomly selected in a drawing and I was to receive $109,000.00. He then went on to ask me my occupation,my age, and the address I wanted my winnings delivered to. In turn, I asked him what the name was on the so-called check. I informed me that do to the circumstances of the drawing (being randomly selected that he could not provide that information, that I would have to prove to him that I was who I claimed to be. He then went on to say that my being randomly picked was a miracle from God. WOW! He told me that my winnings would be sent through UPS and that it would arrive at 1:30 pm. He said that all I needed to do was wire transfer $99 through Western Union to cover the handling and the 1% tax reliability and that I was to present the receipt from Western Union as proof to collect my winnings. He told me that upon arriving to my home that he would be accompanied by two fellow co-workers, Mrs.Diana King and Mr.John Davis, two US Marshall’s (for safety purposes) and two I.R.S agents as well the UPS driver. He also told me that the $99 was fully refundable. After I told him that I was unemployed,broke,and had no way of paying he hung up on me.LOL. He called back about 6mins later and he just finished speaking with his supervisor and that there were alternative ways to solve this dilemma.He said that I could try and borrow the money from friends (RED FLAG), or simply give him my personal account number and let him charge it to my account over the phone. When I objected to giving personal information he asked me “Well how long do you think it will take you to come up with the money “? I then asked why do I have to pay anything for something I won? He didn’t speak very good English but I could tell that he was now agitated so I continued to ask more questions until he just hung up. The phone number he called from was 876-893-4658. I hope this helps someone.

December 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm
(59) Nikki P igeon says:

I got a call today from a foreign guy who told me that I won 500,000.00 and a Mercedes Benz. He gave me another number to call with a claim #. I called and this guy was foreign too. He wanted me to Western Union him 300.00 today because they need some sort of stamp to verify the across state line taxes. Both guys had the same exact story and had an answer for every question I had. Of course I did not send them any money. I checked reverse phone # and there was nobody that had this number. I outsmarted them!!!

January 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm
(60) HENRY CLAY says:

I GOT A SCAM LETTER IT WAS A CHECK THAT WAS NOT REAL TO ME THE BANK GOT IT AND IT WAS FACKED MAN GOT MY HOPES UP OVER NOTHING WHAT A BUMMER TEXAS LET DOWN NOT VERY GOOD THING HAVEN YOUR MIND SET AND POFF ITS NOT REAL WELL ITS FACKED SCAMED GOD WILL GET THEM FOR HE IS EVERY WHERE

February 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm
(61) ddt2d says:

I received a cellphone call saying he is a truck driver from Publisher’s Clearing house and that he is delivering my $265,000 cash winning and a Mercedez benz convertible to my house right now if I am there to receive and sign it. I said no I am at work. He then replied that if I am at work I will need to call 1-876-353-6770 ext. 5 and talk to the manager Albert Lopez to confirm my wiinnings )(he gave me a winning package number) and he will deliver my prize at work. Just out of curiousity I called the number given and I hear the same person’s voice and accent posing as the manager. He then asked me to given him my work address to deliver . Just to cut the BS, I then told him that “I cannot give you my work address because I work for the Federal govt. and this call is being tracked now and you are going to jail for this scam” and then I heard a “Click” and he was gone.

February 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm
(62) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Hahaha, great response!

February 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm
(63) Kim Gore says:

Watch out for number 876-380-9018 They keep calling and calling me telling me I won but I have to pay “insurance” first…. Good one!!!

February 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm
(64) Tom says:

BEWARE here is Northeast Arkansas my mother got from publisher’s clearing house and said she won $90,000 and a car,Told her they was on there way to her house and to call another # and they told her to meet her at walmart in 45 min.and she would need $500 to pay the taxes.Has been turn in to the authorities.Here are the Numbers 876-293-1361 & 876-892-8941 Last name was Johnson she could remember first name.

March 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm
(65) stanley says:

I had got a call that was unavailable number well I had answered the call and a gentleman had said his name was dr bob wheeler he said he was the chief financial officer of publishers clearing house a said hey congratulations you are a winner of the publishers clearing house you won a 2013 Mercedes benz and gave me some numbers one was the winning identification number two is the ip no. which stood for insurance premium no. and three the bx number which stood for banking express no. and told me to go to the Walmart and purchase a green dot money pack reload scratch card and when I do to call this phone number and it was 502-963-4652 and ask for either dr.bob wheeler or bill banks and then when one calls they were needing me to give the number off of the green dot card and needless to say I did not do that so I am very upset that publisher clearing house has this fellow getting my hopes up and all that it did was put me in a state of mind to where I may have to go and put myself in a state hospital for some mental help now and I really don’t apprec iate what publisher clearing had done to me thanks I sure hope that this does not happen to anybody else

March 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm
(66) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Stanley, I’m sorry to hear that happened to you. That was not Publishers Clearing House who called you, but a scammer using their name. Here are tips on How to Recognize PCH Scams.

March 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm
(67) natashs skar says:

got this letter and same ticket # and same amount sent to me for several months this last letter was a warning saying last notification the dudes name is Martin smith and the rep dude is eric gibson

April 5, 2013 at 10:49 am
(68) gary stuart says:

I just received a call from Jamaica saying I had won and I was to call back a different number and then I called back and the guy wanted to verify my address. I told him, no, you called me, you tell me my address and I will verify it. When he realized he wasn’t going to get anywhere he turned nasty. It was so much FUN!!!!

May 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm
(69) BC says:

Got a call from 876-353-0863 Jamaica – personsaid he was Mr. David White – heavy accent. SWORE, 100% guaranteed I had won 1.5 million dollars and a New Chevy Pickup with tax & license paid for 2 years through PCH and this was on a flatbed UPS truck already on road, coming to my address. Oh sounding very official, I told him I thought it was a scam and he said he would not waste my time or his. I needed to call him back but he gave me all kinds of official #’s. Badge#. lucky ticket #, confirmation #
I did not call him back but he sure called me. I asked what he needed from me, once he said only a $500 Wal mart delivery card I told no way, it was a scam and NOT to call me back – every!!

July 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm
(70) Anonymous says:

I’ve been entering these sweepstakes since forever and always saying you may be the next Publisher’s Clearinghouse winner if you’ve entered this or the other. I’ve yet to even come close in being a winner. Yes, I like entering PCH Sweepstakes but I would really like to be one of the winners someday before I leave this earth. I’d like to win a new home, a car, a large amount of cash to pay off bills, take trips with my family and live comfortably in my retired years. In some ways I really believe in PCH and some ways I’m not sure. Only the well off people win and those that are not don’t. I’d like to help some of my family members to.

I’m very careful when someone asks for a name, address, telephone number, date of birth or even card number. If you have this information at all you should be able to tell me all the things you already have and more. If you know it don’t ask for it.

September 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm
(71) S says:

I just received an entry from this company today, oddly enough, after entering a PCH sweepstakes about a month ago. If AWC impersonates PCH, then why would they sell them their mailing lists?………. I guess PCH has to make their sweepstakes money somehow!

September 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm
(72) Raquel says:

Yes I was contacted by my facebook profile and let me know that i won $1,000,000 and they would appear at my door this Tuesday with a check but first i had to go to Walmart and by two money cards and deposit one for $800 and the other $700. I don’t fall for money coming out of my pocket so I contacted the real Publishing Clearing House and made them aware of the people who called me and the phone numbers they left behind. I first went online because it wasn’t a 800 area code so I checked out the area code and when nothing came up I grew suspicious. I called just to see what they offered and sure enough they told me I won. From watching PCH and how they surprise or even try to find the people who won, this clearly showed me they were not real. Please do your homework and don’t let your money leave you. I will continue to play PCH. These scammer need to be stopped.

October 2, 2013 at 12:36 am
(73) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Glad to hear that you didn’t fall for the scam!

November 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(74) shaze says:

I was called by someone NAME John Johnson claiming I won 2.8 million and that for a bonus I won a truck. All I needed to do was wire 500.00 to them because of the tax. He started off first saying He is an employee from pch, gave me his badge number 0709 and I would have to call back a call back number 18763530863 to verify my winnings. Told me my winning number was 6027450113 .. When I told him I don’t have no 500.00 he ask how much I could get . Told him 200.00 and if he could call back in 20mins. I Got most of the information I needed and another number he keeps called from and called the pch scamming hotline and gave them all the information I collected from MR. JOHN JOHNSON.

December 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(75) Dianne prairie says:

I was contacted today by a Mr. James Washington.He told me that I was chosen by pch of Texas as a 2.5 million dollar winner. Said this Certified check would arrive by. Fed Ex carrier. Also I had won 250,000. cash and would also come by a Fed ex Carrier. He said that 99% of the taxes has been taken care of but I would need a money gram for the remainder of 750.00 for taxes payable to the Fed Ex Carrier, with an address in Jamaica. The man on the phone wanted me to get the money gram and call him when I had it so he could arrange for the Fed Ex carrier to deliver my cash of 250000. in exchange for the money gram for the remaining taxes.
Of course I called the Sheriff’s office.
I have further info such as names , phone numbers and even a confirmation number. I would have liked to set these people up to get caught but the deputy told me not to have further contact with this man.
Please let me know if you would like further info.
Dianne Prairie
254 220 9301
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December 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm
(76) AJ says:

Mom got multiple cell calls from a lady who she couldn’t understand telling her to call this number 1-876-571-3983 ext 5 for Mark Anderson. Since she couldn’t understand the lady who called, I spoke to her. She was ADAMANT I not hang up on her while I called Anderson. When I called, “Mark” told me I won a Mercedes and $875,000 to be delivered by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. When I questioned him why the FBI would give me all that money he changed his story. I finally told him I didn’t want the money and hung up on him.

January 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm
(77) Sylvia Mendel says:

Dottie – the
. I had a letter one day before I’d won from PCH and to call the number he gave me the next. The letter- writer said they were giving me a check it was pictured in the letter. The check was to cove certain taxes etc, etc. I did fall for it for I was hurting for funds. He gave me David Soyer’s name and I have actually seen it in PCH’s list of execs and other workers. I wonder if PCH is so big they don’t even know the people working for them. His accent is a Scots brogue. I think this particular group hangs out at Box and phone numbers in Melville N,Y. and Canada. There are quite a few Scots in Canada.They did get $800 from me with the purchase cards from a drug store. He was so gentle on the phone. When I resisted against the purchase his mate got on and was much more threatening. So, I leaned an $800 lesson. I tried the $200,000,000 with the Kansas groupie scam creeps just to see how far they would go. I refused the trashy jewelry after seeing one.
Instead of commiserating
on a blog couldn’t we as a group write to the Governor of Kansas and ask him to look into the very big group and almost professional scammers. So, smooth. A friend noticed at first they said “Purchase not necessary to compete.” Then when the competitor followed through with each step they became more demanding about the purchase leaving out the “don’t have to buy” piece.
They must make a lot of money on those “gorgeous” pieces for they’re running a huge operation. Maybe the Kansas governor gets kick-backs?

February 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm
(78) Tina says:

Well the only time I every hear from PCH is when I owe them for items I purchase, and I do not get magazines from them, I go directly to the publishers of any magazine I decide to get. One thing I am learning over the years and have slowed way down on; buying from PCH is not a really good experience, I stopped buying plants they never grow, and most of the items I buy I end up sending them back. So last year 2013 was my last year of buying from them, mind you I have only been with PCH for 35 + years and their products it seems have gotten worse, So once I return all of these items I’m done with them, it should not 35+ years to win a sweepstake, as far as I am concerned they are never going to come to my door, not in this life time and certainly not with millions. I will just go to CVS and Walgreens.

March 22, 2014 at 12:46 am
(79) Chris j says:

I can’t stand the poor me I’m so poor I been playing for years and I’m so poor and did I mention I’m so poor. It seems only well off people win, I’m such a good person I would help all people in need. I take my coat off and place them over puddles for old ladies to walk over. Do these people think PCH is in here reading posts going wow this person should win I’m going to pull his name and grant him a big prize ? Come on you are not going to pitty PCH into prize money !

March 22, 2014 at 12:59 am
(80) Chris J says:

And another one, who on gods green earth thinks that they are guaranteed a sweepstakes ? Really ! I mean to the person who wrote “it shouldn’t take 35 years to win a sweepstakes ” are you kidding me ? That is like playing the state lottery and saying what’s wrong with these jerks when are they gonna pick me I’ve been playing for 35 years !

April 1, 2014 at 10:45 am
(81) Charlotte says:

. Thank you for the fraud information. I what to win so badly, that I could have become a victim of fraud.

April 8, 2014 at 11:05 am
(82) newsbuoy says:

CONSUMERS CLEARING HOUSE DISTRIBUTORS is another moniker being use claiming it is international and must be kept confidential. Sandie Parker of Parker & Wellhope is the con artist that hooked into this victim and is still calling as of this day. The victim I know is a senior citizen and they used some modern psychological intimidation techniques respect for authority and basic magic tricks to convince her to send two cash payments via Western Union to Thailand and another to the Philippians.
The victim has tried to stop answering the phone however, GET THIS, Sandie the con artist called the local police reporting that the vic was not answering the phone.
Some of these folks are very good at what they do and movies like Nabraska and American Hustle you would think enlightens people. How ever psychologically the opposite effect (psychological reactive) is probably making people even more susceptible because of the suspended disbelieve that watching movies produces. Oh that couldn’t happen to ME!

Beware!
“Resistance is Futile”–The Borg

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