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Recognize and Avoid PCH Facebook Scams

How to tell if PCH wins on Facebook are real or not.

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Don't Fall for PCH Facebook Scams.

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A lot of people have heard of Publishers Clearing House and their multi-million dollar sweepstakes prizes. That kind of name recognition makes them a frequent target for fraud. PCH scams on Facebook are a new way that swindlers are using to get you to trust them and hand over your money. Do you know how to recognize and avoid these scams?

How Do Facebook PCH Scams Work?

Setting up a Publishers Clearing House scam on Facebook is not difficult. Swindlers create a Facebook page that mimics the look of a real PCH page -- but it's not legitimate. When people follow the page, they contact them to tell them they've won a prize -- though they haven't. And then they ask for money before you can claim the "prize."

How to Recognize Fake PCH Facebook Pages

The easiest way to steer clear of fake PCH Facebook pages is to stick to the official pages. You can find a list of them here: Facebook Scams: Friend or Faux?.

How to Avoid Facebook Scams from PCH

There are some additional ways to recognize and avoid PCH swindles on Facebook:
  • PCH doesn't notify winners by Facebook messages, ever. Not only is it insecure, but it's against Facebook's terms and conditions to use messages to notify winners. See Did You Really Win from Publishers Clearing House? to find out how PCH notifies its real winners.

  • You NEVER need pay to receive a prize from PCH, or from any other legitimate sweepstakes. You don't need to buy anything to enter. You don't have to pay taxes to the sponsor, you don't have to pay customs fees. The money goes from the sponsor to you, not the other way around.

  • You don't have to give Publishers Clearing House your address, bank account number, drivers license number, or any other contact information. The real Publishers Clearing House got the information they needed to contact you when you entered. You may have to fill out an affidavit to verify eligibility, but not when you are first notified.

  • All of the warning signs of sweepstakes scams hold true for PCH notifications as well.
If you follow these tips, you will be able to protect yourself from Facebook scams claiming to come from PCH, while recognizing and being able to respond to legitimate win notifications.

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