Publishers Clearing House Scams

Millions of people are now receiving their Publishers Clearing House packages promising the possibility of getting $1,000,000 a year for life.

The odds of getting scammed by crooks using Publishers Clearing House mailings as a bait is much higher than winning any money.

Beverly Wheeler, who lives west of Hartford, Ct.,  asked me whether anyone actually won and wondered what the “gimmick” was.

“I keep getting these in the mail saying ‘I’m going to win, and I would respond and send my mail back sometimes without buying magazine subscriptions and then I would get more things back from them saying I am very close to winning. Then I would send that back to them and I finally just threw the mail in the garbage because I got tired of them saying I was about to win,” she wrote me.

Well Beverly, some people have won money from Publishers Clearing House, especially after the company was sued by Connecticut and 25 other states 11 years ago, and it had to pay a $34 million settlement and promise to stop lying to the public.

While Publishers Clearing House may only result in harmless fantasies, other unscrupulous people use the mid-January through February period to inundate consumers with similar sounding offers intended to steal money or sensitive information.

Both the Better Business Bureau in several states and Ct Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein are warning consumers not fall for any of these offers that request you buy magazines, merchandise, pay up front fees, or disclose sensitive financial information in return for possible windfalls.

“We encourage consumers who are receiving questionable sweepstakes promotions from Publisher’s Clearing house and similar organizations to forward them, along with a written complaint, to the Department of Consumer Protection,” said the commissioner. “We get a few complaints each year, but in recent months we’ve seen one that appears to be a scam using the Publisher’s Clearinghouse brand as a front for requesting personal financial information from consumers.”

One recently discovered scam involves both the Better Business Bureau and Publishers Clearing House, the BBB says.

Consumers are contacting BBB advising they are receiving calls from people claiming to work for the Better Business Bureau concerning an investigation BBB was doing on the award Publisher’s Clearing House presents to consumers. Consumers are told they have won a prize from the sweepstakes, but tells them they have to pay a fee to receive the money.

“Never pay a fee, no matter how small, for winning a contest, sweepstakes or lottery,” the BBB says.

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92 Comments on "Publishers Clearing House Scams"

  1. L. E. Osborn | January 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm |

    Over the past 20+ years I have played the PCH. Entry-game on many more occasions than I could possibly remember. On these MANY occasions there have been NUMEROUS occasions when I was told such things as: The “Winning-entry” was between myself and one other person…Get my entry in before the other Person and I would be the winner…Yeah right…!!!

    There have also been occasions where I supposedly had actually won; BUT, I was expected to “pay for the Item(s)” which I had supposedly “Won”…!?!?

    In short for the entire 20+ years in which I have been playing the PCH. Entry game all I have EVER acomplished was, wasting: MY time, and Money.

    The bottom line: PCH. Games, Etc. are just one BIG SCAM!!!

    • PCH is real you just have bad luck,keep playing,for another 20 or 30 years good luck

      • Alexandrea m gray | April 8, 2013 at 11:44 am |

        I have paid more than once the i11.00. 12.00 19.00 ,purchased items. Wrote them
        Stating please stop lying to me and thousands of others before you get sued yet again
        To No avail. This pch is a scam. Disgracrce that preys on desperate people lying promising all sorts of things someone help me pray they are permantly stopped! I lost my home have A heart condition and was one of the desperate ones! No more, I will put my trust in God not these. Scammers…..May Everyone who reads this be ever so Blessed,

      • Russell McClain | January 1, 2016 at 11:59 am |

        I won’t play ever again as I truly beleive it is a way to scam people

    • Allen L. Monroe | April 1, 2015 at 5:24 pm |

      I have tried to stop any correspondence from PCH without success. I would love some help.

    • My husband and I we both receive these same PCH entries saying the same thing “The “Winning-entry” was between myself and one other person…Get my entry in before the other Person and I would be the winner…” we both enter multiple times every day but never won anything. I’m just deleting the messages I’m getting from them. I’m just wasting my time to enter.

    • Yes, these people even sent me a map showing how they were going to get to my house and the florist nearby where they were going to get my roses!

      • I have too. The thing that kind of makes me look askance on the whole matter is where they are telling me that they will stop for the flowers. I live South of Santa Fe, NM and the flower shop they list is well on the way to Las Vegas, NM. Kind of funny, don’t you think?

    • Russell McClain | January 1, 2016 at 11:57 am |

      No other words need to be given by PCH as it is a scam as no one has ever sent any money as a prize which would never materalize any way, boy what a scam. I can’t beleive I have been so ripped. I should have known better after three Years trying to win a big prize which has never showed at my front door.

    • Christie vaughn | December 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm |

      I got a call today saying I won $1.5 million they gave me all the information I needed didn’t tell me I needed to go to United and pay $125 fee to get the receipt and I told him I couldn’t do it then he asked when could I then on it was bull

  2. I have received 3 e-mails saying it’s from
    the Publichers Clearing House. I deleted 2
    of them. This morning I had another from
    them which said: “Sue, this is unthinkable”
    I have not opened it and will probably delete
    it since I have a gut feeling it is a scam.
    What are your thoughts on this?

    • nicci mani | May 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm |

      All I can say is..some1 is defintely reading all our responses, aNd gettin that info back to the necessary is absurd for one to think any1 cares when it comes down to keeping “revenue flow”..inn closing yes, it is a GREAT BIG SCAM..but rest assured they dont need us to reveal that!

  3. Kevin Logan | January 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm |

    Over the past 20-25yrs. I’ve spent 100’s if not thousands of dollars on Publishers Clearing House magazine subscriptions and merchandise thinking that I will have more of a chance of winning than if I didn’t purchase anything. I recieved some lititure in the mail one time years ago teaching people many things on ways to have more of a chance of winning than most people. I don’t remember everything about how play sweepstakes games but I remember one thing very clearly. It said that many times there are two boxes on the front or back of the envelope asking you to check off if you placed an order. Those people checking the box not purchasing anything have there envelope just thrown out and not even opened. Thats one way they weed people out of a sweepstakes. One othger thing this info

  4. Karen Campbell | January 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |

    My mother recieved a call today froma man saying he was from Publishers Clearing House and she had won money and was required to send money to him. She told him no she would not send money and he got very irate and screamed and hollered at her. She hung up and he called back and left a message that she would be sorry-very sorry. My husband then called the number back and he answered and my husband asked who he was (he wouldn’t tell him) and my husband said that Publishers Clearing House did not work this way and the man told him to F……. off.

    Thought you would want to know someone is using Publishing Clearing House as a scam.

    Thank you.

  5. Hey Gang!, here’s what to look for! PCH used to put in giant lettering “YOU HAVE WON $10,000,000”, and then in type smaller than regular type they put “if”, and then once again in giant lettering “YOUR NUMBER HAS BEEN SELECTED!”. If you see something like this then send them a letter that is written ON the order form that says in large writing “I am ordering these” and then in small writing put “only if”, and then in large writing put “I am the winner!”, and then in small put “and deduct 100% of the expence of these orders from my winnings only, otherwise cancel these orders. If they are yet sent without winnings then I am not required to pay for them nor return them.”

  6. the odes of winning money from PCH, are very very slim.

    HERES IS THERE CUSTOMER SERVICE # 800 645-9242. Give them a call and find out information for your self.
    Good luck, and may GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

    • april parlor | July 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm |

      Got an email in fact 2 telling me I won PCHLotto drawing not the big one but the 1 million and that I would be contacted reguarding who what where when and the courier service who they are and if I felt anything inappropriat was happening to contact them back signed a Dave Sayer now I have been playing every day for 2 years from that email so I wasn’t surprised I won something and the letterhead was PCH but it was from the UK…FLAG>>>>BIG RED FLAG

  7. I started entering the Publisher’s ClearingHouse sweepstakes on line a couple of years ago. I usually threw the the mailed advertising they sent in the garbage but it didn’t cost postage to enter online. A year or so ago I ordered a Navy insignia throw for my husband. I continued to enter online without further orders. Then I received an email thanking me for my order. I checked their website to see if I owed anything and nothing was charged to me so I thought it was a mistake. Then I received a card saying the military suspenders I had ordered were delayed. I immediately contacted them and requested that they cancel that order and informed them I did not place it. I thought it was an innocent mistake. After I canceled the order, when I tried to enter online I started getting error messages saying “Bad request. Header too long.” Then I received the suspenders they claimed I had ordered and refused to accept them. I went online to see if anyone else had this problem and found that other people who questioned PCH were getting this same message when they tried to enter their contest online. I still receive their ads but cannot enter the contest. I guess they will let me buy from them but that’s all. I have reported them as spam to my email provider and if I receive a bill for the returned suspenders I will be reporting them to my state attorney generals office. I encourage anyone who is a victim of their fake orders do the same.


    • Sharon Abrell | October 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm |

      They don’t ask for money and you don’t get notified when you when they show up w a dozen roses balloons chapange and a big check

  9. Too many email scams to list but this one is appropriate for this title.
    On 3-15-12 I received an email that titled PHC WEEKLY WINNER from Up until approximately 4 months ago I had an online account with PCH & figured they still had my info on file. The fact this mail was in my spam box was no surprise. Google frequently misfiles my mail.
    What tipped me that this is a scam was that they wanted me to send them info about who I was, what country I lived in and my nationality. PCH would already have that info on me, they don’t care about my nationality and HELLO they only mail to the US. Totally a scam.
    I am considering the cinderella spam mail I got tho or maybe the one about the exxon mobile american who died in the UK with his entire family whose name resembles mine but they don’t know my name.
    Bottom line, if ur gonna play ur state lotto fine, but any mail that wants your money or sensitive information there is a 1 in a trillion chance its legit. Don’t fall for it.

  10. Joe Goldstein | May 11, 2012 at 8:31 am |

    Congratulations Publishers Clearing House mega prize winner of $1,000,000.00. I’m writing you in regards to the email you received notifying you that you are the recent $1,000,000.00 a year winner of our Sweepstakes, The prize patrol surprise are to come to your house with the big check: a dozen red roses, a handful of balloons, and a bottle of champagne. I’m sure you’ve seen me countless times on TV presenting the ceremonial Big Check to lucky Publishers Clearing House winners. But due to the circumstances now we were unable to bring your Check to you. The Publishers Clearing House Consumer Affairs Department want all winners to get a Check Insurance Certificate from IRS. The first advertisement for Check Insurance appeared, according to Old Republic Title. Note. Received this e-mail which continues asking me to send a check for $1,000 to the IRS for “check insurance”.
    Complete e-mail can be sent if desired.

  11. Stefanie Byington | May 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm |

    Congratulations Publishers Clearing House mega prize winner of $1,000,000.00. I’m writing you in regards to the email you received notifying you that you are the recent $1,000,000.00 a year winner of our Sweepstakes, The prize patrol surprise are to come to your house with the big check: a dozen red roses, a handful of balloons, and a bottle of champagne. I’m sure you’ve seen me countless times on TV presenting the ceremonial Big Check to lucky Publishers Clearing House winners. But due to the circumstances now we were unable to bring your Check to you. The Publishers Clearing House Consumer Affairs Department want all winners to get a Check Insurance Certificate from IRS. The first advertisement for Check Insurance appeared, according to Old Republic Title. Note. Received this e-mail which continues asking me to send a check for $1,000 to the IRS for “check insurance”.
    Complete e-mail can be sent if desired.
    Same here what is going on?

  12. if pch doint stop sending e mails to me i will talk to a lawyer perid………………

  13. alexander romanov Jr | June 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm |

    Congratulations Publishers Clearing House mega prize winner of $1,000,000.00. I’m writing you in regards to the email you received notifying you that you are the recent $1,000,000.00 a year winner of our Sweepstakes, The prize patrol surprise are to come to your house with the big check: a dozen red roses, a handful of balloons, and a bottle of champagne. I’m sure you’ve seen me countless times on TV presenting the ceremonial Big Check to lucky Publishers Clearing House winners. But due to the circumstances now we were unable to bring your Check to you. The Publishers Clearing House Consumer Affairs Department want all winners to get a Check Insurance Certificate from IRS. The first advertisement for Check Insurance appeared, according to Old Republic Title. Note. Received this e-mail which continues asking me to send a check for $1,000 to the IRS for “check insurance”.
    Complete e-mail can be sent if desired.

    Man if we all add up the money we’ve won from pch we’d be… $3,000 in the hole!!

  14. I did not just win $1,000,000, I won $5,000 a week for life. I wonder how much money PCH earns with magazine subscriptions?

  15. Brenda Williams | July 20, 2012 at 11:51 am |

    I want to cancel some things I have ordered and I am having trouble with their website. Please advise.
    I believe I am being scammed.

  16. william j perry | July 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm |

    To whom it may cocern: I have been a member of THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING House for years. I am an 81 year old GOAT who lost his wife 5 years ago and have lived on $20,000/ year since. I have never won a thing in my life except a great wife. Instead of having a $5000.00 for life program, MAKE it interesting for the old people like me. Have 10 programs for 1 MILLION for one year. The response will be great. Try It….Bill P

    • wayne franklin | October 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm |

      I just got a random call from them saying that I won 2.5 million dollars but I have to pay 100 dollars to them when ups comes deliver my check bs..

  17. I received a call yesterday from A Mr Peter White around 5 pm. He informed me I had one 1 and a half million dollars. He did not ask for money. He emailed me a copy of a bank check from the bank of america. He said he and his crew would be at my house at 11 am with NBC etc to present the check and escort me to my bank. On the phone he kept repeating that this was not a scam. He wanted me to make sure I had proper Identification. Along with a copy of the cashiers check from bank of america was a letter stating my winnings.He said all taxes would have been paid etc. Well it is now 11:40 am and I have not heard from anyone. I cannot fathom why anyone would do this, especially without asking or finding out any of my personal nformation.It is a sick jock.

  18. Curtis Stout | July 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm |

    I received a call yesterday, Saturday 21 July 2012 from a Mr. Bill Carson indicating that I had won $1.5 Million dollar certified check and was going to be at my home this Monday, 23 July 2012 to present me the check. He also indicated that I must get a moneytack scratch card from CVS Pharmacy for $250.00 call him with the receipt number and when PCH shows up to give them the receipt.
    Bill Carsons phone is: 1-876-464-3963 and he has called me twice reminding me to get the card. I also asked him what PCH office he was calling from and he said he was not with PCH but an affiliate that presents the checks. The number gave me for PCH in Atlanta, GA was 1-770-206-8153.
    Please let me know that this is a SCAM. Thank you.
    Curtis Stout, Kingwood, Texas 77339

  19. have received a notice from Todd Sloane stating that I have won $1million and I should obtain a Green Dot reloadable card from Walmart for $555.62 and send him the 14-digit ccn from the back of the card so they can process my check. Mr Sloane called me and assured me that this was not a scam and stated that they could accept $200 instead. I called Walmart and they told me that he could get the money just with the 14-digit code and advised me against obtaining the card and providing him with the number. Is this a scam or am I really a winner? Why would I have to give money to win money? Appreciate a reply.

    • George Gombossy | July 23, 2012 at 5:21 am |

      Because he wants to rip you off
      Don’t do it

      • you never ever ever EVER have to pay up front for any legitimate winnings!!!! If you win they remove all taxes& fees right from the money won beforehand. If you are EVER asked for any oney ahead of time it is an automatic scam and should be disregarded and reported immediately!!! When you win the state lottery no one demands a prepaid card, greendot etc. They remove the taxes etc and give you whats left. Never ever ever give a cent to anyone claiming you have won money. EVER. Thats all anyone needs to know- if they want money from you then SCAM, no exceptions. No one ever has to ” secure” their winnings, because tax is taken out directly FROM the actual winnings if legit. WHY I N H— would even one person ever have to ask if its a scam if money was asked for???!!! How stupid. How ignorant. Winnings do not require payment by you. EVER.

  20. About 8 yrs ago (2004) I recieved an envelope in the mail. There was no id on the envelope at all. Inside
    was a check for $500. I, of course, thought it was some kind of ad for merchandise and the check was only good if I purchased a product, but there was nothing else in the envelope except this check! I almost threw it away. Puzzled, I went to my bank and they noticed way down in the corner in the tiniest tiniest script was “pch” & some name, with “accountant” after it ….the check was from some accountants office w/no id whatsoever! The bank said it looked like a legit check to them and so I deposited it in my checking acct. To my surprise, it didn’t bounce and it was good!! I couldn’t understand why they didn’t identify themselves better. All I could figure out was that they needed to show “winners” but they hoped whoever got these checks (with no explanation or id whatsoever) would just toss them and probably many people have done that. All I can say is “I guess the accounting firm (not identified w/address or full name) is legit. I never heard anything else from pch regarding this check. So, thanks PCH! I must have actually been a winner even if it was so secretive! Since that “sneaky” check was sent to prove they’re legit to authorities, I’ve probably spent tons of money on postage, hoping for another such miracle!! To date, I’ve not been “lucky” again, but whenever I get an envelope with a check in it…I scrutinize it carefully….just in case! Has this happened to anyone else out there? Ann

  21. ricardo cadet | July 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm |

    yes Ann I too received a check in the mail for approximately $2.995.00 I thought it was a joke so I ignored it.same day I get a call from a PCH representative…asking me if I received the check.i said yes, he told me to go and quickly deposit the check,i was still skeptical about the whole action.but I said ok.i deposited the check.he kept telling me as soon as the check cleared to contact him because that money its actually the TAXES that I was going to pay on my windfall.i didn’t believe him but I already followed his directions to the took 5 days for that check to clear…which was unusual do install that I got a letter from my bank stating that they could not verify the check but it seems legit so they will grant it.the day that check cleared us the same day the money disappeared from my account!! I couldn’t believe it!? How do an amount like that just disappear from my account??? I called back the dude from PCH and told him and he was lost for explanation was given to me.thank good my original balance was not compromised….what do you think happened?

    • What I would do with check like that is take to bank and open a new account so your own
      Your personal account was not touched and instruct the bank that no one can withdraw the money without coming into the bank say 10 days later. This was a scam and u are lucky they did not take any if your money . But u can be charged for money withdrawn if u font have funds to cover.

  22. don edwards | July 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm |

    After years of playing…several years of trying to verify actual winners….countless thousands and thousands of e-mail from PCH….7 to 8 daily to enter the same dayum drawing i’ve entered numerous times already….I had enough!! The internet is an amazing tool!!!! use it folks to see for yourself who/whom are the biggest LIARS and SCAM artists out there…….1 guess!!!! NOPE!!!! ITS PCH…check it out!!

    I feel its time to contact lawyers who specialize in corporate business scams, false advertizing and Internet fraud…it falls under the “RICO act” of extortion and and High crimes of fraudulent activity

    PCH ranks in the #1 slot for all time consumer scams……Search the internet and see it yourself!.

    By the way…dont waste time with the BBB….hel*s-bells,..they are as bad and just as complicit.

    Eric Holder has “fast and Furious”
    PCH has “Stuff’em and F__K’em”

    get mobilized…get educated….wake up Amerika

  23. Al Desilets | August 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm |

    My wife received a phone call 8/11/2012 telling her she had won the Publishing Clearing House Sweeopstakes and she should call 876-275-0512 to get a coded number.
    She didn’t call but our daughter did. A Mr.More Wilke told her that they would need Walmart or Sam credit card for identification. They called back later and said ther woukld be there with UPS and a Marshall. They even calld saying it would be about 45 minutes but never showed up.

  24. I just received a call from a man saying he was from Publishers Clearing House . wanting info from me so they could present a check for 1.1 mil. He had my name and address ,of course my phone # .I asked him for a # for publishers for their business office so I could check if he was from there and he gave me a #right away .I asked why he was calling from Jamaica he said he was not, even if it was showing the call was coming from there on my phone.
    his # showed up as 1-876-450-0203 also he gave me a number to check that he was from P.C.H. 1-610-287-1686 . when I called that # was not in service . He also had my e-mail address so I GUESS HE WILL BE BOTHERING ME ON MY COMPUTER NOW. When do these nuts ever stop ?

  25. John luckenbaugh | August 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

    I just received a call from a man, who failed to identify himself, and said he was calling from publisher’s clearing house. He had a Jamaican accent and was calling from the #(876)840-7180 listed from Jamaica. He told me I had won $950,000.00 from pch and they would be by my house to present the check to me by 3:00 p.m. He instructed me to go to walmart and buy a green dot scratch card to pay for the taxes due on the prize.

  26. John luckenbaugh | August 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm |

    I informed him that the green dot card was an alert to a scam and he asked what I meant. I told him that news outlets inform consumers of scam alerts such as this one. After a few minutes of him trying to insure me that his statements were legit, I hung up.

  27. stacey snith | August 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm |

    I received 2 voice mails today from a jamacian sounding man named david washington, say he was callind from phc call from # 1-876-898-6741, so I called the # back and a jamacian sounding man ans but just said hello so I hung up, he called me back kinda getting smart but the proced to tell me I had won 3rd place and won 25000.00 $ but I need to go to western union and sent 1500 hundred dollors to a mary pawlky to address in canada and he swares the will be here tom by 4 pm with a ck 2 officers and ups to deliver it and I will get my money back, really I’m not sending anymoney anyware ! Hope noone else has had th is problem.

    • i received a call from a jamacian sounding man named Victor Gomez 876-258-5499, said he was with PCH and that i had just won a car and a check for 275,000.00 and that all i would need to do was to get a claimers receipt from western union for $599.75 to pay for the tax, shipping and handling and fax it to the IRS 15 minutes before arrival to Herman Bibs at 921 Martingwood Circle, Birmingham, AL 35235. I called Herman Bibs 1676-895-8737 to confirm what victor had told me and if it was a scam the voices sound the same, even the same words were used, the same accent. he answered that he was with UPS,i said victor stated you worked for the IRS, he then stated he did. (RED FLAG. I told him that my husband would stop by his office and talk to him about my winnings and this western Union claimers receipt. he hung up the phone.
      Now he is still calling my phone even while i’m posting this.

    • darlene newell | August 19, 2015 at 9:23 am |

      Recently I was scammed out of $5,000.00 by these no good people, I have their conversation on my phone and have reported to local Sheriff and they said it is an our of the country operation and there is no way to track them, I don’t believe that. We are out our money. If they want money for anything…..DONT DO IT!!! They have used the same technique thru all that I have read, on me. SCAM is written all over these comments!!!!

  28. Get this one GO TO WALMART AND GET PCH A MONEY PAK CARD. With a couple of hundred on it for the irs and our truck is just down the street to give you a check for millions. After of course you give them the numbers off the WalMart money card. I said no problem just have your truck drive in front of my house first sense there so close. The guy got mad told me well fuck you and hung up this was after two days of calls from these people.There very determend so watch out for these scams.

  29. I have been dealing with PCH for at least 25 years. Have won a couple small things, but can honestly say I have never felt misled by them. You have to read their correspondence very carefully. As far as their magazine ordering goes, there are times that I do order from them because they have made the best offer. When it is getting near time to renew, I save the publisher offers and compare them with the PCH offer. Have always ignored any PCH emails, suspecting they were scams Bottom line is that you have to read very carefully and become an astute shopper

  30. I just received a phone call from, (876)-480-7774. I wasn’t able to understand the man. Other then the words, publishers clearing house. …I was excited for a moment, then he asked for a person who.isn’t even at my number. Then when he asked who.he was speaking with I said my name, and he said something like, “oh yes, that’s who I ment.” He kept talking, I couldn’t understand him, so I hung up. …

  31. Tom N. Locke | September 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm |

    While PCH says in all of its disclosures that you do not have buy anything to win. They Lie. On three seperate occasions, I won their tic tac toe game and promised $5,000.00. Have received many different mailings from them, only to find out that each threatened to drop me if I did not reenter. I used to think that this company was a legitimate company, but was wrong. They are running nothing but a scam operation and I am ashamed to say that over the years, I have purchased over $500.00 of their advertised products. “Never Again” Tom Locke

    I got an em saying my email was slected and i win 1 million to send them my name address and phone to collect…lol its for real…it say send info to email above…

    Where’s my ballons…

  33. I wanted to see just how far the scam would go. I only purchased a product, I wanted and spent very little. Believing it all a scam and marketing scheme, when I got a Cerified Disbursement for $2,997,500.00, send $20.00, I did it, to see if I could get stuff on them to give to government fraud section. Well a couple weeks later, I got it again. Sent back with NO $20. Week later, got a third one, asked them what kind of scam are they running and sent back, NO $20. Today I got another one for $3,175,536.00. Boy what a rip-off. Why doesn’t the government shut them down????? I played their game and gave NO money or bought anymore. They are obviously so stupid, they think we are all the stupid ones. – JAD

  34. Try this number from the Dakotas. He wanted to know if I would be home so he could deliver a package from PCH. 605-550-9185. I hung up1

  35. Just LOOK at the postings here!! Are you people really that gullible?? YOU DO NOT WIN SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. PEOPLE DO NOT EMAIL YOU LOTTERY WINNING ANNOUNCEMENTS. The reason there are so many scams out there are because people like you actually believe in getting something for nothing (welfare, foodstamps and unemployment aside). Do you really think your name was picked at random to be a winner? No we ALL get those mailings, emails and phone calls and we CANNOT all be the winner.
    Although, I win every time because I put the mailing in the trash, hang up the phone or delete the email.

  36. Since leaving a reply, a couple back, I have received more certificates. Please have them explain how they can give away so much money. Guess because of the scam money people keep sending in with the certivicate. Right now I have been sent seven of them (3 or so in one week) all asking to send back with $20.00. Go Figure. JAD

  37. Arline on Oct19,12 | October 24, 2012 at 2:35 am |

    I received a call from a Maria Clark from Flo.saying my name was picked out because I have played for so many years and have not won.How do they get this information? She said I will receive a ck for 3million. Have to send 499 Then she needs money for ins.She keeps telling me to be leave that good things will be coming my way.She even says why would I want to take your money you could have me put in jail. You see the date this started she is still calling me.

  38. You guys are ridiculous! PCH has made it extremely clear that they do not call you! Those calls are from people pretending to be PCH. Most likely they are people from Nigeria. PCH will never ask you to pay anything upfront before receiving your check if you are a winner. Do your research, I have.

  39. Richard parker | November 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

    This morning on Facebook, Dave Sayers made me a friend on his Facebook page, then the Facebook chat window started up from Dave Sayers Facebook page telling me that I won 500,000.00 but would have to go to Walmart a purchase a green dot card for 665.88 and then he would call me back, asking for the 14 digit number for verification. I asked him why his response was that the IRS required it because its over 5000.00. Well I did not fall for it, he said he would call back, because I told him I have know way of testing there, I am disabled, then he said he would send me a cab to pick me up. After reading all of pch rules and fraud info, I contacted everyone he made a Facebook friend and advised them of this fraud before they got ripped off. From everything I read about Walmart scams from pch, this is a new one…you could hear others n then one in the background ….that should tell you right off its a scam, not to mention, I don’t think Dave sayer has an accent , he is about my age and this guy sounded younger 30. Just another heads up guys, beware!

  40. Nancy Lamotte | November 29, 2012 at 2:00 am |

    Hi my name is Nancy Lamotte
    I was contacted by some one telling me that they were from ups and that they had a package for me.I asked them to tell me what the name was on the package and who it was from. They went on to tell me it was from from the Publisher Clearance House . I said I didn’t no anything about this and they asked me if I had recived a letter from the Publisher Clearance House saying that I had won something.I said no I had not.They then told me that I had to call the Publisher Clearance House and get this straighten out. So I did that and they asked me for my address so they could but it in there computer and see what name came up.I gave them my address and it came up with my name and address and they told me that I had won the second prize in the Publisher Clearance House .

    I asked them how much and they said they couldn’t tell me, but I would get a check in the mail.I then called the so called ups people back and they said yes I had won the prize and they asked me if I knew how much I had won and I said no .I told them that Publisher Clearance House people wouldn’t tell me and she says well they like to keep it a secret. She went on and told me that I had won 75 hundred dollars.I said ok where can I pick up my check She goes on to tell me about how I would have to go to western union and resister with them and that I would have to pay western union the tax on the $75 which she said was $125 Then she say that they will come to my house with the big check and the balloons and all that. By now I no something is not right and she says to me you don’t sound happy and I said that is because I don’t believe this is true.I asked her if she could send me an e-mail and explain again just what I have to do to get the check and she would not do that. I was just wondering if anyone else has recived a call like this. Thank you

  41. I have WON $100. on their scratch-n-win yet even though I was def signed in. They have no-copy feature programed into the WIN display page. but they could no prevent me from using a camera as proof of my win!!!!

  42. Sharia Scott | January 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm |

    That is a scam they called me asking me to put money on a green dot card they need to be stopped

  43. i got a call from robert thomson he told me to get a money pax card he told me i won a car and money he was calling me from jamacia you people should have a way of stopping this

  44. William Becker | February 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm |

    Received a letter today from Advance Legal Finance Inc. informing me that they had been retained to inform people about USA Mega Publishing Clearing House Draw winners.I supposedly won $150,000. They sent a check payable to me for $3,989.72 (nice round number) which would be deducted from the $150,000 payout, and which supposedly was to cover a processing fee of $2,980 (to be paid by Moneygram wire transfer). I was requested to contact a Peter Chung a 1-604-360-8971 to activate the check. So my check would bounce, and they would pocket $2,980. This has scam written all over it.

  45. I signed into PCH’s Lottery numer game got a email saying I won $300.00. And wanted to know how I wanted the money sent. I chose certified √ . Later on I was contacted and they needed a signature. I did not do thatsnd I have not of course get my winnings.

  46. Peggy Anderson | February 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm |

    PCH is not a scam. Placing an order is not going to help you win anything with them. Their prizes are all on random drawings, and are delivered in person by the prize patrol if over $500.00.
    There are some people who would pretend to be from PCH and therefore, scam you. Those you have to watch out for, and always be cautions. But, honestly, you can trust PCH.

  47. I received a friend request from someone who claims to be the girl @pch prize patrol anyway she messaged me and told me that while we were talking that i had won the 5000 a week prize that i would receive a visit from prize patrol the next day on feb2,13 so i freinded her and have not seen or heard from her again ,but i went on her friend page and it wont let me write anything on it .Have others gotten this too? what should i do about defriending her? please answer this quickly,thanks Glenda

  48. I like to play around with these people when they call. Some guy called from PCH and was trying to sell me magazines. I bet I kept him on the line for a good 15 or 20 minutes just wasting his time. Then when he asked me what magazines I wanted I replied, I don’t want any magazines. You could tell by the change in the tone of his voice how disappointed he was. He thought he had a real fish on the hook and when he tried to real me in I got away.

  49. i keep getting emails saying that i and one other person and i are going to win how can i get this to stop or make them give me the money

  50. Gino Pinoza | March 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm |

    I entered the PCH contest last year and never thought I’d be rid of THEM, not scammers or entities using PCH but PCH THEMSELVES. They hassled me on a regular basis, both by snailmail and email. When I scratched a card they sent and was supposed to win $10, which of course they never sent, I decided NEVER AGAIN TO HAVE ANY DEALINGS WITHE THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE. They are as much as scam as any other out there. They rely on fools, much like Las Vegas does, to gamble on one chance in millions to win.

  51. I did this. As soon I play once or twice, I unsubscribe. Of course they don’t give a rat ass
    And keep sending me tons of emails. I unsubscribe 200 times in a row to all the different pages that they have. I never get an email again.

  52. How Do I Get My State To Sue PCH ?

  53. Most people are missing the point of this post. It is saying other people are pretending to be PCH.

    PCH is a legitimate business, however, they were busted a long time ago for not paying out. That’s when ed mcmahon and maybe dick clark where advertising for them. Once busted they dropped their support.

    But remember they are a corporation and will try to legally scam you with trickery.

    remember the old saying,” If it’s too good to be true, then it is”

    also, if they claim you’re a winner when you didn’t enter the contest, it is a scam. I’ve seen a lot of mpeople taken by that scam. They get caught up in that they won and lose common sense and get taken advantage of.

  54. Charles Abernethy | October 17, 2014 at 1:01 am |

    How can I stop all the magazines they have sent ?

  55. I will win someday, come back here to tell ya all about it……

  56. Lynna Thornhill | April 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm |

    The day PCH comes to my door after countless years of entries with the money I deserve for spending time doing so, they will get the money I “owe” them for their cheap crap merchandise. They keep overlooking me for the prize money, but won’t over 46.00 for cheap merchandise.

  57. Marquis Montague | July 13, 2015 at 9:23 am |

    Why did you lied me, that will be win with $3 Millionaire that is the beautiful house, also many
    win a brand new Vehicle and many win things never to delivery to my house that is mean, Liars and Scams, and Frauds… I am nothing any of wins for many months! I will bring this Computers up to my Attorneys Laws. That’s a simple kindness show my Attorneys Laws, and Federal Court will be You said, ,Will be big win with $10 Millionaire last several months ago!

  58. Jana Felix | July 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm |

    i was just wondering if anyone has ever asked about womens freebies…someone has been talking to me today telling me that i won all this money, a new car, and a mixer..but there telling me that i have to go get a claimrs receipt in order to get htis money..what im not understanding is why do i have to pay $300 to get a prize that i suposedly had won..have u ever heard of a claimers receipt?? or having to have one when suposedly you won some money?? do people normaly tell you that you won something like this or do they just show up giving it to you?? i have never won anything so dont know…

  59. Alicia Serrano | November 30, 2015 at 11:19 pm |

    For so many years I have played,searched and purchased items through PCH. I tell myself mot to answer any more emails from them because its all a lie. It hurts to get my hopes up and at the end all it ever is is just that. I’m on serious need of financial help. I don’t need to win the millions for a week the rest ofmy life buy it would be nice to win something for a change. Each email says to search and i could be the next winner or my initials are picked,could it be me. That’s very messed up to receive junk like that I’m hating PCH already. STOP IT ALREADY!!!!

  60. samantha tucker | December 9, 2015 at 11:11 am |

    I’m also getting the emails to saying that I have won but they don’t ask for any money could this one be real?

  61. 1(002)930-414 Text message coming from this phone no. that looks like its missing a didget. text reads “Your phone-no won PCH Sweepstakes,Email:

    Seriously why would anyone be dumb enough to keep the idiotic mailings as the beginning blog writer did. However I got texted by some idiot with a goofy phone no. wishing phone companies would do more to put a block to such things or give the capacity to edit online blocks to keep scammers from being able to access phone numbers. unfortunately I feel too little is being done about such things. But will report them in hopes such individuals find prosecution to the full extent of the law. I will also conceal my identity by a false email as i don’t trust this site but willing to scorch the butt off these people for the unwanted distraction

  62. I urge most people to take action. and the fact that some companies may think they are legit offering a sweepstakes they should be denied license agreements to do so. if they want to promote themselves discount costs to the consumer anonymously. Probably how lot of these idiotic scams get started and would give me serious cause not to even purchase product from a company even if they are legit.

  63. i think its a lot like Columbia house. i had numbers of friends that ordered stuff through them. when i quit ordering i started to get mailings saying i owed them money when i didnt even purchase anything and crap like that. such companies pull trickery to rope users into buying their wares. I wrote them back a couple of times finally getting them to stop their mailings of them saying i owed them money. bottom line I had sent money before product was received and always got it. but the crap that went on when I didn’t buy clearly indicated to me that they were not a company legit enough to do business with. now seeing that Columbia house be bankrupt. maybe i say good riddens to such marketing tactics. I do not know if this company is alike this way but from what I am reading I would not trust them. and why would you do a sweep stakes thing if it would harm your reputation or public trust to do business with you. that’s dumb. Reputation is everything in a legit buisness if they are clouding the waters they should be taken out of existence. my argument provide good product and develop reputation, and not bug the heck out of your customers with unnecessary crap. when they do i do not call a company legit or honest in any form. if they are greedily taking money only to do some so called sweepstakes my question if they are even honest or legit in the first place.

  64. So what everybody is saying, is a Publishers Clearing House is a scam, period!! Is that correct? Somebody is getting away with tv commercials, etc… Stating that they are PCH, but there is no legit PCH?? In other words a legit PCH does not exist?? Please respond. Thank you.

  65. I have been doing PCH for years and never won anything, I started when it was done in the mail. I never won anything. I have never bought anything either, It says you don’t have to buy anything to win. I’M GLAD i FOUND THIS INFORMATION. i THINK i WILL STOP NOW. it takes up too much time anyway.

  66. I have been purchasing from PCH since June,1972.
    I have been Searching thru all the Games and every
    Thing they have come up with. I have been offered
    money many times, but never have received any. Maybe someday there will be some.

  67. I have been “playing”PCH for 3 years–very time consuming and have never “won” anything. I am tired of”searching” there is just so much you want to know about. PCH has probably seen the last of me.

  68. I got a E-Mail Stating i won 850,000.00 from PCH lotto. They wanted me to contact SKYNET WORLD WIDE EXPRESS SERVICE Contact person Sir Anthony Jenkins United Kingdom Branch support+447024055510 General inquires(+44)7031946453 what a bunch of BS they told me in e-mail there was a small fee to pay to get my check.

  69. Joanell Hutchinson | January 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm |

    I continue to receive the usual PCH offers (via email) to enter for their $5,000/week sweepstake. I decided to see if I really could enter without buying something first so I tried for several days as they kept sending me emails to enter. Every time I was put in a loop trying to get me to buy something even though they continue to say “no purchase necessary.”

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