"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam

There is no Publishers Clearing House in conjunction with Microsoft Windows lottery. Therefore, recipients of emails like the one below, which claim they are winners in such a lottery are asked to delete them because they are being sent by lottery scammers. The aim of the scammers is to deceive their potential victims into thinking they are the real Publishers Clearing House, but they are NOT! The real Publishers Clearing House would NEVER ask their winners for money or personal information for any reason to claim sweepstakes prize awards.

Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows Lottery Scam

The "Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam

Dear E-mail User

This is to inform you that you have won prize money of One Million United States Dollars ($1,000,000.00

USD) for the month of September 2017 Lottery promotion which is organized by PUBLISHERS CLEARING

HOUSE In conjunction with the MICROSOFT WINDOWS

This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the Internet Microsoft Windows. Hence we do

believe with your winning prize it will give you and many other people the opportunity to get their lives to a

stage where they had always wanted. Note that we collect all the email addresses of the people that are

active online, among the millions that subscribed to Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo/Aol and various Microsoft window

users, we only select FOUR people every year as our winners beneficiaries email addresses were selected

randomly from over 100,000 internet websites or a shop's cash invoice around your area in which you

might have purchased something from.

We congratulate you for being one of the FOUR persons selected you are to contact the events manager

for claim these are your identification Numbers

Winning Number: 7-1-4-8-7-3 Ticket Number: FL 654/29/75

However you will have to fill and submit the below information to the events manager contact email:


1. Full Name 2. House Address 3. Occupation 4.Sex 5.Age

6. Direct Phone Number 7.State 8.Country 9.Email

10. Have You Won Before? (Yes/NO)

Contact Publishers Remittance Department Name Mr. Ken Moore E-mail: webhouse234@gmail.com

Yours Sincerely, Publishers Service Terms

All Right Reserved Terms of Service-Guideline

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) is a direct marketing company that markets merchandise and magazine subscriptions with sweepstakes, prize-based game, search, and lottery websites.

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) does not ask for bank account or other financial information. There is no processing fee, tax or special handling charge required to win. The Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes prizes are delivered free of charge to the winners.

How to Determine if you are being Scammed

If you are contacted by someone claiming to represent Publishers Clearing House, or claiming to be a PCH employee and asked to send or wire money, send a pre-paid gift card or a Green Dot MoneyPak card, or cash a check and send a portion back to him/her as payment for any reason to claim a Sweepstakes prize, it is a scam.

The scammers’ preferred method of sending money is through Western Union, MoneyGram, Green Dot MoneyPak card. This is because those methods of sending money make it virtually impossible for the victims to get back their money.

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February 18, 2018 at 5:39 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Bloomingdale, Michigan, United States

Pch will never contact u. Only ever visit


January 22, 2018 at 12:10 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Needham, Massachusetts, United States

This is the email that I received:

"You are a Winner!

We congratulate you as we officially notify you that your email has emerged as one of our winners

of $850,000.00 USD in the recent Publishers Clearing House global Sweepstakes email lottery.

Kindly send your details to pch.claimoffice@aol.com

*Given Names:

*Mailing Address:





Todd Sloane

Publishers Clearing House Lottery"


January 21, 2018 at 6:26 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Hamburg, Germany

I got such e-mail from webhouse234 but there was no wish for money only aked address and so on, no ask for bank dates account Nr. But- can this be true, how can one find out? Play this suspicious game with them? I am curious, who dared it?


January 15, 2018 at 1:16 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States

Thanks, it has the same E-mail, and everything!


January 12, 2018 at 11:48 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: New York, United States

Got this email also and looked it up and it is a scam. Darn it! Would have been nice! Thank you for the information!


October 27, 2017 at 4:52 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

I received this exact email word for word on Wednesday, also. I thought it was a scam, but I'm just now looking it up.


January 3, 2018 at 7:09 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Mexico City, Mexico


"This is to inform you that you have won a cash prize of One Million Dollars from the United States ($ 1,000,000.00 USD) for the month of December 2017. Lottery Promotion organized by PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE In conjunction with MICROSOFT WINDOWS. This promotion was set up to encourage active users of the Microsoft Windows Internet. Therefore, we believe that your winning prize will give you and many other people the opportunity to take their lives to the stage they always wanted.

Please note that we collect all email addresses of people who are active online, of the millions that subscribed to Gmail / Hotmail / Yahoo / Aol and that we select FOUR people each year as we select the email addresses of the winning beneficiaries. randomly from more than 100,000 Internet websites or a cash invoice from a store in your area where you could have purchased ..."


October 25, 2017 at 12:13 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam
an anonymous user from: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

I just got this email today. I thought it was phony. My email has the exact content as in your article.


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"Publishers Clearing House Microsoft Windows" Lottery Scam