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"Publishers Clearing House PCH Star Prize Winner" Scam

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There is no "PCH Star Prize Winner." 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.

The "PCH Star Prize Winner" Scam

From: Parron, Mickki [mailto:Mickki_Parron@comcast.com]

Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 4:16 AM

To: AAA@LIVE.ORG

Subject: FW: PCH Star Prize winner.

From: Parron, Mickki

You are our PCH Star Prize winner of this day 14TH of February 2018.

Your prize batch #: A1B98

Prize Amount: $1 Million US Dollars.

To claim your prize, Make sure to forward your prize batch number to our claims department E-mail via ( pch.prize@outlook.com ).

Publishers Clearing House

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.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 10:45 AM by an anonymous user from Largo, Florida, United States

    Received actual phone call to say I won. they were surprised I had no other info/contact.

    Said they were lawyers rep. for PCH. Said actual contact day arranged... still waiting.

    Can I contact any authorities?

    remove

    • August 27, 2019 at 11:27 AM by info

      Yes, you can. And, help others by sharing this article with them.

      remove

  • June 15, 2019 at 5:58 PM by an anonymous user from Washington, District of Columbia, United States

    got email saying I won, still waiting

    remove

  • March 22, 2019 at 2:11 PM by info

    Here is another:

    "From: Allen, Patrice <Patrice_Allen@comcast.com>

    Sent: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 6:23 pm

    Subject: REF#: 83839292939

    NOTICE FROM THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE DESK,

    YOU HAVE WON THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE SWEEPSTAKES DRAW WORTH $1 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2018; FOR MORE DETAILS AND CLAIM YOU ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE CLAIM FIDUCIARY DEPARTMENT THROUGH THIS EMAIL ( PRIZE.PCH@OUTLOOK.COM )

    YOURS,

    PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE."

    remove

  • November 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM by an anonymous user from Greenville, South Carolina, United States

    PCH, your Fraud Hotline doesn't seem all that interested in the details of an obvious scam that I phoned to report today.

    remove

  • June 11, 2018 at 5:47 PM by an anonymous user from Livermore, California, United States

    I was just called and asked to call you at 850-604-0471 to claim my prize. I doubt this is true but there is always hope.

    Pam

    San Jose, CA

    remove

    • June 11, 2018 at 6:17 PM by info

      It is a scam.

      remove

  • May 4, 2018 at 2:43 PM by an anonymous user from Itabuna, Bahia, Brazil

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Oscar Andres Gonzalez Plaza

    Sent: 03 May 2018 22:50

    Subject: P8997611 Prize number

    Kind Attention;

    You have won the Publishers Clearing House draw released for the month of May 2018.

    Draw prize amount: US $1 Million Dollars.

    Your Prize Batch Number: P8997611.

    To redeem/claim your prize, make sure to send the above prize batch number to our fiduciary claim email via: pch.prize@yahoo.com

    Your,

    Publishers Clearing House."

    remove

  • April 27, 2018 at 2:53 PM by an anonymous user from Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain

    I got this email too:

    "From: Marjorie Robinson

    Sent: 27 April 2018 20:03

    Subject: Winning Batch #P8997611.

    Kind Attention;

    You have won the Publishers Clearing House draw released for the month of April 2018.

    Draw prize amount: US $1 Million Dollars.

    Your Prize Batch Number: P8997611.

    To redeem/claim your prize, make sure to send the above prize batch number to our fiduciary claim email via: prize.pch@outlook.com

    Your,

    Publishers Clearing House."

    remove

  • April 21, 2018 at 12:39 PM by an anonymous user from Eugene, Oregon, United States

    I just got this in my e-mail:

    "PCH Winning Code:89773453 (ALERT)

    Sat, Apr 21, 2018 4:26 am

    Publishers Clearing House gianlupolo@alice.itHide

    Congratulation on winning 850,000.00 USD in our 2018 PCH Lottery.

    Kindly send your contacts to cscpchlottoo@foxmail.com

    *Given Names:

    *Mailing Address:

    *Telephone:

    *Gender:

    *Age:

    Kristin Cooke

    Official Notification

    © Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Rights Reserved"

    Scam?

    remove

  • April 4, 2018 at 5:35 PM by an anonymous user from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

    We got an email saying your winning number PCH-X#### has won the pch sweepstakes prize $1 million released on 3-4-2018.

    To redeem your prize you are requested to forward above winning # to our agent email address via pch.prize@outlook.com

    It was from Angelica Willingham

    SCAM?

    remove

  • March 21, 2018 at 9:36 PM by an anonymous user from Richardson, Texas, United States

    I was just called this evening March 21, 2018, telling me that I won the 10,000,000 and that I would be getting the money tomorrow at 2:30 PM. I needed to call 209-437-5206 at 8:30 tomorrow morning to work out the details.

    SCAM!

    remove

  • March 1, 2018 at 7:44 PM by an anonymous user from Los Angeles, California, United States

    Received the PCH Star Prize winner of this day 01st of March 2018 today. Figured it was scam because didn't think PCH did it this way. Sure been trying hard to win the real thing for the last 50 years.

    Once before someone called to tell me they were going to take me to the bank to cash my huge winning check. Thank goodness I didn't fall for that one either.

    remove

  • March 1, 2018 at 2:15 PM by an anonymous user from Ashburn, Virginia, United States

    got the same email today March 1 2018

    remove

  • February 25, 2018 at 8:49 PM by an anonymous user from Ft. Pierce, Florida, United States

    This one was sent too:

    "From: ELIZA Y. HORTA

    Sent: 26 February 2018 02:24

    Subject: prize batch #: A1B98

    You are our PCH Star Prize winner of this day 25TH of February 2018.

    Your prize batch #: A1B98

    Prize Amount: $1 Million US Dollars.

    To claim your prize, Make sure to forward your above prize batch number to our claims department E-mail via ( pch.prize@outlook.com ).

    Publishers Clearing House"

    remove

  • February 14, 2018 at 7:39 PM by an anonymous user from Katy, Texas, United States

    This is what I received by email:

    "From: Parron, MickkI

    Sent: 14 February 2018 14:18

    Subject: PCH Star Prize winner.

    You are our PCH Star Prize winner of this day 14TH of February 2018.

    Your prize batch #: A1B98

    Prize Amount: $1 Million US Dollars.

    To claim your prize, Make sure to forward your prize batch number to our claims department E-mail via ( pch.prize@outlook.com ).

    Publishers Clearing House"

    remove

  • February 14, 2018 at 6:45 PM by an anonymous user from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

    Pch just said I was a winner and said they were six miles away and they would come by my house but they never came. I knew it was a scam.

    I ask him is this a scan he said his name was Steve Micheal the truck driver and his supervisor name was John Richardson; my package# was77505 us ex3

    remove

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