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
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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.