"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam

There is no "Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto." 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 PCH Lotto Scam

The "Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam

From: "Publishers Clearing House" - masino.laura55@alice.it

Date: Feb 14, 2018 9:49 AM

Subject: PCH Lotto: Notification Alert!!! Code..89773453


We are delighted to inform you that your email was drawn a winner of ( USD $850,000.00. ) in our recent Publishers Clearing House global sweepstakes (email) lottery. To file for claim, please fill in the details below and send it to the contest department cscpchlotto@foxmail.com

*Given Names:

*Mailing Address:




Kristin Cooke

Official Notification

© Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Rights Reserved.

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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April 15, 2020 at 7:09 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: South Lake Tahoe, California, United States

Literally laughable. The english is so poor in some sentences I can't imagine being fooled by this hack.


December 27, 2021 at 2:37 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

This is Shelia brown they sent me a 7,000 check today and I want too know this is a scam because I need this money I. About to loose my house


July 31, 2019 at 5:54 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: New York, United States

Bronx, NYC: US ARMY Vietnam combat veteran (1962-1963-1964):

I have been contacted though PCH / Skynet courier informing of winnings ($850,000.00): Myself and others truly appreciate you being on the ball, keeping us aware of the-LOW-LIFE's trying to take advantage of others.

As a United States Citizen, I was raised to believe that we are here on EARTH to HELP one-another. PRAYERS & BLESSINGS are extended.


May 15, 2019 at 1:20 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States

Just received a Wells Fargo Bank N.A., 115 Hospital Dr, Van Wert, OH 45091check in the amount of 47,750.25 from OPTUMRx, P O Box 6104, Cyress, C90630-0605.

Letter says "The team at Publishers Clearing House is pleased to officially annouth you, as a second place winner the 100 million dollars super cash giveaway promotion sponsored by Readers Digest, Mega Millions and Multi-state Lottery Association. The total amount to be claimed for your win is $2,500,000.00. Says to call claims manager at 1-416- 662-7857. Security code: PCH-04-WIN. Also states: "As requested by Federal and State laws, your security code and prize information must be kept strictly confidential which means, you are precluded from discussing your win with third parties. This is to reduce risks of unauthorized access to your claims information. Accept our congratulations.

Signed by: Richie Jenkins, Chief Financial Officer Letter shows AG Insurance, J C Penney, Walmart Reader's Digest,

and Mega Millions at base of letter

Donald Pfau


July 11, 2022 at 1:41 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: Bridge Creek, Augusta, Wisconsin, United States

Was it real, I have received a similar letter and in the process of trying to check it out now but the phone numbers don't work.

Also signed by Richie Jenkins


May 15, 2019 at 1:30 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam

It is a fake.


August 24, 2022 at 10:36 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: Downtown Redmond, Redmond, Washington, United States

It’s totally a scam. The company name on the check is OptumRx, which is an online prescription company. They have nothing to do with PCH. Kind of a glaring red flag there, especially since the picture of a check at the bottom of the letter shows it coming from PCH/Chase bank. I know it’s easy to fall prey to this kind of thing, but the OptumRx part jumped right out at me, as well as the fact the check is supposed to be for “insurance and attorney fees”…attorney fees for WHAT, exactly.

This seriously has SCAM written all over it.


March 20, 2019 at 5:37 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: Vero Beach, Florida, United States

Just got an alert from PCH that I won $850.000.00. THEN next E-mail said send money to Skynet Worldwide for delivery. The costs of delivery were ranging from $299 to $780.00.

I wrote back that I am disabled and I would gladly hand over money for delivery as soon as I had THEIR check in my hand!

Bet they don't write again. If they do, I think I will play games with them till I tell them I am with the FBI. Feed them some of their own bulls**t!


February 18, 2019 at 9:38 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: Mechanic Falls, Maine, United States

On Feb. 18, 2019 I rec'd an e-mail from a Kristin Cooke saying I won 850,000 USD and wanted all my info. The audacity of these idiots trying to bilk us hard working stiffs out of our hard earned money.

They need to be scammed to see how it feels and they also need to get a job!


February 14, 2019 at 9:43 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam
an anonymous user from: Muskegon, Michigan, United States

We are receiving phone calls for my husband, that he has won 2.5 million dollars. The caller says that he is calling from Ft. Washington, NY, but I checked out the number and it is from Las Vegas, Nevada. My husband never entered this contest!


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"Publishers Clearing House PCH Lotto" Scam