"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam

The "PCH Grant Donation" email below is a scam. Therefore, recipients of the same email which claim they have won such a donation are asked to delete it because it is 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 a grant, donation, sweepstakes prize award.

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Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation Scam

The "Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam

From: "Wright, Tracy" - Tracy_Wright@comcast.com

Date: February 16, 2018 at 2:05:50 PM CST

Subject: Batch#: 1192920103

Reply-To: "pchgrant018@hotmail.com" - pchgrant018@hotmail.com

Email Reference#: 028291902.

Batch#: 1192920103.

Your email id have won you Grant Prize from the PCH Grant Donation dated 16th of February 2018.

To redeem prize

Publishers Clearing House(

reply back with your name and address.

Congratulations!

PCH)

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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November 23, 2022 at 9:09 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
an anonymous user from: Codington, Watertown, South Dakota, United States

If a person asked for the ID of somebody claiming to work from publishers clearing house are they obligated to send us their ID picture

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November 23, 2022 at 9:07 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Codington, Watertown, South Dakota, United States

Do you have a Josh Williams working for you he’s the one that contacted me first and said my email was randomly selected to receive $70,000 then off Justin Edwards contacted me and told me that they were legit part of publishers clearing house and was sponsored by the US government I know these are scams but you know your wish are true I wish I could send the emails that I got from him to you

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November 23, 2022 at 7:58 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
an anonymous user from: Codington, Watertown, South Dakota, United States

I was contacted by a Justin Edwards says he works for publishers clearing house and that I won $70,000 and I am to pay him $200 for him to put the $70,000 on my cash app card he says he lives in California and I know this is a scam

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June 13, 2022 at 9:24 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
an anonymous user from: Turner, Ashburn, Georgia, United States

Someone saw my name as a winner and contacted me to see if I'd heard from PCH Grant. She received substantial amount. She asked me to contact agent Eric Smith at 12603698515 . Anyone one heard of this?

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July 3, 2023 at 10:40 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

Yes that happened to me!

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June 13, 2022 at 9:48 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
info

It is a scam. The PCH do not operate that way.

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May 7, 2022 at 11:16 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
an anonymous user from: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Has anyone dealt with an agent named Robert kyle before?

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February 5, 2022 at 7:38 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
an anonymous user from: Santa Cruz County, Boulder Creek, California, United States

From Mama Bear

A FB friend claimed saw my name on a list. I was asked to complete a delivery form with my name, address,cell# by Agent Alex Scott. I was given a Ref#FB/575061725 w/Winning #FB/USA/2022.

Info was confidential.

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February 5, 2022 at 7:54 AM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
info

It is a scam. That is how the scammers trick their potential victims into disclosing their personal information.

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September 5, 2021 at 12:19 PM by
"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam
an anonymous user from: Stony Creek Township, Fishersburg, Indiana, United States

I had got asked by a lady by the name of Merry Wendy to get a Nike gift card and send her 250.00 dollars and then another 500.00 dollars for a postage stamp just to send my money, and publishers clearing house have never heard of her. She said that she was a government employee and I don't think that she is. There is also a person claiming to be a friend of mine who got money from her as well and I don't think that he is I think that is a scam as well. I had sent her 250.00 dollars and I'm not giving them another dime I just will be out 250.00 dollars lesson learned.

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"Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam