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Beware of "Publishers Clearing House(PCH) Grant Donation" Scam

2018-02-28T02:14:03 -  +
Beware of "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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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.



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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  • Posted: 2018-05-27T12:13:14 by an anonymous user from or near: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States


    A friend of mine win a $250,000 grant from Publisher's Clearing house. She paid an Itunes prepaid card $500. and she did receive her money. Is this a scam or is it real? Will she have to pay that money back, at sometime in the future?

    The reason I'm asking is because she messaged me that I was also a winner of $250,000 from Publisher's Clearing House. She gave me the information to contact them.

    I messaged them: Agent Dave Sayer:

    My name is still on the list. I'm not supposed to disclose this information or I will be disqualified.

    They gave me a reference number, batch number, ticket number and serial number;
    I need to pay a case file fee and your delivery fee. These fees are for tax clearance and delivery fees.

    They think that I'm still out of the country, so I still have time to claim.
    Is this a scam or real?
    Thank you, Jackie.


    • Posted: 2018-05-27T13:34:17 by info

      It is a scam. Once you are asked to pay with an iTunes prepaid card, it is a scam.

      And, remember, never send money in order to receive a lottery prize. Legitimate lottery companies will never ask you to send money or other forms of payment to receive a prize.


  • Posted: 2018-05-15T05:09:00 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Taylor, Mark
    Sent: 11 May 2018 02:34
    To: Undisclosed recipients:
    Subject: Batch#: PCH77362713.

    Ref#: 028291931.

    Batch#: PCH77362713.

    You have won the Publishers Clearing House Grant Promo Dated 10th of May

    To claim prize send your name and address to our agent on address:

    (Publishers Clearing House)


  • Posted: 2018-05-12T16:31:18 by an anonymous user from or near: Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia

    I too have had an approach. It comes from Messenger, from the account of a Lea Crombie. The face (and name) is that of a Lea Crombie whom I used to know. Of course, whether her account has been hacked I'm in no position to tell.

    This is the conversation so far (after a brief exchange and many years silence):

    Lea: Glad to hear from you am doing pretty good we hope you heard about the PCH program ?

    Me: Nope

    Lea: I meant the cash donated to randomly selected people by the Publishers Clearing House and the PokerStar Mega Bonus Association to help and support people financially.....You've not gotten yours?

    Me: Never heard of it, Lea.

    Lea: Let me explain, I won $100,000. I got it in cash and it was brought to my door step..When I was giving my signature on their list I saw your name as a winner too?

    Me: Ah. Well... lucky me, I guess.

    Lea: I think you we have to contact the online claiming agent in charge of this program do you know how to do that?

    I haven't responded further. All I can add is that the Lea Crombie I knew (and the face on Messenger is the same) knew how to write. This person doesn't.


  • Posted: 2018-05-12T12:36:24 by an anonymous user from or near: Merritt Island, Florida, United States

    Is this a scam?

    "FRM:Maxim, Sandy
    MSG:You have won 1 Million from the PCH Grant Promo. To claim contact our agent here: dholland218@hotmail.com"


    • Posted: 2018-05-12T14:47:38 by info

      Yes, it is a scam.


  • Posted: 2018-05-11T10:34:59 by info

    Received via email:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: May 11, 2018 10:03 AM
    Subject: PCH Grant Scam

    I was contacted through Instagram regarding a PCH Grant and told to contact attorney Phil Kent at 509-207-4754 to claim my grant and pay a processing fee.

    Thank you kindly


  • Posted: 2018-05-11T09:52:33 by an anonymous user from or near: Winter Haven, Florida, United States

    I have received a text message on my cell phone:

    From: taylorm@tcunion.org
    "You have won the PCH Grant Promo. To claim contact our agent: dholland218@hotmail.com"


  • Posted: 2018-04-12T17:47:29 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "Boehler, Mary A. (US-POC1)"
    Date: April 11, 2018 at 5:12:00 PM MDT
    To: Undisclosed recipients:;
    Subject: Batch#: P83728133.

    Email Ref#: 43517391

    Batch#: P83728133.

    You have won the Publishers Clearing House Grant Promo Dated 10th of April 2018. To claim
    prize send your name and address to our agent on address: agntdebh-pch18@outlook.com"


  • Posted: 2018-03-26T21:46:26 by an anonymous user from or near: Richardson, Texas, United States

    I was messenger by a acquaintance who said I should text this number 7155756516 and say a friend told me to text and claim my grant. Strange still do not understand it would not let send it so I guess that was a good thing


  • Posted: 2018-03-18T05:42:15 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "Simmons, Ingrid"
    Date: 17 March 2018 at 20:56:02 GMT
    To: Undisclosed recipients:;
    Subject: 833828211.

    PCH Grant Notice Dated 3/17/2018.

    Email Ref#: PGT83929561.

    Batch#: 833828211.

    Grant Amount: 1,000,000 USD.

    You have won the PCH Grant Promo. To claim send your name and address to our agent on address: pchinquiry18@gmail.com

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)"


  • Posted: 2018-03-16T07:18:27 by an anonymous user from or near: Evans, Georgia, United States

    Receive the same as above this morning.


  • Posted: 2018-03-12T19:46:19 by an anonymous user from or near: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

    I just received this:

    "PCH Grant Notice Dated 3/12/2018.

    Email Ref#: PCHG26371833.

    Batch#: 553617173.

    Grant Amount: 1,000,000 USD.

    You have won the PCH Grant Promo. To claim send your name and address to our agent on address: pchgrant018@hotmail.com 

    Publishers Clearing House(PCH)"


  • Posted: 2018-03-12T19:28:34 by an anonymous user from or near: North Hollywood, California, United States

    I received this afternoon an email from Matthew Parsons from PCH telling me I have won the PCH grant promo of 1000,000usd,and to claim it, to send my name and address to the PCH agent on address:pch grant 018@hotmail.com. Is this how PCH inform winners? or this a scam?


    • Posted: 2018-03-13T00:54:01 by info

      It is a scam.


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