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Beware of "2018 PCH Lottery" Publishers Clearing House Lottery Scam

2018-03-13T04:50:14 -  +
Beware of "2018 PCH Lottery" Publishers Clearing House Lottery Scam

There is no "2018 PCH Lottery." 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.

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The "2018 PCH Lottery" Scam

Subject: Re: PCH LOTTO...................Claims Code 89773453HR

Date: On Mar 11, 2018 11:19 AM,

From: "Publishers Clearing House" <chiara.varco@alice.it>

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

Kindly send your contacts to lotto2018pch@usa.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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  • Posted: Jun 20, 2018 12:47 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: notice.pchgames@yandex.com
    Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:56:18 PM EDT
    Subject: PCH57484538

    Dear Winner,

    Thank you for contacting Publishers Clearing House. Publishers Clearing House is a leading interactive media Company offering a broad range of products, digital entertainment, and services to consumers. Our success is built on PCH’s unique mix of free-to-play games and sweepstakes, value-packed offers and the excitement of the Publishers Clearing House brand. PCH has awarded over $327 Million US Dollars in prizes globally since 1967 and has evolved to greatly expand its offerings to include many ways to win online, through electronic email ballot system, social media, and mobile access. The Publishers Clearing House online game network has more than 10 million unique monthly visitors and someone wins a prize about every 10 minutes.

    This method of winning process was carried out through electronic email ballot system by the PCH Contest Department whom are responsible for planning and administering all PCH Giveaways from registration and eligibility requirements through drawings and prize awards. Whether it’s online, in the mail, on a mobile device or in an app. This specially trained group keeps track of all the giveaway details, writes the Official Rules, issues processing instructions and makes sure the winners receive their prizes in a timely fashion.

    PCH sweepstakes entries are processed in a timely fashion, in a secure environment and all entries are handled with care. The PCH Contest Department plans and coordinates these efforts to ensure that integrity is upheld at every turn. In addition, an internal audit team has reviewed the effectiveness of controls over the security of the Publishers Clearing House Contest Processing System; this includes infrastructure, software, people, procedures, and data. Contest processing involves several departments at Publishers Clearing House. Operations, Information Technology and Finance work closely with the PCH Contest Department to process contest entries, select winners and award prizes in a timely, efficient and secure manner. Complete records of the eligibility requirements for each promotion and giveaway are kept in the PCH Global Prize System, which is an electronic database. Detailed instructions for computer processing, eligibility and prize winner determination are issued prior to each drawing.

    To further confirm your winning prize of ($850,000.00), a claim files with REF: PCH/714/11394/2018 has been opened in your name and the Publishers Clearing House contest department has approved your payment. A valid cashier's check has been issued to your name and handed over to our assigned courier/shipping partners Epost Logistics & Courier Services for immediate delivery. Epost Logistics & Courier Services has been assigned the duty to deliver your winning check and other accompanying legal documents which are of high importance to you. Please note that you shall be expected to pay a light delivery fee to Epost Logistics & Courier Services and this fee will not be more than the normal minimal shipping fee.

    In line with the information listed above, you are hereby advised to contact the courier company in regards for your winning prize. Kindly contact them via their email addresses which are listed below upon receipt of this mail without delay. You are to provide them with your details as follows below:
    Full Name:Mailing address:Telephone Number:Gender:Age:Amount Won:Claim Code: EP/PCH/US/369308753USNote: The claim code number is very important and will be demanded by the courier company for verification purposes. Please kindly find the contact details of Epost Logistics & Courier Services below and do keep us posted on any development with the Security & Logistics Company, in relation to your lottery winnings.

    EPOST LOGISTICS AND COURIER SERVICES LIMITEDHead Office Address: 186 Baker street, London W1U 6TY, LONDONGlobal Offices: USA, United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Canada and Australia e.t.cContact Person: Mr Craig Anderson24 Hours US Office Enquiries:

    Email:epost_service@yahoo.com Mobile: 478-285-4180
    Please note that before your winning prize was released to Epost Logistics & Courier Services, a hardcover insurance policy was placed in the winnings prize package by the Publishers Clearing House and the reason is to avoid any harm or illegal channeling. Due to the insurance policy, deduction of any sum or improper alteration of any form to your fund can not be done by a third party so beware of it. The instructions given are in line with the rules and regulation of the USA gaming board. Due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

    Congratulations once again for emerging a lucky winner. Yours Sincerely,Mr Andrew GoldbergChief Financial OfficerPublishers Clearing House
    © Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Rights Reserved"


  • Posted: Jun 18, 2018 6:18 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "DeLaRosa, Matias"
    Subject: Batch# 14838232
    Date: June 16, 2018 at 12:58:50 PM EDT
    To: Undisclosed recipients: ;
    Reply-To: "debholland.pchinquiry@hotmail.com"

    You have won a grant donation prize with your Email Ref# 73382892 and Batch# 14838232.

    To redeem reconfirm your name and address to our agent via email: debholland.pchinquiry@hotmail.com

    Publishers Clearing House"


  • Posted: Apr 25, 2018 5:36 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Allston, Massachusetts, United States

    4-25-2008, I just received the scam, , I'm thinking maybe I'll have some fun with the scammers.


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