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

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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:

*Telephone:

*Gender:

*Age:

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: Oct 28, 2018 at 1:19 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

    This what was sent to me:

    "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/369308753US
    Note: 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 LIMITED
    Head Office Address: 186 Baker street, London W1U 6TY, LONDON
    Global Offices: USA, United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Canada and Australia e.t.c
    Contact Person: Mr Craig Anderson
    24 Hours US Office Enquiries:

    Email: epost_service@yahoo.com
    Mobile: 478-285-4180
    :352-389-9584

    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 Goldberg
    Chief Financial Officer
    Publishers Clearing House"

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 24, 2018 at 11:58 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Bremerton, Washington, United States

    I just received a message from Rachel Mcgurk on facebook saying to contact Gary A. Singleton about my winnings with PCH.
    I'm sure this is not legit.

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 24, 2018 at 11:41 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Bryan, Ohio, United States

    Received this e-mail.

    "Congrats!!!

    Your webmail was drawn a winner of (USD 850,000.00) in the recent Publishers Clearing House global
    sweepstakes email lottery. To file for claim you are hereby required to fill in your details below
    and send it to the contest department:

    *Given Names:
    *Mailing Address:
    *Telephone:
    *Gender:
    *Age:

    Yours Sincerely
    Deborah Holland
    Official Winners Selection Notice

    © Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Rights Reserved."

    Wish I had seen this before I replied to it giving my personal information. Hope this is helpful to others tho!

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 1, 2018 at 11:45 PM by info

    Received scam from: pchonlineclaimscsc@usa.com

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 1, 2018 at 11:27 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Publishers Clearing House
    Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2018 12:01 PM
    Subject: PCHLottery Official Notification

    CONGRATULATIONS WINNER!!!

    You just won $850,000.00 in the ongoing 2018 Publishers Clearing House (Email) Lottery. You are a winner when you get this message,
    kindly send your contact information as listed below to pchlotto.intorg@usa.com

    *Given Names:

    *Email Address:

    *Telephone:

    *Gender:

    *Age:


    Kristin Cooke

    PCHLotto Official
    Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Right Reserved"

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 27, 2018 at 2:01 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Bloomington, Indiana, United States

    I was called Tuesday and they said it was Publishing Clearing house. I had won 500,000 dollars as a second place winner in the sweepstakes.

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 21, 2018 at 3:53 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Anniston, Alabama, United States

    I also received a n email saying I won $850,000.00 and the phone numbers to call were 478-285-4180 and 352-389-9584 and they said to email my personal information to epost_service @yahoo.com and this is fake

    delete


    • Posted: Sep 21, 2018 at 8:22 AM by info

      Yes, it a fake and scam.

      delete


  • Posted: Sep 17, 2018 at 2:38 PM by info

    Received via email:

    "I had received a message on Messenger from a Mary Paddock stating she reeived a $500,000 grant from PCH. She sent me a number: (765)294-1125 and said it was her “agent”.

    For shits and giggles, I texted a message to that number inquiring about the grants. I received a message back requesting my full name for verification. I’ve been around for awhile, so of course I researched the topic suspecting “SCAM”, so I’m sending you the number and the name of the person that messeged me. I hope this can be of some use."

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 13, 2018 at 4:19 PM by an anonymous user from or near: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

    I received an email showing that my email address was chosen and I was the chosen winner of $850,000 US dollars and to email them and to give them my name,address ,phone number and gender. my claim no:E/PCH/US/369308753US and they will require a light shipping fee.

    I was unable to email them because it was an invalid email. please reply.

    delete


    • Posted: Sep 13, 2018 at 4:26 PM by info

      It is a scam.

      delete


  • Posted: Sep 12, 2018 at 11:45 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Publishers Clearing House [mailto:betty.rotolo@alice.it]
    Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:28 AM
    Subject: PCH 2018

    We wish to inform you that your E-mail Won you ($850,000.00) in our 2018 PHC To file for claim, please contact below:
    Kristin Pages
    Claims Officer
    E-mail: lotterypublisherss@yahoo.com

    You are to establish contact with the Following details ,Kindly Confirm Your:
    1. Full Name:
    2. Contact Address:
    3. Contact Phone #:
    4: Country:
    5: Sex
    Thanks & Regards,
    Mrs. Tina Breen

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 5, 2018 at 4:36 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    To: "pchlotto_info@usa.com"
    Sent: Monday, August 27, 2018, 4:19:29 PM CDT
    Subject: Re: PCHLottery Official Notification

    I received this e-mail and I don't know if it's for me or not. Is this a scam?
    On Saturday, August 25, 2018, 12:30:20 PM CDT, Publishers Clearing House wrote:

    CONGRATULATIONS WINNER!!!

    You just won $850,000.00USD in the ongoing 2018 Publishers Clearing House (Email) Lottery. You are a winner when you get this message,

    kindly send your contact information as listed below to pchlotto_info@usa.com
    *Given Names:
    *Email Address:
    *Telephone:
    *Gender:
    *Age:

    Kristin Cooke
    PCHLotto Official

    Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Right Reserved

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 23, 2018 at 8:10 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Shelby, North Carolina, United States

    They got me today $850000, it would be funny but when you need money it's just cruel.

    I have cancer and playing pch games are great would love to win but if I was the only one playing I still wouldn't win . Please be careful

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 15, 2018 at 1:28 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

    they got me too dam.850000 too good to be true just another scam.the world is going to satin. lord please help us all! pray for these sinners!

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 5, 2018 at 4:36 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Windham, New Hampshire, United States

    August 4, 2018 - Received an e-mail of congratulations for winning $850,000.00 in PCH Lottery No:842925404333. Knew it was a scam because we would never give PCH any e-mail address, especially not the one that was used.

    Any ideas on how to retaliate and scam the scammers?

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 24, 2018 at 2:17 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Sanaa, Yemen

    Received this:

    "Publishers Clearing House - Jul 21 to Trouble viewing this email? | Please add us to your Contacts [image] [image]

    Dear Winner,

    Congratulations. We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the lucky winners of $850,000.00 in the recently conducted Publishers Clearing House Global Sweepstakes Email Lottery.

    Kindly reply with the following details to begin your prize claims process

    Full Names | Mailing Address | Telephone Number | Gender | Age

    Kristin Cooke Prize Patrol Officer.

    WE CARE ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY You've received this transactional email to notify you of your winnings.

    [image: TRUSTe Certified Privacy] [image: Return Path Certified Sender Seal]

    Info Center | Privacy Policy

    Publishers Clearing House and their agencies are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information or formatting, whether caused by internet users or by any of the equipment, programming or software associated with or utilized in connection with the Sweepstakes.

    ©2018 Publishers Clearing House, 300 Jericho Quadrangle #300, Jericho, NY 11753."

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 24, 2018 at 2:02 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Sanaa, Yemen

    Here is another scam:

    "Global Price Notification.

    Publishers Clearing House - Jul 21 to Trouble viewing this email? | Please add us to your Contacts [image] [image]

    Dear Winner,

    Congratulations. We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the lucky winners of $850,000.00 in the recently conducted Publishers Clearing House Global Sweepstakes Email Lottery.

    Kindly reply with the following details to begin your prize claims process

    Full Names | Mailing Address | Telephone Number | Gender | Age

    Kristin Cooke Prize Patrol Officer.

    WE CARE ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY You've received this transactional email to notify you of your winnings.

    [image: TRUSTe Certified Privacy] [image: Return Path Certified Sender Seal]

    Info Center | Privacy Policy

    Publishers Clearing House and their agencies are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information or formatting, whether caused by internet users or by any of the equipment, programming or software associated with or utilized in connection with the Sweepstakes.

    ©2018 Publishers Clearing House, 300 Jericho Quadrangle #300, Jericho, NY 11753."

    delete


  • Posted: Jun 20, 2018 at 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"

    delete


  • Posted: Jun 18, 2018 at 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

    Congratulations!
    Publishers Clearing House"

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 25, 2018 at 5:36 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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

    delete


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