The "PCH Grant Promo" 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.
The "PCH Grant Promo" Scam
From: "Parsons, Matthew" - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 12, 2018 at 7:55:02 PM CDT
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: Ref#: PCHG26371833
PCH Grant Notice Dated 3/12/2018.
Email Ref#: PCHG26371833.
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: email@example.com
Publishers Clearing House(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.