PCH Sweepstakes Scams and How to Spot Them

PCH Sweepstakes Scams and How to Spot Them

Scammers send out thousands of PCH scams every year, therefore, this is what you need to know. 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.

A PCH Sweepstakes Scam

From: fieldman.pch@socialworker.net

Sent: Friday, September 27, 2019, 02:16:54 AM PDT

Subject: Re: About Your $550,000.00 Win (Contact City-Connect To Collect)



REF: PCH/00198/61890000000018Re:

Registered Lottery No 0018391

Winner's Identification No. For Prize Collections-CCLS/26/09/19/IN/TR

Dear 2019 Selected Winner,

Your email id have won you Grant Prize from the PCH Grant Donation

To redeem prize

Publishers Clearing House(

reply back with your name and address.



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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  • July 24, 2020 at 1:37 PM by an anonymous user from: Leeds, Alabama, United States

    I received a call claiming I was a winner of PCH sweepstakes. Their names are Kenneth West (his number was restricted). He told me to call a lawyer named Mary Smith at 1-876-416-5409. He said I need to pay a few of $3905. When I said I couldn't do it he came back with $500. Wanted the money out on One Vanilla gift card. I believe this to be a big scam.

  • July 15, 2020 at 7:52 PM by an anonymous user from: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

    I got a call from 5164005404 stating that I had won 2 place in the PCH Sweet Stakes - Reporting for I do believe it is a scram. They call themselves John Davis and Kenneth Washington.

  • June 30, 2020 at 11:55 PM by info

    "I received a phone call from 702-747-7057, a robocall telling me I had won 2nd place in the PCH sweepstakes.

    I was directed to call 916-905-7532 op 2 to claim my prize.

    Online both numbers are listed as phishing or scamming tools.

    I did not call either number. I found this email address on your website to report possible scams."

    Received via email.

  • February 14, 2020 at 10:32 PM by an anonymous user from: Chapel Hill, Tennessee, United States

    I was called this evening by a Mr. Andrew Goldberg who informed me that I had been picked just one hour ago that I was the winner of the $5.5 million dollar prize. He told me all I had to do was send $720 to a Mr. Robert Shoup in Shoshone, Idaho, which is the IRS Finance department. I looked it up and it is a private home! I also looked up the cell phone number who called, and, it is from Digicel, Jamaica. As a matter of fact, he said that he was going to go to go to Ocho Rios, Jamaica in 2 weeks!

    My Husband and I believe it is a scam, and no, we are not rushing to the post office and sending Mr. Shoup our hard earned $720 overnight delivery! Yes, would I like to win, oh golly yes, but, I find it hard to trust people anymore. By the way, while on the phone with Goldberg, he transferred my phone call over to the IRS agent, Sharon Burke. I asked for her identification number, which she told me. After about 4-5 minutes, I asked her for her number again, and she gave me a different number. She said that she was an agent for 15 years, and, well, I just figured that she would have remembered her number! SCAM ALERT!

    • February 15, 2020 at 5:21 AM by info

      It is a scam. The Jamaican scammers up to their old tricks again.

  • February 11, 2020 at 10:03 AM by an anonymous user from: Bracknell, England, United Kingdom

    I have been contacted via messenger from a Sandra David asking to contact an agent with a link sent as follows:


    Is this another scam?

    • February 11, 2020 at 10:33 AM by info

      Yes, it is another scam.

      • February 12, 2020 at 2:11 AM by an anonymous user from: Bracknell, England, United Kingdom

        Thank you - I knew I'd never be that lucky!

  • January 9, 2020 at 7:45 PM by an anonymous user from: New York, United States

    I tried to enter, but, can not get pass the pages of offers, seems to be no way to enter without buying something!

  • October 19, 2019 at 2:58 PM by an anonymous user from: Post Falls, Idaho, United States

    I just got one 10-19-2019 from pch@acraccademia.it. I just checked it out on this website and it has ALL the above criteria of Cristina Papadopol, but the name used was LorI Sayer. WATCH OUT. To all the people who play at PCH GOOD LUCK!

  • October 15, 2019 at 7:57 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Papadopol, Cristina [mailto:CPapadopol@StamfordCT.gov]

    Sent: 15 October 2019 01:10

    Subject: Award Notification

    Congratulation on winning US$850,000.00 USD in our 2019 PCH.

    Kindly send your contacts to pch@acraccademia.it

    *Given Names:

    *Mailing Address:




    Cristina Papadopol

    Official Notification

    © Copyright 2019 Publishers Clearing House. All Rights Reserved"

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PCH Sweepstakes Scams and How to Spot Them