Beware the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Scam

Updated: Oct 6


This scam is using the Publishers Clearing House (PCH) name and claiming that victims have won a special Senior Citizens edition of the sweepstakes and that you will need to pay $1,000 fee to cover the taxes. STOP! This is a scam. If you think you have won a prize, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. NEVER pay for winning a prize or sweepstakes or the lottery.

  2. PCH notifies MOST winners in person. They will NEVER call a winner.

  3. Never deposit a check and then send the money back. Once that check bounces, you’ll be out the money you sent.

  4. Check out PCH website for tips and warning signs at https://info.pch.com/tips-and-warning-signs/

If you have received any communication from PCH that you believe to be a scam, please call their toll free number 800-392-4190. To report any scam, please file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP.


Sources: PCH.com and Federal Trade Commission

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