Beware of Fraudulent Emails

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) does NOT send e-mails notifying consumers that they have won a major prize (of $1,000.00 or more).

If you win a major prize in our sweepstakes our PCH Prize Patrol will contact you in person. For smaller prizes (less than $1,000.00), winners are notified by overnight delivery services (FedEx, UPS), certified mail, or email in the case on online giveaways.

  • · PCH does NOT send e-mails requesting personal banking or financial information in connection with a prize. If you receive an e-mail seeking your bank account, checking account, social security number or other financial information, BEWARE
  • · If you are contacted about winning a prize but are required to buy something, pay a fee, tax or processing cost, STOP. You have not heard from a legitimate sweepstakes and it’s certainly not from the “real” Publishers Clearing House!
If you believe you are the victim of a “Fake Check Scam” using the Publishers Clearing House name or logo, please contact us immediately by calling our toll free number at 1-800-645-9242.  Consumers are also advised to contact their local consumer protection officials or the National Fraud Center at

No matter whether mail, phone or email, remember NO PURCHASE NECESSARY… The only sweepstake rule you need to know!