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Pch sweepstakes is a scam

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pch sweepstakes is a scam
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 7 months ago.
Hello, PCH stands for Publisher's Clearing House. They have been running sweepstakes since 1953 and they are based in New York State. They are very well known and all of us in the US have gotten their mailings promoting their contests. That said, because they are legitimate and because their contests are so well known, many scammers use the PCH name to make you think that you've won a real contest, even though you're being defrauded. The real PCH does not notify you of winning by phone or email. They send their Prize Patrol to your home and surprise you. PCH also never will ask you to pay a processing fee to collect real winnings. Nor will any other legitimate contest. If a contest already has thousands of "your" dollars, they don't need more from your pocket. A legitimate contest does not make you pay upfront for anything. Nor will they send you a check for partial payment of your winnings and ask you to deposit it and use the funds to pay someone else. PCH is aware of all of the scams that use its name, and they warn people right on their website about how to recognize one of the scams. Here's their fraud alert on their website. They even have a video you can watch. As this is not PCH, don't respond or send money. Cease contact with them. Report the fraud to the FBI at their Internet Crime Complaint Center online.